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Wrongly Convicted Man Back in Trouble

Posted Friday, January 15, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

A wrongly-convicted Seattle man who was compensated by the State for $500,000 is back in custody and charged with burglary, dealing methamphetamine and selling stolen guns.

Brandon Olebar was the first person to receive wrongful-conviction compensation from the state after King County prosecutors became convinced they had convicted the wrong man. Olebar was released from prison in 2013 after serving 10 years behind bars.

However, court filings allege Olebar was selling ounce-quantities of methamphetamine, driving a getaway car during a burglary and peddling stolen guns out of a house in Kent.

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DUI Dismissed- Woman’s Body Creates Alcohol

Posted Friday, January 8, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

A New York judge dismissed a woman’s DUI charge after seeing evidence that she suffers from “auto-brewery syndrome,” also known as gut-fermentation syndrome. This can occur when abnormal amounts of gastrointestinal yeast convert common food carbohydrates into ethanol.

In this case, the woman blew .40 but reportedly consumed four drinks over six hours, which should have placed her alcohol level at 0.01 and 0.05 based on her height and weight. Police reported she was weaving her vehicle all over the road and exhibited bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Experts say that part of the syndrome’s mystery is how someone can have extremely high alcohol levels and still be walking around and talking, when the average person would be comatose or dying.

The District Attorney’s office reportedly will appeal the judge’s ruling.

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Poulsbo Police-No Arrest of Sheriff’s Deputy Suspected of DUI

Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Andrew Charles Huff

Poulsbo police are taking heat for failing to arrest a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office sergeant when he allegedly drove home from a theater intoxicated in October. The sergeant admitted to a Poulsbo officer on video that he drove home drunk on Oct. 16, 2015. However, he has not been charged with a crime.

A police body camera video shows a Poulsbo police officer confronting the sergeant while he was sitting in his personal vehicle outside a movie theater. The officer smelled alcohol and offered the sergeant a ride home, which he refused. Poulsbo Police reported that the officer did not know the allegedly impaired deputy was a law enforcement officer and that officers routinely offer impaired drivers a ride home rather than let them sit in their vehicle.

Kitsap County prosecutors say there is not enough evidence to prosecute, saying it wasn’t clear on the video that admitted to driving drunk and that he was not advised of his rights.

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Supreme Court: No Protection for Paring Knife

Posted Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A local man challenged a Seattle law prohibiting him from carrying a small, fixed-blade“paring” knife for the purpose of self-defense, arguing the law violates his right to bear arms under the 2nd Amendment and State Constitution.

The threshold question for the Court was whether Wayne Evans demonstrated that his fixed-blade knife is a protected arm” under the Washington or federal constitution. The court had previously held that similar knives were not “arms and did not deserve protection. However, a prior U.S. Supreme Court decision strengthened the 2nd Amendment’s application and Mr. Evans argued that based on that decision, the Seattle Ordinance violated his rights.

But our State Court found that the small knife on Mr. Evans’s person is a utility tool, not a weapon. While conceding that almost any common object may be used as a weapon, this knife or tool does not trigger the constitutional protections afforded to “arms” and upheld Seattle’s law prohibiting him from carrying the knife

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Bainbridge Island Teacher Pleads Guilty

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2015 by Andrew Charles Huff

A Bainbridge High School science teacher has pled guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old student. Jessica Fuchs, 26, received a 29-month suspended sentence for two sex offenses, including sexual misconduct with a minor. She was also sentenced for witness tampering for telling the teen to lie about their relationship.

In court documents, Fuchs wrote that she had gotten close to the teen by playing computer games and that she had sexual relations with him three times in February.

Fuchs apologized to the judge in court Monday.

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