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  • County to pay $1 million to 3 detectives in sex-harassment case

    12/19/2013 7:17:28 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12-19-13 | Steve Miletich
    King County has agreed to pay $1 million to three veteran detectives in the sheriff’s office Special Assault Unit who alleged they were victims of rampant acts of sexual harassment and verbal abuse over many years. The detectives, Marylisa Priebe-Olson, Janette Luitgaarden and Belinda Ferguson, alleged in a lawsuit filed in January they were subjected to a litany of boorish conduct, inappropriate remarks and belittling behavior from two sergeants. A settlement in the case was reached Wednesday night, according to the attorneys for the women, Julie Kays and Lincoln Beauregard of Connelly Law Offices of Tacoma and Seattle. The women,...
  • The most anti-Obama place in the U.S.

    11/15/2012 7:12:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2012
    CNN's Gary Tuchman heads to King County, Texas, where President Obama won only five votes. Video at link.
  • Woman attacked while ordering lunch at McDonald's drive-thru

    05/22/2012 11:41:41 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 177 replies
    News 10 ^ | 5/22/2012
    <p>DENVER, Colorado (KUSA) - Police are investigating a vicious beating at a McDonald's drive-thru in Denver.</p> <p>Shannon, who asked us not to use her last name, was the victim of an attack on May 9 just before noon.</p> <p>She called our sister station KUSA 9News, and asked for help finding her attackers.</p>
  • Man arrested for breaking into King County Jail

    03/12/2012 5:21:19 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    mynorthwest.com ^ | 3/12/2012 | Brandi Kruse
    Police say a man tried to break into the King County Jail Sunday, and was subsequently booked into the jail for criminal trespass. Staff at the jail noticed the man climb over a fence into a secure area of the facility in the 500 block of 5th Ave. He then made several attempts to open a locked door. "Officers did ask him and he offered absolutely no explanation as to why he was attempting to break into the jail," said Detective Renee Witt with the Seattle Police Department, whose officers were called to the scene. "They didn't have to drive...
  • Washington ("republican") AG candidate Dunn backs legalizing gay marriage

    01/11/2012 4:35:36 PM PST · by Baynative · 6 replies
    King5.com ^ | Jan 9, 2012 | ROBERT MAK
    SEATTLE -- Republican King County Council member and Attorney General candidate Reagan Dunn tells KING 5 News he will back efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. In supporting gay marriage legislation, Dunn is staking out a different position from Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.
  • Suspect charged with murder of seven-year-old girl 53 YEARS after child was abducted

    07/02/2011 6:23:42 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 5 replies
    A man has been charged with the killing of a seven-year-old girl 53 YEARS after she was abducted in a case that gripped America. Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, is accused of murdering Maria Ridulph, who was kidnapped while playing with a friend near her home. As almost an entire community and law enforcement agencies searched for her, President Eisenhower and FBI director J Edgar Hoover demanded daily briefings on the hunt. McCullough, from Seattle, is being held at Washington's King County jail today awaiting extradition after being picked up for questioning last Wednesday. The crime has haunted the city of...
  • Police: Train ticket helps crack 1957 Ill. killing

    07/03/2011 3:49:17 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2011 | BARBARA RODRIGUEZ
    SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — Charles "Chuck" Ridulph always assumed the person who stole his little sister from the neighborhood corner where she played and dumped her body in a wooded stretch some 100 miles away was a trucker or passing stranger — surely not anyone from the hometown he remembers as one big, friendly playground. And, after more than a half century passed since her death, he assumed the culprit also had died or was in prison for some other crime. On Saturday, he said he was stunned by the news that a one-time neighbor had been charged in the...
  • WA: King Co Exec Constantine cuts public safety, but finds $100k in public funds for his PR firm

