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.

Woman Arrested After Stealing Dinghy In West Seattle

A 28-year-old woman is receiving a medical evaluation at Harborview Medical Center after she stole a dinghy from a West Seattle beach and then boarded a second boat before she was arrested by police. Around 12:30 PM, police received a call from a man, who reported a woman had rowed out to and boarded his 24-foot boat anchored […]
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Off-Duty Sergeant Gives Life-Saving CPR After Witnessing Car Crash

An off-duty Seattle police sergeant found herself giving life-saving CPR on the side of a Bellevue road last week after witnessing a one-car crash while she was on her way to get a haircut. South Precinct Sergeant Ann Martin was driving through Bellevue’s Lakemont neighborhood on her way to get a haircut just before 1:30 pm […]
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Off-Duty Officer Rescues Motorist From Burning Car

An off-duty Seattle police officer pulled a motorist from a burning car Monday evening after he came upon the scene of a fiery two-car crash near Snoqualmie. Officer JD Smith was on his way home on Interstate 90 when he noticed traffic becoming particularly congested. “I’m in the far left lane and see the backup of […]
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Wanted Man on Stolen Bike Loses First-Ever Tour de Ballard

A 37-year-old fraud suspect finished last in the first-ever Tour de Ballard race Sunday after he led police on a multi-mile chase on a stolen bicycle. Officers Henry Feldmann and Tabitha Sexton were on bike patrol near 24th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market Street around 6:15 PM when they saw the 37-year-old riding past them. Aware that […]
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Robber Arrested Following Pharmacy Arms Race

Police arrested a 28-year-old man Tuesday evening after an attempted robbery led to an escalating arms race inside a Ballard pharmacy. Around 6:45 PM, the 28-year-old suspect walked into a drug store in the 5400 block of 15th Avenue Northwest, climbed on top of the store’s pharmacy counter and asked employees where they kept the morphine. […]
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Felon Arrested For Celebrating 4th of July With AK-47

Seattle police arrested a 29-year-old felon late last night after the man reportedly conducted his own 4th of July celebration by firing an assault rifle into the air in West Seattle. Officers were patrolling near the 4100 block of 25th Avenue Southwest around 11:30 PM when they heard the sounds of gunfire. They began driving through […]
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