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Seattle primed for Russian spies; 8-year-old shoots 9-year-old brother; District commissioner found guilty; Police racial misclassifications; $10 gas prices?

Seattle could be primed for Russian spy operations amid Ukraine conflict

The war in Ukraine has exposed Russia’s limitations in battlefield technology, and trade sanctions imposed by the west are further strangling Russia’s access to all forms of tech goods.

Some experts believe that means that Russia will ramp up its spying operations in U.S. cities that are rich with technology firms, and that includes the Seattle area.

“I think that Russian espionage will be more aggressive,” Russian journalist Andrei Soldatov told KING 5 in a video interview from London. Read more

8-year-old shoots 9-year-old brother with handgun in Federal Way, police say

Police are investigating after a 9-year-old boy was shot by his 8-year-old brother Thursday morning in Federal Way.

According to the Federal Way Police Department, officers responded to a multi-family housing complex on the 1200 block of South 336th Street just before 8 a.m.

The 8-year-old had a handgun in the apartment when it went off, striking his 9-year-old brother, according to police. Read more

Jury finds former King County district commissioner guilty of stealing taxpayer money 

A former elected commissioner of King County Drainage District No. 5 was found guilty of stealing district taxpayer money.

Allan “Benny” Thomas and his wife JoAnn faced 15 federal charges, including conspiracy and money laundering.

Allan Thomas, who previously denied he used more than $450,000 in tax money collected by the public district to pay expenses for his Enumclaw dairy farm, was found guilty on 10 of the 15 charges, including conspiracy, four counts each of wire and mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

His wife, JoAnn, was found guilty on all 15 counts, including a second count of aggravated identity theft and four counts of money laundering. Read more

Report: Seattle police's 'racial misclassifications' hiding crisis for missing and indigenous people

The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) released a comprehensive report outlining racial misclassifications in the Seattle Police Department's (SPD) data reporting, which they said has hidden the "full scope of the crisis" for missing and murdered indigenous people in the city.

The UIHI found 506 cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls across 71 cities in the United States in a 2018 report, but 153 of the cases were not entered in law enforcement databases at all.

The disparities highlight a "data crisis" in databases, the UIHI said in a report released Thursday, which aims to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native data within SPD. Read more

No, an Auburn gas station is not anticipating $10/gallon regular gas prices

When an independent, family-owned gas station in Auburn added digits to pricing signs at its pumps, Small and Sons Operations Manager Jeff Small said it had no intention of sparking viral national headlines about Washington gas stations expecting $10 per gallon gas prices.

"We have a specialty grade of fuel here, and that's why we had to change the digits at the dispenser," explained Small. "Now we've got all this attention, good or bad, and I'm getting tons of calls, all day, every day right now, and it's frustrating." Read more

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