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April 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Pedestrian hit by car and killed in Puyallup

UPDATE, 11:45 p.m. | An Olympia resident driving a 2002 Lexus was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide for failing to stop for a red light and then hitting a man who was crossing the street, according to the Puyallup Police Department. The 64-year-old driver was believed to be driving under the influence of drugs…

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April 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

No charges planned in fake child-abduction in Sequim

SEQUIM (AP) — No charges are planned against twin brothers who say they’re responsible for staging a fake child abduction in a park that terrified onlookers who thought it was real, a prosecutor said Thursday. “Scaring the hell out of people is not, as far as I can determine, a crime,” City Attorney Craig Ritchie told…

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April 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Fecal bacteria levels close Pierce County shellfish harvesting area

Shellfish harvesting in part of Vaughn Bay in Pierce County has been closed because of high levels of fecal bacteria, and health officials have identified 14 additional shellfish growing areas that could be closed if fecal pollution worsens, the Washington state Department of Health said today. The samples taken at growing-area stations failed to meet classification…

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April 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Firefighters respond to possible haz-mat incident at UW

The Seattle Fire Department’s hazardous-material team responded to reports of a possible hazmat incident this afternoon after a broken bottle of organic waste caused a strange odor in the Foege Building on the University of Washington campus. Fifteenth Avenue Northeast is closed between Northeast Boat Street and Northeast Pacific Street, UW posted on its website. Northeast Pacific Street is open…

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April 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Driver dies after striking pole in North Seattle

Seattle police say that a man who crashed a minivan into a telephone pole in North Seattle yesterday may have suffered some type of medical emergency before the accident. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said in a news release that officers were called to 8th Avenue Northwest, near Northwest 65th Street, after the minivan went over a curb and a planted…

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April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rideshare companies move toward forcing vote on new rules

Seattle’s rideshare services submitted signatures today to place a referendum on the August ballot that would overturn new regulations limiting their numbers. Brad Harwood, spokesman for Keep Seattle’s Ride Options, said the group has collected “way more” than the 16,510 signatures needed to get the measure before voters. The city is  immediately blocked from enforcing…

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April 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Bellevue cop fired for mishandling colleague’s alleged DUI

A Bellevue police officer who did not cite a colleague for drunken driving, conduct field sobriety tests or make an effort to obtain the officer’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave with his wife, has been fired. Officer Doug Brennan, who has been on administrative leave since February, was  fired Wednesday. Chief Linda Pillo found that Brennan…

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April 17, 2014 at 7:42 AM

All 39 victims identified in Snohomish County mudslide

All 39 victims of the Oso-area mudslide have been identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. This morning the office released the names of victims: Wyatt Ruthven, 4,  Sandra K. Miller, 64, and Ronald P. DeQuilettes, 52. Wyatt was killed with his parents, Shane Ruthven and Katie Ruthven, his brother, Hunter, 6, and his grandparents, JuDee Vandenburg and Lou Vandenburg. Miller…

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April 17, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Thursday Memo: Mustang mania … Husky sentenced … Small-town tenacity in Oso

You don’t look a day over 49: Today is the 50th birthday of one of America’s classics: the Ford Mustang. This area lays claim to having the oldest Mustang club in the country, along with one in Tucson. It was among 500 Mustang clubs formed within the first three years of the car’s existence,…

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