KIRO Newsradio Headlines: Transnational drug-trafficking leader pleads guilty in Seattle court

Aug 31, 2022, 7:11 AM

US District Court, Western District of Washington is pictured in Seattle (Getty Images)...

US District Court, Western District of Washington is pictured in Seattle (Getty Images)

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A man, who prosecutors say led a violent international drug-trafficking organization, has pled guilty in Seattle federal court.

The Seattle U.S. Attorney’s office says 37-year-old Jose Elias Barbosa of Kent will spend anywhere from 10 years to life behind bars.

Barbosa and his organization have been linked to cooking large quantities of crystal meth at a Port Orchard lab and distributing it.

Court documents say the organization also sold heroin and fentanyl in Western Washington among other locations.

In a plea bargain agreement, prosecutors plan to recommend Barbosa serve no less than 14 years in prison.

More hot weather in store for the Puget Sound region

Looks like the hot weather will hang around through the end of the work week.

Seattle’s National Weather Service office has revised its forecast – saying temperatures will hover near 90 degrees through Friday.

Labor Day Weekend is expected to cool to the upper 70s and low 80s.

Meteorologists say a moderate heat risk has been issued, affecting people sensitive to heat.

Also, the long-range outlook favors above-normal temperatures.

KIRO Newsradio Headlines: Marysville schools face significant budget cuts as year starts

Kent School Board declines legal action against striking teachers

The Kent School Board voted not to file an injunction against striking teachers as students now miss what would have been the fourth day of school due to the strike.

Teachers say they’re grateful there won’t be an injunction — or a lawsuit.

Kjell Stroomer-Rowe, who mentors new teachers in Kent, tells KIRO Newsradio that they have three main asks: higher pay, smaller classes, and more mental health counselors.

She says the last time Kent teachers went on strike, it lasted nearly three weeks — and she and her colleagues are prepared to go that long again.

Kent teachers say they wanted to start negotiations back in May, but the district didn’t come to the table til late July.

Washington state approaches 500 total cases of monkeypox

The Washington State Department of Health says there are now 445 cases of monkey-pox in our state, 358 of which are in King County.

In this particular outbreak, the virus is spreading mainly among men who have sex with men.

However, anyone can get sick, and at least one child in King County has been diagnosed with the virus that causes flu-like symptoms and sores.

Anyone with a rash is advised to get it checked out.

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KIRO Newsradio Headlines: Transnational drug-trafficking leader pleads guilty in Seattle court