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December 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM
A Vancouver, Wash., woman who posts traffic news on her Twitter account was live tweeting about a car crash early Wednesday afternoon, only to learn later that it was her husband who died in the accident.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Craig Johnson, 47, crossed a grassy median as he entered the southbound I-205 lanes near Padden Parkway in his Hyundai Elantra.
He struck a Toyota pickup driven by a 54-year-old woman from Tacoma, who suffered a broken femur, collapsed lung and broken pelvis, said the State Patrol.
The live tweets from Caran Johnson, CJ @ScanCouver, began, “this accident sounds horrible.”
They grew progressively more frantic, in tweets captured by KGWNews in Portland.
“I’m trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he’s not answering his phone”
“and he’s late.”
“well he uses his bluetooth, so he would answer his phone. he also wasn’t feeling good so his work was concerned when he left”
“i’m a basketcase”
“I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic”
“what do i do now? he might have pulled over because he was feeling faint and then passed out or had a seizure. he has epilepsy”
“how long do i wait for him to come home before I call the police?”
“i just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back. wtf?”
“and now my kids are home from school…”
“it’s him. he died”
“Thank you all so much for the prayers and thoughts. I’ll reply to everyone later tonight”
And, finally at 10:30 Wednesday night:
“my boys are finally asleep. I feel like a block of cement fell on me.”
December 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM
On Wednesday night, rescue crews reached the remains of Steve Green, 44, the worker killed in the grain silo collapse Monday afternoon at Wilcox Farms in Roy, Pierce County, reported KING5.
Wilcox Farms, where a worker was killed after a silo collapsed on Monday afternoon spilling 50 tons of corn, has retained a public-relations firm to counter what it says are media reports that “have attempted to link prior Labor and Industry (L&I) violations at Wilcox Farms to the current incident.”
A news release from Gallatin Public Affairs, which has offices in this state as well as Oregon and Idaho, said that the reports “are not accurate.”
It said the violations “are totally unrelated to the current incident and all have been resolved to the satisfaction of L&I.”
An Associated Press story said that in its most recent safety inspection, the farm, based in Roy, Pierce County, was cited for six “serious” safety violations and was assessed a $10,000 penalty.
As one example, the story said that inspectors cited the company for not having adequate rescue and emergency services available around a “containment pit” and a corn tank.
The Gallatin news release countered that the violations included a manager who had brought in temporary workers and did not apprise them of the risks of shoveling corn in an overflow pit. It said the issue “was resolved.”
The press release said that L&I deemed “our rescue procedures that relied on 911 in the event of a confined space entry accident was insufficient.” It said the issues have been “addressed” by contacting fall protection experts on retrieval equipment and training.
And Gallatin said a temporary worker accidentally pricked himself with an oil-based vaccination and developed an allergic reaction. It said the issue was at the farm and not at the mill site “and has been corrected.”
December 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM
A 28-year-old woman who allegedly dropped a case of Red Bull as she fled on bicycle from a University of Washington fraternity house was arrested Tuesday in connection with the burglary, said Seattle police.
Police said that “science and old-fashioned police work” led detectives to the suspect.
It all started on Nov. 18 at about 6:30 in the morning when a male house member at the frat, in the 4600 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast, saw an unknown man walking down the stairs from the second floor.
When confronted, the man quickly left the house and was last seen riding a bicycle, said police.
When the frat member went outside, police said, he heard a rustling noise in the bushes and discovered an unknown female. She was carrying a case of Red Bull, which she dropped as she also fled on a bicycle.
Then, on Dec. 2, shortly after midnight, two North Precinct police officers located and arrested a female for a warrant and violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, said police.
She was booked at the King County Jail.
The next day, on Dec. 3, the woman confessed to the Red Bull burglary, said police.
Police said other burglaries at UW fraternities and sororities remain under investigation.
December 4, 2013 at 4:54 PM
The Good Jobs Seattle group, which seeks a $15-an-hour minimum wage for fast-food workers, is staging an eight-hour march Thursday from the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center to Seattle’s City Hall.
The 14-mile march begins at 9 a.m. at 17620 International Blvd. in SeaTac.
Participants better dress warm.
The National Weather Service says that although it will be partly sunny, a high temperature of only 35 degrees is expected.
The route will go from International Boulevard to the Boeing Access Road, then onto Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, Rainier Avenue South and South Jackson Street, and will end at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) says it expects about 100 people and that Seattle police will escort the group in Seattle, using the right-curb lane most of the way. SDOT suggests drivers plan for possible delays. Tukwila police say they will provide traffic control and assist the marchers in that city.
At about 1 p.m., the marchers will pause for lunch at Brighton Field, 6000 39th Ave. S.
The group plans to have a rally at City Hall at 4:30 p.m.
December 3, 2013 at 9:27 PM
A 26-year-old Japanese man who may have set out to hike Mount St. Helens has been missing since Nov. 27, said the Cowlitz and Skamania Sheriff’s offices.
They said search-and-rescue efforts have been unsuccessful in locating Yosuke Onishi, who may have started his hike from a spot called Climbers Bivouac.
