December 8, 2013 at 5:38 PM
A 24-year-old woman is being held in King County Jail after allegedly running over her husband during a fight that started at an office holiday party on Queen Anne on Saturday, according to Seattle police.
The couple decided to leave the party when they began to argue but continued fighting while at their car, which was parked in a lot in the 2000 block of 15th Avenue West, police said. The husband got out of the car and walked away as things became more heated, police said.
“He then noticed that his wife was maneuvering their black 2004 Mitsubishi Galant toward him so he sheltered behind a small tree at the edge of the parking lot. His wife drove over the tree, struck him with the car and ran over him. She then sped off down the road,” wrote Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel in a post on the SPD Blotter.
A state trooper pulled the woman over when he saw her driving recklessly, police said. Seattle police also responded and booked the woman into jail on investigation of felony domestic violence assault.
King County Jail records show that she was denied bail.
The 34-year-old victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
December 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM
A burn ban is in effect in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties due to stagnant weather conditions and increasing levels of air pollution.
Puget Sound Clean Air Energy said the ban prohibits the use of fireplaces and uncertified woodstoves in all three counties. In addition, the use of pellet stoves and certified woodstoves is prohibited in Snohomish County where the ban is categorized as a Stage 2 ban.
The ban will continue until further notice but does not affect those who depend on a wood-burning device as their only source of heat, according to the agency.
“Calling a burn ban when it’s this cold out is not something we want to do, or that we take lightly,” Craig Kenworthy, the executive director of the agency, wrote in a news statement released Sunday. “People in our region have already been exposed to high levels of fine particle pollution a number of times this year. We’re asking people to use another source of heat for what we hope is a short time.”
The purpose of a ban is to reduce the amount of pollution due to excessive wood smoke. Violators could be subject to a $1,000 fine, the agency said.
December 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: The cause of the Beacon Hill apartment fire was improper use of extension cords, Seattle Fire Department says. They estimate $240,000 in damage.
The power had been shut off to one of the units, so the family put a hole through the floor and were using a plug in the laundry room to power their apartment with a series of extension cords, Stangl said. She said she is unsure how long that set up had been in place.
Original post: Two apartment units were destroyed and a dog died in a fire at 3939 15th Avenue South early Sunday morning. No people were injured.
As the Seattle Fire Department trucks responded to multiple calls reporting the fire, the crews could see a large column of black smoke above the building, said Lt. Sue Stangl of the Seattle Fire Department.
The 16-unit apartment building was evacuated, and the fire was contained to two units on the backside of the building. Four dogs and three people occupied those units, which are now uninhabitable, Stangl said.
Firefighters worked for 35 minutes to contain the fire. The cause is still being investigated.
December 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM
A man was injured when he was attacked by a group of women after he denied a cigarette to one of them, according to Seattle police.
Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said the victim was waiting for a bus at 3rd Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle around 1 a.m. on Saturday when he was approached by a woman who asked him for a smoke.
When he refused, the woman became angry and began striking him, police said.
She was then joined in the attack by a group of her friends who struck him with their fists and stole his wallet from his backpack, police said.
The women fled on foot and the man flagged down a King County Metro Police deputy who then called Seattle police, Kappel wrote in the SPD Blotter.
The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspects, for whom descriptions were not provided, remain at large, police said.
December 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM
A ceiling collapsed on five Redmond firefighters Saturday as they were working to divert a water leak from an apartment complex. One firefighter was injured and transported to Evergreen Hospital. He has since been released.
Firefighters had responded to several water-related calls due to frozen pipes thawing Saturday, and one group was working in the third-floor master bedroom in a building at The Heights at Bear Creek complex off of Avondale Road Northeast when the entire plaster-board ceiling collapsed onto the crew.
After uncovering themselves from the debris, four of the firefighters found one crew member was still buried due to injuries to his left shoulder and leg.
The injured firefighter was evacuated from the building, then evaluated and treated by Redmond firefighters and paramedics before being taken to Evergreen Hospital, according to a news release.
“Initially we thought his injuries were a lot worse because the pain he was in – he had trouble moving his arm and leg,” Capt. Rob Torrey of the Redmond Fire Department said Sunday morning. “The X-rays were negative for breaks, but it sounds like they’ll do some follow up testing to check for tissue damage.”
Torrey expects Sunday will be another busy day for the firefighters with below-freezing temperatures in the early morning, warming throughout the afternoon. To help, he said, people should locate all water shut off valves for appliances and water fixtures.
“If people can find their water shut offs, they are going to prevent a lot of damage to their property,” he said.
