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  • Police: Postal worker 'laughs hysterically' trying to run over person

    10/03/2014 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Stoat · 37 replies
    KOMO News (Seattle) ^ | October 3, 2014 | KOMO News Staff
    BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A postal service worker has been arrested for trying to run over someone who was documenting the worker's offensive behavior toward another person, Bellevue police said. It all began just after 11 a.m. out front of Phantom Lake Elementary School. The victim was waiting in his car to pick up his child when he overheard a loud argument on the street between a postal worker and another driver over a parking issue, said Seth Tyler with Bellevue Police. "The victim overheard the postal worker allegedly yelling obscenities very loudly at the citizen and thought that was...
  • Would you sell a car to someone you do not know?

    09/30/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gottlieb, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference, asked a very scary question.  It is a question loaded with bad premises, freighted with unintended consequences.   It was terrifying when you consider where it leads us, as a society. It was: Would you sell a gun to someone you do not know? The premise that underlies the question is that selling a gun to someone that you do not know is irresponsible, and that it should be regulated by the government.  Alan followed up his question with another terrifying premise: If you sell your gun to someone who later uses...
  • A timely warning to WA state Freepers

    09/28/2014 9:11:52 PM PDT · by Robwin · 5 replies
    Facebook ^ | 09/28/2014 | Anonymous
    There is SO much emphasis on I-594, but there is NO discussion on I-591. WHY? 594 is an obvious attempt to violate the 2nd amendment by infringing on our rights to obtain or even transfer firearms. The bill is totally ludicrous. But I-591 is a Trojan horse. IT does prevent the confiscation of guns without due process, but the second part opens us to onslaught by Mike Bloomberg & Co. The second part of 591 no background checks can be required of recipients “UNLESS A UNIFORM NATIONAL STANDARD IS REQUIRED.” It does not specify which entity would be the responsible...
  • Sarah Palin Announces Endorsement of Former Washington Redskin Clint Didier for U.S. Congress

    09/14/2014 9:16:13 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Matthew Burke
    Former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier, who is seeking to replace the retiring Congressman Doc Hastings in Washington State’s 4th congressional district, received a powerful endorsement on Thursday. Didier, a principled constitutional conservative with enthusiastic support from the pro-freedom Tea Party movement, was endorsed by Sarah Palin, who said “Clint sees the dangers facing our next generation,” and will “fight for farmers, for lower taxes, and less government.” Didier, who won two Super Bowl rings playing for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl’s XVII and XXII under coach Joe Gibbs, became a farmer after retiring from his NFL career...
  • Wash. hunter chased up tree, bitten by black bear

    09/06/2014 9:00:32 PM PDT · by cutty · 77 replies
    Fox ^ | September 06, 2014
    A Washington state hunter is recovering after surviving an attack by an angry black bear that chased him up a tree, chomped down on his leg and clawed him with one of its big paws. Retiree Jerry House knows how lucky he is to have fended off the bear. He said he got the bear off him only after he kicked the animal in the nose as he hung onto a tree branch.
  • WA: One Charge Dropped in "Joe Biden Defense" case, another Threatened

    08/23/2014 4:22:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jeffrey C. Barton The man who fired a shotgun in the air to scare off car burglars, following Vice President Joe Biden's advice, has had the charge involved with the shooting dropped, according to the Columbian: A person, even in a no-shooting zone, still has the right to defend their person or their property,” Golik said. “In this case, based on the facts, there is a reasonable argument that Mr. Barton may have been defending his person and property when he fired in the air. Jeffrey C. Barton has an NRA supplied attorney, and says that a threat of...
  • A FOURTH student comes forward with allegations Math teacher, 24, had sex with him [Short title]

    04/08/2014 9:43:18 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 51 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 4, 2014 | Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
    A fourth high school student has come forward claiming 24-year-old former math teacher Meredith Powell sexually abused him during her time at Washington's Lincoln High School. Powell was arrested in February and then confessed to performing sex acts with multiple students, one as young as 15 years old, inside her locked classroom, as well as sending them sexualized pictures of herself. She previously faced two counts of child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
  • Boy Scouts of America ban troop leader who came out as homosexual on NBC News

