Charges filed in 1999 slaying

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SEATTLE — Second-degree murder charges from a Bothell slaying two years ago have been filed against a man already in prison for robbery.

Maurice Philip Meadows, 41, was charged yesterday in King County Superior Court with the Dec. 18, 1999, death of Elizabeth Nelson.

New techniques in DNA processing linked Meadows' blood to a spot of blood found on Nelson's wrist, prosecutors say.

Two of Nelson's friends had found her in her apartment, gagged with a sock.

Meadows was arrested last January in an unrelated robbery in Snohomish County.

Everett man found dead in Snohomish River

SNOHOMISH — A 36-year-old Everett man was found dead in the Snohomish River yesterday.

Kris Redal's body was found not far from his boat, moored near Airport Way.

Redal, who worked at a body shop in Snohomish, told fellow employees at 6 p.m. Monday that he was going to his boat to start the engine because of the cold weather. When he didn't return to work that evening or the next morning, friends went to the boat and found the engine warm but saw no sign of Redal.

Man charged in robberies of seven espresso stands

SEATTLE — A man believed to have robbed seven espresso stands in South King County has been charged with robbery, burglary and unlawful imprisonment.

Jonathan Bisson, 21, of Tacoma was charged yesterday in King County Superior Court in the holdups, which occurred between Nov. 29 and Jan. 11 in Kent and Renton.

Prosecutors say that in all the robberies, Bisson threatened baristas — all women — with a knife or hammer.

Retiring Bothell police chief to be honored tomorrow

BOTHELL — The city will host a reception to honor retiring Police Chief Mark Ericks tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Police Department Community Room, 18410 101st Ave. N.E.

Ericks, a 30-year police veteran, became chief in 1990.

Killer sues county, deputy over treatment in custody

PASCO — A man convicted of killing a State Patrol trooper is suing Franklin County and a sheriff's deputy over the way he was treated after being arrested.

Nicolas Solorio Vásquez, 30, alleges that Sheriff Richard Lathim's "tepid disciplinary action" condoned Deputy James Dickenson's behavior and the use of excessive force.

Solorio Vásquez is serving a life term in the October 1999 shooting death of Trooper James Saunders in Pasco.

Dickenson pleaded guilty in June 2000 to assault on Solorio Vásquez and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

Two leaders of drug ring likely to lose all they own

SEATTLE — Two men charged as the leaders of a methamphetamine ring spanning from Pierce County to Lewis County face lengthy prison terms and likely will lose everything they own to the government after pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges last week.

Pong Keun Rhee, 61, of Tacoma and Joon Chol Rhee, 33, of Lakewood, Pierce County, admitted they ran an enterprise that smuggled pseudoephedrine tablets and other chemicals used to make methamphetamine to cooks who made and sold it.

Their sentencing is set for April.

Prosecutors also are seeking forfeiture of their assets. The two own convenience stores in Lakewood and Kent.

Ten people alleged to have worked for the Rhees also have pleaded guilty in federal court and face sentencing for their roles. Four others are awaiting trial.

Information is from Seattle Times staff and news services.