Jonah Spangenthal-Lee


For the last five years, I've covered the always-exciting cops and crime beat at Seattlecrime.com, PubliCola.com, 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.

Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike

Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle. Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as […]
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Drunk Driver In Stolen Mustang Hurls Whiskey, Hits Bus, Stops In Front of Police HQ

A drunk driver careened through downtown Seattle late Friday, colliding head-on with a valet in an Audi and then a bus, before his stolen Mustang sputtered to a halt across from Seattle Police Department headquarters. The suspect’s spree began just before 6:30 PM after he sped the wrong way down one-way 2nd Avenue, where he collided head-on with an […]
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Police Investigating Possible Murder-Suicide After Bodies Found at Ravenna Nursing Home

Seattle Police Department homicide detectives were called to a North Seattle nursing home Friday afternoon after a man and an elderly woman were both found dead in a room at the facility. Police are investigating the possibility this is a case of murder-suicide. Police received a report from the man’s family around 2 PM that the man […]
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Detectives Searching For Mother-Son Carjacking Team (UPDATE: ARRESTED)

UPDATE (4:51 PM): Kendrick and Nancy Epps are now in custody after police arrested them at motel in the 13300 block of Aurora Avenue N. late Friday afternoon. ———— Robbery Detectives are on the hunt for a mother-son duo that carjacked a woman at the Northgate park and ride on Thursday night. A woman was loading bags into the […]
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Police Chase Down Armed, Out-of-Breath Robber In Brighton

With officers on his heels, an armed robber ran down side streets and through yards in the Brighton neighborhood Thursday night before breathlessly surrendering to police. The 21-year-old suspect and two other men had approached a 15-year-old boy in the 5100 block of S. Kenyon Street around 9 PM and demanded the gold chain the teen was […]
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SPD Response at Downtown Hotel Stems from Seedy Package Delivery

An mysterious package delivered to a downtown hotel Thursday drew a large response from Seattle Fire’s Hazardous Materials team and SPD’s Arson/Bomb Squad. The special teams from police and fire were called to the Four Seasons Hotel at 1st Avenue and Union Street just after 12:45 PM after staff received lumpy package sealed in plastic wrap, which […]
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Suspect Drops Pants, Attacks Staff at Dick’s

Employees at the Broadway Dick’s Drive-In now have 100% real beef with a woman who dropped her pants and attacked staff Wednesday evening. Staff at the Dick’s on Broadway and E. Denny Way called police at about 5:30 PM after the woman began harassing customers and refused when a manager asked her to leave the property. […]
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