    04/02/2014 4:04:25 PM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Apr 02, 2014 17:23 EST | by Kirsten Andersen
    SEATTLE, WA, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have removed a Seattle-area troop leader and banned him from the organization for going public with his homosexuality, in what is thought to be the first such case since the BSA voted to allow openly homosexual youth, but not adults, to join. Scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, 49, a former Eagle Scout and leader of Troop 98 in Rainier Beach, had his BSA membership revoked Monday after an NBC News reporter contacted the organization seeking comment for a profile the network was doing on “the first openly gay Scoutmaster...
  • WA:Investigation continues into Pasco homicide

    03/24/2014 1:20:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    keprtv.com ^ | 19 March, 2014 | Frances Watson
    PASCO, Wash. -- We don't yet know if a Pasco homeowner will face criminal charges for killing a man last week. Stephan Aceves was shot multiple times while trying to get into a home on Savary Drive. Now prosecutors say they have not decided whether this is considered justified. The prosecutor and a representative from Pasco PD held a news conference Tuesday but made no announcement on whether there would be charges. The shooting on Savary Drive appears to be a case of mistaken identity. In this case, it was the house that led to confusion. The family of Stephan...
  • WA: Coffee Stand Encourages Armed Employees

    03/20/2014 3:37:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A small sign of renewed American freedom has been noticed in Spokane, Washington.    Jitterz Java was robbed twice in February of this year.   On March 16th, an armed robber was run off by an armed employee.  As noted in the above image, at least one barista believes in the deterrent effect of open carry. The owner, Sara Chapel has taken steps to reduce her losses.  From spokesman.com: The recent string of violence has owner Sara Chapel fed up. “The way I’ve been scheduling the girls is that at least one girl who carries a gun is always on shift,”...
  • WA:Charges dropped against homeowner who killed teen

    03/13/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    columbian.com ^ | 12 March, 2014 | Paris Achen
    A Clark County judge today dismissed all charges against a Vancouver homeowner who shot and killed an alleged car prowler in January 2013. Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke dismissed a second-degree murder charge against Sean H. Doucette at the request of prosecutors. “This has had a very damaging impact on his life,” Doucette’s attorney, Steven Thayer, said Wednesday. “He had to go to considerable expense to defend himself and to redeem himself, and essentially, he had to prove his innocence, which he has done.” Doucette shot and killed Iosif Dumitrash, 19, of Portland just before 4 a.m. Jan. 29, 2013,...
  • Homeowner’s friend shoots alleged intruder/robber, sends another fleeing

    03/04/2014 3:39:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    q13fox.com ^ | 25 February, 2014 | Hana Kim
    LAKE STEVENS — Police said two masked, armed men allegedly entered a garage of a home in the Lake Stevens area, confronted the homeowner and his friend there and allegedly attempted to rob them. But the friend was able to pull a gun out of his car and opened fire, hitting one of the suspects and prompting the other one to flee, police said. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting took place at a home in the 7000 block of 126th Drive NE. “It is believed that two men, the homeowner and a male acquaintance, were in the...
  • WA:Clark County May Allow Second Amendment Rights for Employees

    02/25/2014 6:02:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Clark County, Washington, is strongly considering joining the group of local governments that have reformed their work rules to allow employees to exercise their second amendment rights.  Many states do not restrict citizens from exercising their rights to bear arms in public buildings, so it makes little sense to restrict employees from being able to carry as well.  From the Columbian: Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore on Wednesday requested that Chris Horne, the county's chief civil deputy prosecutor, investigate what revisions could be made to the county's workplace violence policy to allow employees to carry concealed firearms. Commissioner...
  • New playbook, same goal: Masking gun control

    02/16/2014 11:15:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 February, 2014 | Dave Workman
    While maybe a half-million people will line Seattle’s streets today celebrating the Seahawks Super Bowl win, a “webinar” offered by the Progressive Majority Action Fund will provide tips to gun control proponents, including those in the Pacific Northwest, on how to push their anti-gun agenda. The 90-minute webinar – an online seminar – begins at noon Pacific/3 p.m. Eastern. It is being described as “a lively and interactive discussion about how to argue for gun legislation” led by Bernie Horn, “one of the lead lobbyists for the passage of the Brady Law and the federal ban on assault weapons.”The Progressive...
  • Lincoln High teacher charged with rape of students

