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May 31, 2013 at 7:21 PM

WSP motorcycle trooper dies after collision in Skagit County

CONWAY, Skagit County —  A Washington State motorcycle trooper who was injured in a collision on Friday evening in Conway, Skagit County, has died, according to the State Patrol. Sean O’Connell, 38, of Lake Stevens, had been with the patrol for 16 years and had once been named “Trooper of the Year,” according to the WSP. He…

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May 31, 2013 at 6:25 PM

27-year-old dies in parachuting accident in Snohomish County

A 27-year-old man from Vancouver, Wash., died around 4 p.m. Friday while parachuting with Skydive Snohomish, an operation that launches out of Harvey Field in Snohomish County. Shari Ireton, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, said the man’s parachute was deployed, but “for some reason he still hit the ground very fast.” Medical aide was called,…

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May 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

5 accused of hate crime for attack on black man on Capitol Hill

Five men remain in King County Jail on investigation of malicious harrassment, the state’s hate-crime statute, after probable cause was found earlier this week that they beat a man on Capitol Hill in an unprovoked attack that was apparently prompted by the alleged victim’s race and sexual orientation. The suspects are all white males with out-of-state home addresses, according to…

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May 31, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Man killed in Lynnwood police pursuit identified

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 72-year-old man who was killed last week after his van was T-boned by a felon fleeing police. Jerry Robert Bennett died May 24 at the intersection of 44th Avenue West and 212th Street Southwest in Lynnwood when his van was struck by a van driven by…

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May 31, 2013 at 3:43 PM

18-year sentence for killer who ‘felt urge to hurt someone’

A 19-year-old man charged with killing a teenage girl a last year  because he “felt an urge to hurt someone” was sentenced this afternoon to 18 years in prison. Kolby Clark had pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon for killing Jasmyn Tully, 17, of SeaTac, on March 17, 2012. The…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, stabbing

May 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Tunnel machine Bertha’s big green disk descends in Sodo

Highway 99 tunnel workers, politicians and supporters gathered this morning to venerate the world-record cutting head while a huge crane lowered it into the south portal at Sodo.

The green, 57 1/2-foot disk had been resting on its side near the sports stadiums, a Sodo landmark in its own right, since a shipload of tunnel machine parts arrived from Japan in early April.

The $2 billion tunnel is part of a $3.1 billion replacement for the old Alaskan Way Viaduct, which sank a few inches after being damaged by the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. House Transportation Committee Chairwoman Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, gave a cheerful tint to the project’s long gestation, which devoured tens of millions of dollars for preliminary engineering and public outreach.

“If you take two or three years to make a decision, or maybe five or six, the technology advances to a point where you could do this with a single bore,” she said, at similar cost to another viaduct.

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Photo by Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times

This photo shows the disk from its backside. The red device in the foreground is the segment erector, which will use vacuum suction to lift about 14,400 arc-shaped concrete pieces, which will form the tunnel tube to South Lake Union. The circular opening in the center is where a conveyor screw will push excavated dirt toward the rear of the 326-foot long machine.

The cutter head alone is 838 tons — of which 9 tons of steel will be scraped off by abrasive soil over the course of a 14-month dig, said state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.

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May 31, 2013 at 11:49 AM

ACLU asks Inslee for temporary halt of hospital mergers

The ACLU of Washington and 10 other advocacy organizations have asked Gov. Jay Inslee to enact a six-month moratorium on state approvals of hospital mergers, saying religious-secular affiliations put patients at risk of being denied legal health services because of Catholic religious restrictions. Recently, the state Department of Health, through its Certificate of Need program, approved…

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May 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Unconscious student pulled from pool at Lake Stevens High School

A man in his 20s was pulled from the swimming pool at Lake Stevens High School this morning and was rushed to Providence Hospital in Everett with life-threatening injuries, according to the Lake Stevens Fire Department. The student was in critical condition at the hospital. According to KIRO, the incident occurrred during a special needs class party. …

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May 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Man fatally shot by Seattle security guard identified

The man who was shot and killed by a security guard on Tuesday night has been identified as Brandon L. Williams, 29,  according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. His death has been classified as a homicide. Seattle police homicide detectives continue to investigate the shooting, police said. Williams was among a group of men who were…

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May 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Interview with pilot car driver to be rescheduled, NTSB says

By Kate Martin Skagit Valley Herald / MCT The National Transportation Safety Board was unable Wednesday to interview the driver of the pilot car of a tractor-trailer that caused the collapse of the Interstate 5 Skagit River Bridge on May 23. The interview will be rescheduled, NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said yesterday. The pilot car was leading the tractor-trailer hauling an…

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