    02/24/2011 10:29:54 PM PST · by Stoat · 9 replies
    The Washington Policy Center ^ | February 22, 2010 | Paul Guppy
    Constantine cuts public safety, but finds $100k in public funds for his campaign’s public relations firm February 22, 2011 by Paul Guppy King County Executive Dow Constantine is laying off sheriff’s deputies and county prosecutors, while using County funds to hire the private public relations firm he used in his campaign.The King County sheriff reports Constantine’s budget cuts eliminated all property-crime investigation teams, closed neighborhood police stations and reduced other crime-fighting services.The County Prosecutor says Constantine’s cuts resulted in a reduction of 16 deputy prosecutors and eight support staff, and that his office is less able to enforce the...
  • No charges against Seattle officer who shot woodcarver

    02/15/2011 7:50:56 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 40 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 02/15/2011
    King County prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against Seattle police Officer Ian Birk in the fatal shooting of woodcarver John T. Williams, according to sources familiar with the decision. Prosecutors have been confronted with a steep legal hurdle in deciding whether to charge Birk with murder or manslaughter. State law shields police officers from criminal prosecution when they claim they used deadly force in self-defense, unless it can be shown they acted with malice and a lack of good faith.
  • Green River Killer is charged with 49th murder after missing woman's skull is found in ravine

    02/08/2011 4:47:57 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:24 PM on 8th February 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Green River Killer Gary Ridgway is facing his 49th murder charge for the death of a woman whose skull was found by teenagers in a ravine, 28 years after she went missing. Ridgway, 61, is already serving 48 consecutive life sentences after being jailed in 2003 for a strangling spree which terrorised Seattle and its northern suburbs in the early 1980s. He once said he killed so many women he could not keep track of them all. He had previously confessed to killing Rebecca 'Becky' Marrero, a 20-year-old mother and prostitute last seen when she left a motel in 1982.
  • King County bans public e-cigarette smoking [Nanny State Alert]

    12/19/2010 9:29:38 AM PST · by freespirited · 52 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 12/17/10 | Vanessa Ho
    The King County Board of Health passed a controversial proposal Thursday that bans the public use of electronic cigarettes, despite protests that the battery-powered, nicotine-delivery sticks emit no second-hand smoke and are often used for harm reduction. The measure is not a complete ban on e-cigarettes. Rather, it prohibits e-cigarette smoking in the same places where real smoking is forbidden by the state, such as restaurants, bars and workplaces. But the state's tobacco smoking ban, adopted in 2006, was based on the fact that second-hand smoke causes cancer and other diseases. The rationale behind King County's e-cig ban was a...
  • Felon's Fingers in USA (King County ballots)

    11/06/2010 12:30:18 AM PDT · by Lexinom · 18 replies
    BlackBoxVoting.org ^ | 13 October 2010 | Bev Harris
    Vote the old fashioned way. Vote at the polling place, allowing plenty of time, and ready to assert your right to use a provisional ballot if your name is not on the list. Vote by mail is second only to Internet voting in the risk it presents to our democracy. Permission to excerpt or reprint granted, with link to http://www.blackboxvoting.org For a glimpse into just how slipshod our vote-by-mail controls really are, take a look at how two convicted felons obtained intimate access to the system: The primary architect for current vote-by-mail computer software was Jeffrey Dean, an embezzler who...
  • Murray campaign confident even if Rossi pulls ahead today

    11/03/2010 4:23:44 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 52 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 3, 2010 | Jim Brunner
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray's campaign is preparing supporters for a possible tightening of her race against Republican Dino Rossi as more ballots are counted today.Murray's deputy campaign manager, Alex Glass, said she won't be shocked if Murray falls slightly behind Rossi this afternoon. That's because King County is only expected to count 45,000 ballots, which may be dwarfed by new totals from other counties. (Spokane County alone will count 30,000.)In a new memo on the state of the race, Jeff Bjornstad, Murray's campaign manager, predicted Rossi will lose even if he appears to surge today."The varying rates of counting...
  • POLICE: Bar masturbator caught Vaseline-handed

