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Cost of Sound Transit’s Light Rail Jumps by $460 Million

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission)

The cost of extending light rail service from the Angle Lake station in SeaTac to Federal Way will be about $460 million more than originally expected, according to estimates unveiled at the Sound Transit board meeting Thursday.

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Protestors Amass at ICE Headquarters for Deadline to Reunite Families

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission)

On deadline day for President Donald Trump’s administration to reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, a group of more than 100 protesters demonstrated outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown Seattle Thursday morning.

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Durkan Picks Carmen Best as New Seattle Police Chief

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission.)

SEATTLE, WA — Carmen Best was selected as the new Seattle police chief, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office. Durkan will make the selection official at a press conference scheduled for [today] Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

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Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Report on the King County Sheriff’s Office

by Neal McNamara

SEATTLE, WA — The King County Sheriff’s Office should revise its internal investigations complaint process, an independent group has found. The county’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) asked the Connecticut-based Daigle Law Group to assess the effectiveness of the complaint process, and the report was presented to the King County Council Law and Justice Committee on Tuesday. Continue reading Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) Report on the King County Sheriff’s Office

At Forum, SPD Chief Candidates Answer Tough Questions On Race

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com and has been republished with permission.)

SEATTLE, WA — The three candidates for the open Seattle police chief job met the public Wednesday night at a forum at the Seattle Vocational Institute in the heart of the Central District. The police reform group Not This Time organized the event, which was largely an opportunity for Seattle’s black community to ask the candidates about issues like racism, profiling, and officer-involved shootings.

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Rainier Beach Stabbing Victim Identified

by Neal McNamara

(This article originally appeared on Patch.com)

The woman stabbed to death Saturday night in Rainier Beach has been identified as Nissan Latrice Pigford, 34, according to the King County Medical Examiner. Pigford died of multiple stab wounds and her manner of death has been ruled homicide, according to the medical examiner. Continue reading Rainier Beach Stabbing Victim Identified

Seattle Crime Trends A Mixed Bag Under SPD Chief O’Toole

by Neal McNamara 

(This article was previously published on Patch.com and has been reprinted with permission)

Following a national trend in recent years, violent crime in Seattle has risen since Chief Kathleen O’Toole took charge of the department in June 2014, according to SPD and FBI statistics. Between 2008 and 2013, violent crime was up and down each year, but since 2014, the total number of violent crime incidents has trended upward. Continue reading Seattle Crime Trends A Mixed Bag Under SPD Chief O’Toole

Police Still Seeking Leads in Case of Drive-by Shooting Victim

by Neal McNamara

Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, was shot in early July a few days before her 20th birthday.

A 20-year-old woman who was shot in a drive-by in South Seattle July 1 has since died, the King County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed. Che’Reonna L. Thomas, 20, died Aug. 7 of a gunshot wound, and her death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner. Continue reading Police Still Seeking Leads in Case of Drive-by Shooting Victim