King County Crime Dive
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King County Crime DiveMar 20, 2023
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King County Crime Dive
Police bust couple behind massage businesses | King County Crime Dive
In this episode, a pair of King County residents have been charged with promoting prostitution and operating nearly a dozen Washington state massage businesses as fronts; and Renton police have initiated a homicide investigation into the death of a 17-year-old boy.
Local member of Proud Boys is convicted | King County Crime Dive
A Washington, D.C., jury convicted an Auburn man and three other Proud Boys members of a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Sentencing in suitcase murders | King County Crime Dive
In this episode, a Burien man is convicted for murdering two people and dumping their bodies in a suitcase; Renton police investigate the death of a 40-year-old woman who was found lying on the road; a former Kentlake High School science teacher faces a charge of communication with a minor for immoral purposes after he allegedly told a 15-year-old student “that he loved her and wanted to have sex with her.”
Firearms scheme leads to federal charges | King County Crime Dive
In this episode, two King County men face multiple federal charges for allegedly illegally purchasing more than 100 firearms in less than two years and transferring the guns to others; Kent Police fatally shoot a 52-year-old man armed with a circular saw; and a Des Moines woman receives a 30-month prison sentence for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Missing after a Mariners game | King County Crime Dive
Brett Michael Gitchel is facing charges in the case involving a woman who was last seen March 31 at a Mariners game she attended with the suspect; and the attorney general sues Pupplyland, alleging the company sold unhealthy dogs while misleading consumers with “predatory” loans.
Take a deeper dive into the top stories of the week from King County. Brought to you by Sound Publishing's King County newspapers: Federal Way Mirror, Auburn Reporter, Kent Reporter, Renton Reporter, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Mercer Island Reporter, Snoqualmie Valley Record and more.
Drug bust tied to white supremacist prison gang | King County Crime Dive
A grand jury indicted 27 people on drug trafficking charges with ties to a white supremacist prison gang; Kent police investigate the death of a homeless man as a homicide; a Renton man faces charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
Neighbors were trying to 'microwave' him | Podcast
This episode explores the arrest of a man accused of shooting at a neighbor's house - he said the neighbors were trying to "microwave" him - and possessing improvised explosive devices; police recover millions of dollars in stolen property after thrift shop scheme; a Kent man faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of his friend.
Teen brings gun to school; High school security officer charged after sexual misconduct with student
This episode explores the arrest of a teen who brought a gun to Auburn Riverside High School; a school security guard in Federal Way who has been charged with a sex offense; and the shooting death of a teen at a Federal Way apartment complex.
Stalker turns killer; shooting investigation drags on; bald eagle shot
In this episode, a podcast host and her husband are shot by a stalker in a Redmond home invasion; we look at how few details have been released since the May 2022 shooting death of a 31-year-old man by King County Sheriff’s Office deputies; and investigators try to solve the mystery of who shot a bald eagle.
Rock thrower, mysterious homicide home and a pepper spray rampage | Podcast
The “Renton rock thrower” pleads guilty; homicide takes place at an Auburn area home for the second time in just a few months; Kent police search a man who stole a vehicle with two children inside; and a man goes on a pepper-spray spree in Auburn.
Robbery suspects get ... lucky? | King County Local Dive
In this episode: Suspects making their getaway from the scene of an armed robbery in Auburn narrowly missed smashing into an oncoming train; and the Kent police chief targets pursuit laws and other public safety concerns.
Judged by XII (Reprise)
"Judged by XII" tells the story of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, whose troubled career led to a murder charge in the shooting death of Jesse Sarey.
Burglars smash gun store with truck; misbehaving school security guard | Podcast
Renton police and the ATF investigate a smash-and-grab burglary at a gun store; and a security officer is placed on leave over allegations of misconduct with a Federal Way student.
Asphalt plant still under fire | King County Local Dive
In this episode: Renton leaders disagree with King County on several environmental and safety aspects of a proposed asphalt plant.
Son kills mom; double homicide at a motel; carjackers caught | Podcast
Carjacking suspects drive off with a child in the vehicle; a middle school teacher is murdered by her son; and police investigate a double homicide at a Kent motel.
Will teen’s killer be released from prison? | King County Local Dive
In this episode, we look at the story of Mark Wallace, who was 14 when he was killed by his older brother’s friend, John H. Schoenhals, back in 1985. Now the family of Wallace fears his killer could be released from state prison.
Drug trafficker's prison sentence; obstacles in missing Indigenous people cases | King County Local Dive
In this episode, we take a closer look at a King County drug trafficker with cartel ties who was sentenced to prison and the lack of reliable data in cases involving missing Indigenous people.
