In the wake of the deaths of a 29-year-old Seattle man and his two-year-old surrogate son, allegedly at the hands of the man's partner and boy's father, King County officials are taking note of the occurrence of domestic assault in the gay community. Previously, many believed that domestic violence only happened in heterosexual families. However, LGBT advocates state that while few incidents of domestic violence are reported by members of same-sex couples, it is likely that many such occurrences go unreported, making the actual number much higher.
Most of us have probably been there. We have been out with friends at the bar, or at a romantic restaurant having drinks and dinner with our significant other, or watching the game with a few beers, or in any of a number of other situations. We have realized and contemplated the fact that we may have had too much to drink to drive home safely. And we test our luck and do it anyway.
In an effort to deter potential drunk drivers, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission has launched a new website which will allow drivers in the state's three most populous counties to see where local police will be conducting intensive DUI patrols. According to Commission officials, the website is a special initiative, created with the goal of reducing DUI deaths across the state.
Unhappy with the Seattle Police Department's efforts in catching an alleged burglar that has targeted their home at least three times, a South Seattle family is offering a $500 reward for anyone who has information that leads to the arrest of the man who broke into their house last month. According to local media reports, the repeated burglary attempts are just one example of a reported increase in criminal activity in the relatively secluded Rainier Beach neighborhood in the past year.
A Seattle man was recently charged with a manslaughter crime after allegedly selling heroin to a teenager who later died of a drug overdose. In order to convict the defendant of controlled substances homicide, which is a form of manslaughter, the prosecuting attorneys must prove that the specific heroin that was responsible for the teenager's death was provided to him by the defendant.
Both a Washington State Trooper and his K-9 officer companion, Buster, have made full recoveries after being hit by a suspected drunk driver while on duty in the Lynnwood area earlier this week. The woman accused of crashing into the trooper's vehicle was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and reckless endangerment. No one else was injured in the crash.
This weekend, Seattle residents and visitors will head to the shores of Puget Sound to celebrate Seafair, an annual celebration of boating and all things water. However, boat owners should ensure that they are complying with all local drunk driving laws, many of which are the same for operating a boat. The Washington State Patrol will have extra enforcement out at Seafair, and will be on the lookout for drunk boaters.
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual "Hot Wheel Report," Washington state saw an almost 10 percent rise in auto theft from 2009 to 2010. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue and Spokane metro areas even made the national lists for auto theft, ranking 13th and 4th in the number of thefts per 100,000 residents, respectively. In Seattle alone, motor vehicle theft nearly doubled, going from 1,737 thefts in 2009 to 3,453 in 2010, and law enforcement officials are not sure of the reason for the jump.