Today in Fuzz: Body parts found in Eastlake, driver plows into crowd in Fremont, new DOC study on felons.
1) A group of homeless outreach workers stumbled onto a grisly scene in the woods underneath the Ship Canal Bridge this weekend, where they found several trash bags filled with human remains.
The group was underneath the bridge near Fairview Ave E. and E. Allison St. when they found a bag with a leg sticking out of it just before 10am Saturday.
The group called police, who sealed off the area and called homicide detectives and investigators from the King County Medical Examiner’s office.
Police tell us the bags had been in the woods for awhile.
Last we’d heard, police had not yet located the limbs belonging to a Ballard man, whose severed torso was found in a Georgetown recycling center earlier this year. Police say they don’t yet know whether these two cases are connected.
2) Police arrested a man for vehicular assault in Fremont early Saturday morning after he plowed into a crowd, injuring six people.
According to Seattle police, bars were clearing out around closing time when the man—who is in his mid 20s—drove into the crowd at 36th St. and Phinney Ave. N.
Officers arrested the man at the scene and booked him for DUI and vehicular assault.
Police say a 21-year-old man was critically injured in the crash, which also sent a 31-year-old man, 22-year-old woman, and 21-year-old man to the hospital.
3) A study by the Department of Corrections found that felons behave better when they suffer an immediate consequence for failing a drug test or other misbehavior instead of going through another round of judicial proceedings.
Under the Washington Intensive Supervision Program (WISP), DOC found that felons on supervision were two-thirds less likely to test positive in drug tests or violate the terms of their probation if DOC officers and Seattle police immediately sent them to jail for short stints for violations, rather than sending through a lengthy hearing process which could result in a 30-90 day stay in jail.
DOC—facing sizable cuts this year—is going to continue its study for another six months. The city is also looking at whether the short term jail stays could save money on court costs in the long run.