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August 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Court’s psychiatric boarding ban will cost Washington tens of millions

Complying with the state Supreme Court’s recent ban on warehousing psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms will cost Washington’s already underfunded mental health system tens of millions of dollars, health administrators said Thursday morning. The state has been scrambling to respond to the high court’s ruling for the past week, but so far has only been able to free…

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Comments | Topics: Andi Smith, Department of Social and Health Services, Gov. Jay Inslee

August 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Crews struggle with wind, heat in fire near Ellensburg

Fire crews are still struggling to contain an 8,840-acre blaze about 12 miles north of Ellensburg in Central Washington, called the Snag Canyon Fire. High winds and rising temperatures made for difficult conditions Friday, as crews worked to strengthen the line around the western and southern edges. A specialized crew used explosives to build a break in…

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Comments | Topics: Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Snag Canyon

August 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

1 dead, 1 critical after shooting in quiet Beacon Hill neighborhood

UPDATE: 6 a.m., Friday: Witnesses heard arguing and then shots fired Thursday night in an alley in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. When police arrived about 10:20 p.m. they found two men wounded. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where KING reports one of them died overnight. ORIGINAL POST: Two men apparently shot each other late…

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August 7, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Body found in SeaTac lake

The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a decomposed body found in a SeaTac lake Thursday evening. A 911 caller reported finding the body in Tub Lake around 8 p.m., and a medical examiner arrived on scene shortly afterward, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates said. She said there was no obvious cause of death, and the identity…

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August 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

1 man drowned Thursday night in Green Lake, 2nd man critical

UPDATE 5:50 a.m. Friday: One young man has died and a second remains in critical condition after divers found them unconscious Thursday night in Green Lake in Seattle. KIRO reports  fire department rescuers took them to Harborview Medical Center. One had reportedly been underwater for 30 minutes and the other 45. ORIGINAL POST: Two young men were…

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August 7, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Paraglider stuck in Issaquah tree 80 feet off ground

A paraglider crashed into a tree on Tiger Mountain Trail in Issaquah on Thursday night and got stuck about 80 feet off the ground. Firefighters responded to the call around 6:30 p.m., but could not get the man down, said Craig Hooper, Eastside Fire and Rescue battalion chief. Specialists were called in to help. Hooper said he spoke to the paraglider…

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August 6, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Developmentally disabled girl missing in Snohomish

Snohomish law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding a 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl who went missing Wednesday. Elizabeth Harwood left her house on the 500 block of D Avenue around noon to visit a friend, but she never made it. Her family spent three hours looking for her before calling the Snohomish Police Department, which conducted a…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Elizabeth Harwood, Snohomish Police Department

August 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Toxin closes Quartermaster Harbor to shellfish harvesters

Public health officials have closed the Quartermaster Harbor beaches between Vashon and Maury islands to shellfish harvesters after discovering high rates of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison, a toxin that causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The closure applies to all shellfish: clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and scallops. Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison has historically been a problem in Europe, but has become an emerging threat…

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Comments | Topics: public health, Quartermaster Harbor, shellfish

August 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Motorcyclist launches off Issaquah overpass to elude police

A speeding motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after launching off an Interstate 90 overpass Wednesday in an attempt to elude a state trooper. The chase began when the trooper clocked two motorcyclists driving 22 miles over the speed limit and tried to pull them over. The driver of a blue motorcycle sped up to 100-140 miles per hour…

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August 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Man arrested after 4 hit-and-runs in one day, Seattle police say

Police arrested a 36-year-old man Wednesday after he allegedly went on a lengthy crime spree that included at least four hit-and-runs and a failed carjacking. It’s unclear exactly what happened and when, police say, but it appears the man began his rampage at a nursing home in West Seattle, where he belligerently started knocking items off a…

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