Stan Chapin, 61, a King County sheriff's deputy who for the past 12 years was part of the police force in Sammamish, died at his home Monday.

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Deceased deputy worked in schools

Stan Chapin, 61, a King County sheriff’s deputy who for the past 12 years was part of the police force in Sammamish, died at his home Monday night.

He was the school resource officer in Eastlake High School and Inglewood Junior High, according to a news release from Cindi West, spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

He was close to his 40th anniversary with the King County Sheriff’s Office, she said.

“Officer Chapin was not only an outstanding police officer, he was an outstanding human being,” said Eastlake High School Principal Brad Malloy. “He enjoyed working with students of all ages and guided them toward making good choices in their lives.”

“Stan was a remarkable man,” Sammamish Police Chief Nate Elledge said. “He really put his heart on the line for the students he helped and the community he served. His passing is a shock to all of us who valued his friendship and admired his professionalism.”

Surviving him are his wife, Sue, and three children, Christopher, Bethany and Scott.


Motorcycle kills pedestrian

A 19-year-old man was struck by a motorcycle and killed Tuesday night in Kent.

Police said the man was trying to cross Pacific Highway South when he stepped in front of the motorcycle.

The News Tribune reports ( the pedestrian died at the scene. The motorcyclist was injured and taken to a hospital.


Missing mom’s spouse loses case

A judge has ruled that the children of missing Utah mother Susan Powell must remain with her parents.

Their father, Josh Powell, had been attempting to regain custody of the boys.

The children have been living with Chuck and Judy Cox since Josh Powell’s father, Steven, was arrested on child-porn and voyeurism charges.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn J. Nelson ruled Wednesday that Josh Powell must undergo a psychosexual evaluation and polygraph test, noting the “extreme child porn” found in the Puyallup home where Josh was living with the two boys and his parents after Susan’s disappearance.

Susan Powell vanished in December 2009 at age 28.


Propeller meant for park pinched

A 70-inch stainless-steel propeller meant to be installed in a park along the Seattle ship canal was stolen Tuesday.

The University District Community Council and Philip Thiel, a naval architect and University of Washington professor emeritus, were preparing to donate the propeller to North Passage Point Park at 600 N.E. Northlake Way.

The Seattle Parks Department said thieves drove up an alley in the University District, climbed a retaining wall and a fence, and hoisted the propeller onto a truck.

Parks spokeswoman Dewey Potter estimated that the propeller weighed more than 1,200 pounds.

The Parks Department is asking for anyone with knowledge of the propeller to call Seattle police at 206-684-5011 or the Parks Department at 206-684-7241.

Snohomish County

Arrest made in Marysville slaying

Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 44-year-old Bonney Lake man in connection with the slaying of a man during a robbery and burglary in Marysville on Dec. 1.

The body of Patrick D. Buckmaster, 30, was found Jan. 3 near Granite Falls, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives say the victim was fatally shot Dec. 1 at a home at 4319 Meridian Ave. N. in Marysville.

Deputies have made several arrests in connection with Buckmaster’s death.

Wednesday night, the Bonney Lake man was taken into custody and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of murder, robbery, burglary, kidnapping and assault.


Obama events on the Eastside

More details of President Obama’s Feb 17 Seattle visit are emerging.

In addition to an as-yet-unspecified official event, Obama will attend two political fundraisers, according to his campaign.

The first is a $17,900-per-person brunch at the Medina home of Jeff and Susan Brotman.

The Brotmans are one of the area’s best-known power couples and longtime Democratic patrons.

He is best known as co-founder of Costco Wholesale; she is a former Nordstrom executive active in philanthropy.

They hosted first lady Michelle Obama at their home in 2010.

The brunch will be followed by a $1,000-a-person fundraising lunch at the Bellevue Westin. Donors can pay $5,000 for a photo reception with the President.

Local indie-folk band The Head and the Heart will perform at the Bellevue luncheon.

The money raised by the events will be divided between Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Times staff and news services