County to pay $1.35M settling lawsuit dogging Sheriff Urquhart

The Seattle PI King County will pay $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit that has dogged Sheriff John Urquhart for two years. Brought by three King County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the lawsuit raised a host of claims about Urquhart’s management style and conduct. Urquhart, a longtime employee of the office who was elected sheriff in 2012, continues to dispute the … Read More

State agrees to pay $3M to family of boy shot by gang member in 2010

 By Sara Jean Green | The Seattle Times The state Department of Corrections (DOC) has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a 12-year-old Skyway boy shot in the back by a known gang member on community supervision. Alajawan Brown stepped off a Metro bus on April 29, 2010, after buying a pair of … Read More

Former Stadium High student sexually molested by guard gets $500,000 settlement

By Alexis Krell | The News Tribune A former Stadium High School pupil will receive $500,000 to settle a lawsuit against Tacoma Public Schools regarding a security guard who had sex with her and other students. The student, identified in court records as C.J., settled the suit earlier this month, according to documents given to The News Tribune by her attorney, Lincoln … Read More

Inmate’s family gets $8 million jury award

By Nina Culver | The Spokesman-Review The family of an Airway Heights Corrections Center inmate who died after guards allegedly ignored his medical condition and treated his diabetic episode as a behavioral problem won an $8 million verdict from a Spokane County jury on Friday, twice the amount the family requested. Dale Stahl, 57, was a “brittle diabetic,” someone whose Type 1 … Read More

Could abuse death of toddler on Tulalip Reservation have been prevented?

By Dana Rebik| Q13 Fox News TULALIP RESERVATION — When police found 19-month-old Chantal Craig, she was unresponsive in her mother’s SUV covered in urine and feces. She was severely malnourished and dehydrated.  And court documents show the girl had bedbugs, lice and maggots in her diaper. Now, months after her death, child abuse attorney Julie Kays is wondering what … Read More

Attorney Jack Connelly to be appointed to Tacoma Library board

The News Tribune Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma has selected Jack Connelly to serve on the Tacoma Public Library Board of Trustees, replacing Bob Evans whose term expired. Connelly is a prominent personal injury attorney who has won many high-profile cases over the years, including a landmark racial discrimination lawsuit brought by two dozen families against the Puyallup School District. He … Read More

Jury gives $14 million to skier paralyzed at Snoqualmie

By Sara Jean Green | The Seattle Times After a five-week trial, a King County jury on Friday awarded $14 million to a 27-year-old skier who was paralyzed after dropping 37 feet from a ski jump at the Summit at Snoqualmie. Kenny Salvini, of Lake Tapps, was 23 years old when he went off the jump at the Central Terrain Park … Read More

Jury awards paralyzed skier $14 million

By LEVI PULKKINEN | The Seattle PI A King County jury has awarded $14 million in damages to a 26-year-old man who was left paralyzed after a jump at Snoqualmie Pass. The jury found that Summit at Snoqualmie operator Ski Lifts, Inc. failed to take safety into consideration at its Summit West terrain park. Because of that failure, the company was … Read More