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Category: Seattle


Police post image of suspect in ‘bondage room’ assault

Seattle police today released a photo of a man charged last week with raping and torturing a 24-year-old prostitute to encourage other possible victims to come forward.

John Joseph Hauff Jr., 66, has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and second-degree assault for the April 2 incident at his Northeast Tacoma mobile home.

Police say he picked the woman up in Seattle and brought her back to his home, where he had a “bondage room.”

Here’s the previous story.

“Detectives are hoping that anyone who may have been victimized by this suspect or recognizes the building or car

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Press conference today on Green River Killer investigation

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will hold a news conference this morning regarding recent developments in the Green River homicide investigation.

The news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the Prosecutor’s Office.

News from the press conference will be posted as it becomes available.

UPDATE: The Prosecutor’s Office announced that Gary Ridgway will be charged with another murder


Operator of sham online dating sites gets prison for mail fraud

A 66-year-old British Columbia man who operated sham online dating sites and defrauded more than 1,000 people  was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 51 months in prison.

Barrie Turner of Delta must also pay $303,196 in restitution to his customers. He was arrested last March when he tried to enter the United States at Point Roberts.

Turner operated more than 200 “Executive Dating” web sites, including Executive Catholic Dating, Executive Gay Dating and Executive Seattle Dating.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service

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Legendary organized crime figure in Seattle dies

The Seattle Times is reporting that: “Frank Colacurcio Sr., Seattle’s legendary organized crime figure, died Friday. He was 93.”

He was the last remaining defendant in a federal racketeering investigation that led to the closure of strip clubs in Seattle and Parkland.

Colacurcio’s son, Frank Colacurcio Jr., pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and was sentenced last week in connection with the case. The son agreed to spend a year in prison and turn over $1.3 million in a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

The following is an excerpt from the Associated Press’ story last week on the

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Seattle PD starts blogging

The Seattle Police Department’s PIOs are joining the ever-expanding blogosphere.

They publicly launched the SPD Blotter on Monday. The blotter will be news and notes from the Seattle Police Department’s Media Office, according to a press release.

“Typical entries might include details about major crimes investigations, wanted suspect bulletins, announcements regarding high profile arrests and the latest police/community partnerships,” the press release stated. “The hope is that by providing information in this new format, the Seattle Police Department will have an opportunity to engage many more citizens who rely on getting their news via the Internet or

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Seattle PD needs your help in finding a man suspected in a series of sexual assaults in the South Seattle area in the past several months.

The most recent incident was Wednesday.

Here’s more from a Seattle PD press release:

The assaults occurred along Beacon Ave S (from Columbia to S. Cloverdale) and in the vicinity of 45 Ave S. and South Cloverdale St. All of the attacks have occurred within a very short distance of Metro bus stops, Routes 32 and 36 in particular. Most of the assaults have occurred between 5:30 p.m. and

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