Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Police investigating suspect in kids' league embezzlement case


FEDERAL WAY -- Police here are investigating a person accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from three children's sports leagues.

Investigators say all signs point to a former employee. The person allegedly stole funds from the Federal Way American Little League, The Puget sound Junior Football League and the Federal Way Hawks Football Franchise.

"It's looking like $16,000 to $20,000 has been embezzled at this point," said Ofc. Raymond Bunk.

There have been no arrests so far, but detectives say the money trail begins on local ball fields.

"This person has not been contacted or arrested at this point, because we are still investigating and collecting evidence," said Bunk.

League officials said thousands of dollars began to disappear last year.

Police have not determined just how the suspect spent the stolen money, which was intended for field maintenance other league supplies. Without the money, hundreds of kids' playing fields are in jeopardy.

Some 300 members belong to the Federal Way Hawks franchise, and about 210 players belong to the Federal Way American Little League. More than a thousand kids belong to the Puget Sound Football League. The leagues raised funds by selling concessions at games.

One league commissioner said he wonders how anyone could steal from the kids, especially in this struggling economy, and put the league in jeopardy.

League officials said they're waiting for police officers to make an arrest before they comment on this incident.

Arraignment set for murder suspect McBride

Seattle Times staff and newswires

Mount Vernon

Arraignment is set for Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court in Mount Vernon for Kenneth McBride.

He's charged with murder in the shooting of Jeremy Scully, a substitute teacher and assistant track coach at Ferndale High School. Prosecutors say he led a "swinger" lifestyle that included McBride's wife, Vanessa.

McBride lived in Skagit County at the time of the shooting in April 2008 and later moved to Lebanon, Ore., where he was arrested March 11.

$2M bail for each beating suspect in Skamania County skier attack

Bail has been set at $2 million each for a Vancouver father and son accused of brutally beating a cross-country skier and taking his car and wallet.

Seattle Times staff and newswires
Stevenson, Skamania County

Bail has been set at $2 million each for a Vancouver father and son accused of brutally beating a cross-country skier and taking his car and wallet.

Skamania County Superior Court Judge Thompson Reynolds scheduled arraignment on Thursday for 33-year-old Michael David Collins and his 16-year-old son, Tevin Collins.

The Vancouver Columbian reports they were in court in shackles Tuesday in Stevenson after being flown back from Mexico, where they were arrested.

They are charged with attempted murder and robbery in the Feb. 9 attack on 52-year-old Robert Kevin Tracey, of Washougal, as he was cross-country skiing in a remote area. Prosecutors say he was beaten, choked and left for dead.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spanaway man, 26, killed in high-speed crash


PUYALLUP -- A 26-year-old Spanaway man was killed early Saturday when he lost control of his pickup and crashed through a guardrail after speeding recklessly along state Route 512.

State troopers and emergency personnel responded to the scene just after 2 a.m. after getting calls about the fiery crash.

The driver, Ryan D. Allen of Spanaway, was rocketing east in a 2005 Dodge Ram at speeds of nearly 100 mph when witnesses say he blew past them and veered off the roadway to the left.

Allen lost control in the grass and shot back onto the highway, crossing all lanes of traffic and crashing through a guardrail on the right, taking out two Transportation Department signs.

The truck rolled twice after leaving the roadway, and Allen was thrown from the vehicle. The truck then burst into flames about 50 feet from the side of the highway.

By the time emergency personnel arrived, the truck was fully engulfed in flames. Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said high speed and possibly alcohol were factors in the crash. Allen was not wearing his seat belt.

The right lane of S.R. 512 was closed for about four hours and the left lane was closed intermittently during investigation of the scene.