A first-degree-murder charge was filed Wednesday against a 67-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting late Saturday outside a West Seattle bar.

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Charge upgraded in fatal shooting

A first-degree-murder charge was filed Wednesday against a 67-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting late Saturday outside a West Seattle bar.

Lovett James Chambers was booked into King County Jail early Sunday for investigation of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. The charge was upgraded to investigation of homicide after the victim, Michael Hood, 26, died.


Storms’ potholes are being filled

Seattle’s “Pothole Rangers” are riding to the rescue, filling up holes caused by last week’s storms, says Mayor Mike McGinn.

McGinn and Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Transportation Committee chair, said Wednesday that filling potholes became a heightened priority for city crews last year, with 25,110 potholes filled in 2011.

With the start of the new year, the city’s Transportation Department has $9 million available for street repairs including potholes.

Seattle residents can report potholes by calling 206-684-ROAD (7623) or online at seattle.gov/transportation/potholereport.htm. Residents can track pothole requests at web1.seattle.gov/SDOT/potholemap.


Raids net 20 arrests and drug seizure

A series of raids Wednesday in the Seattle and San Francisco Bay areas resulted in the arrests of 20 people and the seizure of 24 pounds of drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The raids result from lengthy investigation into a drug-trafficking ring that stretched from San Francisco to Vancouver, B.C., U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a news release. The suspects allegedly brought drugs from California to the Seattle area and distributed them in Western Washington or Canada.

Seized during Wednesday’s raids were methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine and $35,000 in cash. However, over the course of the investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Seattle Police Department, the seizures totaled more than $700,000 in cash, 11 kilos of cocaine, 40 pounds of methamphetamine and four firearms, the release said.

“This operation was made possible due to information obtained during a routine ‘buy-bust’ conducted by Seattle Police officers and detectives,” police Chief John Diaz said. “This is another example of how ordinary police work combined with law-enforcement partnerships can yield exceptional results.”


Teacher arrested, placed on leave

Hoquiam police say they have arrested a 41-year-old high-school teacher for investigation of inappropriate contact with two 12-year-old girls.

Radio stations KXRO and KBKW report that two computers were seized, one at the suspect’s home and the other at the school. He was arrested for investigation of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

School Superintendent Mike Parker says the teacher is on leave with pay.

The teacher was arrested Wednesday, a day after police began an investigation.

Police chief Jeff Myers says investigators believe the man began contacting the girls in December. The girls are not his students.


Man loses appeal in bathroom prank

A Michigan man who sued for false imprisonment after co-workers jokingly locked him in a ship bathroom on a Lake Washington cruise won’t get a new trial.

A federal appeals court this week said there’s enough evidence for the Detroit jury’s verdict in favor of a medical-equipment company in 2009.

There’s no dispute that Steven Slasinski was locked in the bathroom of the Champagne Lady during a dinner cruise in 2007. Slasinski was trapped for 20 to 25 minutes until the crew responded.

He and his wife were seeking more than $100,000.

Times staff and news services