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May 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM
A 24-year-old man died early Sunday evening after the motorcycle he was driving crashed on Highway 526 in Everett, police said.
The motorcyclist was among a group of three motorcyle riders who were traveling east on the highway between Seaway Boulevard and Airport Road about 6:22 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to a statement by Everett Police. He sustained fatal injuries.
Police said the man appeared to be speeding at the time of the crash.
Police have not released the victim’s name but said he has an Everett adress.
The two other motorcyclists are being interviewed by police.
May 26, 2013 at 6:55 PM
Nine people were injured, one seriously, in a two-car accident near Kent about 5:45 p.m. Sunday.
Two vehicles collided near the intersection of South 277th Street and Star Lake Road, sending nine people, including one child, to area hosptials, said Captain Kyle Ohashi, spokesman for the Kent Fire Department.
A van carrying an unknown number of people hit a sedan, sending seven passengers from the van to the hospital with minor injuries. Two people in the sedan were also injured, one seriously.
None of the injuries appeared life-threatening, Ohashi said.
Accident investigators are still at the scene. South 277th Street is expected to be closed for several hours.
May 26, 2013 at 5:54 PM
A 25-year-old man has been arrested after his girlfriend said he put their baby in a freezer to stop it from crying, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said.
Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said a 22-year-old woman called authorities about 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon to say she returned to her home after being away only to find her boyfriend removing their 6-week-old daughter from the freezer.
The incident took place in the 7600 block of 320th Street South.
Troyer said the baby’s father told deputies he couldn’t get the child to stop crying so he put her in the freezer for about an hour.
When medics arrived, the child was lethargic and unresponsive and the little girl’s body temperture had dropped to about 84 degrees.
She was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.
The father was arrested and jailed for attempted murder.
May 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM
Four people were killed Sunday morning in a two-car accident in Grant County after one of the vehicles wound up in an irrigation ditch.
Two children and two adults, all in a full-size SUV, all died after their vehicle collided at the intersection of Beverly-Burge Road Southwest and County Road One with a compact hatchback about 9 a.m. Sunday, Grant County Sheriff’s spokesman Kyle Foreman said. The SUV was sent into an irrigation ditch that was full and flowing.
The vehicle traveled about 100 yards down the canal.
The adult male driver of the SUV and his adult female passenger died. Two children were taken to Quincy Valley Medical Center, but they both later died.
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The Grant County Motor Traffic Unit is investigating the cause of the accident, Foreman said.
May 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM
A 37-year-old woman was slashed in the face and stabbed in the abdomen on Rainier Avenue South near South Austin Street about 5:15 a.m. Friday.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center but her injuries did not appear life-threatening.
“She was conscious and alert and outside walking and talking to us,” Moore said.
Seattle Police found the woman bleeding and leaning on her back on the hood of a car in the 7600 block of Rainier Avenue South, said Detective Renee Witt.
“She was only able to provide officers with the information that an unknown female stabbed her and she did not know why,” Witt said.
Police found a pool of blood on the sidewalk two blocks away and determined that witnesses had called 911. Police were concerned about internal bleeding so did not complete an interview with the victim.
May 17, 2013 at 7:38 AM
A man in his 30s suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in the chest Thursday night in a parking lot in North Seattle.
The shooting took place behind a Hertz car rental building in the 14300 block of Aurora Avenue North just before 11 p.m., Seattle police said.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Officers are still searching for a suspect who they believe took off on a bicycle heading south on Aurora. He was last seen wearing jeans.
Police said they believe the suspect and the victim know each other, but the circumstances leading to the shooting are unclear.
Those with information about the crime or suspect are asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at 206-233-5000.
May 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM
A 26,000-volt underground feeder line that carries power between neighbors failed at John Street and Yale Avenue Sunday evening, leaving 2,178 people without power.
The failure caused a small explosion, which blew a manhole cover off the street and sent smoke wafting up near Seattle’s flagship REI building about 7:15 p.m.
Peter Clarke, spokesman for Seattle City Light, said there is no corresponding fire, that he’s aware of, though several Seattle Fire engines responded. The fire department later posted on Twitter that they responded to several reports of people being trapped in elevators in the area.
Clarke said City Light would re-route electricity and begin restoring power to some in the neighborhood before 9 p.m., but that it could take until 2 a.m. before everyone’s power is back.
“It’s going to be hot down there, so it’ll take some time to see how much damage there is,” he said.
May 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM
Western Washington residents flooded parks and picnic areas Sunday to take advantage of the glorious May weather.
But the sunny skies also led to a string of rescues and two deaths as adventurers took to area lakes and streams.