Car chase, auto thief and chemical spills | King County Local Dive
In this episode, we take a closer look at five teen suspects lead police on a car chase that ends at a mall; and the response to a hazardous chemical release at a Kent warehouse.
Hit-and-run, doc’s child abuse charge, bookstore vandalism | King County Local Dive
We look at hit-and-run that killed a 63-year-old woman near a Kent bus stop; a woman who was jailed for allegedly damaging an Enumclaw bookstore; and a King County physician’s license is suspended over accusations of child molestation.
Teachers behaving badly | King County Local Dive
In this episode, we look at Renton music teacher who allegedly had inappropriate relationships with at least three of his students; and a Kent teacher who is under investigation of communication with a minor for immoral purposes and sexual misconduct with a minor.
Shootings remain 'historically high' | King County Local Dive
In this episode, we look at how King County programs meant to route adults out of jail or prison are falling short; a rise in shootings in the Kent area; and how the King County prosecutor hired private attorneys in an Auburn police officer’s murder case.
Big settlements related to teen’s death, opioid epidemic | King County Local Dive
In this episode, Federal Way schools pay a multimillion-dollar settlement over the death of a student athlete; and local governments prepare to receive money under the state’s opioid resolution.
Voyeur takes a peek in casino bathroom | King County Local Dive
In this episode, a SWAT team responds to a Renton domestic disturbance; an auto theft task force arrests recovers stolen vehicles and arrests suspects; and police arrest a man who was peeping into toilet stalls at a casino.
Behind the mysterious starvation deaths of a Renton family | King County Local Dive
In this week’s episode, we look at the mysterious 2021 deaths of Manuel Gil and his two teenage daughters, Mariel Yadira Gil and Dalila Gil. How could the three starve inside their Renton home? Did they do it willingly? Who is to blame?
Child shot in road rage; new shopping cart rules; cold case arrest | King County Local Dive
In this week’s episode, we look at a child who was shot in a road rage shooting in Renton; new rules for shopping carts on Federal Way's streets and sidewalks; a 44-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with a Redmond cold case disappearance.
King County Local Dive: Nov. 11, 2022
In this week’s episode, we look at use-of-force policies and body-worn cameras for the King County Sheriff's Office.
King County Local Dive: Nov. 4, 2022
In this week’s episode, a Kent man is being held on $1 million bail in the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend; and the release from jail by a King County judge of four armed carjacking and robbery suspects has caused an uproar.
Big drug bust; unvaxxed firefighters return to work; teens steal car and fire gun | King County Local Dive
Three Kent men are among 17 people facing federal drug charges for allegedly trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine and hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills; firefighters at South King Fire and Rescue who were let go because of the vaccine mandate will be allowed to return to work; four juveniles were arrested in an incident involving gunshots, a stolen car and a pursuit.
ACLU vs. South Sound mayors | King County Local Dive
In this week’s episode, the ACLU responds to a statement from South King County mayors regarding police reform amid an increase in murders and other crime statistics.
Toddler takes meth; car crashes into school; jury sides with police | King County Local Dive
In this week’s episode, a jury unanimously found Federal Way police were justified in the shooting death of Robert Lightfeather; a Kent man was charged after a toddler in his care overdosed on methamphetamine; and classes were canceled at Hazen High School in Renton after a car crashed into the building.
Man dies from rock to the head; husband kills wife; city targets anti-drug zones | King County Local Dive
A suspect has been charged with murder after allegedly striking another man in the head with a rock; Auburn proposes more anti-drug emphasis areas in the city; and Kent police arrest a man for allegedly killing his wife inside her home.
Troopers arrest freeway rock thrower | King County Local Dive
In this week’s episode, state troopers arrest a man accused of throwing rocks from a highway overpass, while the county launches a plan to address behaviorial health needs.
King County Local Dive: Molotov cocktails, opioid battles, and a guy drugging a minor
A Renton man pleads guilty to threatening to burn down a Seattle police union building; Auburn is among cities that could receive money to fight the opioid epidemic; and a Black Diamond man pleads guilty to child molestation and assault after administering homemade chemicals to his daughter.
King County Local Dive: Car bomb at funeral, van fire at church
In this week’s episode: Leaders from Christ’s Church in Federal Way said an unknown arsonist torched one of their shuttle vans in yet another act of vandalism at the church; early data suggests program can reduce recidivism among juveniles in King County compared to traditional prosecution; and Auburn Police are looking for the suspect in a car bombing that took place during a funeral.
King County Local Dive: Fatal police shooting, illegal steroids, deadly trench collapse
This week’s episode takes a closer look at a fatal police shooting in Federal Way; a standoff with police in Kirkland; a fatal trench collapse at a Renton construction site; and Kirkland police investigate an illegal steroid operation.
