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

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.

$225,000 payout to man mauled by Lakewood K-9

king5.com — Chad Boyles of Pierce County has agreed to a settlement of $225,000 for injuries inflicted when he was attacked by a Lakewood police dog in 2011. Boylessued the City of Lakewood in federal court requesting $3 million in damages; the case was expected to go to trial this summer.

King Co. Sheriff fires deputy who threatened to arrest reporter

king5.com — A King County Sheriff's deputy involved in confrontation with a Seattle journalist last year has been fired. Deputy "K.C." Patrick Saulet was fired for dishonesty and abuse of authority, according to a termination letter dated January 30. Saulet was one of several law enforcement officers who threatened to arrestDominic Holden during a July 30 confrontation.
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Oct 23, 2014

Det Robin Cleary was under investigation 4 tipping off Darrion Holiwell that he was under scrutiny. He was later convicted of pimping/drugs

Oct 23, 2014

King Co. Sheriff's Office confirms Asst. Chief Pugel fired Det. Robin Cleary today. Her Loudermill (final appeal) hearing was last week.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @NSwabyKing5: Bellevue police confirm Lt. Lisa Flores was terminated for falsifying an L&I form pic.twitter.com/DimMy5f1vh

Oct 23, 2014

A Bellevue cop was fired today too. My colleague @NSwabyKing5 is working on that story.

Oct 23, 2014

According to multiple sources, KCSO Det. Robin Cleary posted on her Facebook page that she's been fired.

Oct 23, 2014

I'm hearing the Holiwell prostitution/drug/theft scandal has cost another King County cop their job.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @BrandiKruse: The remains COULD be those of a missing woman who major crimes detectives previously dug up a yard in search of.

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