Crime Section

Normandy Park citizens launch campaign to raise money to keep police officers

Normandy Park citizens launch campaign to raise money to keep police officers

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog: by Jack Mayne Citizens of this small city on the shores of Puget Sound have taken the extraordinary step of going to an Internet fundraising website to raise... [Read more]

Des Moines Police Department holding 3rd annual HCSATS Toy Drive

Des Moines Police Department holding 3rd annual HCSATS Toy Drive

The Des Moines Police Department is coordinating a Toy Drive to benefit the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress (HCSATS). Among the many other things they do, HCSATS provides examination,... [Read more]

Des Moines Police Foundation’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ will be Wednesday, Dec. 16

Des Moines Police Foundation’s ‘Shop with a Cop’ will be Wednesday, Dec. 16

The Des Moines Police Foundation will be holding its first-ever ‘Shop with a Cop’ on Wednesday, Dec. 16. The Des Moines Police Foundation welcomes the opportunity to engage with every... [Read more]

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Remembering Rosie the Newfoundland 5 Years after she was shot, killed

Memorial where Rosie the Newfoundland was shot on Nov. 7, 2010. by Ralph Nichols A tranquil November Sunday in Des Moines five years ago was shattered when a gentle Newfoundland named Rosie was murdered... [Read more]

PODCAST: Police seeking help finding burglary suspect; storm forecast & more

PODCAST: Police seeking help finding burglary suspect; storm forecast & more

Here’s episode #28 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Mayor lashes out at new SeaTac Councilmembers for lecturing city

Mayor lashes out at new SeaTac Councilmembers for lecturing city

by Jack Mayne Two still unseated SeaTac City Council members went before the Des Moines City Council on Thursday night to tell its members to not believe its staff on advice about a proposed 16 percent... [Read more]

Pacific Middle School Leadership Students clean-up downtown Des Moines

Pacific Middle School Leadership Students clean-up downtown Des Moines

by Abigail Gerken It’s a balmy Fall Sunday morning as Pacific Middle School students, me inclusive, set out to clean-up Des Moines’ downtown. While most children are enjoying their time... [Read more]

ALERT: Des Moines Police warning of suspicious subjects going door-to-door

ALERT: Des Moines Police warning of suspicious subjects going door-to-door

The Des Moines Police Department released the following Crime Alert, warning residents of suspicious subjects going door-to-door: Monday evening (early evening) the Des Moines Police Station received several... [Read more]

BLOTTER: Des Moines Police Dept. Crime Blotter for Nov. 1–7, 2015

BLOTTER: Des Moines Police Dept. Crime Blotter for Nov. 1–7, 2015

Here’s the Des Moines Police Department Crime Blotter for the week of Nov. 1 – 7, 2015 (click images to see larger versions, or download a PDF file here):  Read More →

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

by Jack Mayne Despite a warning that it was unconstitutional to infringe on freedom of religion, the Des Moines City Council effectively banned most of the city’s churches from housing homeless encampments... [Read more]

PODCAST: 16% tax increase in Des Moines? Jack Mayne Commentary & more

PODCAST: 16% tax increase in Des Moines? Jack Mayne Commentary & more

Here’s episode #27 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Council wrestles with balancing budget with new tax on water, sewer districts

Council wrestles with balancing budget with new tax on water, sewer districts

by Jack Mayne A proposal to impose a new 16 percent tax on sewer and water districts drew the ire of a large number of Des Moines residents at last Thursday night’s City Council meeting. For well over... [Read more]

PODCAST: Shooting in SeaTac kills 1; Jack Mayne Commentary; forecast, more

PODCAST: Shooting in SeaTac kills 1; Jack Mayne Commentary; forecast, more

Here’s episode #26 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Des Moines Interpreter charged with mileage and billing fraud repays state

Des Moines Interpreter charged with mileage and billing fraud repays state

A Des Moines based Spanish-language interpreter charged with overbilling the state has repaid more than $5,600 for mileage and patient appointments that authorities say never happened. According to the... [Read more]

BLOTTER: Des Moines Police Dept. Crime Blotter for Oct. 18–24, 2015

BLOTTER: Des Moines Police Dept. Crime Blotter for Oct. 18–24, 2015

Here’s the Des Moines Police Department Crime Blotter for the week of Oct. 18 – 24, 2015 (click images to see larger versions, or download a PDF file here):  Read More →

PODCAST: Methadone clinic on hold until 2016; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

PODCAST: Methadone clinic on hold until 2016; Jack Mayne Commentary & more

Here’s episode #25 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Thieves smash into Freedom Snacks, break gumball machine, steal candy

Thieves smash into Freedom Snacks, break gumball machine, steal candy

Freedom Snacks, located at 709 S. 219th Street in Des Moines, was the victim of early (and evil) Trick-or-Treaters, as it was broken into and vandalized overnight (Tuesday/Wednesday, Oct. 20-21). The... [Read more]

City hired attorney will represent the city, not individual citizens, protestors told

City hired attorney will represent the city, not individual citizens, protestors told

by Jack Mayne People expecting an attorney hired by the Des Moines City Council to advise them of ways they can appeal in the Woodmont area drug and substance rehabilitation facility will be disappointed. “Any... [Read more]

LETTER: Crime victim shares story of weekend Des Moines residential burglary

LETTER: Crime victim shares story of weekend Des Moines residential burglary

Sam Mardis, an ‘angry and violated Des Moinian’ victim of a residential burglary in Des Moines over the weekend, wants to share his experience with our Readers: Hello, Just wanted let the... [Read more]

No homeless camps planned for Des Moines – but future rules are considered

No homeless camps planned for Des Moines – but future rules are considered

by Jack Mayne There are no immediate plans for homeless camps to be established in Des Moines despite a notice that the City Council will consider an ordinance on homeless camps on property owned or controlled... [Read more]

PODCAST: Missing 11-year old found safe; Puget Sound Weather Geek & more

PODCAST: Missing 11-year old found safe; Puget Sound Weather Geek & more

Here’s episode #23 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

UPDATE: 11-year old missing boy Christian Torres has been FOUND safe!

UPDATE: 11-year old missing boy Christian Torres has been FOUND safe!

UPDATE FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2015 12:30 p.m.: Christian Torres, the 11-year old boy who went missing after school on Wednesday (Oct. 7), has been found SAFE! Des Moines Police confirmed the good news via Twitter... [Read more]