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December 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM
Redmond Ridge residents will not get pot businesses in their community after a vote by the Metropolitan King County Council to override a proposal by County Executive Dow Constantine.
The council voted to remove Redmond Ridge’s business park from unincorporated areas of the county that could have pot production and processing facilities.
Entrepreneurs have applied for a 30,000 square foot indoor growing operation in Redmond Ridge’s business park. Constantine had submitted a zoning plan for unincorporated King County that allowed pot production and processing in the business park.
Redmond Ridge residents packed the council chambers through four hours of a meeting that mostly dealt with other issues. They argued that their communtiy is full of children, and pot facilities would be better located in more rural areas. They applauded at Monday’s vote.
Led by Council member Kathy Lambert of Redmond, the council voted 5-4 to exclude Redmond Ridge from pot businesses. She was joined by the council’s other three Republicans — Reagan Dunn, Jane Hague and Pete von Reichbauer — and Democrat Julia Patterson of SeaTac.
Lambert argued that Redmond Ridge is the most densely populated part of unincorporated King County and allowing pot facilities there was “not good public policy.”
December 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Update, Noon: Late Friday night, officers located and impounded a 1985 Chevy Caprice used in an earlier robbery and shooting at a Seattle gas station. Two females in the car were detained and questioned by robbery detectives at police headquarters downtown.
The primary suspect(s) remain at large.
Original post: A clerk at the Union 76 gas station in the 900 block of James Street was shot in the foot shortly after 8 Friday night after he and another clerk chased a suspect who walked out with a 12-pack of beer, said Seattle Police.
The injured clerk, 25, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, said the Seattle Fire Department.
The suspect ran northbound on Terry Street, said police.
Then, near the intersection of Terry and Cherry Streets, the suspect turned around and fired one gunshot at the store clerk, said police.
Police said the suspect got into a waiting vehicle, described as large, dark-colored, possibly a two-door.
The shooter is described as a male in his late teens to early 20s, last wearing a black jacket, tan pants and a maroon scarf, said police.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects or suspect vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
Anonymous tips are welcome, said police.
December 5, 2013 at 9:00 PM
Federal Way police are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 31-year-old woman who has been missing since Saturday.
Krystle K. Drake, who is also known as Krystle K. Burch, left home at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in a blue, 2005 Scion XB with Washington license plates ADJ1555 and Apple logo stickers on the windows.
She may have been responding to Craigslist ads in South King County shortly before she disappeared.
Police say she has a condition that requires medication.
Drake is described as 5-foot-4 woman of about 140 pounds with green eyes and blonde hair. She has recent tattoos of zodiac signs on both feet, one of which may be infected. She has several other tattoos including one on her back that reads “Johnny.”
December 5, 2013 at 6:12 PM
Charges were filed today against a 34-year-old man — one of two suspects — in the theft of $650,000 worth of wine from a retailer/storage facility in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood.
Samuel Arby Harris was charged with a single count each of burglary in the first degree, theft in the second degree and attempted arson in the first degree, according to information from the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Harris is being held on $500,000 bail, and is scheduled for arraignment on Dec. 19, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.
The second suspect is still at large.
December 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Some fast-acting teachers at Redmond’s Overlake School saved the life of a colleague today, according to a news release from that city’s fire department.
As recounted in the release, a 54-year-old music teacher collapsed during class and became unconscious. Hearing calls for help, teachers in nearby classrooms — one of whom is an instructor in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) — hurried to help.
His colleagues “shocked” the 54-year-old and managed to re-establish a heartbeat, according to the release. The man was showing signs of life when Medic One and the fire department arrived. The man was taken to Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition, according to the release.
From the release:
“This group of teachers and staff definitely saved the life of their co-worker, according to Redmond Paramedics.”
“… The health teacher who provides CPR and AED courses to students at the Overlake School, as well as this group of teachers who were part of this lifesaving team had never seen a cardiac arrest. This real-life experience demonstrates the importance of delivering CPR education early on in the schools, as well as to the success of the community CPR programs. King County, WA has the highest resuscitation rate in world, which is over 50 %. This is because of the aggressive CPR and AED training programs and most importantly, the citizens, dispatchers and emergency responders who comprise the Medic One system.”
December 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m. | The News Tribune of Tacoma is reporting via Twitter that the suspect is dead.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m. | Here is the latest from The Associated Press:
SPANAWAY — A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says a deputy was shot and wounded when he responded to a commercial storage unit in Spanaway after reports that a man was threatening to kill people.
