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.

Suspect Wanted For Renting, Repainting, Returning Cycle Share Bikes

Police are searching for a velocipede vandal who rented two bikes from a Seattle bike share company last week, only to return them hours later covered in paint and scrawled messages. The suspect first rented one of Pronto’s bright-green custom-made bicycles from a bike station at 3rd Avenue and Pike Street around 5 AM on November 13th. Six hours […]
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(Update) Thanks For Helping Us Return Mike & Erin’s Stolen Wedding Album!

Detectives have identified the couple in the photos (thanks to all your tips) and are now working to return the photo albums to Mike and Erin. Thanks for all the help, everyone!   Do you know Mike and Erin? Major Crimes detectives found the couple’s wedding photos earlier this month after seizing a stash of stolen items from a prolific […]
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Detectives Arrest Everett Firefighter In Underage Prostitution Sting

Seattle police arrested an Everett firefighter Wednesday afternoon after he showed up for a rendezvous with an underage prostitute, who turned out to be an undercover detective. The Vice/High-Risk Victims Unit (HRVU) detective had exchanged messages with the 60-year-old firefighter during an online sting targeting men looking for sex with underage girls, and the man had agreed to meet up […]
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Officer Puts Herself In Harms Way to Protect Crowd From Horny Birds

Benjamin Franklin once described the bald eagle as a “Bird of bad moral Character.” While this characterization remains up for debate, one Seattle police officer was forced to put herself between a crowd of bystanders and the razor-sharp talons of two erotically-entwined eagles earlier this week after the birds crash-landed in a park. As Officer Vanessa Flick drove past […]
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Chief O’Toole Appoints Lead Investigator to Help Track Stolen Cell Phones

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has assigned a member of a high-tech SPD team to help patrol officers track down stolen phones. Effective today, a supervisor in the department’s Technical and Electronic Support Unit will be available to officers around the clock to guide them through the technically and legally complicated process of zeroing in on a stolen phone. Officers will […]
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Leschi Rooster Dispute Ends With Dinner Plans

Days after moving into the Leschi neighborhood, a man called police and said he was chagrined by fowl noises coming from a nearby home. When officers arrived at the man’s home near East Alder Street and Erie Avenue around 8:15 Sunday morning they quickly identified the culprit. “I could plainly hear the suspect rooster crowing,” Officer Elizabeth […]
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Man Arrested For Breaking Into Candy Shop On Halloween

Officers arrested a 37-year-old Seattle man Friday night after he broke into a downtown candy factory and stole chocolate on the one night of the year when people traditionally give candy away for free. Police were called to the shop at 1st Avenue and Yesler Way just before 8:30 PM on Friday after witnesses saw the sweet-toothed suspect smash […]
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