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Wed., July 10, 2013, 11:40 a.m.

School official blames burglary on Ambien

A Western Washington assistant school superintendent accused of burglarizing the Davenport Hotel penthouse and throwing things from the roof said a negative reaction to a prescription sleep aid is to blame for his behavior.

James N. Paxinos, of the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, was staying at the Davenport in late June while attending a superintendents and principals conference.

A security guard working the night of June 25 noticed a gallon jug of cleaner falling from the hotel’s roof to the ground, according to an arrest affidavit. When the guard investigated, he also found roofing material in the street on First Avenue.

The guard watched security footage and saw Paxinos entering and leaving the building multiple times. He also found damage in offices in the building’s top floor, according to the affidavit. The guard was able to search Paxinos’ key card records and identify him. Read more. Katilin Gillespie, SR

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.