    02/07/2014 6:34:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 194 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) ^ | February 7, 2014 | Stacia Glenn
    There were naked photographs in the bathtub, sexual text messages and furtive kisses exchanged during a Lincoln High School assembly. Those are among the accusations leveled against Meredith Powell, a 24-year-old math teacher who pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes for alleged inappropriate conduct with three students.
  • WA:The only question that matters may not be asked in Olympia

    02/02/2014 5:33:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 January, 2014 | Dave Workman
    When former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords appears today in Olympia to testify in favor of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure being sold as a “universal background check” requirement, only one question should be respectfully asked: How would adoption of this measure have prevented the kind of thing that happened in Tucson in January 2011? That's the incident in which Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman who killed six people and wounded 12 others, including the former congresswoman. She will be accompanied today by her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly.The question is a fair one. There...
  • Burglary suspect shot in the leg by homeowner

    01/27/2014 2:43:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    q13fox.com ^ | 22 January, 2014 | Carolyn Kresser
    It happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night at a home in the 6900 block of Puget Beach Rd. NE, near Olympia. Thurston County sheriff’s deputies say a couple arrived home to find a male burglar in their house. A confrontation ensued and the homeowner shot the suspect in the leg.
  • Undocumented students work to pass financial aid act

    01/10/2014 7:56:57 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    he Spokesman-Review ^ | January 10, 2014 | Jody Lawrence-Turner
    Tears stained Elena Calderon’s cheeks Thursday as she stepped up to speak at Eastern Washington University during a student-organized rally in support of immigrants’ right to compete for state financial aid. “I’m an undocumented student,” the emotional 23-year-old said. “It’s hard to come out and say that. I’m always afraid I’m putting myself and my family at risk.” The graduate student, grateful for the opportunity to pursue the American dream, spoke to nearly 100 Eastern Washington University students, faculty and community leaders to encourage state lawmakers to pass the DREAM Act, which despite sharing a name with federal legislation only...
  • WA: Poll on Gun Control at Seattle Times

    01/04/2014 2:22:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Seattle Times is running a poll about two initiatives that will be on the ballot in the next Washington State election.  Instead of two questions that the voters will face, the poll asks three, summed up thus: Do you think background checks should apply to: All gun sales, as proposed in I-594Only for sales by licensed dealers, as proposed in I-591No one. Americans have a right to bear arms. Period.  It is very interesting that it is the third option that is  currently getting more than half the votes: 610 votes, 50.88 percent. The first option, essentially for ending...
  • WA:Yelm Man Shoots Unwanted Visitor in Leg

    12/23/2013 4:36:27 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    yelmonline.com ^ | 4 December, 2013 | NA
    Billy Willingham, 51, reportedly called 9-1-1 and said he had just shot someone in the leg. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, they located a 41-year-old man lying on the ground with a single gunshot wound to his leg. (snip) The victim refused to leave despite being told to leave, Willingham said. He reportedly told the victim "he better leave or he would shoot him." The victim reportedly again refused to leave and Willingham shot him one time.
  • National Dog Show: American Foxhound wins Best in Show (Kennel Club)

    11/28/2013 10:25:02 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 24 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Nov. 28, 2013 | AP
    Oaks/Valley Forge, PA – Jewel, a dominant American Foxhound on the dog show circuit all year, won The National Dog Show Presented by Purina during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. GCH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box (aka Jewel) was selected by Best in Show Judge Randy E. Garren from among the seven canines emerging from the judging of over 1,500 dogs at the tradition-rich, all-breed show. The three year-old bitch is also the first winner in the 12-year history of The National Dog Show to come from the Hound Group. Every other group has...
  • WA:Store clerk pulled out his “big gun” and chased away would-be robbers

