King County Local Dive
By Sound Publishing
Take a deeper dive into the top stories of the week from King County. Brought to you by Sound Publishing's King County newspapers: Federal Way Mirror, Auburn Reporter, Kent Reporter, Renton Reporter, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Mercer Island Reporter, Snoqualmie Valley Record and more.
King County Local Dive: Prostitution coercion, book ban, hate crime
This week’s podcast takes a closer look at a prostitution case involving a Renton spa; the removal of an LGBTQ-themed book from a Kent school library; and a Bellevue man who was charged with a hate crime after vandalizing a Catholic church and throwing rocks at a bystander.
July 01, 2022
Judged by XII (Ep. 5): Nelson's grim tattoos
This episode explores how a judge ordered the release of 38 unredacted photos of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s tattoos on his arms, back and legs, but not his chest or stomach. The released photos show portions of Nelson’s body covered in tattoos of skulls, spiderwebs, a grim reaper, and other dark imagery.
June 24, 2022
King County Local Dive: Nazi logos earn big settlement; school shooter thwarted; teacher faces rape charge
This week’s podcast takes a closer look at a $1.5 million payout to a Kent assistant police chief who displayed Nazi insignia on his office door; a Kentwood High School teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a student; auditors find racial disparities in use of force at the King County Sheriff’s Office; Kirkland police arrest a student who threatened to carry out a school shooting on social media.
June 17, 2022
Misconduct in the sheriff’s office; ACLU gets involved in book ban | King County Local Dive
This week’s podcast takes a closer look at the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight’s annual report regarding investigations of misconduct complaints made against employees of the King County Sheriff’s Office; and how the ACLU gets involved in the continuing saga over the Kent School District banning a book for its sexual themes.
June 10, 2022
Housing First: King County's Health Through Housing Initiative
Special podcast explores King County's Health Through Housing Initiative
June 06, 2022
King County Local Dive: May 27, 2022
Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson (who is on trial for murder) appears on a police recruitment banner; monkeypox comes to King County; a group called Keep Kids Safe protests hotel for the homeless in Kirkland over the site’s location near schools.
May 27, 2022
King County Local Dive: May 20, 2022
This episode takes a deeper dive into stories about an Auburn couple on the run from the FBI; a Renton man who was sentenced to prison for beating a 21-year-old woman to death; and a dog who attacked a child in Auburn before being shot by police.
May 20, 2022
Judged by XII (Episode 4): Story of a police officer charged with murder | King County Local Dive
This is the fourth installment of a special podcast series on the case of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who is the first police officer to be charged with murder since Washington voters approved Initiative 940, which changes the burden of proof for prosecution of police homicides Jesse Sarey was killed by Officer Nelson in 2019 This episode explores the life of Jesse Sarey through the eyes of his foster mother, Elaine Simons, who talks about Sarey's struggles with mental illness and homelessness.
May 16, 2022
King County Local Dive: May 6, 2022
On this week’s episode, we discuss an Auburn police officer charged with vehicular homicide; the racial disparities and other barriers associated with obtaining a protection order in King County; Federal Way’s ban on the public use of fentanyl with a goal to protect public transit workers and innocent bystanders; and how farmers in the Green River Valley did not consider the unintended impacts of building the Lones Levee back in 1960.
May 06, 2022
Judged by XII (Episode 3): Story of a police officer charged with murder | King County Local Dive
This episode explores King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s decision to charge Nelson with second-degree murder and first-degree assault. We also take a closer look at Initiative 940. Warning: This podcast contains audio of the shooting of Jesse Sarey, who was killed by Officer Nelson in 2019.
April 29, 2022
Judged by XII (Episode 2): Story of a police officer charged with murder | King County Local Dive
This episode explores Officer Jeffrey Nelson’s pattern of violent behavior and misconduct while working with the Auburn Police Department. Records show Nelson used force against civilians 92 times between May 2011 and November 2018, and 57 of those incidents resulted in injuries that required medical attention — a higher rate than the rest of the department’s officers. This is the second installment of a special podcast series on the case of Nelson, who is the first police officer to be charged with murder since Washington voters approved Initiative 940, which changes the burden of proof for prosecution of police homicides.
April 22, 2022
King County Local Dive: April 15, 2022
On this week's episode we explore the history of alleged misconduct by a Federal Way educator student athletics coach; we give an update on the Kent School District's review of a LGBTQ-themed book which some parents and teachers believe is inappropriate for middle school students; and we cover the spree of violent robberies across the region that three teenagers are believed to be responsible for.
April 15, 2022
Judged by XII: Story of a police officer charged with murder (Episode 1) | King County Local Dive
This episode launches a special podcast series on the case of Auburn Police Officer Jeffrey Nelson, who is the first police officer to be charged with murder since Washington voters approved Initiative 940, which changes the burden of proof for prosecution of police homicides. A month after Nelson shot and killed Jesse Sarey in 2019, he sat down at an Auburn police substation with his lawyer to read a prepared statement on the killing. However, Nelson’s statement regarding the killing conflicts with the eyewitness’s account on key details. The Auburn Reporter has obtained audio of these statements through public records requests. Warning: This episode contains graphic language and depictions of violence. Next week’s episode will explore Nelson’s history of violence as an Auburn police officer and why the King County Prosecuting Attorney decided to charge Nelson in the death of Jesse Sarey.
April 08, 2022
Cannabis robberies; concrete strike; police reform; State Route 18 relief | King County Local Dive
On this week’s episode, we discuss how King County is adapting to a strike by concrete workers; Auburn Police Department reports a dramatic reduction in use of force incidents in 2021 on the heels of police reform legislation; the state’s cannabis stakeholders want cash out of the equation amid a rash of armed robberies; and local leaders celebrate a funding milestone for State Route 18, which is one of the state’s most dangerous highways.
April 01, 2022
King County Local Dive: March 25, 2022
On this week's episode we discuss a Bellevue Police and Fire pilot program that sought to find better ways for authorities to safely respond to mental health crisis situations; Raymond Still from the Enumclaw Courier-Herald breaks down Enumclaw's push to leave King County; and we give an update on the County's move to expand the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill amid pushback from certain stakeholders and advocates.
March 25, 2022
King County Local Dive: March 18, 2022
On this week's episode we discuss a restorative justice program for juvenile defenders in King County with a juvenile prosecutor; Alex Bruell from the Enumclaw Courier-Herald comes on to discuss how Washington state legislators tweaked a sweeping set of police reforms from the previous year; and how The Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that they say sets a dangerous legal precedent for tribes across the country.
March 18, 2022
King County Local Dive: Ukrainian aid from Mercer Islander; criminal justice reform under scrutiny
This episode takes a closer look at former Seahawks star Richard Sherman’s mental health crisis; a Mercer Island resident who created a digital tool to aid Ukrainian refugees; a criminal justice reform system that’s under fire from some local mayors; and King County’s first in-person advocacy program for sexual assault victims.
March 11, 2022
King County Local Dive: March 4, 2022
This episode takes a closer look at an Auburn police officer who committed a hit-and-run; the countywide impact of a Redmond mail distribution center’s potential closure; the ongoing case of a Kent assistant police chief who was placed on leave for displaying Nazi insignia; and the controversial anti-vaccination comments made by a Federal Way City Councilmember.
March 04, 2022