Washington State Auditor indicted amid allegations of falsifying tax returns, possessing stolen property

A U.S. Grand Jury in Seattle has returned a ten count indictment against TROY X. KELLEY, 50, of Tacoma for his scheme to keep stolen money and hide it from both the IRS and those due a refund

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FBI seeks information on bank robber nicknamed the ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have

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Shelton felon arrested for plotting to blow up store and gas station as bank robbery diversion

A recently released prison inmate was arrested on Monday for plotting to blow up a large store and gas station as part of his bank robbery scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan

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Skull found in Westport crab pot not missing McCleary girl

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that the skull found by a crabber in Westport is not that of missing McCleary girl, Lindsey Baum. Chief Criminal Deputy

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Cyber Monday Alert: “Spearfishing” Avoid counterfeit sites and products

Cyber Monday kicks off the online holiday shopping season, and federal law enforcement officials are warning about cyber scams that can wreck your holiday spirit.  U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan and Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), highlighted some of the dangers circulating on the web, including “spear phishing” and sales of counterfeit goods.  Today, ICE agents across the country shut down more than 700 websites which were selling counterfeit sports and designer items – some of the counterfeit goods pose safety concerns.

Malware alerts“Scammers turn out in force during the holidays and want your personal information in their stockings,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “They have more ways than ever before to steal your information.  Sometimes scammers try to get your information by putting up a phony website with a name very similar to a legitimate retailer or they send you an email purporting to be about an ‘order’ you placed.  If you open the attachment to see what you ordered, it can infect your computer and give scam artists remote access to it.  We urge everyone to be on guard and protect yourself”

 “Spear phishing” is when online scammers use snippets of information about a victim to try to gain access to additional personal information. Spear phishing might use information posted on social media or target an individual because of their online shopping.  For example, if a victim has shopped online for certain products, a spear phishing scam may use the fact that the person accessed certain sites to try to send malicious code in an attachment or link related to that shopping. 

Former Copalis Beach Woman Convicted of Embezzling Quinault Tribal Funds

QUINAULT, Wash. - A 48 year old Las Vegas woman was convicted yesterday of twenty counts of embezzling money from the Quinault Indian Nation. court documents state that Louise Ludwig, then a resident of Copalis Beach, Washington, was employed in the finance department of the Quinault Indian Nation from 2001 to 2008. between march 2007 and November 2008, Ludwig stole $51,111 by abusing her position as an accounting specialist with check writing authority over certain accounts.
U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle found Ludwig guilty after a three day trial. Sentencing is scheduled for August 20, 2012. 

Tacoma Man Sentenced to 18 Years

A Federal Way, Washington man who previously served 14 years in prison for bank robbery was sentenced today to 18 years in prison for the March 10, 2010 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Tacoma, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. Robert Revels, III was convicted following a bench trial in December 2011. In November 2009, Revels finished his prison sentence for two bank robberies in 1997. Just four months after his release from a half-way house, he was involved in the Tacoma bank robbery. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle spoke of the impact the robbery had on victims inside the bank.

The person who faces a brandished weapon, that’s a life sentence for them as well. - U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle

According to records filed in the case and testimony at trial, at the Tacoma bank robbery, a masked robber brandished a loaded pistol and threatened the bank employees and customers, including a young boy. The robber had also kicked a prone security guard. The robber made off with a bag containing over $8,000. A tracking device was hidden with the money. Police followed the tracking device and found Revels with a bag of money stuffed in his waistband. Following up on witness tips, police found the mask and other clothing the robber had worn discarded in a parking garage garbage can. The mask had DNA from Revels. Revels claimed that others had robbed the bank, and he had picked up the cash they dropped.

Satsop Training Goes Nuclear

Soldiers go through a strict protocol to be decontaminated after each scenario is completedELMA, Wash. - The site of the never-finished Satsop nuclear power plant has turned out to be a perfect place to train Army soldiers how to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction.

 

“While we were over in Iraq, we would often reflect back to what we learned at Satsop,” said Maj. John Gervais last week while training his company at Satsop Business Park. “The facility and what we can do here is great. You just can’t replicate it,” he said.

 

Of course the “weapons” found are not real, but the elaborate scenarios created are as close to reality as possible to train the soldiers of the Army’s 110th Battalion based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The 110th Battalion is one of two CBRNE – chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive – battalions in the U.S. Army. The other CBRNE battalion is the 22nd based out of Aberdeen, MD.

Investigators Seek Public Assistance With Lindsey Baum Related Video

MCCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriffs Department has released more video related to the Lindsey Baum investigation, one year after her dissappearance, Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said "we are now releasing additional video of people and vehicles that have not been identified from the Shell Station videos."

Some of the video is from earlier in the day and some from later in the evening.

The Department is asking that people that recognize either of the persons or vehicle contact us at 1-866-915-8299 or at soadmin@co.grays-harbor.wa.us. Scott said "We have not identified these people so are unsure how long they were in McCleary on that date and if they may have seen anything that may be of use in the investigation."

Investigators would still like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything in McCleary between 9 and 10 pm Friday - June 26th of 2009, when the little girl failed to return to her home on Mommsen Road from a friend's house on Maple street a few blocks away.

Lindsey's family has established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts,  and www.findlindseybaum.comwww.lindseybaum.com

Lindsey will turn 12 years old on Tuesday July 7th, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.

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