    11/27/2013 2:16:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    westseattleherald.com ^ | 24 November, 2013 | Detective Renee Wit
    The clerk recognized that the gun the suspects were using was a fake, so he reached down and brought his own gun up, telling the would be robbers that his gun was “bigger”. The suspects ran out of the store, and quickly left in their getaway car.
  • WA:Seattle public libraries opt to obey the law…finally

    11/01/2013 6:09:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 October, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The long-standing, and wholly illegal, ban on guns in Seattle’s public libraries comes to an end next week, according to Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, who reports today that the rule change was a long time coming, more than a year after a Second Amendment Foundation legal victory defending state preemption was allowed to stand by the State Supreme Court. This policy change is as late as an overdue book, and Times readers are having some fun with it.In recognition of this announcement, SAF and this column will donate an autographed copy of Washington Times Senior Editor Emily Miller’s recently-released...
  • WA:Homeowner shoots alleged intruder

    10/26/2013 6:06:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 25 October, 2013 | Alison Grande
    NEAR GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Detectives say a homeowner shot an intruder in the back as the man entered his house near Gig Harbor. The shooting happened in the 5700 block of Ray Nash Dr. Northwest around 5 p.m. on Thursday. The homeowner told investigators he confronted a man in his driveway and told him to leave. The man didn’t respond. Instead, he kept walking toward the house. The man’s wife and children were inside the house. Police say the man kept going and went in the front door; the homeowner fired one shot and hit the man in the...
  • Monitors on 7,000 students in Snohomish County [conditioning children for 24/7 gov't monitoring]

    10/26/2013 12:44:48 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 57 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | October 25, 2013 | unknown
    It's called the largest single experiment in getting kids more active in Snohomish County. The Gear Up & Go program involves handing out nearly 7,000 watch-sized electronic devices to fifth-graders at 15 school districts throughout the county. The devices will measure the activity levels of participating students throughout the school year. --SNIP-- Students can check in on their progress at computers programmed to keep a running tab on their activity. --SNIP-- The information gathered in the project will allow data to be collected and mapped in a number of ways. --SNIP-- Other information will be overlaid on the maps, such...
  • Rachel Corrie sculpture at Evergreen State College

    10/22/2013 2:17:42 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 71 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | October 22, 2013 | unknown
    A sculpture in memory of Olympia activist Rachel Corrie will be dedicated Wednesday in the Activities Building at The Evergreen State College. The Olympian reports ( http://bit.ly/16sYebN ) the bronze and steel representation of a dove on the tip of a pyramid is called "Reflecting on Peace and Justice." Corrie was killed in 2003 in the Gaza Strip by an Israeli military bulldozer as she attempted to stop it from demolishing a Palestinian home.
  • Majority of 25,000 enrolled through new WA health exchange will have fully-subsidized insurance

    10/17/2013 1:16:37 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 51 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | Staff
    Enrollments in health care plans through Washington state's new health care exchange continue to increase, but it turns out a majority of the enrollees so far won't be paying for their plans. "The Medicaid newly eligible population accounts for a little more than half of the 25,000 that we've seen," Michael Marchand, with the new Washington Health Care Exchange, tells KIRO Radio's Dave Ross. A Medicaid expansion under Obamacare raised the income threshold for those eligible. "So that's the new population that's part of the expansion that the state undertook," says Marchand. "It's quite possible that those people may have...
  • King County [WA] Executive: Shutdown taking food out of babies' mouths

    10/10/2013 1:22:46 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 21 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | October 9, 2013 | Tim Haeck
    Politicians are trading rhetoric and needy mothers are frightened by the prospect of a continuing shutdown of the federal government that threatens the funding for a crucial nutrition program. "This federal shutdown lends itself to hyperbole, but this is no exaggeration, they are literally taking the food out of babies' mouths," says King County Executive Dow Constantine. Constantine stood with a nursing mother of three children at a White Center health clinic to call on Congress to end the shutdown. Crystal Reugger's husband is on furlough and the family depends on the federally-funded nutrition program known as WIC. But WIC...
  • Three black soldiers arrested for stabbing white comrade to death