    01/23/2010 2:02:35 AM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies · 1,172+ views
    Blog.SEATTLEPI.com ^ | January 12, 2010 5:12 p.m. | Posted by Levi Pulkkinen
    SNIPPET: "On Jan. 3, King County prosecutors claim in charging documents, Basim Salim Abdul-Rahim was seated in the bar of the 13 Coins restaurant..." SNIPPET: "Abdul-Rahim, also known as James Thomas Triblett, was jailed but has since been released after posting bond."
  • Seattle – I-5 Shooting Suspects May Have Planned Sniper Attack

    08/31/2009 11:31:39 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 12 replies · 1,611+ views
    NTA ^ | 8/30/09 | National
    Two men arrested Friday night during a bizarre shooting spree along Interstate 5 in North Seattle may have been planning to fire at vehicles driving up and down the freeway, police said Sunday. “One theory is that maybe they were going to snipe at people as they were driving by on I-5,” Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt told KOMO News
  • Sims nomination mocks Obama’s transparency claims

    05/01/2009 2:47:45 PM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 878+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 1, 2009 | Editorial
    President Barack Obama has settled on a train-wreck of a nominee for Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On Tuesday, the Senate, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee approved Ronald Sims in a voice vote. They did so despite having credible information indicating financial mismanagement and ethical transgressions, including two egregious abuses of a state freedom of information law. Sims has been King County Executive in Washington state since 1996. Under his watch, local government was fined after it failed to produce documents concerning construction of the Qwest sports stadium. The Supreme Court of Washington, in a blistering ruling...
  • GANG MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY TO BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

    04/14/2009 2:04:26 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 645+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2009 GANG MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY TO BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM Defendant Appears in Internet Video Holding Gun and Making Threats Against Rival Gang Members ERIC CHARLES SANFORD, 21, of Seattle, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to being a felon in possession of a firearm. SANFORD was arrested on November 15, 2008, following a traffic stop in central Seattle. SANFORD was a passenger in a car that was stopped for traffic violations. SANFORD was ordered out of the car for...
  • The Fight To Keep A Treehouse

    01/24/2009 4:01:29 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 316+ views
    npr ^ | Phyllis Fletcher
    Pete Nelson, who runs Treehouse Point in Fall City, Wash., built a treehouse without a permit. Nelson admits he built the treehouse without a permit from the county, saying, "It probably wasn't the right thing to do." The county has a file a couple of inches thick on Nelson...The county found out after Nelson cut down a tree and was caught doing it by a neighbor. That neighbor reported Nelson to the county — and the truth came out.
  • King County investigates apparent forgery of hundreds of voter cards (Seattle, WA)

    03/16/2007 3:00:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 80 replies · 1,867+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 16, 2007 | Mike Carter
    King County prosecutors are investigating apparent voter-registration fraud in the 2006 general election. Dan Satterberg, chief deputy to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, confirmed late Thursday that attorneys from his office will meet later this week to brief their federal counterparts regarding evidence that hundreds of voter-registration cards submitted in King County were forged. Satterberg said "there are significant irregularities" among a batch of more than 1,800 voter-registration cards submitted to the county by canvassers for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a national group that represents the interests of low- and moderate-income citizens. County prosecutors, aided...
  • King County GOP booth at Bumbershoot vandalized (Seattle, Washington State)

    09/02/2008 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Stoat · 37 replies · 1,270+ views
    Northwest Cable News ^ | September 2, 2008 | KING-TV staff
    King County GOP booth at Bumbershoot vandalized  08:55 AM PDT on Tuesday, September 2, 2008  By KING5.com Staff  KCGOP Vandals tore open the tent, flipped over the table holding candidates' literature and set parts of the display on fire.  SEATTLE - The King County Republican Party reports that their booth at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival was vandalized Sunday evening. The vandals tore open the closed tent, flipped over the table holding candidates' literature and set parts of the display on fire. A person at a neighboring booth saw the flames and extinguished them before more damage was done. The KCGOP says...
  • New 30-year high in tuberculosis cases (King County, Washington State)

