Former Des Moines resident convicted of production and possession of child pornography

Made Videos of Sexually Explicit Conduct with Sleeping Children

        A U.S. District Court jury found a former Des Moines, Washington man guilty of producing and possessing images of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  Robert. D. Thorson, 58, was arrested May 30, 2016, after his girlfriend called Des Moines police after finding sexually explicit images of minors onThorson’s phone.  Over the three-day trial jurors heard testimony about images on Thorson’s phone, computer, thumb drives and DVDs.  Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez scheduled sentencing in the case for March 12, 2017.

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Wine, music and a great cause at the Poverty Bay Wine Festival March 3 & 4 Event presented by Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park

Des Moines -- The Poverty Bay Wine Festival is back this year on March 3 and 4 at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center.  A majority of the proceeds will be donated to Highline Music4Life, a non-profit that acquires musical instruments for low-income students in Highline Public Schools.

This is the 13th year of the popular event put on by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park.  With a record-breaking attendance expected this year, Music4Life will be able to put instruments in the hands of many eager young musicians.

Tickets come with 10 tasting tokens and can be purchased now at a discounted price of $35 at
DrinkToMusic.Org. Tickets will be $40 at the door.

blues and 100% of net proceeds go to Rotary Charity

The event features live music from some of the Northwest’s best blues artists, 20 local wineries, plus a brewery and a cidery. Besides drinks and music, a variety of food items will be provided by
Nibbles Seattle, Ivar's Chowder and Fred Meyer.

Music Lineup:
1 Danny Welsh, Friday 6:00 to 9:00 PM
2 Eric Madis, Saturday 2:30 to 4:00 PM
4 Scott Lindenmuth, Saturday 4:30 to 6:00 PM

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Move over Mona Lisa, Jennifer Bloom prefers painting portraits of pets

By Lindsay Peyton

Pets with panache – and a portrait-worthy visage – are the subject-of-choice for artist Jennifer Bloom.

She can capture the personality of any dog, cat or even fish on canvas. The classically trained painter said she hit her stride when she switched to canine and feline companions for her models.

Her paintings are currently on display at the Burien Community Center, 14700 6th Ave SW, where they will remain on display through the end of March.

The city’s cultural arts supervisor Gina Kallman juried the show. She explained that the community center has featured various artists since it opened.

“It’s a great to give local artists an opportunity to show their work,” she said. “Jennifer’s art is really fun and vibrant. I thought it would be a great fit for the space.”

Bloom is originally from New Jersey and has loved making art since childhood. “I always enjoyed it immensely, and I had a lot of support,” she said. “My mother was nice enough to sign me up for art classes. I was really lucky.”

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