City of Marietta responds to K-9 auction case

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:26 PM
Published: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 8:40 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (Feb. 1): The City of Marietta, in a prepared statement released tonight via Facebook, stands by its offer to appoint retired police Officer Matt Hickey to the position of an auxiliary officer with duties that would include his being a keeper for K-9 Officer Ajax.

According to the statement, Hickey agreed to the arrangement last week after the city council on Jan. 28 voiced support for keeping the dog with Hickey.

There has been no comment from Hickey and word on what will happen to the more than $50,000 pledged to a GoFundMe page set up to help the former officer buy Ajax when the city takes the dog to auction.

According to the city. K-9 officers retired because of age or infirmity are offered to their former partners, by state law, for $1. Ajax has several working years remaining in his career and according to state law would have to be sold at auction if the officer wanted to purchase the animal before the K-9 is officially retired, according to the statement.


People have stepped up to help a retired Ohio police officer purchase his longtime K9 partner.

By Sunday, a GoFundMe page set up to help buy Ajax when the city takes it to auction had raised more than $50,000.

Recently retired Marietta officer Matt Hickey has offered to buy the dog for $3,500 — the police dog’s estimated value, but the city said Ajax must be sold at auction because he’s public property, according to the Associated Press report.

Any excess funds raised on the GoFundMe page will go toward buying protective vests for other K9 officers, according to the AP report.

In an interview with WBNS-TV in Columbus, Hickey said he has cared for the dog for three years and that he’s like a family member.

Marietta officials said they’ll only allow a police officer, active or retired, or a trainer of police dogs to bid on Ajax, according to the AP.

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Suspect in Washington state mall shooting arrested

Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 3:02 AM
Published: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 2:54 AM
By: KIRO7 – Seattle

            Suspect in Washington state mall shooting arrested

The suspect in a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five dead is in custody, authorities said Saturday.

Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor, was found and taken into custody about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in connection with a deadly shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington on Friday night, police said. Authorities say the motive for the shooting, which left four females and one male dead, is unknown.

>> Washington state mall shooting: A timeline of events

Washington State Patrol public information officer Sgt. Mark Francis tweeted an image of Cetin.

Law enforcement staged a massive search over more than 20 hours for the suspect, initially described by witnesses as a young Hispanic male wearing black. Cetin wrote on his Facebook page that he is from Turkey.

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Authorities had said that a rifle had been found at the scene.

The motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles north of Seattle. The FBI was assisting local authorities, but it said there was no evidence to point to terrorism

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Washington state mall shooting: Timeline of events

Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 3:02 AM
Published: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 8:51 PM
By: Casey McNerthney - KIRO-TV

Five people were killed when a gunman targeted people inside the Macy’s store at Cascade Mall in Burlington, about an hour and 20 minutes north of Seattle.

More than two dozen law enforcement agencies were looking for the shooter, who was not immediately identified.

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Below is a timeline of events:

Friday, Sept. 23


6:52 p.m.: According to a screengrab on mall surveillance footage, this is the time the shooting suspect was seen walking through Macy’s with a rifle. The State Patrol later said the shooting happened near the makeup counter.

6:58 p.m.: A 911 dispatcher receives the first call about the active shooter. He was described as wearing black clothing and carrying a rifle. More than 26 agencies respond and about 200 law enforcement personnel were there at the height of the incident. The State Patrol later said video showed the man entering the mall without a weapon and reappeared on Macy’s surveillance video carrying a rifle.

7:06 p.m. Breaking Skagit first tweets initial details from the scanner about a shooting at Macy’s, telling people to stay clear of the Cascade Mall, which is at 201 Cascade Mall Drive in Burlington, about an hour and 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.

7:33 p.m.: State Patrol Sgt. Mark Francis, the agency spokesman for Skagit County, confirms an active shooter, tweeting the description: “Hispanic male wearing gray. Last seen walking toward I-5 from Cascade Mall Burlington.”

7:43 p.m.: The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management tweets for people to avoid the Cascade Mall area in Burlington and follow all road closures. 

7:55 p.m.: Francis tweets that he is at the mall and tells media to look for updates on his Twitter account instead of by phone because of the volume of calls.

8:03 p.m.: Francis confirms four people are dead in the mall and the shooter or shooters left the scene before police arrived. Francis said there may be one shooter, but the total number is unknown. He also tweets that police are clearing the mall.

