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August 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM
All lanes of northbound Interstate-405 between Southeast Eighth Street and Highway 520 in Bellevue were closed at 10 p.m. Friday for construction work, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The northbound Highway 167 ramp, and east- and westbound ramps from Interstate-90 are also closed.
On Monday, Aug. 12, closed segments of I-405 will start opening at 4 a.m., and the 167 ramp will open at 5 a.m.
More information here.
August 9, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Renton police responded to a house burglary in the 19000 block of 113th Way Southeast at 12:20 Friday afternoon when a neighbor saw a man trying to kick in the door, according to a Renton Police Department news release.
One man was arrested and another was taken for questioning.
A third man would not leave the house, so the Valley SWAT Team surrounded it and used a public-address system to order him to come out. When that didn’t work, police used a robot and cameras to search the house and then entered it themselves, according to the release.
Officers heard sounds coming from the attic and used tear gas to make the suspect come down. He was arrested.
The men are a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old from Seattle and a 32-year-old from Renton. They were to be booked into a misdemeanor jail in Des Moines for investigation of felony burglary, according to the news release.
Police closed 192nd Street and the surrounding area during the operation, but the streets were reopened Friday evening.
August 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM
More than 100 endangered western pond turtles wiggled into protected habitat in three sites in Washington on Friday, according to a Woodland Park Zoo news release.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Woodland Park Zoo reintroduced the turtles in Pierce and Mason counties and the Columbia River Gorge as part of a wildlife-recovery project to boost the reptile’s numbers.
The western pond turtle population has grown from about 150 reptiles in 1990 to between 1,200 and 1,500 today across Washington wetlands in four counties, according to the news release.
The turtles could fare well in the Columbia Gorge – 95 percent of the turtles that have been released there survive every year, according to one study, the news release noted.
August 9, 2013 at 8:56 PM
Earth is passing through a cloud of debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet, as it does each August, granting Earthlings views of meteor showers shooting through the night sky, according to NASA. The ice and dust from the comet’s debris create the Perseid meteor shower when they burn up in the atmosphere.
Stargazers will have the best chance to view the phenomenon this weekend and Monday, according to NASA, and early Monday morning before dawn is especially good. The best way to see meteors is far away from artificial light, lying on your back looking up at the sky.
On Saturday, Crystal Mountain is offering gondola rides to view the meteors from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., as well as an outdoor astronomy talk after dark.
NASA has a live broadcast of the sky over Marshall Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. and will have a live chat from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
The name of the meteor shower comes from the constellation Perseus, from which the meteors appear to radiate.
August 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM
Tacoma police are asking for help identifying a man suspected of robbing three banks in Tacoma in different disguises.
Each time he showed the teller a note demanding cash, received it and walked out of the bank, according to the Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers website.
Friday at 1:15 p.m., the man, dressed in jeans, a tan-collared shirt and an orange construction vest, robbed an AmericanWest Bank in the 1000 block of A Street in downtown Tacoma, the Crime Stoppers website says.
Detectives suspect he is the same man who robbed an East Tacoma Key Bank on July 31 dressed as a woman in a blue jumper, and who robbed a Central Tacoma Key Bank on Aug. 2 dressed as a cyclist with long, blond hair.
The descriptions on the Crime Stoppers website say the suspect is in his 40s, approximately 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.
August 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM
A dive team from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office recovered a 19-year-old man from Twin Lakes in Marysville, according to a news release from the Marysville Police Department.
The man suffered critical injuries and was taken by ambulance to Providence Hospital in Everett.
The man was swimming with a group when he went under the water and didn’t come up, according to the news release.
The Everett Herald reports the man was pulled from the water about an hour after he was reported missing.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
August 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM
Some Washington state residents have received scam calls offering a “free” medical-alert device and asking for personal information to deliver it.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has received complaints about these robocalls and is encouraging consumers to be skeptical about the calls’ offers.
The messages say you can receive a medical device that is already “paid for” or “free” if you indicate you want it.
“Seniors often are vulnerable to scams because scammers think the scams will go unreported,” spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, Alison Dempsey-Hall, wrote in an email. She said that consumers who have gotten involved in the scam should file a complaint with the office.
Other states have experienced the same scam, and the attorneys general of Maine, Ohio and Minnesota have issued consumer alerts.
August 9, 2013 at 5:15 PM
A Seattle man traveling to Canada without a passport tried to evade a Border Patrol inspection Thursday, was arrested and now faces criminal charges, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Mike Milne said.
Jason Lau, 42, allegedly turned back from the border after being refused entry to Canada at the Pacific Highway crossing. Returning to the U.S., he pulled up to a customs checkpoint at around 11:30 a.m., according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The officer who questioned him directed Lau to a secondary processing area to the right. Instead, Milne said, the man drove to the left, attempting to return to Interstate 5 without being questioned again.
Three Border Patrol and immigration officers chased him at full speed, and Lau pulled over after driving less than a mile, Milne said.
“He was combative, pushing and kicking officers,” Milne said.
Three officers subdued Lau and brought him back to the port for processing. Milne said. Lau faces federal charges of assault on a federal officer and high-speed chase from an immigration checkpoint. He was not found to have contraband material.
August 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM
Masahiro Omura has arrived to serve as the new consul general of Japan in Seattle. Before taking his new position, Omura has served since September 2011 as the deputy director general of a Japanese government institution that trains mid-career public servants in the Japanese government. He has also worked as a diplomat in Kenya, Vienna and Jakarta.
The position represents Japan to Washington state, Montana and northern Idaho.
Omura is originally from Tokyo and has a master’s degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo.
August 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM
The YMCA’s Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor will open Sunday after it was closed for about a week and a half because of a Norovirus outbreak.
Two cleaning companies were hired to sanitize the camp, said Renée Quinn, community-relations director for the YMCA. ServPro and Polygon used a bleach-based cleaner to clean the kitchen, offices, amphitheater, cabins, program areas and other parts of the camp.
“Just sort of a floor-to-ceiling wipe-down to make sure that any virus was killed and couldn’t spread,” she said.
Nearly 160 campers will arrive at camp on Sunday, including some who had to leave when the camp was shut down two weeks ago.
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