    Three black soldiers arrested for stabbing white comrade to death 'called him a cracker' - so why are police now so sure it was NOT a hate crime? Police today said the stabbing death of a white Army soldier allegedly at the hands of a group of African American comrades was not a hate crime - despite witnesses claiming they called him a 'cracker' during the confrontation. Tevin Geike, 20, was left for dead in a parking lot near his base in Lakewood, Washington, in the early hours of Saturday morning and three soldiers have been arrested over the killing....
  • WA:First round of I-594 signatures delivered, but many question collection methods

    10/07/2013 6:35:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Poulsbo Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 October, 2013 | Samuel CadlePoulsbo Gun Rights Examiner
    Olympia, Wash - The new gun control group, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) has delivered the first batch of signatures to Olympia on October 4th, 2013. While the number of signatures being delivered were not released, Washington State required 246,372 signatures for a measure to be put on the ballot. The group has until January 3rd 2014 to gather signatures. If the signatures are gathered by that time there are three different things that can happen with the initiative. It can go to the legislature for a vote, and if passed become law. The legislature can opt not to...
  • Burglar caught breaking into Kent farm office shot by owner [Washington state]

    10/02/2013 9:16:21 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 16 replies
    KOMO News ^ | October 2, 2013 | KOMO Staff
    KENT, Wash. -- A burglar caught rummaging through an office at Kent's Frager Farm is dead after being shot by the business owner, police said. The farm's owner went to his office in 25000 block of Frager Rd. S. around 1:30 a.m. after being alerted somehow that it was being burglarized, said Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff's office. The man arrived to find two young men in his office. Deputies are still investigating exactly what happened next but eventually a fight ensued, the owner pulled out a gun and fatally shot one of the burglars. The second...
  • WA:Yacolt man, 74, holds alleged burglar at gunpoint

    09/30/2013 5:34:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    columbian.com ^ | 27 September, 2013 | Emily Gillespie
    A 74-year-old man held a burglary suspect at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived at his rural Yacolt house Friday morning. About 10:30 a.m., Andrew Thompson found a man inside his house, which property records describe as a 468 square foot cabin on 4.86 acres of land.
  • Suspected thief dies following shootout with Marine

    09/27/2013 3:24:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    q13fox.com ^ | 24 September, 2013 | Jeff Van Sant
    MAPLE VALLEY — A suspected car thief died following a shootout with the car’s owner Tuesday morning, King County sheriff’s deputies said. The incident happened just after midnight Tuesday in the 21800 block of SE 236th Place in Maple Valley. According to sheriff’s deputies, a man walking his dog noticed a 27-year-old man attempting to steal his truck. The thief, realizing he had been spotted, left the truck and ran toward an awaiting getaway vehicle. Deputies said the truck’s owner drew a gun and yelled “gun” in an attempt to stop the thief, who entered the getaway vehicle. The truck’s...
  • WA:King County executive takes sides

    09/07/2013 5:22:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 September, 2013 | Dave Workman
    A new e-mail appeal from the group pushing a 15-page gun control initiative to the Legislature arrived over the name of King County Executive Dow Constantine, removing any doubt in the minds of his gun owner constituents where he stands on their civil rights, and coinciding with copies of their petition in The Stranger, according to their Facebook page, and the Seattle Times on Saturday. The e-mail, from the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), follows the strategies detailed in a gun control playbook exposed by this column. Here’s what Constantine allowed to appear over his name: It's up to...
  • UPDATE: Bomb Threat At Jefferson Elementary In Pullman Over

    09/05/2013 1:29:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies
    KHQ.com ^ | August 29, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "As always, the safety of all of our students is of primary concern to us and we will continue to review safety and crisis plans on a frequent basis."
  • WA:Anti open carry page could land creator in legal trouble

    08/25/2013 10:29:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Poulsbo Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 August, 2013 | Samuel Cadle
    A new attempt from a anti-gun advocate may just land the owner in hot water. Opened on August 23rd the page called 'Open Carry 911' with a mission to get citizens to call 911 if they saw someone open carrying a firearm, and tell the 911 call taker that they were being threatening. There is discussion of the page on the Wash. open carry forum. Open Carry 911's mission statement reads "I am starting a grass roots [sic] movement and encourage everyone to participate. If you see someone carrying a firearm call 911 and tell them the person is threatening...
  • WA:Police: Terrified Man Held at Gunpoint Until He Apologized ‘For All the Things White People