A Cowlitz sheriff’s deputy did locate a woman at a hostel in Portland who had hitchhiked on Nov. 26 with Onishi to the small town of Cougar in Cowlitz County.
The woman left the area the next day and believed Onishi was intent on finding a ride up to Mount St. Helens.
A Skamania Sheriff’s deputy said an employee at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar reported that Onishi borrowed snow shoes, and apparently left a sleeping bag at the registration desk.
But on Nov. 30, the sleeping bag was gone, and it’s not known who picked it up.
The owner of the Lakeshore Store & Deli in Cougar told a deputy that Onishi had gotten into a grey or light brown passenger car on Nov. 27 with a couple who had a small white dog.
The couple later stopped by the store and said that Onishi “was still up there” – presumably the starting point to hike the mountain — and they wanted to let someone know because they were a little concerned about him.
Deputies would like to interview the couple who gave Onishi a ride.
Anyone with information can call 360-577-3092.
If they wish to remain anonymous, they can call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.
December 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Better catch that bus to the Fauntleroy ferry dock, all of you Vashon-Downtown Seattle water-taxi commuters.
A bulletin says the route is canceled tonight “due to weather conditions.”
Rochelle Ogershok, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Transportation said that’s due to wind and large swells.
Most riders on the taxi subscribe to alerts about cancelations, she said.
December 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM
Seahawks fans jumping up and down during Monday night’s 22-yard Michael Bennett fumble return for a touchdown registered about a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake.
The University of Washington has a seismometer in a warehouse about a block south of CenturyLink Field, says earth and space sciences professor John Vidale.
The earthquake-like vibration can be seen in the blue wave in this graphic.
The same seismometer captured Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Quake” on Jan. 8, 2011, when he rumbled for a 67-yard touchdown run that clinched a 41-36 playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints.
December 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.
A male employee at Wilcox Farms in Roy, Pierce County, is unaccounted for after two grain silos — each holding about 500 tons of corn – collapsed at about 3 Monday afternoon.
Eric Skogen, assistant chief for South Pierce Fire and Rescue, said units arrived at the scene within one to two minutes, as the silos were across the street from a fire station.
“They heard the blast,” Skogen said about the rescue crews.
He said that the cause of the collapse is unknown.
He said one of the structures completely collapsed and the other is “basically held up by the remains of the building.”
He said that building is not safe to enter and that FEMA structural engineers are at the site to determine how to proceed.
According to its website, Wilcox Farms “ is a 100 year old farm that sits on 1,500 acres of sustainable farmland along the Nisqually River in the foothills of Mt Rainier.”
Here’s the latest from The Associated Press:
ROY, Pierce County — A fire official says a Wilcox Farms worker is missing after a grain silo collapsed at the farm’s feed mill in Roy.
South Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief Bob Vellias said Monday night that a Federal Emergency Management Agency engineer was assessing the building to see whether a search dog could be allowed inside.
Vellias said a male employee in his 50s was believed trapped by tons of grain Monday afternoon. The man was not immediately identified.
The News Tribune reports that the chief says because of lighting issues, rescuers don’t expect to be able to fully search the wreckage until tomorrow.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collapse, which eventually filled an office and electrical area with corn. The missing worker was in that building.
Vellias said Wilcox Farms officials were not speaking with reporters Monday. A call to the mill rang unanswered. The family farm supplies eggs throughout the Pacific Northwest.
ORIGINAL POST | One person was trapped when a grain hopper at the Wilcox Farms in Roy, Pierce County, collapsed at about 3 p.m. Monday.
Eric Waters, spokesman for Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, said no further details are available about the condition of the trapped individual.
He said a Pierce County Technical Rescue Team, which is trained to work in confined spaces, was at the scene.
According to its website, Wilcox Farms “is a 100-year-old farm that sits on 1,500 acres of sustainable farmland along the Nisqually River in the foothills of Mount Rainier.”
This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it becomes available.
November 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM
What? No respect for an iconic Seattle bar?
As work started to return the Comet Tavern to its glory days, someone broke in through a window facing East Pike Street Tuesday and stole all those dollar bills pinned to the ceiling above the bar, says David Meinert, one of its new owners.
The bills – stuck to the ceiling with paper clips and pins – had been a longtime tradition at the bar, which had fallen on financial hard times and had closed in October.
Every once in a while, the bills were taken down and donated to Northwest Harvest.
“There’s a lot of construction equipment in there, including ladders,” said Meinert, assuming they were used to take the bills down.
He guessed the ceiling had $100 to $200 of dollar bills pinned.
“They were pretty dirty looking,” he said.
Among the comments on Meinert’s Facebook page was, “Pretty unbelievable actually. Sorry to hear it. That thief clearly does not have proper respect for history.”
November 14, 2013 at 10:39 PM
A woman in her 60s was hit by a vehicle and killed instantly around 7:30 p.m. Thursday as she was crossing Northwest Richmond Beach Road in Shoreline.
King County Sheriff spokeswoman Cindi West said the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and was not in a cross walk.
She said no drugs, alcohol or a speeding vehicle were suspected.
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