Spokesman Ed Troyer says deputies returned fire after the man shot at them Tuesday afternoon but are not sure whether he was hit. The man is believed to be heavily armed. SWAT officers have arrived at the scene.
The News Tribune reports that Troyer says the deputy was hit in the arm and was taken to a hospital. The spokesman says the injury did not appear life-threatening. The deputy was not identified.
ORIGINAL POST | A sheriff’s deputy for Pierce County was shot in the arm at about 4:30 p.m. today, according to KING5.
The deputy is headed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Some Twitter reports say the deputy was “grazed” by a bullet.
According to KING5, the shooting was near 217th and Mountain Highway.
We will add to this post as more information becomes available.
December 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m. | Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said medics took the victim to Harborview Medical Center, and that the man was stable and had bleeding from the back of his ear.
Moore said its unclear how the victim was wounded, although the main claimed he was shot. Moore said the medics didn’t see a gunshot wound
Moore said the man “very belligerent and very intoxicated.”
Seattle Police also say the victim was found at 20th & Jackson, but may have walked or run to that location.
ORIGINAL POST | Seattle police are investigating a shooting tonight that grazed a man in the head.
The man, who police say is in his 40s, was hit at 20th Avenue South and South Jackson Street.
So far, police don’t know why the man was shot, according to a Police Department tweet, but “preliminary” information is that there are four male suspects and one female suspect.
More information will be added to this post as it becomes available.
November 25, 2013 at 5:31 PM
UPDATE 7:00 P.M.| According to the Seattle Police Department’s account, a pedestrian in his 30s is lucky his face was the only part of his body a Sound Transit train hit Monday evening.
Seattle police say that at about 5 p.m., a man detectives believe was under the influence of alcohol and drugs was walking eastbound on South Holly Street when a northbound South Transit train struck him in the face and knocked him backward.
The man only suffered a minor facial injury, said Seattle fire spokesman Kyle Moore, and was taken to Harborview for treatment.
UPDATE 5:55 P.M.| The Seattle Fire Department said its medics took a man in his 40s from the accident scene to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition after he was struck in the face by the train.
ORIGINAL POST | Seattle police are reporting that a male pedestrian has been struck by a Sound Transit light-rail train at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Holly Street in Seattle.
Sound Transit service was initially stopped in both directions, but regular operations resumed at about 5:45 p.m. with minor delays.
We will add information to this post as it becomes available.
November 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM
UPDATE 9:30 P.M.| Firefighters quickly knocked out an electrical fire that was contained to a mechanical room, but smoke that continued to travel up a stairwell all the way to the ninth floor prompted Swedish/Edmonds staff to relocate several patients, according to Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes. She said no one was injured by the fire or the smoke.
“It kept generating smoke, and they couldn’t shut the whole electrical system down at first,” said Hynes.
Hynes didn’t know how many patients had to be relocated, but she said that some were taken down into the hospital cafeteria and another building near the hospital while the building is ventilated.
According to the My Edmonds News blog, infants in the neonatal intensive care unit and mental health patients were among at least 30 patients who were moved for precautionary reasons. A release from Swedish/Edmonds said some of those patients were transferred to Swedish Ballard and Providence Everett facilities.
UPDATE, 8:30 p.m. | Firefighters are setting up an information reception area for patients’ families in the Pavilion Building at 7824 216th S.W.
ORIGINAL POST | There’s a fire at Swedish Medical Center in Edmonds, according to tweets from Snohomish County Fire 1.
At about 8 p.m. the fire department reported that the fire was “contained to the mechanical area on 3rd level subbasement,” and that no injuries had been reported.
We will add information to this post as it becomes available.
November 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM
For more than a decade, the Friday after Thanksgiving has marked the official start of the holiday shopping season.
Each year, stores such as Macy’s and Target opened earlier and earlier — even at the stroke of midnight — to get a jump on the competition. But increasingly, the kickoff is happening on Thanksgiving evening, just as most people are finishing their turkey feast.
This year, Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Staples will open on Thanksgiving for the first time. Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears, Sports Authority, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart also will open on Thanksgiving evening.
Kmart will open on Thanksgiving morning and remain open for 41 hours, until 11 p.m. Friday. Gap Inc., which owns Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic, plans to have about 1,300 stores open at various hours on Thanksgiving day.
What about you? We’d like to hear from you on our Facebook page about whether you plan to shop on Thanksgiving and why.
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