JUDGED BY XII: Episode 7
This episode explores the recent release of unredacted photos of Auburn Police officer Jeffrey Nelson’s tattoos. Nelson’s defense previously objected to the release of the photos, but during the hearing on Aug. 31, the defense withdrew that objection. Most of the tattoos that were previously redacted consist of phrases in English and Latin, and many are concerned with death.
King County Local Dive: Aug. 26, 2022
This week’s episode takes a closer look at a coroner’s inquest into a different death involving an already embattled police officer; how law enforcement found a ghost gun and lots of drugs on a King County burglary suspect; and the delay of school in Kent because of a teacher strike.
King County Local Dive: Aug. 19, 2022
King County Local Dive: Aug. 19, 2022
Health Through Housing | King County Local Dive
Nearly two years into their implementation of the Health Through Housing initiative, King County officials remain steadfast in their housing first approach to the region’s homelessness crisis. This podcast takes a deeper look at program's philosophy and how it can ultimately save taxpayers money in the long run.
King County Local Dive: Aug. 5, 2022
This week's episode takes a closer look at a 19-year-old mom charged with murder in the death of her toddler; the spread of invasive European Green Crabs in Washington state; and the number of solved crimes by the Auburn Police Department.
King County Local Dive: Two senseless killings and a drug ring
This episode takes a closer look at charges against a suspect accused of beating a man in a wheelchair to death; a murder charge against a suspect accused of a Fourth of July drive-by shooting death; and a Kent man who faces at least 10 years in prison for drug trafficking ring that distributed heroin, fentanyl and meth in the Puget Sound region.
King County Local Dive: July 22, 2022
This episode takes a closer look at the removal of unauthorized ballot drop box signs that warn King County voters the drop box is “under surveillance;” new information released in a shooting involving two King County Sheriff's Office deputies; new legislation that declares fentanyl a public health crisis in King County; and the Renton City Council unanimously passing an ordinance that prohibits dogs sourced from puppy mills from being sold within the city.
King County Local Dive: July 15, 2022
This week’s podcast takes a closer look at illegal dumping that’s gotten out of hand along Green River Road; a Federal Way restaurant owner who was severely injured in a road rage shooting; and the relocation of an iconic totem pole in Fall City amid accusations of cultural appropriation.
Judged by XII (Ep. 6)
This episode explores Nelson’s violent history against members of the Auburn community prior to the killing of Jesse Sarey. These instances, explained during a pretrial hearing, include using a Taser and choking a man until he was unconscious then exaggerating on the police report and Nelson’s celebratory reaction after a police K9 attacked a child.
King County Local Dive: Prostitution coercion, book ban, hate crime
This week’s podcast takes a closer look at a prostitution case involving a Renton spa; the removal of an LGBTQ-themed book from a Kent school library; and a Bellevue man who was charged with a hate crime after vandalizing a Catholic church and throwing rocks at a bystander.
Judged by XII (Ep. 5): Nelson's grim tattoos
This episode explores how a judge ordered the release of 38 unredacted photos of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s tattoos on his arms, back and legs, but not his chest or stomach. The released photos show portions of Nelson’s body covered in tattoos of skulls, spiderwebs, a grim reaper, and other dark imagery.
King County Local Dive: Nazi logos earn big settlement; school shooter thwarted; teacher faces rape charge
This week’s podcast takes a closer look at a $1.5 million payout to a Kent assistant police chief who displayed Nazi insignia on his office door; a Kentwood High School teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a student; auditors find racial disparities in use of force at the King County Sheriff’s Office; Kirkland police arrest a student who threatened to carry out a school shooting on social media.
Misconduct in the sheriff’s office; ACLU gets involved in book ban | King County Local Dive
This week’s podcast takes a closer look at the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight’s annual report regarding investigations of misconduct complaints made against employees of the King County Sheriff’s Office; and how the ACLU gets involved in the continuing saga over the Kent School District banning a book for its sexual themes.
Housing First: King County's Health Through Housing Initiative
Special podcast explores King County's Health Through Housing Initiative
King County Local Dive: May 27, 2022
Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson (who is on trial for murder) appears on a police recruitment banner; monkeypox comes to King County; a group called Keep Kids Safe protests hotel for the homeless in Kirkland over the site’s location near schools.
King County Local Dive: May 20, 2022
This episode takes a deeper dive into stories about an Auburn couple on the run from the FBI; a Renton man who was sentenced to prison for beating a 21-year-old woman to death; and a dog who attacked a child in Auburn before being shot by police.
