Infant grazed by bullet in shooting at Lakewood apartment

Infant grazed by bullet in shooting at Lakewood apartment



LAKEWOOD, Wash. — An infant was grazed by a bullet after someone shot multiple rounds into a Lakewood apartment complex on Friday evening.

According to Lakewood police, the call came in at around 5:40 p.m. at the 8900 block of Gravelly Lake Drive. They described the scene as chaotic. 

Multiple rounds were fired into an apartment from the hallway inside the building. Two units were hit in the shooting. An infant was grazed with a stray bullet and taken to Mary Bridge Hospital.

The age and extent of the injuries of the infant are unknown.

Police say there is no suspect information. They are still interviewing witnesses and looking for surveillance footage.

No one else was hurt in the shooting. Multiple agencies were called in to assist because it was initially unclear if the suspect was still there. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 





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When the Lakeforest Mall closes, a food distribution program will have to find a new home

When the Lakeforest Mall closes, a food distribution program will have to find a new home



For three years, So What Else, a Gaithersburg-based nonprofit established a food distribution program at Lakeforest Mall, has provided free food to families in need. But at the end of the month, when the mall closes for good as part of a redevelopment plan, their operation at the sprawling mall will have to move out, too.

The nonprofit partners up with local vendors and organizations to stock pantries with fresh produce and other basic necessities and provides the community with nearly 300,000 pounds of food every week.



“We’re open Sunday, then we’re open Tuesday through Friday,” said David Silbert, co-founder and executive director of SWE. “But the move will have to come after those final distributions at the mall site in Gaithersburg.”

“We’re really, really close on a place in Rockville,” said Silbert, adding that it’s not a done deal.

He said three churches in Gaithersburg are in discussions with his organization to provide satellite pantry services while they continue to look for a larger distribution point. “It seems like we’ve got God on our side,” he said, referring to the outreach from local churches.

The issues of logistics and cost are barriers to easily getting a larger space, Silbert said. Finding a site that allows for easy access by foot and by car, and at a cost that’s affordable, has been a challenge. But he points out the nonprofit has a variety of methods to provide food to families.

“Group pickups, group drop-offs, 600 home deliveries a week,” and satellite food distributions, Silbert said.

Silbert added that the organization originally started as a youth development program in 2008 but is intent on keeping the food pantries running. “To provide all this food, and seeing the scale that it’s gotten up to, and the amount of impact we’re making has been very, very rewarding,” he said.

This Saturday, the organization is holding an event where volunteers can come and help them clean out their location in the mall.

For information on how to help out, check their website and fundraising events.



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Repeat offender sentenced for thefts in Seattle

Repeat offender sentenced for thefts in Seattle



Since 2021, there were 19 referrals to the City Attorney’s office for Dylan Jackman. Prosecutors say Jackman routinely shoplifted and threatened employees.

SEATTLE — One year ago, Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison said some repeat offenders were falling through the cracks, and she launched a new program to combat the issue.

On Friday, Dylan Jackman, a man Davison identified as a “prolific offender,” was sentenced in court.

Jackman pleaded guilty. During his sentencing, his attorney referenced his severe substance abuse. Since 2021, there were 19 referrals to the City Attorney’s office for Jackman. Prosecutors say Jackman routinely shoplifted and threatened employees at a store in north Seattle.

“I am really sorry about the continuous offenses, but they won’t continue from this point on,” Jackman said in court.

Jackman landed on City Attorney Ann Davison’s radar last year.

“When someone is involved in multiple crimes in a day, that is not something we can ignore,” said Davison in March of 2022.

Davison put a spotlight on him as she launched a crackdown on crime with her High Utilizer Initiative, a program that she says identified 118 repeat offenders who over five years time were responsible for more than 2,400 criminal cases. Jackman was on that list. He has been in jail since May of 2022.

“Parties are jointly recommending that the court sentence Mr. Jackman to a residential DOSA,” said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Nicole Lawson.

