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November 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM
Hope you enjoyed some of Wednesday’s record high temperatures, because by Monday much of Western Washington, including Seattle, could be freezing.
Wednesday’s sunny weather brought record highs for the date: 57 in Seattle, 58 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 56 at Hoquiam, said National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg. Several other areas nearby were close to doing the same, he said.
But that all changes this weekend with a heavy rainstorm that will be followed by a freezing cold front and possibly snow that could fall on areas as low as Seattle, Burg said.
The storm coming through on Sunday is expected to dump between six and 12 inches of snow on the Cascades by Sunday night.
“If you’re traveling on passes this weekend, you might want to do that on Saturday,” said Burg.
Rain will be heavy at times in the Seattle area on Sunday, he said, but no flood warnings are expected at this point. Highs in the Seattle area will be around 50 degrees, and lows Sunday night will be in the upper 30s.
There’s a chance that moisture from the storm and a cold front behind it might overlap enough to bring snow to the Seattle area, Burg said.
“There’s still some uncertainty about when, how and where snow will happen,” Burg said. “It does look like if we get any snow, it’ll be very little — less than an inch.”
Whether it snows or not, though, temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will be freezing.
Mondays highs for Seattle during the day will be in the upper 30s.
“Rest assured, it’s going to get worse,” Burg said.
On Tuesday, highs for Seattle will be in the mid-30s and lows Tuesday night will be in the mid- to lower 20s.
If you’re feeling bad for yourself in the Seattle area, look to Bellingham’s to count yourself lucky. Its highs for Tuesday are expected to be in the lower 30s, and the lows at night could reach the high teens.
November 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Gang members killed a young man in White Center this morning after accusing him of being in a rival gang he was not part of, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim and a friend were walking down Southwest 108th Street near Second Avenue Southwest around 2 a.m. when two suspects confronted them and accused them of being in a rival gang, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Both denied the affiliation and, as they tried walking away, were shot at.
Officers responded to reports of at least one gunshot and a man lying in the middle of the street at about 2:15 a.m. They attempted life-saving measures, according to Sgt. Tony McNabb, but by the time medics arrived, the gunshot victim had died.
“A young man has lost his life because he was mistaken to be in a gang,” said Deputy Charlie Akers.
In a news release, Akers asked the the public to “put themselves in the shoes of this innocent young man’s family. As we are entering the holiday season, this family is grieving the senseless loss of this young man. If this was one of your loved ones, you would want answers; you would want justice.”
So far, neighbors have only been able to report they saw two black males running from the scene. Anyone with additional details about the murder is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 206-296-3311.
November 25, 2013 at 8:19 PM
Metro bus riders tackled a 19-year-old man who had been robbing passengers at gunpoint and held him down until police could take him into custody Monday evening.
A man boarded a Metro bus at Third Avenue and Pike Street wearing a nylon stocking covering part of his face and kept to himself until the bus reached the 6000 block of California Avenue Southwest around 6 p.m, according to Seattle police. That’s when he allegedly stood up, brandished a gun and started pointing it at people’s heads.
After the man had taken personal property from at least three people, a group of men on the bus wrestled the man down until officers arrived at 6:12 p.m.
A man the West Seattle Blog interviewed said one man started taking down the suspect before others including himself jumped in.
“First thing he did was grab the arm holding the revolver and managed to get his finger in (the trigger hole),” the man told the West Seattle blog. “We were sitting on (the armed man) trying to restrain him.”
Even after being taken into custody, the suspect continued to be violent and kicked out the plexiglass partition in the patrol car.
Officers gained control of him without being injured and transferred him to a prisoner van to be taken to King County Jail, where he was booked for investigation of three counts of armed robbery.
November 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Freezing temperatures throughout the Seattle metro area have prompted several cities and nonprofit organizations to open emergency shelters. Below are some of them. To add other facilities to the list, please e-mail email@example.com.
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Line up no earlier than 7 p.m. Intake is between 7 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., or until full. Shelter hours are from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Who can stay: 75 men and women. Men and women are sheltered in separate areas of the building. Must be clean and sober. Service-provider referrals are preferred, but not required. No animals except service animals are allowed in. Accepts offenders and sex offenders.
Provided by city of Seattle Human Services Department, staffed by Salvation Army – William Booth Center.
305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109
Hours: Intake begins at 9 p.m. on north side of the center at the Rainier Room. Intake is on the east side of the building. Opens only when City Hall winter shelter fills up or is anticipated to fill up.
Who can stay: Adult men and women, but no families
Provided by the city of Seattle Human Services Department
Plymouth Congregational Church
1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA, 98101
Hours: Intake is 10 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Monday; 9:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 8 p.m.-7:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Who can stay: 30 women
Provided by city of Seattle Human Services Department – Transitional Living & Support and staffed by Women’s Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL).
