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  • Franklin High School Music Teacher Geoff Ogle watches Sophomore Xue Xin Xu try her new violin.

    Local students get new musical instruments, thanks to generous donation

    SEATTLE — Christmas came a little early to music students at Franklin High School this year.  StubHub partnered with the ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation’ to donate $15,000 worth of musical instruments to the Seattle school. Music teacher Geoff Ogle unveiled the new instruments, surprising students with them Monday night.  They include a brand new baritone sax and brand new tuba – each of which costs about $5,000. Ogle says it’s hard for the community to raise such a large amount […]

  • Argument over a beer leads to murder

    TACOMA — An argument over a beer ended in a deadly shooting in Puyallup, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. Eric Contreras, 22, is charged with murder for allegedly shooting 21-year-old Victor Zaldivar in the chest at a party. Prosecutors say several men claiming to be members of the ‘Playboyz’ street gang were at a party on 40th Avenue East in Puyallup Saturday night.  One of them asked the victim for a beer, and he refused. The gang members […]

  • Marijuana market could grow faster than smartphones

    SEATTLE — Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington and in Colorado and some predict other states are going to jump on the bandwagon. The Huffington Post reports that legal marijuana market is growing so fast that it could soon outpace the expansion of the global smartphone market.  Researchers found as much as $1.43 billion worth of legal marijuana will be sold this year and think sales will hit $2.34 billion in 2014. The newspaper says that’s a growth rate of […]

  • Man accused of terrifying family in Steilacoom home invasion

    STEILACOOM — A Pierce County man is accused of breaking into a Steilacoom family’s home and threatening to kill them, according to the Pierce County prosecutor.  Ryan Strayer, 20, is charged with burglary, assault, and illegal possession of a gun. A mother and her two children live in the Steilacoom apartment.  Strayer had been friends with the son and was upset because the son had not been spending time with him, police said.  The son told police he thought Strayer […]

  • Runaway Marysville girl found on street in Fife; 3 arrests made

    FIFE — Police have arrested three people in a Fife motel — a man on a charge of promoting sexual abuse of a minor and two women on drug and prostitution charges — after they found a 15-year-old Marysville runaway girl who had been staying with them and under the influence on the street, police said Friday. On Wednesday, Fife police officers “were on routine patrol when they contacted a female in the 3400 block of Pacific Highway E. for […]

  • Former youth baseball coach sentenced to 25 years for child porn

    MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. — A family law attorney and former youth baseball coach was sentenced in federal court Monday to 25 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. David Engle, 50, of Maple Valley, who was arrested in November, earlier pleaded guilty to the charges. Engle first came to the attention of authorities who were investigating an international movie production company that operated a website offering DVDs and streaming videos. The materials […]

  • Owners of crime-ridden Tukwila motels plead guilty, forfeit property

    TUKWILA — The owners of two crime-ridden motels in Tukwila pleaded guilty to conspiracy to maintain drug-involved premises and agreed to forfeit their motels, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan announced Tuesday. Jaspal Singh, 37, and Kulwinder Saroya, 42, admitted that they knew drugs were being sold at their motels and that they made money from it, Durkan said.  The two businesses — Travelers Choice Motel and the Great Bear Motor Inn — were raided by federal agents in August. The men […]

  • New app lets you hail a legal Seattle taxi with your smartphone

    SEATTLE — The new ride-sharing services like Lyft, UberX, and SideCar have been using smartphone apps from the beginning.  Now, a new app lets you summon a regular taxicab in Seattle – with your smartphone, according to GeekWire. The app is called  Flywheel.  It lets you call the cab, set your location, track the cab’s progress as it heads your way, and pay for the cab once you arrive at your destination. Flywheel only partners with licensed, regulated companies that […]

  • Baby-sitting sex offender accused of molesting 5-year-old

    BREMERTON — A convicted sex offender is accused of molesting a young girl he was baby-sitting.  Last weekend a woman asked 30-year old Robert Estrada to baby-sit her two children in Bremerton while she went out dancing. When she returned, the older child, a 5-year-old girl, said Estrada molested her.  He denies it. He was convicted of child molestation in Kitsap County in 1996, when he was just 13.  He is now 30. He was charged with first-degree child molestation […]

  • Seattle man to receive Medal of Honor for courage in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON  — It will be just the sixth time in history that a living recipient will be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  On Oct. 15, Seattle resident William Swenson will get the medal for his courageous actions during combat in Afghanistan in September 2009. Former Army Capt. Swenson will join President Barack Obama at the White House to receive the medal.  He already has a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart,   He left the […]