Seattle moves to wipe away old pot possession convictions

The City of Seattle will join San Francisco in retroactively applying marijuana legalization laws to past pot possession convictions, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office announced Thursday morning.

“Today, former U.S. Attorney and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes will announce plans for the City to move to vacate misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions prosecuted by the City before marijuana was legalized in Washington. Passed in 2012, I-502 legalized the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older,” the announcement reads. Continue reading

Blotter | DUI arrest after driver hits pedestrian at 11th/Pike

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  • 11/Pike DUI: Police took the 29-year-old driver into custody for investigation of DUI and false reporting after a pedestrian reported being hit in a slow-speed collision at 11th and Pike just before 10;30 PM Thursday night. According to Seattle Fire radio dispatches, the victim suffered only minor injuries in the collision. Seattle Municipal court records show the Tacoma driver was booked for being under the influence and false reporting before he was cited and released.
  • Harvard burglary: The report on a Sunday, January 28th 5:30 AM burglary arrest in the under construction building at Harvard and Pike is a sad read. First, officers found a couple seeking shelter from the soaking rain and moved them along without incident:
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City Council candidate charged for allegedly trying to rip off Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program

Seattle’s new Democracy Vouchers program worked to create a more level playing field for campaign donations in 2017 — but one candidate who tried to utilize the program has been charged with false reporting and attempted theft in what police say was a fraud that started with outreach to voters at last June’s Trans Pride event in Cal Anderson Park.

Sheley Secrest, 43, was charged Wednesday in Seattle Municipal Court for allegedly using her own money to boost her campaign contributions to qualify for the Democracy Voucher program. Under the program, a candidate is required to “collect at least 400 qualifying signatures and contributions” to qualify for the up to $150,000 in funding the program can provide depending on how people donate their $25 certificates.

Secrest mounted an unsuccessful run for Seattle City Council Position 8 and was knocked out of the race in the primary. CHS talked with the attorney about her candidacy here.

After tipping off the Seattle’s Ethics and Election Commission, Secrest’s former campaign manager Patrick Burke told police how the alleged ripoff began with a day collecting signatures in Cal Anderson: Continue reading

Police investigating reported Seattle University rape

SU’s Campion Hall (Image: Seattle University)

Seattle Police say they are investigating after a student reported she was attacked and raped on the Seattle University campus last fall.

The incident came to light in a legally required security bulletin sent to the campus this week. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to notify students and employees about serious crimes. Continue reading

Capitol Hill crime trends dip but more assaults, more burglaries

The Seattle Police Department has released its reports on 2017 crime showing “a continued overall downward trend in crime in Seattle.” CHS took a look behind the numbers and found a similar overall direction for Capitol Hill and across the neighborhood’s East Precinct where you were much more likely to be punched, even more likely to be burgled, but less likely to be robbed or have your car stolen in 2017.

Overall, crime in the city dropped 1% in 2017 — the much more numerous property crimes fell 2% year over year while crimes vs. people jumped 7% thanks (or no thanks) to a 13% rise in assaults. Seattle was also a deadlier city in 2017 with a jump in homicides from 18 to 27. Continue reading

Miskell pleads not guilty in Broadway apartment stabbing attack

Branden Miskell, the 30-year-old Capitol Hill man arrested after police were able to stop a bloody attack on his boyfriend in their Broadway apartment just before midnight January 11th, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder Tuesday morning.

Police say the suspect admitted he was trying to kill his boyfriend after ingesting a large amount of cannabis before the horrific attack. Continue reading

With reform of police shooting inquests underway, King County will provide lawyers to families

More progress? I-940 to provide more and better training to police and to increase accountability around police shootings is also moving forward.

Dow Constantine has named two more members to the King County Inquest Review Committee and the King County Council has voted to provide public attorneys to the families of police shooting victims.

The new appointments were named Monday and join a committee convened to reform  the county’s inquest process. Inquests in the county remain suspended pending a review period.

DeVitta Briscoe is the founder of the McCaney Project, a grass-roots organization that aims to promote awareness and find solutions to the escalating problem of gun-violence among youth. She lost her son, Donald McCaney, to gang violence in 2010, and her brother Che’ Taylor, who was fatally shot by Seattle police in 2016.
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Blotter | Violent 23rd/Pike street robbery, Harvard Market stairs assault, Neumos fire alarm

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  • Robbery and assault: Police are looking for the suspect in a Saturday night, January 6th incident in which a woman said she was followed, attacked, and threatened with sexual assault in an armed robbery reported at 23rd and E Pike. The woman said she was walking home from work just before 9 PM when she noticed she was being followed:
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SPD boundary change carves off a few blocks of the International District from East Precinct

To provide better coverage of public safety needs in the International District and the neighborhoods part of the East Precinct including Capitol Hill, SPD is adjusting its boundaries starting Wednesday:

On January 24, 2018, Seattle Police Department is deploying a new beat map that adjusts existing boundaries in the West Precinct and East Precinct. This change will affect beats G1, G3, K2 and K3, and was made following a review of the deployment map at the recommendation of the Chinatown-International District Public Safety Task Force. Their June 2016 report featured nineteen recommendations, including the movement of the Little Saigon area of the CID neighborhood from the East Police Precinct into the West Precinct. This geographical change will provide better tracking of patterns of crime, improve communication and coordination between CID and the City of Seattle, and reunite the historical neighborhood.

“Beat realignments are a common practice for law enforcement agencies throughout the country, allowing police departments to account for city growth, population density changes, and public safety challenges,” the department says. Continue reading

Hickey sentenced in porn scam sex assaults

Matt Hickey will spend most of the next three years behind bars.

The 41-year-old was sentenced Friday afternoon to 34 months in jail following his plea deal late last year to avoid trial. Hickey admitted guilt to one count of indecent liberties and three counts of assault with intent to commit indecent liberties. He had faced four separate counts of second degree rape. Prosecutors were looking for the maximum 30-month sentence. King County Jude Mary E. Roberts tacked on four more. Hickey has been jailed for more than a year awaiting trial.

Hickey, a former Capitol Hill regular, was arrested in Las Vegas in late 2016 after prosecutors and police said the Seattle writer and photographer had sexually assaulted incapacitated victims including preying on a woman he met in a Capitol Hill bar.

Prosecutors says Hickey’s assaults had been going on for years:

Women assaulted by Hickey read victim impact statements before Friday’s sentencing. The Stranger’s Sydney Brownstone, whose investigation of the fake porn “auditions” is credited with bringing Hickey to justice, reported here on the sentencing hearing.