King County Administration Building
500 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Intake is at 8:30 p.m. Shelter is open daily from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. To get a spot in the shelter, line up in the park next to Fourth Avenue, just south of the courthouse and Jefferson Street.
Who can stay: There are 50 to 100 beds for men who are age 18 or older. No meal, hygiene or daytime storage services are provided.
Provided by the King County Winter Response Shelter and staffed by Salvation Army – William Booth Center.
YWCA of Seattle/King County/Snohomish County – Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women
2030 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Hours: Intake starts at 6 p.m. and goes until shelter is full. The shelter is open between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Women can call 206-770 -0156 starting at 6 p.m.to see if space is still available.
Who can stay: 40 women age 18 and older. Women with criminal backgrounds welcome. Service animals are allowed in.
Emmanuel Bible Church — Phinney Ridge
503 N. 50th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Hours: Intake starts at 8 p.m. Open daily from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Who can stay: About 30 sober men. Meals are provided. Shelter guests must vacate neighborhood during the day and limited bus tickets will be available to help exit the area.
Provided by Seattle Union Gospel Mission. Workers are trained to encourage entry into detox and rehab programs and paths to housing assistance.
Locations outside Seattle
Lynnwood City Hall
19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood
Hours: Those who need shelter in South Snohomish County can meet shelter workers no later than 7 p.m. outside Lynnwood City Hall. Those with cars will be given directions to the shelter at Lynnwood City Hall. Contact Mark Waldin for more information at 425-419-7938.
Provided by: the South Snohomish County Emergency Shelter Network
New Hope Christian Fellowship in Federal Way
31411 S. Sixth Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003
Hours: Doors open at 7 p.m., lights out at 11 p.m. Guests must leave by 8:30 a.m. Shelter is open only when there are freezing temperatures. People who need shelter should either call 253-269-6585 or check the fellowship’s website to see if the shelter is open. If the message at the top of the page says the shelter was open the previous day, it will be open the following day as well. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch, telephones, computers and social-services help are available.
Who can stay: Men and women, but priority will be given to families.
Kent Lutheran Church
336 Second Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032
Hours: Open from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Who can stay: There are separate sections of the shelter for men, women and families. Priority is given to homeless families with children who are living on the streets or in vehicles.
Provided by Kent Housing and Human Services
Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter at North Bend Community Church
122 E. Third St., North Bend, WA, 98045
Hours: Open daily from 8 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Walk-in only.
Who can stay: About 40 adult men, women and family members
Eastside Men’s Shelter at International Paper Plant Building
1899 120th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98008
Hours: Intake starts at 8:30 p.m. daily. Guests can be admitted until shelter closes at 7:30 a.m.
Who can stay: about 50 men age 18 and older. Dinner and breakfast provided. No daytime storage services are available.
Provided by Congregations for the Homeless (cfhomeless.org)
Eastside Winter Shelter (rotating locations)
Until Dec. 15: Redmond United Methodist Church at 16540 N.E. 80th St., Redmond, WA
From Dec. 16 to Jan. 15: Redwood Family Church, 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road, Redmond, WA
From Jan. 16 to end of cold season: Bellevue First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, WA 98004
Hours: Intake begins at 8:30 p.m. Shelter is open from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily. People are encouraged to call to see if there is available space at 425-417-4815
Who can stay: Women and women with children from anywhere in King County.
Provided by The Sophia Way (www.sophiaway.org/)Source: King County 2-1-1
November 19, 2013 at 9:56 PM
Seattle police arrested a man who a woman said exposed himself to a her and her two young children at a North Seattle bus stop Tuesday morning.
The mother and her 2- and 5-year-old children were waiting at a bus stop on the corner of North 103rd Street and Stone Avenue North at about 9:15 when the man fully exposed his genitals to them.
Though the 48-year-old man walked off before police arrived, officers eventually were able to locate him in the 9700 block of Ashworth Avenue North.
After the mother positively identified the man, police arrested him and booked into King County Jail for investigation of indecent exposure.
November 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM
A struggling young adult shelter at YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center will likely stay open next year after the Seattle City Council’s budget committee voted unanimously Monday to grant the shelter $130,000. The full council is expected to vote on the budget next Monday.
The contribution more than matches the $120,000 in funding the Metropolitan King County Council approved last week for the shelter. Combined, the funds will make it possible for the 15-20 bed center to stay open at least five nights a week next year.
November 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM
The man who allegedly stabbed three men in Seattle’s City Hall Park Monday night assaulted a man in a wheelchair exactly a year ago in an attack that started the same way.
Witnesses of both Nov. 11 attacks said Adan Yusuf, 35, was argumentative and asking for cigarettes before he began his assaults, according to police and court documents.