    08/17/2013 4:16:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 16 August, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    Prosecutors say a 35-year-old homeless black man held a white man at gunpoint and demanded he apologize “for all the things white people did to black people” in the Seattle area Sunday, August 11.
  • WA:Bellingham Pays $15,000 for Police Pointing Gun at Open Carrier

    08/14/2013 11:06:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    People carrying firearms openly have racked up a significant number of settlements for police overstepping their bounds.  In this latest case, the city of Bellingham, Washington has agreed to pay $15,000. BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Lawyers say Bellingham has agreed to pay $15,000 to a man who was threatened by a police officer for wearing a holstered gun in a city park. The police officer pointed his gun at the citizen who was not breaking any law.   Second Amendment activists who exercise their rights are winning these cases by being scrupulously law abiding, polite, and recording their interactions....
  • Deputies: Burglar shot by homeowner in Wapato

    08/13/2013 8:00:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    kimatv.com ^ | 11 August, 2013 | Ada Chong
    YAKIMA COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE -- On 08-11-2013 at about 0927 hours the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a burglary in progress with a suspect being detained at a residence on McKinley Rd north of Progressive Rd. Upon law enforcement arrival, it was found that the suspect had been shot. The 16 year old male suspect from the Toppenish area was transported to a Yakima area hospital where he was subsequently transferred to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition with a single gunshot wound to the torso. The investigation has revealed to this point that the family was...
  • Metro bus driver shot in downtown Seattle

    08/12/2013 9:37:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    Seattle P. I. ^ | 8/12/13
    The King County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday morning that a shooting occurred on a Metro bus in downtown Seattle. The suspect, who was shot by officers, is now in custody. The Seattle Police Department tweeted that the shooter fired at a Metro driver....
  • Obamacare Health Insurance Rebates: Who Gets a Check?

    07/18/2013 5:52:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    ABC ^ | July 18, 2013 | DEVIN DWYER
    An estimated 8.5 million Americans will receive rebates from their health insurers this summer thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which says companies that fail to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care must refund the difference to consumers. Obama today touted the benefit as part of his mid-summer push ... The amount of the individual rebates varies widely by state and insurance company, depending on whether a consumer's insurer was in compliance with the law. The largest average rebates will be seen in Washington state, where 3,007 consumers will receive an average $512 this summer. In...
  • WA:Veteran Arrested And Charged For Legally Open Carrying AR-15

    07/04/2013 7:13:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies
    Political Buzz ^ | 3 July, 2013 | Mikael Thalen
    A decorated Air Force veteran pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of “trespassing with a weapon capable of producing bodily harm,” after being arrested by police in Vancouver, Washington, for legally open carrying an AR-15 rifle. Last Saturday, Mack Worley, eager to exercise his second amendment, open carried his rifle while grabbing a soda and viewing a fireworks stand before attempting to walk back to his car. “No one had said anything negative to me. A few people came up to me and asked a few questions about what I was doing and I just explained that I...
  • WA:Bodies v. big bucks in background check battle with national implications

    06/29/2013 5:35:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 June, 2013 | Dave Workman
    They came from across the state, from Bellingham to Vancouver, converging over the weekend on the Puyallup fairgrounds, to sign copies of Initiative 591 and get blanks to take back home, where they will have neighbors, friends and local gun shops fill up the sheets; a grassroots army stirred to action by the fear of Seattle-based big money buying away their gun rights. There is little doubt among WAC members and gun show visitors that Washington may be a “test case.” That is, they are convinced that well-financed sponsors of a competing initiative expect to use their experience here to...
  • WA:Homeowner holds burglar at gunpoint for deputies