Temperatures hit a high of 83 degrees around 4 p.m. at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, just a few degrees shy of the record of 86, set in 1953. And today’s warm temperatures are expected to continue through Monday, a date with a record high of only 79 degrees, set back in 1957.
“Today is much warmer than is typical, but we didn’t set any new records,” said meteorologist Josh Smith at the National Weather Service in Seattle. “But tomorrow, we almost certainly will.”
The blue-sky day brought kids to playgrounds and college students to area beaches and also led kayakers and rafters to hit nearby waterways.
On the Stillaguamish River along state route 530 in Snohomish County, authorities received calls from several people around 2:30 p.m. who said a raft had overturned dumping a man and a woman into the water. The county’s marine services unit sent out rescue divers who eventually found both victims. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital, according to Lt. Kathi Lang at the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Their names were not released.
An hour and a half later, Pierce County authorities started receiving calls about an accident on Spanaway Lake, where a 55-year-old man disappeared under water after another rafting accident. He is presumed dead, said Randy Stephens, assistant chief with Central Pierce Fire and Rescue.
Details of the accident were still unclear, but Stephens said that incident started about 3:50 p.m. when the man and two women were on either a raft or an inner tube that was being pulled behind a boat. Somehow the man fell off and disappeared under the water.
Pierce County Sheriff’s office sent out its dive team, which used specialized equipment to sweep the bottom of the lake. But by 5:15 p.m. it seemed increasingly unlikely that they would find the man alive, Stephens said.
“We’re moving from a rescue operation to a body recovery,” he said.
Northwest residents are urged to use caution in coming days, as the warm weather continues. Smith, at the weather service, said temperatures will remain high on Monday, and begin dropping into the 70s through the middle of the week with occasional scattered clouds. Highs may drop to the 60s by late week with rain not expected until at least Sunday.
December 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM
After raging seas and fierce winds settled down Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard finally evacuated the crew of a traveling Shell Alaska oil rig that had started drifting near Kodiak, Alaska.
For the second straight day, the Coast Guard had battled to rescue 18 crew members of the drifting Kulluk oil rig after efforts to tow the rig and its broken-down tug had failed several times.
But by late Saturday, repeated deliveries of engine parts and technicians by Coast Guard chopper had helped bring the stalled tug’s engines back to life. And a dampening of what had been 20- to 30-foot waves and a drop in the 30-knot winds allowed teams to stabilize the rolling rig, evacuate the crew and bring it under tow.
“Now that the crew is all evacuated, we will accelerate the speed of the tow and increase the margin between the vessels and landfall,” said Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith.
The Kulluk oil rig was headed south to Seattle on Thursday after its first drilling season in the U.S. Arctic. But a tow line between the rig and its 360-foot tug, the Aiviq, separated, leaving the Kulluk adrift. The tug was initially able to get a new tow line established, but then lost power to all of its engines leaving both vessels floating free as weather in the Pacific Ocean worsened.
Shell sent out two more vessels and the Coast Guard responded by sending the 282-foot Cutter Alex Haley to offer assistance. The Haley got both vessels under tow early Friday, but then the cutter reported that its line had separated, too. It got tangled in one of the ship’s propellers. The cutter was forced to return to port for repairs.
The Coast Guard launched two more cutters, the Hickory and the Spar, and sent up an HC-130 to monitor the situation. Jayhawk choppers began ferrying supplies to the crippled tug.
When Shell’s other vessels arrived, they, too, attempted a tow but also experienced failures.
“The weather on scene is testing the limits of our Coast Guard crews,” Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo in Juneau said in a statementlate Saturday.
The biggest fear was that the safety of the crew of the Kulluk, which was pitching in the roiling seas, making any attempt to hoist people into waiting helicopters dangerous. Coast Guard officials also feared a grounding of the tug, the rig or any of the assisting vessels could spill fuel into the fragile marine waters off Kodiak.
But then a drop in the winds and quieting of the seas changed everything Saturday.
“The weather laid down, so we had a safe window,” Smith said. “We used the opportunity to evacuate.”
Mechanics also got the Aiviq’s engines working again and the calmer seas allowed the tug and a second Shell vessel to each get a tow line around the Kulluk. The two began pulling the rig farther from Kodiak.
“Given the events, we’re going to evaluate and recalibrate the tow assemblies on these vessels, before we continue the journey to Seattle,” Smith said. “We’re in no rush.”
For good reason. The National Weather Service late Saturday was calling for more high winds and rough seas through early Sunday.
November 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM
A pair of snowboarders who spent two nights on Mount Rainier after getting trapped in a blizzard Sunday hiked off the volcano in snowshoes this afternoon – hungry, cold and tired but uninjured.
Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale, each in their early 20s, made it down to Paradise about 3:30 p.m.
