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October 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM

WSP asks public’s help in solving fatal hit-and-run

A fatal accident on Interstate 5 near Spokane Street in Seattle on Oct. 25 was a hit-and-run, Washington State Patrol investigators now believe. The driver of a teal 1997 Toyota Corolla was fatally injured in the accident,which occurred at 7 p.m. in heavy rush-hour traffic. The State Patrol said Thursday a copper-brown commercial vehicle towing a…

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October 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Knife fight with multiple victims closes streets in S. Seattle

  UPDATE, 10:40 p.m. | Police and fire department responders have left the scene. A firefighter used an extinguisher to wash blood from the edge of the sidewalk on Martin Luther King Jr. Way at the corner of Hanford Street. Investigators’ time on the scene was about an hour from the first 911 call. UPDATE,…

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October 31, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Rescuer of carbon-monoxide victims says he wasn’t a hero

A Lake City man who, with his wife and a police officer, pulled two elderly neighbors from their home after they were overcome by carbon monoxide, said he doesn’t consider himself a hero. “I just did what was necessary and that was it,” Marty Corona said Thursday. He, his wife Karen and the police officer dragged the two…

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October 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

62 new parking spaces open near Tukwila light-rail station

Sound Transit announced it opened 62 extra park-and-ride spaces this week on the roof of the SeaTac Center Garage, about two blocks from the Tukwila International Boulevard Station. The entrance is off South 154th Street, just west of the light-rail station that flanks Highway 99. The 600 spaces in the transit parking lot usually fill before 9…

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October 31, 2013 at 7:27 PM

2 pit bulls killed after attack on woman and man in Pierce Co.

SPANAWAY, Pierce County — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says deputies shot and killed two dogs after the animals attacked a woman in Spanaway and a man who tried to help her. The News Tribune reports that the 65-year-old woman was taken to a hospital Wednesday for treatment of extensive arm injuries. The man also…

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October 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Woman steps in front of car, is seriously injured near Everett

A woman was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after she stepped into Highway 99 south of Everett and was struck by a car. Witnesses told a Washington State Patrol trooper that the woman had been standing on a median strip when she stepped into the roadway near Lincoln Way shortly before 5 p.m. A southbound car hit the woman, and…

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October 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Oregon engineer behind exploding whale dies at 84

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An Oregon highway engineer who blew up a dead beached whale with a half-ton of dynamite in 1970 has died at the age of 84.

George Thomas Thornton gained national attention over the exploding whale, and the act endured for decades thanks to a video that shows giant pieces of whale carcass splattering across the beach and spectators.

Thornton got the call Nov. 12, 1970 to remove a 45-foot-long sperm whale estimated to weigh 8 tons that had washed up near Florence, and had started to stink.

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October 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Pirates occupy Wash. governor’s mansion for Halloween

OLYMPIA — Trick-or-treaters arriving at the governor’s mansion will be greeted by pirates. Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, chose a pirate’s theme for Halloween, and trick-or-treaters are invited to come to the mansion, next to the Capitol, on Thursday between 6 and 7:30 p.m. The governor will also give out 10 chocolate bars that will…

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October 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Halloween rollout for Woodland Park Zoo’s Bat Cam

Hey, kids! (Or anyone else who likes spooky animals) You can spy on furry, winged bats any time night or day, thanks to Woodland Park Zoo’s Bat Cam, which started streaming video on Halloween. The camera is trained on the zoo’s six male Indian flying foxes. The lights will be turned off at 8 p.m., but the camera has…

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October 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Redmond scam takes police phone number in vain

Scammers pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service have added a new twist when they call Redmond residents: A police department phone number shows up on the victims’ caller ID. That phone number, 425-556-2500, is a Redmond Police Department number, but it isn’t a number that’s displayed on caller ID when police officers and staff…

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