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Stricter recordkeeping requirements for scrap metal dealers and sellers have not stopped trafficking in stolen copper wire and metal parts. That's according to Northwest police agencies and crime victims. So in Olympia Friday, Washington state lawmakers promised to look at further steps, including a possible blacklist of suspicious sellers.

Lane County Releases More Jail Inmates Early

Nov 29, 2012
Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Thirty-two inmates walked out of the Lane County Jail Thursday morning without serving their full sentence. The Sheriff has closed more jail beds because of a lack of funding.

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Officials with the Washington State Patrol say they don’t expect the initiative legalizing marijuana to alter their work very much. While the law contains a new limit on marijuana in a driver’s bloodstream, state troopers will continue to look at a driver’s behavior to see who is impaired.

A patient was found dead early Tuesday at a psychiatric hospital in eastern Washington, leading to the arrest of patient in the same unit. The woman in custody is suspected of murder.

Three years ago this Thanksgiving weekend, an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Chris Sorrells was one of the first officers at the scene. In the years since, his life has changed dramatically.

U.S. Department of Justice

A coalition of law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents have signed a letter asking U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder not to interfere with Washington and Colorado’s new legal marijuana laws.

A judge has ordered a group campaigning for Idaho’s Propositions 1, 2 and 3 to reveal its donors. But that doesn’t mean the list of names will be public any time soon.

DEA

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Four years ago we brought you a story about five juvenile killers in Oregon. They received harsher sentences than some adult murderers because of what the state has called a “legal glitch.” Wednesday four of the so-called “Oregon Five” went before the state parole board.

Wounded Canadian Border Guard Identified

Oct 17, 2012
Washington State Dept. of Transportation

Police in Canada have identified the guard shot at the Peace Arch border crossing north of Blaine, Wash. She is in stable condition as the investigation into the shooting continues.

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