    03/20/2008 5:08:28 PM PDT · by Stoat · 15 replies · 577+ views
    New 30-year high in tuberculosis cases March 24 is World TB Day Thursday, March 20, 2008 KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON - Tuberculosis (TB) takes two million lives worldwide every year, and World TB Day on March 24 is an opportunity to focus on solutions to the devastating global epidemic. Locally, 161 cases were reported in 2007, a new 30-year high, serving as a stark reminder that TB also remains a significant challenge in King County.Today’s cases are increasingly among the foreign born. Also disproportionately represented are African Americans, Asian /Pacific Islanders, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Latinos, the homeless and those living...
  • Husband blasts search policy (Wife missing for days before police responded)

    09/29/2007 4:24:38 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 115 replies · 212+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Saturday, September 29, 2007 Last updated 1:24 p.m. PT | LEVI PULKKINEN AND DEBERA CARLTON HARRELL
    Hours after his wife was found clinging to life in a wrecked car, Tom Rider struggled to restrain his rage at the King County Sheriff's Office, which on Friday defended its decision to wait five days to ask for the cell phone records that led to her rescue. For a week, 33-year-old Tanya Rider -- her left leg crushed in the Sept. 20 wreck -- hung upside down inside her mangled Honda SUV. Thousands of drivers passed by on state Route 169 only feet away, but did not see the car, which fell 12 feet down a brushy hillside....
  • King County flubs 400 voter registration cards (Washington State; The Trend Continues)

    08/24/2007 11:48:01 AM PDT · by Stoat · 18 replies · 1,085+ views
    Northwest Cable News ^ | August 24, 2007 | Robert Mak
      King County flubs 400 voter registration cards 06:49 AM PDT on Friday, August 24, 2007  By ROBERT MAK / KING 5 News   Luke Esser  BELLEVUE, Wash. – The King County Elections department made a mistake with the state Republican Party chair's voter registration card this year. Luke Esser was one of 400 poll voters who received voter notification cards that were incorrect. For many years, Esser voted at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue. But in July, he got a letter and a new registration card from King County Elections, notifying him that it had changed his precinct location...
  • County Bans Trans Fats - New rules: Menus must say what's in your meal

    07/21/2007 2:13:28 AM PDT · by XR7 · 34 replies · 856+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/20/07 | Carol M. Ostrom
    Despite objections from restaurant owners and food-industry officials, the King County Board of Health on Thursday banned artificial trans fat and required nutrition labeling for menu items in chain restaurants. With the vote, King County joins a handful of jurisdictions in the country to ban artificial trans fats in restaurant meals and becomes only the second to require nutrition labeling on menus. While most restaurant owners and their supporters testified against the trans-fat ban -- most said they're already getting rid of trans fats but they simply hate mandates -- they saved their harshest words for the nutrition-labeling requirement. Chris...
  • Menu labeling, trans fat ban approved by the Board of Health (King County, Washington State)

    07/20/2007 1:27:17 PM PDT · by Stoat · 53 replies · 649+ views
    Menu labeling, trans fat ban approved by the Board of Health Thursday, July 19, 2007 KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON - People will be able to make more informed food choices and have a safer food supply as the result of today’s action by the King County Board of Health to require menu labeling in King County chain restaurants and to eliminate artificial trans fat in all King County restaurants. Board of Health members expressed strong support for the decision that will improve the dining experience and the health of the community in the fight against obesity and chronic diseases such...
  • Dog taken off voter rolls -- after three elections (Washington State. Of Course)

    07/12/2007 1:19:09 AM PDT · by Stoat · 39 replies · 769+ views
    The Times of India ^ | July 12, 2007
    Dog taken off voter rolls -- after three elections12 Jul 2007, 0539 hrs IST,AP SEATTLE: A dog has been taken off voter rolls after receiving absentee ballots for three elections, said officials in King County, Washington. Elections Director Sherril Huff said she cancelled voter registration Tuesday for Duncan M McDonald, the Australian shepherd-terrier mix owned by Jane K Balogh. Balogh, 66, registered her pet to protest a change in the law that she said made it too easy for non-citizens to cast ballots. Balogh put her telephone in the dog's name, then used that as identification when she mailed...
  • Man found dead in rat-filled home in Kirkland area