8:04 p.m.: Reporters and photographers begin staging in the southwest corner of the Cascade Mall parking lot.

8:21 p.m.: Family and friends of people in the mall are told by the State Patrol that survivors will be taken from the mall to His Place Community Church at 1480 S. Burlington Blvd. in Burlington.

8:24 p.m.: Medics enter the mall with a police escort after police initially checked the mall for the shooter. Francis tweets that they are holding out hope the number of deceased goes down. It does not.

9:01 p.m.: Police dogs were dispatched to the AMC Theatres at Cascade Mall for a secondary search.

9:02 p.m.: Skagit County scanner traffic discuss a possible suspect two blocks west of the Cascade Mall on Markwood Road. 

9:12 p.m.: The first picture of the shooting suspect is released on the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management’s Twitter account. It is a cropped image of the suspect holding a rifle.

9:15 p.m.: A full frame of the suspected shooter photo is obtained by KIRO-TV. The image, which was previously cropped by authorities, shows the suspect holding a rifle.

9:20 p.m.: The same cropped image of the wanted shooting suspect is distributed by the State Patrol, through Francis’ Twitter account.

9:26 p.m.: After talking with investigations, people who were inside the mall leave the scene for His Place Community Church.

9:29 p.m.: Gov. Jay Inslee tweets “Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington where a shooter has taken the lives of at least four people.” He said questions remain, but that troopers and law enforcement officers are working swiftly to locate the shooter. Inslee asks for people to follow the detour warnings and to stay close to friends and loved ones as we await more information. “Trudi and I send our condolences to the families of the victims and prayers for anyone injured.”

9:35 p.m.: Francis changed the number of dead, saying three women were killed at the Cascade Mall. He said one female with non-life-threatening injuries was at a local hospital, and a man was being flown to Harborview Medical Center, the regional trauma center, with life-threatening injuries. He did not have specific ages or immediately know if it was a targeted attack. Francis said the shooter hand a long gun, but did not give caliber. He asked people to stay inside their homes.

10:07 p.m.: The Seattle Mariners tweet that “Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragedy tonight at Cascade Mall. For those in Burlington, please stay safe.”

10:10 p.m.: Skagit County Department of Emergency Management’s Twitter account tells people to come back Saturday to get their vehicles at the Cascade Mall.

10:38 p.m.: The FBI said they’re assisting in the case, and that they have no information to suggest additional attacks were planned in Washington state.

10:50 p.m.: Francis said police were “about 2/3 of the way through doing the final clear” of the mall. There were “a lot of locked doors and room that had to be opened.” Francis later clarifies that the mall is 434,000 square feet with secure rooms and doors.

10:52 p.m.: A witness who said she was in a fitting room during the Cascade Mall shooting said the lone man shooter was yelling a female’s name as he shot people.

10:58 p.m.: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he is “deeply saddened by the tragedy in Burlington tonight. Thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this horrific event.”

11:11 p.m.: Francis said 11 search teams were 90 percent complete on their building search. Two canine teams were on the perimeter “still actively searching for (the) suspect throughout the area.”

11:21 p.m.: The official count of deceased changed again. Francis said four women were killed in Macy’s. One man was flown to Harborview.  Francis said the mall search went from the south to the north. Still no word on a motive.

Saturday, Sept. 24


12:22 a.m. A law enforcement helicopter remains in the air searching for the suspect.

3:28 a.m.: The State Patrol confirms the fifth victim, the man flown to Harborview Medical Center, died.

4:30 a.m. The full search of the Cascade Mall is completed. Surrounding parking lots remain closed during the investigation.

8:04 a.m.: A multi-agency police briefing begins across from Burlington Police Department headquarters. Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said the shooter entered the mall without a weapon, then reappeared 10 minutes later in Macy’s with a rifle. The victims ranged in age from a teenager to a senior.

8:13 a.m.: Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said “the city of Burlington is probably changed forever, but I don’t think our way of life needs to change in our community.” He praises law enforcement who responded to the senseless act and said “now our support goes with them to help them extend the long arm of the law to bring the son of a bitch to justice who did this to our community.” 

8:15 a.m.: Cammock said the suspect appears to be a man in his late teens to mid-20s. He said police have been getting a number of tips, but nothing that’s led to an arrest. Asked specifically if investigators knew his name, Cammock said: “We do not have an identity on the individual yet, and we could certainly use the community’s help on that.”

