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July 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Morning Memo / Wednesday: Fourth of July … Belltown shooting … Million-dollar scam

Weather:  The forecast shows clear skies ahead, and even some warmer temperatures headed into the weekend. Is this finally the start of summer? The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The roads are clear this morning, but be prepared for some congestion tonight if you’re headed to watch the fireworks at Gas Works Park. At 9 p.m., WSDOT will close several ramps on I-5 (the southbound exit to Roanoke Street, the Boylston Street on-ramp to southbound I-5, and the southbound exit-only lane and off-ramp to Mercer Street) to prevent drivers from stopping on the freeway to watch the display. The map and cams.

Speaking of fireworks, you have lots of options for Fourth of July festivities in cities all around the area, from Red, White and Blues in Federal Way to an Edmonds Kind of 4th.  And here’s a look at what’s open and closed for the holiday.

Seattle Police are investigating another shooting in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood this morning, according to our news partner KING-5. Police say someone was shot just after 2 a.m. near the Twilight Martini Lounge on Western Avenue. The victim was shot in the stomach and hand and driven to Harborview Medical Center.

A woman was arrested and charged Monday with more than 50 criminal counts, most connected to her alleged bilking of an elderly Seattle woman out of $1 million. Brenda Nicholas also was charged along with two co-defendants in an alleged scheme in which she is accused of failing to pay rent, then stealing pricey items belonging to three different landlords.

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Comments | Topics: Fourth of July, Holiday events, Morning Memo

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