    12/25/2006 9:04:04 PM PST · by Bean Counter · 51 replies · 1,790+ views
    Seattle times ^ | Dec 14, 2006 | Rachecl Tunistra
    Seattle Times Eastside bureau Neighbors in the Kirkland area had complained to public-health officials for years that one reclusive homeowner was living in a filthy home infested with rodents, which the man sometimes fed. On Monday, a King County deputy found the decomposing body of a man at the home on Finn Hill, an unincorporated area near Kirkland. The house was filled with rodents, feces and garbage. The medical examiner has not identified the man, but the health department and neighbors believe he is Thomas H. Stone, 67, who had lived in the home with his mother for some time...
  • Alice In Chains Singer's Life Could Become Movie

    11/03/2006 7:26:31 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 32 replies · 2,427+ views
    Rock Radio Online ^ | October 6, 2006 | Staff
    A biography of late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley might be turned into a movie, reports Blabbermouth.net. A press release from Arts Publications indicated that Argentinean journalist Adriana Rubio has been contacted by Philadelphia-based filmmaker Eric Moyer about making a film version of her book, Layne Staley: Get Born Again. Moyer said in a statement, "I am determined to make this film about Layne Staley, not only to celebrate his life and talent, but to warn others through his compelling story that heroin will kill you...no matter who you are." Staley died in April of 2002 after struggling with...
  • Hold the champagne; WA state still has a huge problem

    07/11/2006 10:48:17 AM PDT · by truth49 · 11 replies · 408+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | 7-11-06 | Jason Mercier
    Before DSHS and Gov. Chris Gregoire pop the champagne on word that the state auditor has revised the amount of “questioned” costs in the state’s most recent Medicaid audit from $950 million to $80 million, some audit definitions are in order. Each year the state auditor issues two Medicaid audits. One is state focused (the one reporting $950 million in “questioned” costs) and the other is federal focused (the one reporting $80 million in “questioned” costs). So did the state’s Medicaid audit really improve by $870 million? No. The federal government has a different definition of “questioned” costs than what...
  • Homeless Alcoholics Receive a Permanent Place to Live, and Drink ( Taxpayers housing Drunks )

    07/05/2006 9:06:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 91 replies · 2,626+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 5, 2006 | JESSICA KOWAL
    Rodney Littlebear was a homeless drunk who for 15 years ran up the public tab with trips to jail, homeless shelters and emergency rooms. He now has a brand-new, government-financed apartment where he can drink as much as he wants. It is part of a first-in-the-nation experiment to ease the torment of drug and alcohol addiction while saving taxpayers' money. Last year, King County created a list of 200 "chronic public inebriates" in the Seattle region who had cost the most to round up and care for. Seventy-five were offered permanent homes in a new apartment building known by its...
  • Conviction in fatal stabbing (Manslaughter, not Murder)

    04/12/2006 7:56:49 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies · 559+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ^ | Wednesday, April 12, 2006 | TRACY JOHNSON
    A man who stabbed a Microsoft Corp. program manager more than 200 times while high on methamphetamine was found guilty of manslaughter Tuesday when a King County jury couldn't agree to call it murder. A few jurors believed Ronald Lakey was too intoxicated to actually intend to kill David Barzilai four years ago in Barzilai's Belltown apartment, one juror said later, so they settled on the less-serious charge. The juror, who did not want his name made public, said the decision was "extremely hard" and that jurors believed Lakey would take back that night if he could. Though disappointed, King...
  • Limits on felons' voting eased

    03/28/2006 8:36:53 AM PST · by MooseMan · 20 replies · 499+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3-28-2006 | David Postman and Ralph Thomas
    OLYMPIA — A King County Superior Court judge Monday ruled that thousands of Washington felons should be able to vote even though they have yet to pay off court-ordered fines. "It is well recognized that there is simply no rational relationship between the ability to pay and the exercise of constitutional rights," Judge Michael Spearman wrote in a ruling backing the challenge of three indigent felons. Spearman said the state law requiring payment of all court-ordered fines and fees before a felon can vote again violates the equal-protection clause in the U.S. Constitution and the state constitution. He said "discrimination...
  • Rape suspect, shot by police, out of hospital

