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October 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

SPD’s Metz among 5 finalists for Bellevue PD chief

UPDATE 11:10 A.M.| Metz will be up against four other candidates for Bellevue Police Department Chief: Minnesota Police Department Assistant Chief Matthew Clark, Bellevue Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe, Simi Valley (California) Police Department Chief Mitch McCann and Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Raul Munguia. A hiring timeline hasn’t been narrowed down, but Bellevue city…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bellevue Police, chief, Nick Metz

October 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Kenneth Bae’s family hopes he’s next to be released by N. Korea

One of North Korea’s three imprisoned Americans was released today, reviving hopes that Kenneth Bae, 46, of Lynnwood may be the next to come home — long before serving his full, 15-year sentence in one of the communist country’s notoriously harsh labor camps. Today, though, only Jeffrey Fowle, 56, of Ohio was sent home. Bae’s sister,…

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Comments | Topics: Kenneth Bae, Lynnwood, North Korea

October 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

“Dine Local” campaign starts for hurting Mercer Island businesses

Mercer Island restaurants and food-service businesses lost thousands of dollars during a weeklong boil-water alert that ended last Wednesday, a financial hit that especially hurt small-business owners. The city of Mercer Island and Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce are hoping the Dine Local campaign they launched Monday will help businesses catch up…

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Comments | Topics: boil-water alert, Dine Local, Mercer Island

October 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Boil-water alert ends; Mercer Islanders should take these sanitation steps

Mercer Island’s boil-water alert, in effect for most of the last week and a half, was just lifted. The city made the announcement at noon Wednesday after city, county and state officials convened in the morning to come up with a timeline for getting Mercer Island back to normal after the E. coli contamination. Restaurants that have…

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Comments | Topics: boil-water alert, E. coli, Mercer Island

October 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Mercer Island may lift boil-water alert soon

Mercer Island still doesn’t know when exactly it will lift its boil-water alert, which has been in effect for much of the last week and a half. But now that pipe inspections have concluded without finding any potential E. coli bacteria contamination source, the city says officials will decide Wednesday morning on a timeline for lifting…

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Comments | Topics: E. coli, Mercer Island, seattle public utilties

October 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Possible E. coli infection found in Mercer Island child

Public health officials are investigating the first report of a possible E. coli infection on Mercer Island since boil-water advisories started last weekend. Initial tests show a child may be infected with E. coli 0157, but the diagnosis won’t be confirmed until later this week by the state laboratory, Public Health spokeswoman Hilary Karasz said. The…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: E. coli, Mercer Island

September 5, 2014 at 11:12 AM

State to pay $10M to family for Stevens Pass tree-fall accident

Four family members who survived a 2012 accident in which a huge tree fell onto an SUV on Highway 2 near Stevens Pass will receive $10 million from the state, in a tentative settlement announced by the family Friday. The Owen family of Bothell was heading to Leavenworth for a Christmas vacation Dec. 21 – days…

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| More in General news | Topics: settlement, Stevens Pass Highway

August 29, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Fire engulfs Mercer Island home

  Billowing smoke could be seen from miles away as a fire consumed a Mercer Island home Friday night. Occupants of the home in the 5600 block of Mercer Island Way were able to safely escape the fire that erupted about 7 p.m., according to the Mercer Island Fire Department. By the time firetrucks from Mercer Island,…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: fire, Mercer Island

July 31, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Kenneth Bae may be sent back to North Korean labor camp

After struggling with life-threatening health issues earlier this year, Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood may be sent back to a North Korean labor camp, according to CNN, which cites a Japanese newspaper. Bae, who’s been North Korea’s longest-held U.S. captive since the Korean War, pleaded for quick intervention while wearing a blue labor camp uniform in a…

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Comments | Topics: Kenneth Bae, Lynnwood, North Korea

July 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Naked driver, possible burglar, injured in auto rollover on I-5

A burglary suspect driving naked crashed and rolled a stolen car on Interstate 5 south in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood Saturday morning. State Patrol troopers responded to the crash scene just after 5 a.m. and found the driver naked and unconscious outside the vehicle. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. Neither his condition nor his…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: auto theft, Interstate 5, Lynnwood Police Department

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