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October 23, 2013 at 1:25 PM
UPDATE: 6:38 p.m. | A King County Metro bus driver drove the wrong way onto the Interstate 5 express lanes with an articulated bus full of passengers Wednesday afternoon.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
The Route 41 driver hesitated on the on-ramp near the Northgate Transit Center for a few seconds after passing a clearly marked “Do Not Enter” sign, then continued southbound onto the expressway, said Thad White, who was sitting near the front of the bus at the time.
The state Department of Transportation tweeted Wednesday afternoon that it had “confirmed that the signage and all that was correct.”
The lanes had just changed over from southbound to northbound, so the bus didn’t meet any oncoming traffic until it reached the Northeast 45th Street overpass, White and Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer said.
“Then you could see this wall of cars,” White said.
At that point, the bus pulled over onto the shoulder, its passengers panicking, White said.
A Washington state incident-response truck helped divert traffic until State Patrol troopers and the driver’s supervisor showed up, White said. The driver, who wore a “20-year safe driver” badge, told White that he expected to face suspension along with a drug test and mandatory retraining, in addition to a ticket.
State Patrol troopers shut down the express lanes, and the bus — then driven by the supervisor — attempted a giant U-turn to exit at the Northeast 42nd Street offramp, but the articulated bus couldn’t make it all the way around. So, a State Patrol escort led it to Mercer Street, where it exited the freeway and a trooper wrote the driver a ticket.
The bus then took its passengers to Jackson Street, where it let them off.
Switzer called the incident a “very, very serious safety infraction” and said he was glad no one was injured.
King County Metro is investigating, Switzer said.
The ordeal over, White caught another bus to the Convention Center, where he was working an optometry convention. He had already texted his girlfriend and called his boss to tell him he’d be late.
“It was a complete scene out of ‘Austin Powers’ — but with a bus,” White said.
October 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM
Another two indecent-exposure incidents near schools in West Seattle were reported Tuesday, the latest in a string of such incidents in the past two months, according to Seattle police.
A man pulled up to a group of students in a black Saturn sedan near Westside School in the 7700 block of 34th Avenue Southwest around 1:15 p.m., got out and exposed himself before driving off southbound, a police report said.
Then, just before 3 p.m., a 13-year-old student was walking home from school in the 4000 block of 44th Avenue Southwest when she saw a man masturbating in his car while he watched other children, the report said.
The suspects in both cases were described as a white male in his 30s, and the report said it’s not clear whether it was the same man — or whether these incidents are related to three previous ones in the area.
The three incidents last month — two at Holy Rosary School and one at Westside — had students, parents and school staffers on high-alert.
On Sept. 9, a man in a white van called a trio of 9-year-olds over to his car, where they saw him sitting naked in the front seat before they ran away. Less than two weeks after that, a man exposed himself to a group of 14-year-olds and drove off when they went to tell a teacher. Then, the following day, a girl at Westside said she’d been playing on a playground overlooking the street where she saw a man sitting in a car wearing a red T-shirt and no pants.
An investigation into the indecent exposures is ongoing; police are asking anyone with information in these cases to report it and to call 911 if they observe suspicious or criminal activity.
October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM
A 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash when he hit an SUV and was thrown from his bike in Sodo Tuesday afternoon, according to a police report.
The man was speeding and passing vehicles using the bicycle lane on southbound East Marginal Way South when he hit a green Isuzu Trooper SUV turning westbound onto South Spokane Street in front of him, the report said.
Seattle police and firefighters responded around 1 p.m., and medics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death.
October 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM
Protesters burned an American flag and sprayed stink spray on a television crew at a rally against police brutality on Seattle’s Capitol Hill Tuesday night.
Aside from an unhappy cameraman, whose coat reeked, there were no casualties.
Leaders speaking at the rally called for a revolution to bring justice for hundreds of people killed by police across the country every year. The rally preceded a march to the Seattle police’s East Precinct and wound up at the intersection of East Olive and Broadway, where it dispersed around 8 p.m.
At its peak the rally drew around 70 people, fewer than in recent years. After nearly an hour of different speakers talking about the various problems in America, it dwindled to about 40 before the march began.
Those burning a flag and spraying TV crews weren’t too interested in the speakers.
“More,” one said excitedly to another, who was pouring rubbing alcohol on the burning flag. “What else are you gonna do, listen to them (the speakers)?”
During the march, a heated argument broke out between anarchists and communists in the group over whose revolution would be most effective.
An Occupy Wall Street protester set up a tent at the corner of Broadway and Olive, successfully blocking traffic for about 10 minutes until officers ordered him to move, and he complied.
Check out a photo gallery of the rally and the march.
October 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Oily rags that caught fire caused roughly $30,000 damage at an auto shop in South Park Monday night, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
The department said in a news release that the fire was accidental.
Twenty firefighting teams, including an air-response team, were called to the building, in the 7200 block of Second Avenue South, after the first call came in around 6:30 p.m.
