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King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who is running for U.S. Congress in the 8th District, speaks to supporters in March. Photo courtesy of Dunn’s Facebook campaign page

Against the grain: Reagan Dunn holds the torch for King County conservatives

What it means to be the top Republican in a liberal King County government.

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, who is running for U.S. Congress in the 8th District, speaks to supporters in March. Photo courtesy of Dunn’s Facebook campaign page
Dozens of people flocked to Steel Lake to enjoy, and escape, the record temperatures on June 28, 2021. Photo by Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Steel Lake in Federal Way closed due to raw sewage release

People should avoid swimming, wading and any other water-related activities at the park

Dozens of people flocked to Steel Lake to enjoy, and escape, the record temperatures on June 28, 2021. Photo by Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Assistant Secretary of Health Michele Roberts (left) and Health Secretary Umair Shah.

As COVID trends up again, state officials ‘strongly recommend’ masks

There are no new mandates in Washington. But “we really have an opportunity to get ahead of this.”

Assistant Secretary of Health Michele Roberts (left) and Health Secretary Umair Shah.
Attorneys for the United States debrief outside the U.S. District Court building in Seattle following the end of the Joann and Allan Thomas trial. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Jury sides with DOJ in King County Drainage District 5 case

Enumclaw couple Allan and Joann Thomas found guilty of several charges

Attorneys for the United States debrief outside the U.S. District Court building in Seattle following the end of the Joann and Allan Thomas trial. Photo by Ray Miller-Still
Screenshot of April 5 Edmonds City Council meeting. Inset (L-R): Mayor Mike Nelson and council members Kristiana Johnson, Will Chen, Neil Tibbott, Diane Buckshnis, Vivian Olson, Susan Paine and Laura Johnson. (City of Edmonds)

After long debate, Edmonds bans homeless people from living outside

The criminal law is unenforceable if no shelter is open within 35 miles. The City Council approved it over public outcry.

Screenshot of April 5 Edmonds City Council meeting. Inset (L-R): Mayor Mike Nelson and council members Kristiana Johnson, Will Chen, Neil Tibbott, Diane Buckshnis, Vivian Olson, Susan Paine and Laura Johnson. (City of Edmonds)
Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.

JUDGED BY XII (Episode 4): Foster mom wants accountability in Auburn cop’s upcoming murder trial

Special podcast series explores Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s role in the death of Jesse Sarey.

Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.
Elected officials, school board members and school leaders cut the ribbon on May 11. FWPS photo

Federal Way district celebrates new Thomas Jefferson High School | Photos

The original school was built in 1968; new campus opened in fall 2021.

Elected officials, school board members and school leaders cut the ribbon on May 11. FWPS photo
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Cannabis DUI challenge rejected by state Supreme Court

Everett man argued the law must be tossed because legal limit for THC is not supported by science.

  • May 13, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
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Joann and Allan Thomas are flanked in court by their attorneys Terrence Kellogg (fourth from the right) and John Henry Browne (far right) on May 10, 2022. Judge Richard Jones is presiding over the case. Sketch by Seattle-based artist Lois Silver

A tale of dueling conspiracies at King County drainage district trial

Enumclaw’s Allan and Joann Thomas are in trial in Seattle on fraud charges.

Joann and Allan Thomas are flanked in court by their attorneys Terrence Kellogg (fourth from the right) and John Henry Browne (far right) on May 10, 2022. Judge Richard Jones is presiding over the case. Sketch by Seattle-based artist Lois Silver
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Auburn Police face multiple lawsuits, charges

Two Auburn officers are awaiting trial for violent felonies.

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Man fatally shot by King County Sheriff’s Office deputies identified

Cicero Sanchez, 31, was shot in Federal Way on May 4.

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No more stolen sisters: How WA is responding to missing and murdered Indigenous people

Across the state, 126 Indigenous people remain missing, with 31 having gone missing in King County.

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Driver in critical condition after semitruck rolls, catches fire in Auburn

A bystander, who is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, pulled the driver out of the flames, officials say.

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Police investigating homicide after man found dead inside Federal Way home

Roommate arrested after victim’s family finds signs of violent assault, police say.

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Diane Renee Erdmann and Bernard Ross Hansen. Photos courtesy of FBI

FBI searching for Auburn couple convicted for fraud, skipped sentencing

The two were last seen leaving a Federal Way hotel on May 1.

Diane Renee Erdmann and Bernard Ross Hansen. Photos courtesy of FBI
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Photo of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson after he shot and killed Jesse Sarey on May 31, 2019.

Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s murder trial postponed again

The defense said it needs more time to gather evidence.

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Photo of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson after he shot and killed Jesse Sarey on May 31, 2019.
Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.

JUDGED BY XII (Episode 3): Behind the decision to charge a police officer with murder | King County Local Dive

Special podcast series explores Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s role in the death of Jesse Sarey.

Judged by XII: A King County Local Dive podcast. The hands shown here belong to Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who has been charged with homicide in the 2019 death of Jesse Sarey.
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Auburn Police officer charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, hit and run

Michael Smith allegedly crashed his Mercedes twice in less than 20 minutes in Seattle

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Auburn Police officer under investigation for DUI, vehicular homicide

The officer, who was off-duty at the time, was arrested and taken to jail April 23.

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Photo courtesy of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Washington wolf population continues to rise, report shows

In 2021, four new wolf packs were documented in four different counties.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife