Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bonney Lake man shot after ramming police cars in pursuit


KENT – Kent police shot and wounded a man Friday who reportedly rammed several patrol cars during a pursuit, the Police Department reported.

The suspect, a 24-year-old Bonney Lake man, was taken to Harborview Medical Center. A police officer also was hurt, although not seriously.

The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Police had boxed in the suspect near South 252nd Street and Canyon Drive Southeast after he tried to drive away. He tried to crash through the patrol cars and two officers opened fire, police reported.

Police had been looking for the suspect since Aug. 1, when he eluded an officer who tried to stop him for a traffic offense. The officer backed off the pursuit because the suspect's driving was endangering others, police reported.

The suspect later abandoned his car. Police were able to identify him and discover that he was named in an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Renton police are investigating the shooting on behalf of the Kent Police Department.

4 women arrested at massage parlors after raids in 3 cities


BELLEVUE – Four women were arrested Thursday at massage parlors in Bellevue and SeaTac. King County sheriff's detectives suspect that the businesses are fronts for prostitution.

"We believe that one or more of those arrested were the managers or owners of this enterprise," King County sheriff spokesman John Urquhart said.

Detectives raided four parlors – one in SeaTac, one in Kirkland and two in Bellevue – and seized business records at each location.

The women range in age from 28 to 51. They were booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of various charges, including prostitution and money laundering.

Urquhart said both charges are felonies. Detectives believe all four parlors have common owners, managers and employees.

In Bellevue, sheriff detectives and police officers raided Royal Spa at 16407 Lake Hills Blvd. and Chada Thai Bodyworks at 10448 N.E. 29th St.

Deputies arrested a 33-year-old woman at Royal Spa and two women, ages 28 and 36, at Chada Thai Bodyworks.

In SeaTac, officers searched Miracle Spa and arrested a 51-year-old woman. That spa is at 3312 S. 192nd St.

In Kirkland, deputies raided Lisa Thai Massage at 1942 Market St. but made no arrests.

No customers were arrested during the raids. But detectives may contact customers who can be identified from the business records or credit-cards receipts, Urquhart said.

Friday, August 8, 2008

4 arrested in massage parlor prostitution raids

By Staff

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Sheriff's detectives arrested four women Thursday during raids at Puget Sound massage parlors that they say served as fronts for prostitution.

Detectives believe the four massage parlors – located in SeaTac, Kirkland and Bellevue – have common owners and employees, according to a press release from the King County Sheriff's Office.

The women arrested range in age from 28 to 51. They were booked on various charges, including promoting prostitution and money laundering. Police say more arrests are expected.

While no customers were taken into custody, detectives have seized the business records from each massage parlor. Customers who can be identified from the records will be contacted by detectives, and police say charges are possible.

The four massage parlors raided are:

Miracle Spa, located at 3312 S. 192nd in SeaTac

Royal Spa, located at 16407 Lake Hills Boulevard in Bellevue

The Chada Thai Bodywords, at 10448 NE 29th in Belleuve

Lisa Thai Massage, 1942 Market Street in Kirkland.

No arrests were made at the Kirkland location.

Agents use extreme tactics to evict pot-squatters


NEAR MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Washington state's public lands are being invaded by marijuana growers, and police say they pose a serious risk to people who enjoy the outdoors.

Now agents are using extreme tactics to clean out the pot-squatters.

Agents recently loaded up with ammo and camo to raid a major marijuana grow operation in Grant County wilderness.

Assault teams, hoping to capture the growers, arrived dangling from helicopters. The plan was to be hanging so far down they could easily unclip and run in, using the element of surprise.

It's become the preferred tactic. Agents arrive fresh, and with a perimeter of agents on the ground, the growers have nowhere to run. Hiding won't work either. Canine agents also fly in. The dogs are trained to be comfortable in harnesses.

State Fish and Wildlife agents say they've had enough with drug growers trashing public lands.

"These folks who engage in this these activities, they pose a clear and present danger to public health and safety," said Mike Cenci, of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife's Enforcement Division. "They protect their grows."

And this grow was worth protecting. Roughly 10,000 plants were spread out under the protective canopy of a grove of Russian olive trees in Grant County. It took hours for agents to pull them all up.

And there's environmental damage because the growers bury elaborate networks of hoses and pipes to siphon off creeks and ponds, and sometime use entire waterbodies as cauldrons to mix their irrigation water.

"They'll dump their fertilizers and chemicals directly into the water source, so they're completely polluting the environment and they're killing every animal that comes in and drinks from that water source," said Captain Chris Anderson, of the Department of Fish and Game.

And the growers didn't just work at the grow location, they also lived there in heavily camouflaged tents. Their camp equipment and supplies - left behind - pose another threat to the natural ecology.

