A Seattle man who is facing assault charges for allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun has now been charged with witness tampering after he continued to make threats against the woman from behind bars. According to court records, the defendant telephoned the woman from the King County Jail and told her that he would leave her alone if she recanted her earlier statements to police and prosecutors.
As Kent residents plan their Fourth of July celebrations, there is one detail that should not be overlooked. From now until July 4, Washington police will be increasing their DUI patrols throughout the state in an effort to deter drunk driving and prevent DUI accidents, injuries and fatalities.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that a 15-year-old boy was arrested by police on Wednesday night after assaulting three strangers in the head in downtown Seattle.
On Sunday, a large crowd of about 500 gathered in Seattle and marched down Pine Street from Cal Anderson Park to Westlake Center in what has come to be known as a "SlutWalk." The unusual event, one of many SlutWalks taking place across the nation this year, was sparked by a comment made by a Toronto police officer earlier this year which, many suggest, indicated that women are to blame for rape because of the way they dress.
The 20-year-old man known as the "Barefoot Bandit" pleaded guilty last Friday to seven criminal counts, among them stealing an airplane, piloting and airplane without a license, bank robbery, and possessing a firearm as a fugitive. According to sources, the young man faces additional charges in Washington State, and has already been charged in various other crimes in the Midwest and elsewhere. All in all, sources said there is an estimated $1.4 million in damages and loss from the Barefoot Bandit's crimes.
The recent closing of two cold cases, the oldest ever solved by Seattle police, led to 20 years in prison for a 72-year-old Washington man.
Courthouse News Service reports that a Tacoma woman who began alcohol counseling after being charged with DUI was sexually assaulted by her counselor, who took advantage of her over the course of her "treatment" and abused his position of power over her.
Last Friday, a Seattle woman was arrested and charged with drunk driving and evading police after a high-speed-chase through a West Seattle neighborhood.
A man suspected for a May 18 drive-by shooting in Crown Hill was charged this week in connection with a Lake City residential burglary on May 25. The 20-year-old man apparently had an accomplice who has been charged with burglary in connection with that incident. And although neither man has yet been charged for the drive-by shooting, police say the accomplice is also now a suspect for the drive-by shooting as well.
A Washington man who murdered his girlfriend in Hawaii last month had a preliminary hearing on his case postponed Tuesday and requested a public defender after he said he cannot afford his own lawyer.