December 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Robbery suspect killed: An armed man was killed by gunfire after Tukwila police responded to a call of a robbery in progress and surrounded a convenience store at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. An employee of the Cash & Carry store called 911 to report that a masked man armed with a pistol was inside attempting to rob the store. Officers arrived quickly and surrounded the store. As the man came out, still armed with a gun, shots were fired. The suspect was hit by gunfire; no officers or bystanders were injured. Medics declared the man dead at the scene. Involved officers will be on administrative leave until cleared to return to duty.
Snow Monday? The National Weather Service says there is a chance of snow in the Seattle area on Monday night. Whether it comes as snow or rain, it looks like a wet week ahead as the area emerges from several days of temperatures hovering around freezing for daytime highs. Expect highs in the low 40s and nighttime lows in the mid to high 30s throughout the week.
Pot NIMBY: The Redmond Ridge community is rallying this morning at 11 a.m. against plans for a marijuana processing facility on 231st Way Northeast. The gathering will be at the Goddard School, 10611 Redmond Ridge Drive NE, near the county’s large baseball park at the center of a controversial buffer-zone dispute. The group maintains that the pot processor would not meet minimum requirements set by the Washington State Liquor Control Board and would be in a densely populated area dominated by children and seniors. The Redmond council is expected to decide on the facility Monday night.
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December 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM
A fire that broke out shortly after midnight in Everett on Saturday sent seven members of a family to the hospital and injured a fire fighter, according the Everett Fire Department.
Residents of the home in the 2200 block of Rainier Avenue told fire crews that they were awakened around midnight by an explosion and the smell of smoke, Asst. Fire Marshall Eric Hicks wrote in a news statement released Saturday morning.
Some family members escaped by climbing out of a second-floor window while one was rescued from the basement by a relative who broke out a window, fire officials said.
Everyone was out by the time firefighters arrived at 12:13 a.m., Hicks said.
Hicks said there were no fatalities, but two residents were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. One suffered serious burns, he said, while the other person’s burns were minor.
Hicks also said that five other family members were treated for minor injuries at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and that one fire fighter suffered an ankle injury.
The cause of the fire, which destroyed the home, was not immediately known, he said.
December 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM
72 years ago: About 3,000 people are expected today at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to commemorate the anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II, the Associated Press reports. About 70 World War II veterans and survivors of the Dec. 7 bombing plan to attend ceremony on the shore overlooking a memorial to the USS Arizona battleship that sank during the attack. There will be a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the bombing began 72 years ago. The Pearl Harbor ceremony will be streamed live at the Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Museum visitors who were alive on Dec. 7, 1941, are invited to share their memories,
Below freezing: It’s 25 degrees outside in Seattle this morning, and the cold weather is expected to stay in the area for the next two days. There’s a chance of snow on Monday, but not much accumulation is expected. Temperatures could climb to the upper 30s on Tuesday.
Honoring Mandela: A public memorial to honor the life of Nelson Mandela will be held tonight at the Seattle Center starting at 6:30 with a candlelight vigil at the International Fountain. The anti-apartheid leader died Thursday at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison.
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December 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Update, Noon: Late Friday night, officers located and impounded a 1985 Chevy Caprice used in an earlier robbery and shooting at a Seattle gas station. Two females in the car were detained and questioned by robbery detectives at police headquarters downtown.
The primary suspect(s) remain at large.
Original post: A clerk at the Union 76 gas station in the 900 block of James Street was shot in the foot shortly after 8 Friday night after he and another clerk chased a suspect who walked out with a 12-pack of beer, said Seattle Police.
The injured clerk, 25, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, said the Seattle Fire Department.
The suspect ran northbound on Terry Street, said police.
Then, near the intersection of Terry and Cherry Streets, the suspect turned around and fired one gunshot at the store clerk, said police.
Police said the suspect got into a waiting vehicle, described as large, dark-colored, possibly a two-door.
The shooter is described as a male in his late teens to early 20s, last wearing a black jacket, tan pants and a maroon scarf, said police.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects or suspect vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
Anonymous tips are welcome, said police.
December 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM
Aurora Avenue North will be closed from the Battery Street Tunnel to Valley Street this weekend for construction, from 11:59 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.
Northbound traffic on the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be detoured off the Western Avenue exit, before approaching South Lake Union. Southbound drivers will be encouraged to detour at North 85th Street, long before the full closure.
Crews will be shifting four road lanes of Aurora onto a new bridge that crosses above Mercer Street, which will also be closed.
Another closure is planned Dec. 14-15, to demolish the old Aurora-Mercer overpass.
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