DOSA is the state’s Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. Both the prosecutor and the defense attorney asked for the court to recognize Jackman’s time served and allow him to leave jail and go directly to treatment.

“We believe that long-term community safety is better achieved through treatment,” said defense attorney Edna Enriquez.

“It is not permitted. It is not allowed by the legislature for violent offenses,” said Judge Catherine Shaffer. “He threatened to kill one, pulled a sharpened spearhead on the other, and had to be talked into dropping a shovel he was wielding as a weapon in a separate instance.”

“Too much risk, too many offenses, too much violence,” said Judge Shaffer who sentenced Jackman to serve 29 months. He does get credit for the 10 months he has already served in jail.

“The number of organized retail cases we charged last year is double than the year before,” said Casey McNerthney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

According to KCPAO, in 2021 there were 29 organized retail theft cases, as well as an additional nine in juvenile court. Last year, there were 80 cases plus two juvenile filings.



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Resignation letter of West Virginia State Police captain who allegedly stole money at casino released

Resignation letter of West Virginia State Police captain who allegedly stole money at casino released



CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) —  The resignation letter of the West Virginia State Police Captain that the Justice Administration says was caught on camera taking money that did not belong to him at the Mardi Gras Casino has been released, following a Freedom of Information Act Request. 

The letter reads: 

“Dear Sir, 

The undersigned officer requests permission to retire from the West Virginia State Police effective at 2400 hours on Friday, February 17, 2023. It has been my sincere pleasure and honor to serve on your Senior Staff. ” 

The trooper, who has not been charged, signed the letter as a former Commanding Officer of the West Virginia State Police. 

The trooper’s retirement sparked backlash from the Justice Administration and prompted the release of video from the incident in May 2021 at the casino in Nitro. 

A report, also obtained through a FOIA request, shows that the envelope that was left behind by another patron and then picked up by the WVSP Captain contained $731. Security staff was able to track him down via his license plate when he left the casino property and brought the money back hours later. 

The person who lost the money picked it up the next day. 

The Justice Administration and the former Superintendent of the WVSP Jan Cahill, who resigned Monday morning, have been at odds over the firing and even the conversation about what should happen and if it was even a possibility given the trooper’s ability to retire with 29 years of service. 

Col. Cahill says that he did not have that authority under state code and says he was never told by the Justice Administration to do so. Wednesday, the administration laid out bullet points that say otherwise. 

Another trooper who works investigations on behalf of the West Virginia State Police also was investigated for failure to report the incident up the chain of command. 

The internal investigation about the incident at the casino was returned “unsubstantiated.” The new West Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Jack Chambers says will reject that report and the investigation is being reopened.



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Suspect in Lake Union boat facility fire charged with arson

Suspect in Lake Union boat facility fire charged with arson



Arthur Arakelov is being held on $100,000 bail in King County Jail.

SEATTLE — The suspect in a destructive dry storage boat rack fire who allegedly caused an estimated $8.5 million in damages was charged with arson in the first degree on Friday

Arthur Arakelov is being held on $100,000 bail in King County Jail. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office argued bail be set at $750,000.

In the morning hours of Wednesday, March 22, Arakelov climbed onto the third or fourth story of a dry storage boat rack where he started a fire with a “torch style lighter,” according to charging documents. 

Once the fire was started, Arakelov can be seen on video climbing down and hiding on a boat in the water.

The fire spread out of control, engulfing two boat racks. A total of 58 boats were destroyed. At least another 10 boats in the area were extensively damaged.

More than 100 Seattle firefighters responded, as well as police and Seattle Coast Guard marine units.

Arakelov has several misdemeanor convictions and pending charges, according to charging documents. He was convicted for possession of vehicle theft tools, third-degree resisting arrest and use of drug paraphernalia in 2019. He has a misdemeanor conviction for reckless driving in 2010 and possession of narcotics for sale in 2013 in California. He has pending charges for third-degree theft, possession of vehicle theft tools, possession of burglary tools and use of drug paraphernalia in 2020. 