    11/15/2005 6:42:02 AM PST · by ValerieUSA · 5 replies · 556+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Tuesday, November 15, 2005 | Sara Jean Green
    A rape suspect who was shot by Federal Way police last week while fleeing an apartment where he allegedly assaulted two teenage sisters has been released from Seattle's Harborview Medical Center and booked into jail. Though Anthony Casper Dias, 26, has been charged in King County with two counts of first-degree rape and three other felonies, he was booked into the Pierce County Jail on Saturday afternoon, said Maj. William Hayes, a spokesman for the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention. The decision was made because at least one of Dias' alleged victims is related to a King...
  • Dean Logan's fraud-addicted elections office forbids poll judges to obey law (King County WA)

    11/08/2005 5:45:55 PM PST · by NavyCanDo · 43 replies · 1,469+ views
    Sound Politics.com ^ | 11-8-05 | Stefan Sharkansky
    In a nutshell, I quit as a poll judge because the inspector threatened me for doing my job of dissuading an ineligible individual from voting. The poll judge's statutory oath says: we will not give our consent to the receipt of any vote or ballot from any person, other than one whom we firmly believe to be entitled to vote at such election Silly me, I tried to convince someone who is not eligible to vote in this election to vote in the next election. The poll inspector, a Democrat named Nancy Shelton, threatened to remove me from my post...
  • Rossi on Rossi: Learning from Losing

    10/19/2005 5:14:52 PM PDT · by Publius · 11 replies · 500+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 19 October 2005 | Bruce Ramsey
    Dino Rossi, the new book by Dino Rossi, is not primarily about the 2004 election or whether employees of King County can count. On its surface it is a self-help book, of the sort the academically minded will sniff at. A lot of others will like it. Rossi assured me he wrote it himself, and clearly it is written in his voice. Much of it consists of stories. There is, for example, the story of how he was cut from the junior-high basketball team, and how he practiced fervently and made the team in high school. Similarly, he lost his...
  • KING 5 Poll: County Executive race neck-and-neck

    10/17/2005 8:12:48 PM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 21 replies · 739+ views
    King 5 News (TV) ^ | 10-17-05 | ROBERT MAK
    With the election just three weeks away, a new KING 5 poll shows that the race for King County Executive's is neck-and-neck. A full 46 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for Republican David Irons now, compared to 43 percent for incumbent Ron Sims. That is within the poll's four-percent margin of error. Another factor in this race could be Green Party candidate Gentry Lange, who polled at 7 percent. Four percent of those surveyed told SurveyUSA that they're still undecided. Irons may be ahead, but strangely enough, many voters know very little about David Irons. The Republican...
  • Hefty Pension to Ex-deputy Defended

    08/12/2005 10:19:13 AM PDT · by OnRightOnLeftCoast · 1 replies · 354+ views
    The Seattle PI ^ | August 5, 2005 | Lewis Kamb and Eric Nalder
    King County sheriff's officials insist -- in the wake of public outrage -- that they had no choice but to give Deputy Dan Ring a near-full retirement pension.But Ring got more than the law required, even under a state system that once guaranteed a taxpayer-subsidized pension to another ex-cop who was a convicted murderer.
  • How to Regain Trust in Elections

    08/02/2005 7:05:27 PM PDT · by Publius · 21 replies · 492+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 3 August 2006 | Jim Miller & Stefan Sharkansky
    The report by the King County Task Force on Elections is a disappointment. The committee that prepared the report might have given us a clear description of what went wrong at the King County elections office in the last election, a diagnosis of the underlying problems, and a set of proposals for curing those problems. Members of the task force gave us no description at all. They did give us a vague diagnosis, but their diagnosis is inconsistent with the facts. And their proposed cures, though not all bad, would do more harm than good. The committee's diagnosis, such as...
  • Former King County Elections Superintendent Arrested (WA)