The business was locked, so firefighters had to force their way into the door, the release said. Once they got in, they contained the fire to one corner of the shop and put it out in roughly 30 minutes.
They’ll stay at the auto shop keeping watch until midnight to put out any embers that could flare up, the release said.
No damage was done to any of the vehicles inside, and no one was inside the building when the fire broke out.
October 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM
UPDATE: 5:55 a.m. Tuesday | All lanes of Highway 2 were opened shortly after 3 a.m. today, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. | The driver killed in a four-car pileup that shut down Highway 2 on Monday night was a 55-year-old Skykomish man who led two Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase after being pulled over for investigation of driving under the influence, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said.
Authorities had received earlier calls for a DUI driver in the area when they pulled over the man, who sped off eastbound, Snell said. Around Milepost 34, the man veered into the westbound lane, where the vehicle glanced off a white pickup and came back into the eastbound lanes and hit the two deputies’ cars, Snell said. Both the deputies and the driver of the pickup, an 86-year-old Edmonds man, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Snell said.
ORIGINAL POST | A four-car crash on Highway 2 near Index in Snohomish County killed one driver and left another injured Monday evening, Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said. It was the second fatal crash on Highway 2 in a couple days.
Just before 7 p.m. today, two Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies were eastbound following a weaving vehicle they suspected of DUI when the driver crossed into incoming traffic, Ireton said. Details on the crash were limited, but the deputies’ cars were also involved, she said.
The injured driver is being treated at the scene, Ireton said, but the extent of the injuries isn’t known.
All lanes of Highway 2 are closed, and traffic are being detoured at Reiter Road, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation. Drivers should consider an alternate route or expect long delays as it may take up to 6 hours to reopen, the release said.
On Saturday, a 22-year-old Federal Way man died and his pregnant passenger was critically injured in a collision with an oncoming truck after crossing over the median, the State Patrol said.
October 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM
A guest was arrested at an America’s Best Value Inn in Tukwila when a maid discovered and reported a drug lab in the person’s room Friday afternoon, according to a news release.
Police and HAZMAT teams evacuated the motel, in the 14800 block of Interurban Avenue South, secured the area and determined that no one had been injured or exposed to harmful chemicals, the release said.
Teams from SeaTac, Burien, North Highline, Kent, King County Fire District 20, Zone 3 Fire Explorers and South King County Paramedics assisted Tukwila police.
Tukwila police are working with the Drug Enforcement Agency to process the chemicals at the scene, the release said.
October 18, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Two hikers and their small dog spent nearly two hours stranded on a 120-foot cliff in Discovery Park in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood Friday night before being rescued, according to a Seattle Fire Department news release.
The couple had hiked down to the beach and were walking in the sand when the tide came in, forcing them up a steep, muddy trail, where they waited for the tide to go back out. Unfortunately for them, the sun set first, and they couldn’t find their way back down, the release said.
Around 7 p.m., a technical-rescue team from Magnolia Engine Company 41 arrived, lowering rope lines from above to the hikers, while the Chief Seattle Fire Boat pulled in below them and King County Sheriff’s Guardian One responded by air, the release said.
A Seattle police officer hiked up from the fireboat and was able to reach the stranded hikers and lead them down. Medics examined them and determined they were uninjured.
October 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM
A 35-year-old Renton man suspected in a homicide investigation was shot by police in Federal Way around 6:15 p.m. Friday when he tried to run from officers questioning him, a police news release said.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and is stable, the release said.
The officers had confronted the man in a parking lot near the 1400 block of South 320th Street, when the man, who police say has a revoked driving privilege, tried to flee. The two SWAT officers who shot him, one from the Federal Way Police Department and one from the Renton Police Department, have been placed on paid administrative leave, as is usual in these types of situations, the release said.
No officers or others were injured. The Valley Investigative Team is looking into the officer-involved shooting while the homicide investigation is being handled by Federal Way police, the release said. Both investigations are ongoing.
The man is suspected of shooting to death an 18-year-old man, identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s office as Deshawn Boykin, in Federal Way Thursday night.
Officers were called to the 31500 block of 1st Avenue South at 8:43 p.m. for a report of gunfire. Officers were unable to find anything, but about 10 minutes later they received a report of a man who had been shot being dropped off at St. Francis Hospital, according to Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock in a statement .
The man died at the hospital. The man’s brother, who took him to the hospital, was being interviewed by police, Schrock said.
Earlier today, officers apprehended three suspects, two men and a woman, in Tacoma in connection with the case. Federal Way police said two of the suspects were cooperating with police.
October 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Tacoma police are asking the public’s help in finding Jaylon Green, 8, who was last seen at the Boys and Girls Club at 3875 South 66th Street at 6 p.m.
Jaylon is 4 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved jacket with a hood, bluejeans and black and white shoes, according to a news release from Tacoma police.
If you see him, you’re asked to call 911.
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