It's happening on public lands all over the state. Solid demand for high quality marijuana is encouraging growers to invest serious time and energy infesting lands set aside for wildlife and recreation.

In Grant County, the bad guys slipped out before the raid, but their marijuana was seized and they lost it all - all their time and effort, their high hopes, went flying off in the arms of agents.

The pot busting team consists of agents from the DEA, state Fish & Wildlife, and sheriff's deputies.

They're asking anyone who finds marijuana grows in the wild to quickly back away and give them a call.

Charges filed in puppy slaying


An Auburn woman accused of killing her neighbor's puppy is facing felony animal cruelty charges in the shooting.

Denise Leahy, 46, was charged Thursday with a single count of first-degree animal cruelty for the July 4 killing.

That afternoon, a neighbor of Leahy's returned home to find Taz, her 7-month-old bull mastiff, laying dead in her yard soaked in blood, according to court documents. She called police while her husband rushed the puppy to Sumner Veterinary Hospital, where a necropsy was completed.

Veterinarians determined the puppy had been killed by a small caliber bullet, which had blown through its torso. That discovery caused Auburn police to respond to the home in the 5200 block of 55th Street Southeast.

Officers spoke with a neighbor who described hearing a loud explosion earlier that day. He said he thought little of it – it was Independence Day – until he saw Taz running frantically in the large yard where he was fenced in. Even then, though, he told officers he assumed the puppy was simply bothered by the fireworks.

According to police reports, Leahy later told a friend that she'd shot the puppy because it was "barking and being annoying." That friend later relayed that conversation to police.

Leahy was arrested July 31 at her home and briefly jailed. She is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 20.
P-I reporter Levi Pulkkinen ca

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Man shot in South Seattle early Wednesday


Seattle police are investigating the shooting of a 29-year-old man in the 4300 block of South Othello Street early Wednesday morning.

The victim, whose name was not released, was shot in the right leg shortly before 12:30 a.m., police spokeswoman Renee Witt said, and was expected to recover.

The shooting was not connected to the slaying of a 15-year-old boy two hours earlier that also remains under investigation, she said.

Investigators have some leads they are actively pursuing but no arrests had been made and no motive was yet determined, Witt said early Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Men charged with forcing teen into prostitution


SEATTLE - Two men pleaded not guilty today to charges they forced a 14-year-old girl into prostitution.

Police believe they did it by threatening to kill the girl and her family.

Yonatan Ogube and Samuel Rezene are accused of driving the teen to Aurora Avenue, where she says she was forced to have sex with strangers.

"And he threatened her both with her own life, and that he would also kill her family if she didn't comply," said Lisa O'Toole, prosecutor.

The victim also told police the men approached her about two weeks later as she walked in Holly Park, grabbed her by the hair and tried to drag her into their Cadillac a second time, but that she managed to get away. That night she told her father, who called police.

According to charging documents, the day after the victim gave her statement to police, they found the white Cadillac she'd described. Later, on a search warrant, they found a loaded handgun inside.

Friends of the two suspects say the charges aren't fair. They claim the young girl wasn't forced, and that race may be an issue since she is white.

"They were probably just playing around just to see like how far she'll go," said Sonny Mensure, the defendant's cousin. "And then she probably got scared or something."

Today bail remained at $50,000 for each of the defendants.

Rezene has a been booked for various crimes 14 times since 2006 and has a felony drug conviction.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Washington TE Izbicki faces misdemeanor charges

Washington reserve tight end Chris Izbicki has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors - second-degree criminal trespass and minor in possession of alcohol.


Washington reserve tight end Chris Izbicki has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors - second-degree criminal trespass and minor in possession of alcohol.

Izbicki, who will be a redshirt freshman for the Huskies this fall, was charged Monday and will be arraigned on Aug. 14 in King County District Court in Burien, prosecutor's spokesman Dan Donohoe said.

According to a police report, Izbicki attempted to enter a VIP area during a July 20 concert at the White River Amphitheater and was denied access. Officers also noted a strong smell of alcohol and that Izbicki was swaying from side to side.

Izbicki was escorted from the area, but later tried again to enter the VIP area and was released to a friend who promised to take him home.

Less than 20 minutes later, however, Izbicki was seen again near the VIP area and was arrested for trespassing. A breath test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .241 - three times the legal limit of intoxication, the report said.

Izbicki is expected to compete with senior Michael Gottlieb and freshman Kavario Middleton for playing time this fall.

King Co. medical examiner takes on foot mystery

By KING and Staff

PORT ANGELES, Wash. - The King County Medical Examiner now has the foot that washed ashore along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, about 30 miles west of Port Angeles.

Clallam County investigators say a black, right sneaker, probably a man's, washed ashore near Pillar Point some time Friday.