    07/20/2005 6:57:35 PM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 438 replies · 12,253+ views
    SEATTLE -- Former King County Elections Superintendent Julie Ann Kempf has been arrested for investigation of forgery, theft, criminal impersonation and assault. Kempf, 40, who was fired in 2002 for what officials called a "pattern of dishonesty," was booked into the King County Jail just after 5 p.m. Tuesday and released less than an hour later, jail records show. The arrest was first reported in the Seattle Weekly on Wednesday. Sgt. John Urquhart, a King County sheriff's spokesman, did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment Wednesday, and Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the county prosecutor's office,...
  • Allegations Of Chocolate For Sex In King County Jail

    06/08/2005 10:31:20 AM PDT · by pissant · 173 replies · 1,484+ views
    Komo TV ^ | 6/7/05 | michelle esteban
    KING COUNTY - First, it was allegations of sexual abuse by guards inside the King County Jail. Now, we're hearing reports guards traded chocolate for sex. And, there are allegations of drugs and alcohol for sex as well. Three King County jailers are suspended; each under investigation for sexual misconduct inside the jail's walls. The suspensions come after a female inmate told police one jailer forced her to have oral sex in the recreation room. She also accused another jailer of inappropriately touching her and taking a photo of her naked breast. Investigators searched both guard's lockers, And according to...
  • Judge Allows New GOP Allegations of Fraud in Washington Governor's Race

    05/24/2005 4:56:12 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 6 replies · 787+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-05-24-05 1928EDT
    Judge Allows New GOP Allegations of Fraud in Washington Governor's RaceBy Rebecca Cook Associated Press Writer Published: May 24, 2005 WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - A top King County elections official on Tuesday denied knowing about an absentee ballot report allegedly falsified by county workers while counting ballots in the 2004 governor's election. Elections Superintendent Bill Huennekens, testifying in a challenge to Washington state's 2004 gubernatorial election, said the Democratic-leaning county that includes Seattle had absentee ballots but added: "I don't know that we have an exact number." He also acknowledged the report did not include 96 unopened, uncounted ballots that...
  • Lawyer's suit an unfunny affair for taxpayers

    05/02/2005 2:17:18 PM PDT · by DukeBillie · 9 replies · 973+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ^ | May 2, 2005 | Robert L. Jamieson, Jr.
    Did you hear the one about the lady lawyer who had sex with the strapping male cop? She's suing the police force for performance issues. Really. The lawyer, Margita Dornay, is suing along with her cuckolded spouse who, it turns out, is a lawyer, too. The couple say the cop, Dave Hick, was violent, made threats against them and was a ticking time bomb. So, naturally, the suit, which was filed the other day, focuses on the party most responsible: the cop's bosses. Laughing yet? Hick's bosses at the King County Sheriff's Office should have known he was trouble. They...
  • WA Governor's Race Update

    05/01/2005 1:21:58 PM PDT · by Libertina · 13 replies · 361+ views
    Rossi Campaign HQ ^ | April 6, 2005 | Mary Lane
    This Monday, May 2, is the date for the next hearing in the election contest. This will be the last hearing in Chelan County Superior Court before the trial starts on May 23. In this hearing the judge will consider all pre-trial motions. ***Below are two recent news releases regarding what's been happening lately with the election contest. Highlights of Dean Logan deposition King County investigating more felon voters To subscribe to the Dino Rossi for Governor e-mail update, please send us an e-mail at update@dinorossi.com.
  • Microsoft Comes Under Fire for Reversal on Gay Rights Bill

    04/22/2005 3:21:36 AM PDT · by MississippiMasterpiece · 22 replies · 1,040+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2005 | Sarah Kershaw
    SEATTLE, April 21 - The Microsoft Corporation, at the forefront of corporate gay rights for decades, is coming under fire from gay rights groups, politicians and its own employees for withdrawing its support for a state bill that would have barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Many of the critics accused the company of bowing to pressure from a prominent evangelical church in Redmond, Wash., located a few blocks from Microsoft's sprawling headquarters. The bill, or similar versions of it, has been introduced repeatedly over three decades; it failed by one vote Thursday in the State Senate. Gay...
  • 3 King County Election Workers Suspended