“I’ve spent the last half-hour or so with them as they were reunited with their families,” said Mount Rainier National Park spokesman Kevin Bacher. “I think they are on their way to the National Park Inn to order the biggest meal of their lives.”
Bacher said the two snowboarders – Tyndall, of Sumner, and Dale, of Indiana – were carving turns down from Camp Muir Sunday afternoon when a heavy storm forced them to halt their descent. They did not have overnight gear or extra food, save a few crackers, but immediately began preparing to hunker down for the night.
“They are extraordinarily fortunate,” Bacher said. “This is a case where something went wrong, but from that point on they did everything right. They didn’t compound the situation by making poor decisions.”
The two boarders called 911 and dug a snow cave near a freshwater spring not far from the southern end of the Paradise Glacier and used their snowboards to block its entrance and keep 70 mph winds at bay. They kept themselves warm and dry and did not move around.
“They just hung out talking with each other and waited for rescuers to find them,” Bacher said. “They repeated numerous times that their main goal was to stay mentally strong and alert.”
On Monday, rescuers initially thought the men might have wandered from their initial location, which searchers had tracked as best they could by triangulating the ping off a cell tower from their phone calls. Hampered by snow that was at times chest high, the rescuers didn’t spot the boarders until right at sunset Monday, a half-mile away across a ravine. Search crews shouted and the snowboarders shouted back, but then darkness descended and intermittent clouds returned and searchers lost sight of them again.
“Apparently they hadn’t moved – they just stayed put, which was exactly what we hoped they would do,” Bacher said.
The boarders built a new snow cave, nibbled on their remaining saltine crackers and waited.
Sometime around mid-morning Tuesday, rescuers, who had been working their way around the glacier in six teams of five, finally reached them. The gave the boarders warm liquids and dry clothing and found they had remained uninjured.
The two boarders strapped on extra snowshoes brought by search teams and walked out under their own power.
“We are thrilled it ended this way,” Bacher said. “We couldn’t possibly have asked for a better outcome than this.”
UPDATE: 11:45 a.m. | Searchers on Mount Rainier located the pair of missing snowboarders about 11 a.m. this morning, after the two spent their second night on the mountain without overnight gear.
Rescue crews said they appeared healthy and had no complaints, said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Lee Snook. Searchers were giving the two men, both in their early 20s, with warm liquids and trying to figure out the safest way down the mountain.
“They didn’t appear to have any cold-weather issues,” Snook said.
Derek Tyndall, of Sumner, and Thomas Dale, from Indiana, set out Sunday afternoon to snowboard down from Camp Muir but called 911 after blizzard conditions forced them to halt their descent.
They built a snow cave and hunkered down for the night during heavy snows and 70 mph winds. Rescue teams headed up the mountain at first light Monday morning, but going was slowed by 20 inches of fresh, thick snow and high avalanche danger.
Search teams spotted the boarders a half-mile across a ravine just before dark Monday and shouted to them. The two men shouted back, but then darkness and clouds descended and search crews didn’t make contact again.
This morning, six ground rescue teams made up of five searchers each returned to the area near McClure Rock, just below 7,400 feet.
UPDATE: 10:50 a.m. | About 30 search and rescue volunteers led by National Park Service guides continued their search for two missing snowboarders on Mount Rainier this morning, at times pushing through chest-deep snow.
Rescue crews continued their search for Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale, said Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Lee Snook .
The two men, who are in their early 20s, called for help Sunday afternoon. Tyndall and Dale reported that they had become lost in the storm while descending from Camp Muir. The men had winter gear, a smart phone and a compass, but were not prepared to stay on the mountain overnight, according a Mount Rainier National Park spokesman.
Snook said the men were spotted Monday near Paradise Glacier, which is at about 7,000 feet.
Fresh snow is so deep on Mount Rainier that rescuers have to “swim” through it to make progress, a national park spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The snow hasn’t packed in yet, so the 30 rescuers, working in five-member teams, are pushing to break a trail through treacherous terrain and powder that is chest deep in some places. The work is exhausting and slow, forcing each team member to take turns leading the way, Snook said.
Rescue crews were unable to get to them on Monday, Snook said. Today’s forecast is for precipitation and snow, but Snook said it’s unclear whether rescuers will be battling white out conditions.
The men survived Sunday night after building a snow cave, Snook said. It’s unclear where they stayed Monday night.
Rod Tyndall, the father of one of the missing men, told KING 5 on Monday that “They’ll make it.”
“There’s no doubt in my mind. They’re strong,” l, said. “The guys have gone longer. They had a little water and a little bit of food, is what they told rangers, and they’re together. They’re not separated, so I have no doubt in my mind that makes them stronger as a team to get through it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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