Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Herald: Burglary and indecent exposure arrest in Edmonds; Man looking for Jennifer Aniston

Posted by Nick Provenza

He went looking for a Hollywood actress, breaking into homes in Edmonds early Saturday and taking off his clothes, The Herald in Everett reports today.

Police believe the Bremerton man, 35, was drunk when he slipped into a 15-year-old girl's bedroom, took off his pants and said he was looking for celebrity Jennifer Aniston, a star of the popular NBC series "Friends."

Officers caught up with the man about 6:30 a.m. at a home near the intersection of 86th Avenue W. and 224th Street SW, according to a police affidavit filed Monday in Everett District Court.

After waking the girl up, the man allegedly sat down on her bed and started taking off his clothes, the report said. The girl kicked him away and then dialed 911. He went outside and waited for police on the home's front steps.

The girl wasn't physically injured.

Snohomish County deputies learned there had been two previous break-ins that morning in the same area, the report said.

A man with a similar description had been seen naked in a nearby house about 5:15 a.m. The people who lived there told the deputies they were "offended and affronted" by the naked man, the report said. They identified the man deputies arrested as the same person who bared all in their home.

The report doesn't say why the man believed he'd find Aniston in Edmonds.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of residential burglary and indecent exposure.

Courthouse security beefed up after gang brawl

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

The first day of a trial Monday in an alleged gang slaying resulted in at least one arrest after a fight broke out inside the King County Courthouse.

The fisticuffs started after Seattle police showed up at the King County Courthouse to arrest a man wanted on an outstanding warrant. Police knew the suspect would be attending the trial of Omar Ali Norman, who claims to be the founder of Seattle's Low Profile street gang. Norman is on trial for first-degree murder with a firearm.

When police arrested the suspect in a third-floor courthouse hallway, members of a rival gang started heckling him, authorities said. Punches were thrown between rival gang members and additional officers were called to the courthouse.

Reports on the number of people arrested after the brawl have ranged from one to three. The courtroom has been packed with Low Profile members, there to support Norman, and members of the rival Deuce 8 gang.

Paul Sherfy, chief administrative officer for King County Superior Court, said that no building entrances were shut down, but the police presence was noticeable. Sherfy said three additional court security officers have been assigned to Superior Court Judge Regina Cahan's courtroom because of the fight.

Attorneys are still sorting out pre-trial motions in Norman's case. Opening statements in the case are likely to be next week. The trial is slated to last at least a month.

Norman is accused of killing Terrell Milam, 32, on Oct. 17, 2005. Among the evidence that linked Norman to the case through was DNA found on a cigarette butt and a shell casing found near Milam's body, according to court papers. Milam was a head of the Deuce 8 gang, prosecutors said.

On the night before his slaying, Milam reportedly got into a fight with former Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin outside a nightclub. Hamlin was struck with a metal street sign suffered a fractured skull and broken hand that caused him to miss the rest of the 2005 season. Hamlin now plays for the Dallas Cowboys.

At the time, Milam was supposed to be under a 9 p.m. curfew in a federal halfway house in Seattle, but he and other detainees were apparently able get out of the house at night by either bribing someone or leaving a dummy in their beds.