    04/05/2005 6:37:27 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 37 replies · 1,363+ views
    KOMO TV Seattle ^ | April 5, 2005 | Bryan Johnson
    SEATTLE - There's a new flap over vote counting in King County. Three county election workers were suspended Tuesday evening after another mail ballot snafu -- this one involving the upcoming April 26 hospital levy election. Last week, the three workers were transferred from the mail processing headquarters to the elections office downtown after they failed to completely process 93 absentee votes in the Nov. 2 election. The 93 ballots had been signature-checked, but the ballots were left inside secrecy envelopes and never processed. King County Executive Ron Sims called that incident "extremely upsetting" and two Republican members of the...
  • Families Say They Never Gave Consent To Harvest Brains

    04/02/2005 6:26:18 PM PST · by kingattax · 42 replies · 992+ views
    KIROTV.com ^ | 4-1-2005 | Chris Halsne
    SEATTLE -- More grieving families stepped forward on Friday with accusations that the King County Medical Examiner's Office sold brains for profit without getting consent. Thursday night, KIRO Team 7 Investigators first exposed how King County shipped about 180 brains to a private research facility out of state. In return, it got more than $1 million. Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne has discovered information about missing consent forms and at least one brain that should never have been harvested. For privacy reasons, we'll call this case 98-1218. That's the label King County slapped on the file of a dead man before...
  • Cascade County?

    03/26/2005 7:21:12 AM PST · by StarfireIV · 18 replies · 431+ views
    Cascade County Website ^ | 03/26/05 | StarfireIV
    I found this yesterday on The Seattle Times website. In typical Seattle newspaper fashion, the posting of the story and the 03/24 meeting announcement were a day late. Something to consider, especially since one of the proposed maps dividing King Co. into King and Cascade counties involved reducing King Co. to only Seattle and the north end.
  • `Visionary' plan would put `a roof over every bed in King County' by 2014 (Seattle hasn't learned)

    03/12/2005 12:21:21 PM PST · by Stoat · 39 replies · 875+ views
    The King County Journal ^ | March 12, 2004 | Jeff Switzer
    `Visionary' plan would put `a roof over every bed in King County' by 2014 2005-03-12 by Jeff Switzer Journal Reporter  A first-ever plan to end homelessness in King County -- not just manage it -- was issued Friday with a target date of 2014.But the pricetag to meet the vision of ``a roof over every bed in King County'' could be from $680 million to $1 billion.``If we set our sights high, that everybody in King County would have a house, it sets for us a standard we'll be always chasing,'' said Jeff Natter, newly named program director of...
  • Truth held hostage: Day 9 (WA State Elections)

    03/07/2005 9:14:46 PM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 6 replies · 610+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 3-07-05 | Stefan Sharkansky
    Today's update on King County's magical binder of precinct-by-precinct reconciliation worksheets, which the lunatic-fringe blogs tell us are "sitting down there at KC Elections for anybody to inspect". The punchline is: the lunatic-fringe bloggers are living in a sick fantasy world (but you knew that). The binder is not now, nor has it ever been, available for public inspection. King County is perpetrating a cover-up. Two things happened today: First, County Councilmember David Irons confirmed to me that he's been asking for these documents for the last six weeks but that the Elections office has still not made them available...
  • BEST NUMBERS YET ON THE KING COUNTY DISCREPANCY!

    03/04/2005 10:11:32 PM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 4 replies · 242+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 03-04-05 | Stefan Sharkansky
    I've revised my analysis of the King County vote discrepancy, based on some slightly improved source data files. The differences from my earlier analysis are minor, but this does represent the best analysis based on the data that King County has released. I've also added some new illustrative statistics. My conclusion: Former Attorney General Gregoire "won" with the help of hundreds of unexplained ballots (along with all those felons, dead people, double voters, non-citizen voters, etc). The election was genuinely stolen. If King County and its cult-like apologists on the lunatic-fringe dispute these findings, then the ball is in King...