KING-5 Investigative reporter with focus on criminal justice, traveler, foodie, soccer fan. Email me lbyron@king5.com

William Shatner's fix for Calif. drought? A pipeline to Seattle

usatoday.com — California Gov. Jerry Brown, in an interview with USA TODAY reporter Doyle Rice, warned Thursday that the "unprecedented" drought parching his state will lead to a summer of forest fires and potential water shortages. USA TODAY Actor William Shatner has a fix for California's worsening drought: a big pipe and Seattle's famous rain.

Italy's high court set to rule on Amanda Knox case

usatoday.com — SEATTLE- Italy's Supreme Court could announce its ruling in the Amanda Knox case as soon as Wednesday. Knox has been back in Seattle since her conviction for murder was thrown out more than three years ago. But her fate is still uncertain because her acquittal was also tossed out.

WA a leader in race to replace aging natural gas pipes

king5.com — It's been ten years since an explosion rocked the quiet suburban Spiritridge neighborhood in Bellevue. A decade may be a long time, but it's not long enough for people who witnessed the explosion to forget what they saw that day. The smell of natural gas drew people out of their homes on the morning of Sept.

Toddler rescued, but search for family continues

king5.com — ARLINGTON, Wash. -- "I'm from Pennsylvania -Scranton, Pennsylvania. I'm here because I love my family and I'm after them." Thirty-four-year-old Kevin Ryce has flown 3,000 miles to Washington on a personal rescue mission. He's gearing up at the Arlington Walmart for what could be the most difficult day of his life Wednesday.

Homeless vets say program promising help was 'a nightmare'

king5.com — Kathie King is still adjusting to her whirlwind move from New Mexico to Oak Harbor -- a move that began last summer after she saw an ad on Craigslist. King said the ad intrigued her because it was titled, "Homes for Heroes, Homes for Veterans."

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Officer disciplined for drinking, driving police truck

king5.com — Bellevue Police Officer Dion Robertson has been punished for driving a police bomb squad truck to a brew pub, drinking two beers, then driving the department vehicle to another officer's home, where he drank more. Robertson was seen drinking the beer at the Issaquah Brew House on November 10 where he was attending an appreciation dinner for the Bellevue SWAT team.

Seattle full of speeders and tailgaters, police say

king5.com — Poll: What's the most annoying habit of Seattle area drivers? There's a common perception that Seattle drivers are polite to a fault, and pokey as a rule. But the police officers who patrol the city's roads say otherwise. Seattle's streets are less crowded than three years ago, but the rate of collisions is rising.

On-board camera shows Boise bus crashing into building

king5.com — BOISE -- Valley Regional Transit released the video from the camera inside a bus that crashed into the Idaho Power building last month. The driver has been charged with negligent driving. Investigators say there's evidence the driver, a 59-year-old man from Boise, was driving drowsy and appeared to have his eyes closed just prior to the crash.

Calif. firm selected to lead search for Seattle's next top cop

king5.com — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is turning to a familiar California company to conduct a nationwide search for the city's next police chief --Bob Murray & Associates. The firm has conducted over 150 searches for police chiefs in cities with populations ranging from 2,000 to 3 million, according to Jeff Reading, communications director for Mayor Murray.
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May 02, 2015

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May 02, 2015

RT @TheAtlantic: Study: Most eighth-graders struggle to answer basic questions about U.S. history, geography theatln.tc/1KATaab pic.twitter.com/7HRlE3QP7r

May 01, 2015

@SeattlePD @SeattlePD: "This is no longer demonstration management, this has turned into a riot" -Captain Chris Fowler. #MayDaySea

May 01, 2015

RT @SeattlePD: "This is no longer demonstration management, this has turned into a riot" -Captain Chris Fowler. #MayDaySea

May 01, 2015

RT @stevemiletich: BREAKING: SPD Chief Kathleen O'Toole says three officers injured, none seriously. #MayDaySea

May 01, 2015

RT @seattledot: A group of demonstrators are heading EB on E Denny at Boylston. Avoid Capital Hill area #MayDaySea

May 01, 2015

RT @jewlish: @LByronK5 @KING5Seattle they threw rocks at my car and others at 12th/pike/pine/Madison earlier... I want them OUT of my city.

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