Jonah Spangenthal-Lee

For the last five years, I've covered the always-exciting cops and crime beat at,, KIRO Television, and The Stranger.
As a reporter, I've stood out in the rain at crime scenes, rode around in patrol cars late into the night, and pored over police reports in order to dig up and tell stories about just what goes on inside the Seattle Police Department, and the streets of our city.
I came to SPD in March 2012 to tell those same stories on the department’s blog, The Blotter, and help push out up-to-the-minute information on breaking news through SPD’s Twitter feed.
My days at SPD are just as long, exciting and fast-paced as they ever were in a newsroom, but now I don't have to sneak past police tape to get to a story.
I'm a born-and-raised Seattle resident with a penchant for messy cooking projects, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars and comic books. My wife and cats are very patient with me.

Bike Officers Save Another Life With Overdose Reversal Drug

SPD bike officers saved a 61-year-old man from a potentially fatal overdose early Tuesday after finding him lying in a downtown alleyway. Around 12:30 AM Tuesday, Officers Matt Newsome and Dick Bonesteel were on bicycle patrol downtown when they saw a man lying on his back in the 200 block of Stewart Street. As officers […]
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Officers Save Another Life With Overdose Reversal Drug

For the second time in as many weeks, Seattle police officers have used a life-saving medication to stop a potentially fatal overdose. Around 2:30 PM Wednesday, East Precinct bike officers Chris Myers and Drew Fowler were patrol near Broadway and East Pike Street when they spotted a 33-year-old man sprawled on the ground in a doorway. As […]
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Man Arrested For Spitting That Hot Fire

If Smokey the Bear, Beavis and Frankenstein have taught us anything, it’s that fire bad! Officers tried to relay this same lesson to a less-than-receptive 22-year-old man Saturday night after they caught him spewing flames from his mouth on a busy Capitol Hill street. Officers Sandlin Grayson and Christopher James were working an emphasis patrol in […]
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Bike Officers Save Young Woman’s Life With Overdose Prevention Drug

A little more than a month after the Seattle Police Department partnered with the Marah Project to equip bike patrols with a drug to reverse the effects of overdoses, two officers on Sunday became the first members of SPD to administer a dose of the medication, saving a young woman’s life. Bike Officers James Kellett and Randy Jokela responded to […]
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Two Arrested For String of Burglaries at Puget Sound Churches

Two men suspected in a string of break-ins at churches all over Seattle and Puget Sound region are in custody after Major Crimes Taskforce detectives, North Precinct Patrol officers, Edmonds police and the King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter worked late into the night Thursday tracking them down. Detectives arrested the men–both in their 20s–last […]
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Police Find Secret Garden (of Pot) After Break-In At Children’s Bookstore

A break-in at a children’s bookstore early Tuesday in Ballard led police to a secret garden of illegal marijuana plants. Around 3:30 AM, Seattle police received a report of an in-progress burglary at the bookstore, in the 1100 block of N.W. 85th Street Officers entered the store and found a large hole smashed in a wall. They […]
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Police, Medics, Dispatcher and Mom Save Young Woman From Overdose

A young woman was revived by Seattle police, Seattle Fire Department paramedics and her mother after she suffered a near-fatal overdose Tuesday at her North Seattle home. The 18-year-old woman’s mother called 911 dispatchers shortly after 12:36 PM and reported her daughter was overdosing at her home near NE 50th Street and Sand Point Way NE. […]
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Police Investigating After Suspected Human Remains Found In Recycling Bin

SPD Homicide detectives are investigating after suspected human remains were found in a recycling bin outside a Central District home. Around 4pm Saturday, a homeowner in the 1600 block of 21st Avenue called 911 and reported finding suspicious items in a recycling bin. SPD patrol officers, homicide detectives and the King County Medical Examiner responded to the location and […]
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Man Caught On Camera Using Bank Cards Taken In Morning Robbery At Beacon Hill Home

UPDATE: Detectives arrested the 24-year-old suspect in Federal Way on Saturday, April 2nd.  He has since been interviewed by detectives.  Detectives suspect he may be involved in several other crimes as well.  This remains an on-going robbery investigation.   Seattle police are looking to identify a man seen using a bank card stolen early Friday […]
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