    06/21/2013 4:12:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    spokanevalley.kxly.com ^ | 18 June 2013 | Staff
    A would-be burglar was stopped in his tracks by a Spokane Valley homeowner armed with a 12-gauge shotgun who said he's had enough with thieves on his property. Homeowner Chris Malloy saw a man walk behind his shed around 9:15 Tuesday morning in the 13600 block of E. 20th. It's the third time something like this has happened to him in three months and he's sick of it. "I was in the house, walked past one of the bedroom windows and just saw him walking across the golf course, the yard, then I knew something was not right," Malloy said....
  • Seattle gun buy-back fraud exposed…in Pennsylvania

    06/16/2013 7:25:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Hot on the heels of Friday’s Seattle Times revelation about anti-gun Mayor Mike McGinn’s error-ridden gun buy-back, a newspaper in Pennsylvania yesterday published a lengthy piece on the poor track record of such events, with particular focus on Seattle. The Norristown Times Herald story picked apart Seattle’s first buy-back, concentrating on revelations about that exercise that were part of a 2004 report called “Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review” published by the National Academy of Sciences.“A Seattle, Wash., gun buy-back program in September 1992 that used $50 bank vouchers was evaluated with police reports during the six-month period after the...
  • Joint Terrorism Task Force in Seattle Launches Rewards for Justice Campaign

    06/07/2013 3:19:46 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies
    Note: The following SNIPPET is a quote: Joint Terrorism Task Force in Seattle Launches Rewards for Justice Campaign FBI and Department of State Seek Information from the Public FBI Seattle June 04, 2013 The Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Task Force (PSJTTF) this week launched in Seattle a publicity campaign for the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program. RFJ offers up to $25 million for information that helps stop terrorism. Over the next several months, the greater Seattle community will see photos of wanted terrorists and appeals for information about them publicized on highway billboards, airport displays, bus...
  • WA:Spokane homeowner who shot carjacker charged with manslaughter

    05/30/2013 6:04:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 77 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | 29 May, 2013 | Jillian Raftery
    Dori thinks it should be legal to use deadly force to protect your property, but Spokane prosecutors disagree. They announced Wednesday that they are charging Gail Gerlach, who shot and killed a carjacker, with First Degree Manslaughter. According to reports, 56-year-old Gail Herbert Gerlach had left his Chevy Suburban running in his driveway to warm it up on a cold day in March when Brendon Kaluza-Graham tried to drive away with it. Gail fired his gun, hitting Brendon in the head and killing him. Gail said he saw Brendon raise his arm in his direction; he thought Brendon had a...
  • WA:In brief: Shop owner fires gun at fleeing armed robber

    05/28/2013 6:06:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    spokesman.com ^ | 28 May, 2013 | Nina Culver
    The owner of a medical marijuana shop in the 600 block of West Garland Avenue fired a shot at an armed robber fleeing the store Monday evening. “We can’t find any indication that anyone was hit,” Spokane police Lt. Bill Drollinger said. Herbal Connections is just two doors down from Garland Tattoo and Piercing, where D.J. Nill works. “I heard something that sounded like a gunshot,” he said. But the robber ran off in the other direction, and employees didn’t see anything, he said. “We didn’t realize what was going on until the cops came up,” fellow employee Larry Shepar...
  • Woman stabs intruder to death at Wash. state home

    05/22/2013 12:22:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    wlfi.com ^ | 22 May, 2013 | AP
    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — As her husband fought with an intruder in their home early Monday, a woman grabbed a knife and stabbed the stranger to death, investigators said.
  • Federal agents rescue 3 Washington-bound immigrants from smugglers

    05/16/2013 3:43:57 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09
    SEATTLEPI.COM ^ | May 16, 2013 | LEVI PULKKINEN
    Three accused people smugglers now face federal hostage-taking charges after they were caught holding Washington-bound immigrants for ransom, a Homeland Security Investigations spokesman announced Thursday. Federal investigators contend Espiridion Pablo-Madrigal, 34, Abel Donce de la Torre-Gonzalez, 32, and Luis Bretado-Aragon, 19, are accused of holding three immigrants hostage in a “drop house” in Phoenix, Ariz. A department spokesman said the kidnappers threatened to kill their hostages if the victims’ family didn’t pay. Homeland Security Investigations agents learned of the house on May 13, after a caller contacted HSI Seattle to report the kidnapping. HSI agents in Phoenix then worked around...