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May 10, 1990 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ida Ballasiotes' first thought, upon hearing the criminal history of the man who'd raped and killed her daughter, came in the form of a question. What was this guy doing out of jail? she wondered. After all, the authorities had known Gene Raymond Kane was dangerous. He'd attacked two other women 13 years before, and he'd been sitting in prison ever since. He'd received no treatment during that time, mainly because a mental hospital considered him too dangerous to handle.
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April 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A live-in caretaker in Everett has been charged with having her 13-year-old daughter and four other teenagers beat her client's son to death with baseball bats, then using her two younger children to help clean up the home. Barbara Marie Opel, 37, and her daughter's 17-year-old boyfriend, Jeffrey James Grote, pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated first-degree murder in the death of Jerry Duane Heimann.
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July 26, 1998 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monday, Jan. 12, unfolded for Dr. Eugene Turner as did most of his days. Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., he saw a stream of patients at the Peninsula Children's Clinic here on the northern edge of Olympic National Park. All left feeling safe and cared for. So did their parents. Turner, a pediatrician who'd practiced in Port Angeles for 27 years, had that effect. With his tear-shaped eyes and white thinning hair and craggy features, the 62-year-old doctor conveyed boundless concern.
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January 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A 16-year-old boy who confessed to shooting his parents and two siblings to death told authorities in Addy, Wash., that an argument with his father over household chores led to the slayings. William L. Lembcke was ordered held without bail in the deaths of his father, Robert H. Lembcke, 49, a self-employed logger; his mother, Diana, 43, who suffered from multiple sclerosis; his sister, Jolene, 18; and one of his brothers, Wesley, 12.
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July 12, 1995 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody can say for sure when this sweet town, a place of apple orchards, cafe counters with fresh cherry pie and a slow-moving river, once named the fourth-best little city in the country, lost its innocence. Maybe it was when two 12-year-old boys, playing on the banks of the Columbia last August, got a rock thrown at them by a migrant farm worker, then leveled their rifles and pumped 18 rounds into his body.
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June 21, 1992 | From Times and Wire Reports
A man who said God told him to confess walked into a police station and said he was involved in the 1991 ax murders of two people, including an Anaheim man, authorities said. Lotolua Ilaoa, 28, was questioned and arrested for investigation of two counts of first-degree murder, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Curt Benson said. Until his confession, Ilaoa had not been considered a suspect in the slayings of Manuel Medina, 27, of Anaheim and Ricardo Gaxiola, 22, of Tijuana.
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August 16, 1995 | Associated Press
Sixteen-year-old Brian Bassett and a 17-year-old friend have been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after Bassett's parents were shot to death and his 5-year-old brother was drowned in a bathtub. Prosecutors say Bassett had been kicked out of the house by his parents because of his increasingly violent behavior.
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August 20, 1996 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It should have been a satisfying moment, if not cause for celebration. A jury had just declared Jason Soler and Jason Twyman guilty of second-degree murder in the brutal beating of 21-year-old Joey Levick. Justice had been served; the assailants would pull long time. Hardly anyone felt satisfied, though. Levick's mother, Melva, didn't. Nor did King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Patricia Eakes. Nor, for that matter, did the jurors who'd just convicted Soler and Twyman.
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April 19, 1988 | Associated Press
The daughter of the first person in the nation charged with causing death by tampering with over-the-counter drug capsules is prepared to testify for the prosecution, government lawyers said Monday. The disclosure was contained in a pretrial brief filed by Assistant U.S. Atty. Joanne Maida as jury selection began in the trial of Stella Nickell, 44, in U.S. District Court.
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March 7, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kathleen Daneker had been married only one day when she went to get some over-the-counter medicine in her bathroom. When she did not return, her husband called her, then rapped on the closed door. He tried to open the door but it would not budge. He forced it open only to find her unconscious body slumped on the floor, authorities said.
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January 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A body found in a shallow grave near the Tulalip Indian Reservation in northwest Washington was identified as a Russian mail-order bride who hadn't been seen since September. The woman's American husband of two years was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Anastasia Soloveva King, 20, was 39-year-old Indle King Jr.'s second mail-order bride, the Herald of Everett reported Saturday. Police were led to the body by an anonymous phone tip.
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September 2, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody knew who they were. They were the pack of bullies, a fixture in American neighborhoods as long as there have been kids and summers. They were the ones who leaned against the fence, smirking, when told to run on home. They were the kids who picked up rocks and threw them through windshields; who grabbed a bicycle that had been left on the front porch. "Monsters," one woman called them. "Babies," somebody else said. What nobody imagined was that they might be killers.
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April 20, 2000 | Associated Press
Authorities said Wednesday that a National Guardsman charged with murder in the death of a 16-year-old prostitute is a suspect in as many as 17 other slayings in Washington state. DNA testing was underway Wednesday comparing blood samples taken from Robert L. Yates Jr. of Spokane and evidence from the various crime scenes.
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November 5, 1999 | From Associated Press
Residents left their porch lights on and walked their children to school Thursday in the middle-class neighborhood where a gunman clad in military camouflage clothing killed two boat shop employees and wounded two others before vanishing. Police called Wednesday's shooting a "deliberate, calculated act" and tried to reassure residents of the Wallingford district that they are safe, even with the killer at large.
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June 10, 1999 | Associated Press
Two women and a little girl were found dead, apparently from gunshots, in a home used as a day care center. Police said Wednesday they had no suspects and no motive. A man called 911 on Tuesday, saying his mother and sister had been shot. The victims' identities were not immediately released.
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May 15, 1999 | Religion News Service
A Tacoma, Wash., pastor cannot be forced to testify about a murder confession because doing so would violate the sanctity of the confessional, the Washington state Supreme Court has ruled. At issue in the case was whether a state law that guarantees the confidentiality of religious confessions covers only confessions between a penitent and clergy in a religion with a recognized confession rite, or whether it extends to other religions as well.
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September 2, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Everybody knew who they were. They were the pack of bullies, a fixture in American neighborhoods as long as there have been kids and summers. They were the ones who leaned against the fence, smirking, when told to run on home. They were the kids who picked up rocks and threw them through windshields; who grabbed a bicycle that had been left on the front porch. "Monsters," one woman called them. "Babies," somebody else said. What nobody imagined was that they might be killers.
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March 9, 1991 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of three suspect Sudafed capsules recovered in a nationwide recall has been determined to contain a highly toxic form of cyanide typically used in the metal plating industry, FBI officials confirmed Friday. Assistant special agent John Eyer said the capsule was purchased at a K mart store in the Tacoma, Wash., suburb of Lakewood and near where two people died and a third fell seriously ill after taking Sudafed 12-Hour capsules laced with cyanide.
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February 2, 1999 | From Associated Press
Prosecutors on Monday withdrew a second-degree murder charge against a veteran pediatrician accused of blocking an infant's breathing after the 3-day-old boy was declared brain dead. The decision to drop charges against Dr. Eugene Turner came as his trial was to begin and prompted a burst of cheers and applause from supporters in the courtroom. Turner, 62, could hardly speak through his tears. "We were wonderfully surprised . . . " said Turner's wife, Norma. "Gene is celebrating today.
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November 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
A passenger on a city bus shot the driver in the arm Friday, causing the bus carrying at least 35 people to crash off a bridge and into an apartment building, police said. The driver was thrown from the bus and killed. A second man, who was shot in the head, died at Harborview Medical Center, said police spokeswoman Christie Lynn Bonner.
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