The state is also filing charges for second-degree burglary for an incident on Nov. 3, 2022.

Arakelov’s arraignment is scheduled for April 6.

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Trump rally falls during anniversary of Waco's dark past

Trump rally falls during anniversary of Waco's dark past



AUSTIN, Texas — Former President Donald Trump picking Waco, Texas, for the first rally of his 2024 campaign Saturday will put him in the middle of a big Republican state that has reliably delivered him big crowds.

It will also put him not far from the grassy prairie where a standoff in 1993 between U.S. law enforcement and Branch Davidians infamously resulted in the deaths of more than 80 members of the religious cult and four federal agents.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the siege, which continues to hold deep symbolism and is still viewed by survivors of the compound as an act of unwarranted government intrusion.

Trump, who is facing the possibility of becoming the first president in U.S. history to be indicted, hasn’t nodded to Waco’s past since first announcing the rally last week. Campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said the decision to hold the event at Waco’s regional airport ideal was made because of the city being “centrally located and close” to some of Texas’ largest cities.

A closer look at Waco’s history:

THE STANDOFF

Federal agents raided the compound about 10 miles east of Waco on Feb. 28, 1993. They were trying to arrest sect leader David Koresh for stockpiling illegal weapons, but Branch Davidian members had been tipped off about the raid and a shootout ensued. Four agents and six Davidians were killed that day, leading to what would become a 51-day standoff.

As the weeks dragged on, federal authorities said they were becoming increasingly worried about the Davidian children possibly being abused. Then on April 19, 1993, after an FBI negotiator shouted over a loudspeaker for Koresh to lead his people out and “be a messiah, not a destroyer,” military vehicles began ramming the buildings and spraying tear gas inside.

A few hours later, flames were seen spreading through the compound. Authorities said the Davidians died by suicide by setting the fire and shooting themselves. Survivors have denied there was a suicide pact, saying military vehicles knocked over lanterns and ignited the blaze.

Nearly a dozen Davidians went on trial; all were acquitted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges. But five were convicted of voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges, and three were convicted on weapons charges.

THE AFTERMATH

Today, a white chapel at Mount Carmel on the site of the former compound attracts visitors who are greeted by a wall of stones engraved with each victim’s names at the property entrance. In Waco, federal agents hold remembrances each year on the anniversary of the deadly raid, and Netflix released a new documentary about the siege that coincides with the 30th anniversary.

But for some far-right extremists and militia groups, the siege has become a touchstone over the decades, most notably the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that happened on the same day two years after the raid. A Virginia man charged with joining the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol allegedly told an undercover agent that his property could turn into “Waco 2.0” while expressing concerns over new firearm regulations, according to a federal court filing.

TRUMP’S LEGAL TROUBLES

Trump is coming to Texas as New York prosecutors are wrapping up their probe into whether Trump engaged in an illegal hush money scheme involving a porn actress. Trump, who has denied any sexual encounter with Stormy Daniels, raised the specter on his social media site of “years of hatred, chaos and turmoil” if charges are brought.

He has long railed against federal law enforcement. When his Mar-a-Lago club was searched by the FBI last summer as part of an investigation into the possible mishandling of classified documents, he broke the news by declaring that his home was “currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”

WACO TODAY

The Houston Chronicle’s editorial board accused Trump of “stoking the fires of Waco” in a column published this week.

But there is no doubt Trump picked solidly Republican territory in Waco, where he won surrounding McClennan County by more than 20 points in 2020. The city includes Baylor University, the nation’s largest Baptist university, and is the headquarters of “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines’ home decorating empire.

City officials said this week they were ready for the rally.

“It’s a lot of eyes, national attention,” said Jonathan Cook, Waco’s director of parks and recreation.

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