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What causes slow police response times?

A KIRO 7 investigation found Seattle police response times of an hour to three hours to home break-ins across the city, failing to meet the department’s own standards. Rob and Lindsay Walbrun had just gotten home from dinner with their son, Alec, the week before Christmas when they noticed the ...

How gun trusts let people skip background checks

There's a simple way people can bypass current gun regulations. By creating a gun trust, gun enthusiasts can obtain some of the most regulated weapons in the country without following all the rules. Local attorneys report interest in gun trusts has skyrocketed. Gun trusts are entities that allow groups of ...

When dogs attack, owners walk away scot-free

According to state law, "The owner of any dog that aggressively attacks and causes severe injury or death of any human, whether or not the dog has previously been declared potentially dangerous or dangerous, shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a class C felony punishable in accordance with RCW 9A.20.021." ...

Heroin bringing violent Mexican drug cartels to Western Washington

The Seattle Division of the Drug Enforcement Agency says right now there are cartels hiding in plain sight. KIRO 7 investigated how they are smuggling drugs and guns in and out of your neighborhoods. A quiet, unsuspecting neighborhood along 22nd Street Southeast on the outskirts of Everett was the perfect ...

Is that service animal real or a fraud?

It’s becoming a common sight: dogs, cats, and other animals — like pigs — in stores and restaurants. Many times their owners call them service animals. The only problem is many of them are not. Two months ago at a Seattle McDonald's, an incident involving pepper spray sent a man's ...

VIDEO: The danger microbeads pose to the environment and health

VIDEO: The danger microbeads pose to the environment and health

Microbeads are in everything from face wash to toothpaste. KIRO 7 investigates the

VIDEO: Sea-Tac shows KIRO 7 how to protect passengers on planes from bird strikes

VIDEO: Sea-Tac shows KIRO 7 how to protect passengers on planes from bird strikes

KIRO 7 shows you what Sea-Tac Airport is doing to protect passengers on flights from bird strikes.

Woman on the run, suspected of theft in Renton and Puyallup

Six families said just before Christmas Manda Anderson Miller took their money to rent a Puyallup home that's in foreclosure.   KIRO 7 investigated Miller and found out authorities tried to get her behind bars months before the rental scheme. Now, three law enforcement agencies are trying to track down ...

Former paramedic’s 'upcharge fraud' leads to audit of Everett Fire Department

An exclusive KIRO 7 Investigation has uncovered new information about David “Pete” Vier, the City of Everett Fire Department’s former Chief of Emergency Medical Services who’s been charged in King County with plotting to have sex with a teenager.   Multiple anonymous sources within the department, and senior paramedic Pete McFall, all told ...

Do you know what not to click on Facebook, Twitter?

Social media has become a part of our daily lives.  That’s why it’s important to careful of what you click.   Elaborate schemes infiltrate nearly all social media platforms and can wreak havoc on your devices. Social media is just the latest playground for scammers.   According to cyber security expert ...

Could Tacoma double homicide have been prevented?

A KIRO 7 Investigation reveals that a relatively new state domestic violence law may not have been enforced in Tacoma, possibly resulting in the deaths of two people last May. Julia Wheeler talked recently about the night of May 23, 2014.  She’d been asleep when her then-boyfriend, Aaron Livingston, slowly ...

U.S. can't deport 701 violent convicted criminals in Pacific Northwest

For the first time, Immigration Customs and Enforcement has released new numbers on the number of violent convicted criminals ordered deported in the Pacific Northwest.   ICE says there are 701 "Level 1" offenders tracked by the Seattle field office. This includes Washington State, Oregon and Alaska.   According to ...

U.S. can't deport 701 violent convicted criminals in Pacific Northwest

For the first time, Immigration Customs and Enforcement has released new numbers on the number of violent convicted criminals ordered deported in the Pacific Northwest.   ICE says there are 701 "Level 1" offenders tracked by the Seattle field office. This includes Washington State, Oregon and Alaska.   According to ...

The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified 23 countries that often refuses or delays issuing travel documents for ICE deportees. These are the countries least responsive to ICE requests and the average number of days it takes for the countries to repatriate citizens.

MAP: Countries that refuse or delay deportation of felons

The Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified 23 countries that often refuses or delays issuing travel documents for ICE deportees. Below are the countries least responsive to ICE requests and the average number of days it takes for the countries to repatriate citizens. To see a larger version ...

Seattle researchers’ groundbreaking work to detect, prevent SIDS

Debra White never forgets she’s the mother of three. She and her husband have two sons, but they also had a daughter. “She was only 12 weeks, and her personality really started to come out right before she died,” White recalled during a recent interview at her Seattle home. Ginger ...

New credit, debit cards to stop identity theft

Most Americans will be getting new credit and debit cards from their banks during 2015, but there are some important things you should know about the cards. The cards will have computer chips inside them and will be inserted into a card reader, instead of swiped. They will generate a ...

Tax dollars used to clean up floating toxic junkyards

They're left tied up to docks, pulled up on beaches and sometimes sent to the bottom of Puget Sound. When a boat becomes too expensive or too far gone to maintain, some owners simply leave them in the water. Taxpayers are picking up the bill. “At any given time we ...

Concerns with insurance devices that monitor for safe-driver discounts

When Jeremy Tomlinson heard about KIRO 7’s investigation into auto insurance tracking devices, he was one of many to reach out to us on Facebook. “This is not only my transportation,” Tomlinson said, pointing at his Chevy pickup truck. “It's my livelihood, and this is my office." Tomlinson is always ...

Some violent felons legally getting guns in Washington

The one thing it seems gun rights advocates and gun control advocates can agree on: Guns should be kept out of the hands of violent criminals. And yet, a KIRO 7 investigation discovered the state of Washington is allowing just that. A confusing state law that restores gun rights for ...

Seattle Kickstarter project ZionEyez silent with $343,415

Seattle Kickstarter project ZionEyez is a prime example of why the Washington Attorney General has his eye on unfulfilled Kickstarter projects.   After three years and $343,415 to make glasses that shoot HD video, the founders have gone silent and backers are fed up. Seventeen people have filed complaints with ...

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