A woman who was camping in the area made the discovery.

"They dumped the sand out of the shoe and found a sock in it and subsequently opened the sock and found the bones," said Det. Sgt. Lyman Moores. "We don't know at this point whether that's animal, whether it's human, or what it is."

Officials aren't sure if the shoe is related to an ongoing mystery in Canada.

Five athletic shoes containing human feet have been found between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland since August of last year. The shoe found in Washington doesn't match any of those.

A sixth foot found in June turned out to be a hoax.

The coroner in Washington's San Juan County is trying to determine whether any of the feet belong to a footless body found along Orcas Island in March.

Earlier this summer, Canadian authorities identified one of the feet as belonging to a man who had been depressed and disappeared last year.

Some experts say extremities like feet are often the first things to detatch from a body after it has been submerged in the ocean, and these feet are likely being discovered because they are in laced up running shoes that float.

Investigators stress there is no evidence any of the feet were actually cut from a body, but they still have no idea where the feet are coming from.

Washington police finding less need for meth lab teams

Police departments in Auburn, Lakewood and Fife have disbanded special teams that deal with hazardous meth labs.


Police departments in Auburn, Lakewood and Fife have disbanded special teams that deal with hazardous meth labs.

Police say the drug is still a problem but most of it is arriving from Mexico instead of being cooked up in local labs.

In Tacoma, police spokesman Mark Fulghum (FULL'-jum) says as the department responds to fewer labs, the meth team has broadened its focus to include marijuana and weapons of mass destruction.

In Puyallup (pew-AL'-up), the Tacoma News Tribune reports the city may disband its team because of police union complaints about safety violations. The union says the team violated safety rules involving chemical exposure both times last year it was called out. One complaint led to a $1,500 state fine.


Information from: The News Tribune,

Airway Heights prisoners learning manners

Some inmates at the Airway Heights Correction Center near Spokane are being taught to mind their manners.


Some inmates at the Airway Heights Correction Center near Spokane are being taught to mind their manners.

The Department of Corrections is using the "Right Living" program for about 600 minimum security inmates to prepare them to re-enter society.

The program stresses a work ethic, learning new skills and respect. It has been used in some drug treatment programs.

Associate Superintendent Rob Herzog says inmates in such programs are 5 percent less likely to re-offend.

Airway Heights staff say prisoners are showing more respect and taking on more responsibility such as cleaning up the prison yard without being asked.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Long history of domestic violence ends with man's death, woman's arrest


Issaquah police have arrested a 19-year-old woman in connection with the death of her 21-year-old boyfriend, who died after being stabbed once in the chest.
Court records show a lengthy history of domestic violence between the two, dating to when the woman was just 16-years-old.

The couple have a child in common and Issaquah police had been to the apartment they shared a "handful of times" since January, responding to reports of noise and disputes, Deputy Chief Steve Cozart said.

The victim had petitioned for a temporary order for protection in May, but it was unclear whether the order was currently in effect. There were earlier protection orders in place, according to court records, that were issued to prevent the victim from contacting the woman.

The woman provided a statement to detectives about what happened, and investigators are working to see whether her version of events matches the evidence at the scene, Cozart said.

Asked whether the woman was claiming she stabbed her boyfriend in self-defense, the deputy chief said, "That's one of the many things she's claimed."

The first police knew of the stabbing was when the staff at Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah called police at about 10:20 p.m. Friday, Cozart said.

The woman had taken her mortally wounded boyfriend to the hospital, then left. The man was later transported to Harborview Medical Center, but he did not survive his injuries.

Patrol officers were dispatched to the apartment complex where the couple lived and were there just as the woman was pulling into the parking lot, Cozart said.

The woman was taken in for questioning. She was later arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of second-degree murder Saturday afternoon, Cozart said.

The couple, who have dated for four years, had a tumultuous relationship that included frequent reports of assault and threats on both their parts.

In April 2005, both were arrested by Fife police after they got into a fight at a friend's residence there.

A no-contact order was issued after that arrest, but the victim was accused of violating it more than once. And, court records show, at times the woman, still a minor at the time, ran away from her Puyallup home to the Renton-area residence of her boyfriend.

In August 2005, the two had an argument that escalated into a three-day kidnapping during which the man was accused of strangling the woman twice, making her sleep in his car on two successive nights, and violating the existing no-contact order. At times, he was accused of shoving the woman, slapping her, and punching her in the head.

At the time, the two were not living together and had no children.

In the end, the man pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to violating the no-contact order.
Cozart said it was not clear whether the two were currently living together. He said detectives will continue to process the apartment for evidence.

Issaquah police are being assisted in the investigation by Kirkland police, the Washington State Patrol and the Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crimes Task Force.