All three men stabbed around 9:45 p.m. Monday night were lucky the weapon Yusuf allegedly used was only a small folding knife, said Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police that Yusuf had been walking around the park asking people for a cigarette. When one man didn’t offer him a cigarette, Yusuf allegedly started stabbing him.
Two others who tried to subdue Yusuf were also stabbed, one of them several times before he was sent to Harborview in serious condition. Others jumped in to restrain Yusuf until police arrived and arrested him.
“Luckily, people stepped forward and subdued him,” said Witt.
Yusuf also suffered minor cuts to his hands and was treated at the scene, Witt said. He was booked into jail for investigation of assault.
Court records show that a King County District Court Judge found probable cause to hold Yusuf in custody on $300,000 bail in connection with the Monday night attacks.
Yusuf pleaded guilty earlier this year to third-degree assault for the Nov. 11, 2012, attack. In that case, he beat two men including a disabled man in the International District outside of Jones Bar & Grill at 500 South King Street, according to court documents.
The man who uses a wheelchair told police that after Yusuf asked another man for a cigarette and that man refused, Yusuf argued with him and knocked the man to the ground. The man in the wheelchair then tried to position himself between them to stop the fight, but Yusuf ended up dumping him out of the chair into the street, where he kicked him in the head and knocked his teeth loose.
A King County judge ordered that Yusuf pay restitution and issued a five-year restraining order to keep Yusuf away from the two victims. Less than a month after sentencing and his Feb. 25 release from jail, Yusuf was also charged with malicious mischief and possession of stolen property in Lynnwood.
November 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Police arrested a man shortly after three people were stabbed near City Hall Park in Seattle on Monday night.
Seattle Fire Lt. Sue Stangl said two men were in serious condition and one had minor injuries when they were taken to Harborview Medical Center from Fourth Avenue and Dilling Way just before 10 p.m.
Seattle police said the suspect also sustained minor stab wounds and was treated at the scene before being taken to jail.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.
November 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM
UPDATE: Gregg Anderson has been found safe, according to his sister, Dianna Schneider.
“They were all air lifted by the Filipino Air Force from Samar to Cebu airport and are now waiting for a flight to Manila,” said Schneider in an e-mail Tuesday. “I am the happiest person in the world right now!”
ORIGINAL POST: The family of a Kirkland man who went to the Philippines last week for his 50th birthday is hoping he evacuated Tacloban by the time Typhoon Hayain decimated the city Friday.
Dianna Schneider of Rochester, Thurston County, had no idea where her missing brother, Gregg Anderson, was until an e-mail he wrote to a co-worker Thursday was finally forwarded to her Monday afternoon. The e-mail said the mortgage banker was changing his travel itinerary and going to the Samar province. Fewer people died there than in the places Schneider had planned to visit — Tacloban and Guiuan, which are just south of Samar.
Officials have estimated that the typhoon killed as many as 10,000 in Tacloban alone. At least 200 people died in the Samar province, according to CNN. More than 800,000 people were evacuated from vulnerable areas before the typhoon hit, but some shelters were not strong enough to withstand the storm, according to The Associated Press.
“I don’t know what town he’s in, but I’m hoping he’s in Catbalogan City,” said Schneider, who is waiting for communication lines to open soon so her brother can contact the family. She’s been closely watching news reports about cell towers being set up and Marines arriving in the area. (more…)
November 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM
CenturyLink says its crews have found the break in the more than two-mile-long underwater cable that supplies phone communications to the San Juan Islands.
Though 911 and landline service has been restored, according to CenturyLink, it doesn’t know when full cellphone service will be back.
Most phone communication was disabled on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands this past Tuesday because of the break, a problem that also made it hard to process credit-card and bank transactions. On Thursday, 911 phone service was restored to landlines and some cellphones. CenturyLink says it restored landline service Friday, while wireless carriers set up temporary devices using radio waves to help increase cellphone coverage.
Over the weekend, Verizon said it was able to fully restore service to its cellphone customers. Its technicians and engineers raised six-foot microwave dishes up 140 feet onto towers.
Late last week, the San Juan County Council declared a state of emergency because of the communication problems.
CenturyLink says its crews still haven’t determined what caused the cut, but an earthquake just three minutes before CenturyLink’s first alarm notification may have played a part in creating it.
Crews found a piece of cable at least a 100-feet-long severed at both ends laying about 5,000 feet from Lopez Island and 280 feet below the water’s surface, said Meg Andrews, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink. The fiber-optic cable was suspended along a rock facing south of where it was originally placed in 1999.
The next step for the crews will be assessing how much more damage there might be along the cable. Andrews said that assessment will help determine how long it could take to fully replace the damaged line. A large barge might be able to anchor at the site by Tuesday afternoon to begin splicing new fiber into the severed line, according to CenturyLink.
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