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Former Kent attorney pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A former Kent family law attorney who ran a business involving youth baseball faces at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty today to production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

David Engle, 49, of Maple Valley, is set to be sentenced Oct. 21. He has been in jail since his arrest in November.

Authorities began investigating Engle after learning he bought 184 items from an international movie production company that is currently being prosecuted for child exploitation. He made the purchases 2005-2011.

After serving a search

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Court records: DUI suspect handed officer can of beer when asked for his driver’s license, said he was a government assassin

Handing the Kent police officer a can of Miller Lite instead of his driver’s license and identifying himself as a government assassin didn’t help the DUI suspect avoid arrest, according to court records.

His arraignment for the felony DUI charge is scheduled for June 24 and his bail is set at $250,000.

Officers said three women followed the 26-year-old Kent man and called police about 9 p.m. June 8 because he was driving erratically.

Court records give this account:

The women saw the man stop at a convenience store near West Valley Highway and South 180th Street in Tukwila and

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Woman rescued by Kent firefighters from Green River

A woman was rescued from the Green River Saturday afternoon by Kent firefighters after she and her air mattress began floating down the river, fire department officials said.

Emergency responders got the call at 4:45 p.m. reporting that a woman without a life jacket was unable to get back to shore and was floating down the river. Firefighters said that at several points along the river, the woman grabbed onto objects that held her stationary for short periods of time. But she lost her grip and began floating again.

When members of the Kent Fire Department Surface Water Rescue Team

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Nine displaced after stovetop fire in Kent

Nine Kent residents were temporarily displaced this morning after their apartments were water damaged by a stovetop fire, the Fire Department said.

Crews were called to a complex in the 24600 block of Russell Road just before 2 a.m. and discovered a pan on the stove had caught fire in an upstairs unit.

Although the residents smothered the flames by placing a lid on the pan, the smoke activated the complex’s sprinkler system.

That apartment and the one below it suffered water damage. Five adults and four children are seeking alternate housing until repairs are complete.


Kent police warn about water company scam

Kent police are warning residents about a scam that has recently been reported.

Several people have received phone calls from a man claiming to work for the city’s water department. The man threatens to shut off the homeowner’s water if they do not provide a credit card number immediately.

Here’s what the Police Department has to say about the scam:

LEGITIMATE UTILITIES DO NOT CONDUCT BUSINESS IN THIS MANNER. If you receive such a call or demand, ask the caller for their name and call back number. Then contact the utility directly, using the customer service number found on your

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Kent man shot to death last week identified

The 32-year-old Kent man shot and killed Thursday morning has been identified as Sayha Doeum.

He died of a single gunshot wound to the torso, according to the King County Medical Examiner.

Police were called to the 21000 block of 132nd Avenue Southeast about 5 a.m. Thursday and found Doeum lying in his driveway. He died at the scene.

Officers have not arrested the shooter.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Kent Police Department tip line at 253-856-5808.


Two fallen firefighters to be honored today at annual memorial service

Two firefighters from the region will be honored today during the annual Washington State Fallen Firefighters’ Memorial Service.

The service, which is open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda in Olympia. It will honor two firefighters who died in 2012 from work-related incidents.

Ernie Rideout, 57, joined the Kent Fire Department in 1978 and retired in 2010. He died June 6 from multiple myeloma, a cancer believed to have been contracted from his firefighting duties.

John Moncrief, 59, joined the former Federal Way Fire Department in 1989 and retired from South King

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Special Olympics torch to be carried through Pierce County today, Friday

Law enforcement officers will be running a torch for the Special Olympics through Pierce County today and Friday.

Four torches are carried from each end of the state and converge Friday afternoon at the Lakewood Police Department.

The official torch will then be run by Kennewick police detective Shirrell Zeitenheimer and athlete Michael I’ren to Joint-Base Lewis McChord, where 2,700 athletes will compete in five sports over the weekend.

The torch, which weighs about 10 pounds, will pass through Gig Harbor from 4 to 5 p.m. tonight via Burnham, Harborview and Soundview.

On Friday, a different torch will travel through

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