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A butt could lead to a man’s undoing… Ok, it’s a cigarette butt, but we got your attention didn’t we. Police say one found outside a pharmacy that was robbed in Lake Stevens last month might help them solve a bank job more than a year ago. DNA on the butt, which belongs to a guy already in the slammer for robbing the pharmacy, apparently matches that found at the bank robbery scene. More testing will be done. The Daily Herald in Everett has more details.

Didn’t snow on Christmasor did it where you live? Rather gray where we were. We don’t have to remind you this is Seattle, for goodness sake.The forecast… uh, rain.

UPDATE: | The victim in the shooting has been identified as DeShawn Milliken, 30.Police continue their search forJa’mari Alexander-Alan Jones who’s wanted in the shooting death of a man in a Bellevue restaurant/bar over the weekend. As we’ve said, Jones was convicted in the beating death of street musicianEd “Tuba Man” McMichael in Seattle in 2008.

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