8:17 a.m.: KIRO-TV asks Cammock why authorities think the shooting suspect is Hispanic. “I think that’s conclusions drawn by people who have looked at the photograph,” he said. “Dark hair. Photographs aren’t exact replicas because we’re taking it off of security footage, but (it) appears to be a little bit darker complected, so I suppose the race could be anything in there. But I think that’s why conclusions are being drawn.” He encourages reporters to look at the photo and see what conclusions they draw.

8:19 a.m.: There is no evidence that the Cascade Mall shooting was a terrorist attack, said Michael Knutsen, assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle FBI office. Knutsen said he can’t discount that, but can’t conclude the shooting was a terrorist act.

8:40 a.m.: The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management asks people with information to call police at (360) 428-3211 or Additional photos of the shooting suspect are tweeted.

8:58 a.m.: A vigil forms at Maiben Park at 1011 E. Greenleaf Ave. in Burlington.

9:12 a.m.: Francis tweeted additional suspect photos using the hashtag #CascadeMallShooting

10:22 a.m.: State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore said multiple agencies were reconstructing the entire mall scene, conducting forensic scanning and collecting evidence. Detectives continued to ask for tips and leads from the public.

2:19 p.m.: The Skagit County Medical Examiner’s office staff entered the Cascade Mall. Authorities said official family notifications had not been made.

2:23 p.m.: State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore tells KIRO-TV it’s very possible we may not get any new information “until there’s a break in the case.” He said no news conferences are scheduled because they don’t know anything more than they knew at 8 a.m. this morning and that the suspect has not been identified. Investigators were going through all surveillance images/video to see if a clearer image is available to be shared.

3:22 p.m.: Am alert was sent to riders on nine Washington State Ferry routes saying law enforcement is looking to help identify the active shooter involved in the Cascade Mall shooting. “If you can help,” the message reads, “please contact 911.” Authorities did not elaborate if they think the shooter took a ferry. 

Dashcam and body camera footage released in shooting of Keith Scott

Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 2:07 AM
Published: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 7:28 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Dashcam and body camera footage released in shooting of Keith Scott
(Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department)

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the dashcam and the body camera video of the encounter in which an officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott.

A file sent to the media Saturday also includes pictures of a handgun and marijuana that police say Scott possessed.

Body camera footage (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) 

Dashcam footage (WARNING:GRAPHIC VIDEO) 

The footage shows black man exiting an SUV and walking backward as he's shot at four times by Charlotte police, the Associated Press reported.


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Washington mall shooting: What we know now

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 10:44 PM
Published: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 11:37 AM

            Washington mall shooting: What we know now

Five people are dead after a man with a rifle opened fire Friday night at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

The shootings occurred in the makeup department at a Macy's in the mall at approximately 7 p.m. PT, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said. 

The suspect is still at large. Francis said authorities are looking for a Hispanic man wearing a black T-shirt, who was last seen walking west toward Interstate 5 from Cascade Mall. The shooter was armed with a "long gun," Francis said, " a hunting-type rifle." 

Burlington is located approximately 65 miles north of Seattle.

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According to troopers, the shooter left the scene before police arrived.

The names of the dead were not immediately released.

Tari Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald that she was in the Macy’s women’s dressing room when she heard “what sounded like four balloons popping, and I thought that was strange because I hadn’t seen any balloons.”

“Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn’t feel right. And it got very quiet. And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store.”

Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino's Italian restaurant near the Macy's, told The Associated Press that she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee's boyfriend.

"He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming," she said. "It was frantic."

She said he could see police at the doors with assault rifles and said they were no longer guarding the doors as of 9:30 p.m.

Brandi Montreuil told CNN she was at the movies when attendants told them to leave. "I didn't know anything," she said. "The theater attendant came in and apologized for stopping the movie and said they (theater staff) were asked to have everyone leave immediately."

Doc Barron, who had been teaching a boxing class at the mall, told the Skagit Valley Herald that he heard a commotion outside and a bunch of people yelling and screaming for help.

“Someone ran by and said, ‘There’s an active shooter in the mall,’ and told us to lock our gate,” said Barron, who was able to get out of the mall and was interviewed in the parking lot.

The Cascade Mall is an enclosed shopping mall that opened in 1990, according to the mall's website. In addition to Macy's and the theater, it features J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, and several restaurants. On its Twitter account, mall officials said the facility would be closed on Saturday "out of respect" for the victims and their families.