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December 31, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Renton PD: Pedestrian struck as he crossed Rainier Avenue South

A pedestrian crossing Rainier Avenue South on Wednesday night has died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle turning from Southwest Sunset Boulevard onto southbound Rainier Avenue South, according to Terri Vickers of the Renton Police Department. In a news release, Vickers said a number of people phoned 911 to report a “man in…


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December 31, 2014 at 11:34 PM

3 SPD officers open fire in rolling gunfight in South Seattle

UPDATE, 12:30 a.m. | Seattle police say officers responding to a domestic-violence report in South Seattle shot at a car after they came dangerously close to being shot Wednesday night. Officers were responding to a domestic-violence report in the 4200 block of South Eddy Street around 10:30 p.m. when they heard gunfire outside, Seattle Police Department spokesman Drew…


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December 31, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Man, 20, fatally shot in South Seattle; suspects at large

A man was killed in a drive-by shooting in South Seattle Wednesday night. The man in his 20s was walking near Renton Avenue South and South Kenyon Street with a family member when he was shot by somebody in an SUV around 8:30 p.m., Seattle Police Department spokesman Drew Fowler said. The man was taken to Harborview…


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December 31, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Burn ban in effect on reservations; Darrington ban upgraded to Stage 2

A burn ban is in effect for several Washington Indian reservations and a burn ban in Darrington, Snohomish County, has been upgraded from Stage 1 to Stage 2 because of ongoing concerns about stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has called a burn ban for the Stillaguamish, Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Tulalip,…


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December 31, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Slide on section of N. Cascades Hwy. closes it to winter sports

A portion of the North Cascades Highway that is normally accessible for winter sports will be closed for a month after a large rockslide covered the roadway. The slide covered about 300 feet of Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway, east of milepost 142, near the Whatcom-Skagit County line, the Washington State Department of Transportation said…


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December 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Cross Kirkland Corridor no longer threatened by rail-service request

The Ballard Terminal Railroad Company’s request to return rail service to an 11.2-mile portion of the Eastside Rail Corridor between Bellevue and Woodinville has been denied, officially eliminating a threat to trails such as the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The Surface Transportation Board, a federal agency that settles railway disputes, said in a ruling issued Tuesday…


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December 31, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Boise issues cease and desist letter to Uber

BOISE — City of Boise officials say Uber ignored its promise to not charge for driver services within city limits while negotiating an operating agreement for the ride-share company. The city sent Uber a cease and desist letter Wednesday morning — the same day the ride-hailing app declared would be its busiest night ever for those…


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December 31, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Oregon bus barber accused of cutting again

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Authorities say the man known as the “TriMet barber” has cut again. Oregon City police booked 27-year-old Jared Walter into jail Tuesday on charges of harassment and parole violation. They said he cut a woman’s hair with scissors in the checkout line at a Dollar Tree store. Sgt. Matthew Paschall says Walter did…


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December 31, 2014 at 9:02 AM

La Center High School student killed in motorcycle crash

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, Wash. — An 18-year-old killed in a motorcycle crash near Amboy was identified as La Center High School senior Cameron Kewitz of Woodland. The sheriff’s office says there were no witnesses to the crash Monday but the motorcycle was apparently speeding too fast for conditions and hit an embankment. The Columbian reports Kewitz played…


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