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 Catch Armed Teen Selling Heroin on Downtown Street

Police seized a handgun and large quantity of heroin from a teenager Monday night after officers spotted him dealing on a downtown street. West Precinct Bike officers Richard Bonesteel and Matt Newsome were patrolling near 4th Avenue and Olive Way when they saw two people approach and hand cash to the 17-year-old suspect. The teen then handed over […]
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15-Year-Old Burglars Caught Shortly After Ransacking Central District Home

Police arrested two teen burglars Friday, just minutes after they fled a Central District home with bags full of computers, car keys and other electronics. Around 3:45 PM, a neighbor in the 1800 block of 30th Avenue called 911 and reported two suspicious teens creeping through the yard of a nearby home. Officers Eric Cole […]
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Man Wounded In Shooting Near Seattle/Tukwila Border

One man was wounded Monday in a drive-by shooting near the Seattle/Tukwila border. Around 1:45 PM, Seattle police received multiple reports of a shooting near in the 10300 block of 51st Avenue South. Officers arrived at the scene and found a wounded man in his 30s inside a vehicle. Medics transported the man to Harborview […]
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Detectives Seek to Return Items Taken In Storage Locker Burglaries

North Precinct burglary detectives have recovered hundreds of stolen items from a suspected burglar’s storage locker and are now looking to return them to their rightful owners. Over the past year, police have been investigating a series of break-ins targeting storage units in Lake City, Fremont and Downtown Seattle. After a great deal of sleuthing, […]
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UPDATE: Five Shot Following Argument At 3rd and Pine

Update: Homicide detectives have identified 18-year-old Alrick Hollingsworth Jr. as the suspect in the November 9 shooting at 3rd Avenue and Pine Street that left five people injured. Hollingsworth is 5’5″and 160 lbs. If you have information about the shooting or Hollingsworth’s location please call 911 or contact Homicide detectives at 206-684-5550. Original: Five people were wounded […]
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Police Arrest Teen For Drive-By Shooting, Find Toddler In Backseat

After stopping a 16-year-old driver following a drive-by shooting outside a South Seattle community center Tuesday night, police found a handgun on the backseat of a car, next to a toddler strapped into a car seat. Around 4:30 PM, bike patrol officers working an emphasis near Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street heard gunshots […]
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