Judged by XII (Episode 4): Story of a police officer charged with murder | King County Local Dive
This is the fourth installment of a special podcast series on the case of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who is the first police officer to be charged with murder since Washington voters approved Initiative 940, which changes the burden of proof for prosecution of police homicides Jesse Sarey was killed by Officer Nelson in 2019
This episode explores the life of Jesse Sarey through the eyes of his foster mother, Elaine Simons, who talks about Sarey's struggles with mental illness and homelessness.
King County Local Dive: May 6, 2022
On this week’s episode, we discuss an Auburn police officer charged with vehicular homicide; the racial disparities and other barriers associated with obtaining a protection order in King County; Federal Way’s ban on the public use of fentanyl with a goal to protect public transit workers and innocent bystanders; and how farmers in the Green River Valley did not consider the unintended impacts of building the Lones Levee back in 1960.
Judged by XII (Episode 3): Story of a police officer charged with murder | King County Local Dive
This episode explores King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s decision to charge Nelson with second-degree murder and first-degree assault. We also take a closer look at Initiative 940. Warning: This podcast contains audio of the shooting of Jesse Sarey, who was killed by Officer Nelson in 2019.
Judged by XII (Episode 2): Story of a police officer charged with murder | King County Local Dive
This episode explores Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s pattern of violent behavior and misconduct while working with the Auburn Police Department. Records show Nelson used force against civilians 92 times between May 2011 and November 2018, and 57 of those incidents resulted in injuries that required medical attention — a higher rate than the rest of the department’s officers. This is the second installment of a special podcast series on the case of Nelson, who is the first police officer to be charged with murder since Washington voters approved Initiative 940, which changes the burden of proof for prosecution of police homicides.
King County Local Dive: April 15, 2022
On this week's episode we explore the history of alleged misconduct by a Federal Way educator student athletics coach; we give an update on the Kent School District's review of a LGBTQ-themed book which some parents and teachers believe is inappropriate for middle school students; and we cover the spree of violent robberies across the region that three teenagers are believed to be responsible for.
Judged by XII: Story of a police officer charged with murder (Episode 1) | King County Local Dive
This episode launches a special podcast series on the case of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who is the first police officer to be charged with murder since Washington voters approved Initiative 940, which changes the burden of proof for prosecution of police homicides. A month after Nelson shot and killed Jesse Sarey in 2019, he sat down at an Auburn police substation with his lawyer to read a prepared statement on the killing. However, Nelson’s statement regarding the killing conflicts with the eyewitness’s account on key details. The Auburn Reporter has obtained audio of these statements through public records requests. Warning: This episode contains graphic language and depictions of violence.
Next week’s episode will explore Nelson’s history of violence as an Auburn police officer and why the King County Prosecuting Attorney decided to charge Nelson in the death of Jesse Sarey.
Cannabis robberies; concrete strike; police reform; State Route 18 relief | King County Local Dive
On this week’s episode, we discuss how King County is adapting to a strike by concrete workers; Auburn Police Department reports a dramatic reduction in use of force incidents in 2021 on the heels of police reform legislation; the state’s cannabis stakeholders want cash out of the equation amid a rash of armed robberies; and local leaders celebrate a funding milestone for State Route 18, which is one of the state’s most dangerous highways.
King County Local Dive: March 25, 2022
On this week's episode we discuss a Bellevue Police and Fire pilot program that sought to find better ways for authorities to safely respond to mental health crisis situations; Raymond Still from the Enumclaw Courier-Herald breaks down Enumclaw's push to leave King County; and we give an update on the County's move to expand the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill amid pushback from certain stakeholders and advocates.
King County Local Dive: March 18, 2022
On this week's episode we discuss a restorative justice program for juvenile defenders in King County with a juvenile prosecutor; Alex Bruell from the Enumclaw Courier-Herald comes on to discuss how Washington state legislators tweaked a sweeping set of police reforms from the previous year; and how The Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that they say sets a dangerous legal precedent for tribes across the country.
King County Local Dive: Ukrainian aid from Mercer Islander; criminal justice reform under scrutiny
This episode takes a closer look at former Seahawks star Richard Sherman’s mental health crisis; a Mercer Island resident who created a digital tool to aid Ukrainian refugees; a criminal justice reform system that’s under fire from some local mayors; and King County’s first in-person advocacy program for sexual assault victims.
King County Local Dive: March 4, 2022
This episode takes a closer look at an Auburn police officer who committed a hit-and-run; the countywide impact of a Redmond mail distribution center’s potential closure; the ongoing case of a Kent assistant police chief who was placed on leave for displaying Nazi insignia; and the controversial anti-vaccination comments made by a Federal Way City Councilmember.