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November 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM
UPDATE : 1:07 p.m. | A Seattle police motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a collision this morning in the Sodo neighborhood.
Just before 9 a.m., the officer was riding west on South Lander Street at Third Avenue South when the driver of a 2011 Subaru Forester made a U-turn in front of him, police said. The impact knocked the motorcycle over, injuring the officer.
A citizen ran over to the injured officer and used the officer’s radio to alert SPD dispatch to the accident, police said.
“His quick-thinking, and calm demeanor alerted officers to the situation and sped up emergency response,” police wrote in the department’s online blog.
Fire department medics treated the officer at the scene before taking him to Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
A Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the driver of the Subaru, but found no indications of any impairment, police said.
UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.| The motorcycle police officer in this collision suffered serious injuries, according to a tweet from the Seattle Police Department.
Previous post:| A Seattle police officer was injured shortly before 9 a.m. today when his motorcycle and a car collided in the SoDo area.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the officer was thrown about 10 to 15 feet after the collision at Fourth Avenue South and South Lander Street.
The officer, a 57-year-old man, suffered a fracture, Moore said. He was reported alert and oriented and was being taken to Harborview Medical Center.
November 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM
UPDATE 9:05 p.m.: An email from Ballard Marine Construction says the man who had been listed in critical condition has died.
UPDATE 3:35: The final person missing from the capsized boat has been recovered and has been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. The person was unconscious and unresponsive when found and his condition was considered life-threatening, according to Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore.
Moore said the man, whose age is not yet known, had been underwater for approximately 20 minutes when found.
“That’s a long time,” he said. CPR was administered to him during the flight to Harborview, he said.
The other three people recovered from the boat are reported to be in fair condition and were being evaluated at a fire station, Moore said. He said they would likely be taken to Harborview for further evaluation.
According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Third-Class Jordan Akiyama, the men were part of a team on two Ballard Marine Construction boats and were helping conduct underwater surveys off Alki Point this afternoon when the weather got worse.
Both boats had begun to head north when the captain in the front vessel saw that the boat behind him had overturned, Akiyama said.
The Coast Guard launched two rescue boats, as well as a helicopter dispatched from Port Angeles, he said. In addition, Seattle Fire launched its rescue boat and Seattle police sent divers.
Previous post: One person is missing and three have been rescued after a commercial vessel capsized off West Seattle’s Alki Beach shortly after 2 p.m. today.
The Coast Guard, along with a Seattle Fire Department dive team and a Seattle Police Harbor Patrol vessel are on the scence.
More details will follow.
November 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM
“If you like being free like me,” says rapper Macklemore, join the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Seattle-based superstar has launched a video on his Facebook page and promoted via his Twitter feed urging people to join the ACLU to protect precious personal freedoms.
In the 50-second spot, the rapper tells people to get the ACLU membership card, in part, because it “lets my gay friends marry the hell out of each other.”
“I’ve got a lot of things to do during the day,” he says on the video. “So something like being beaten with a club, pepper-sprayed, and tased for expressing my political views would really slow me down. That’s why I carry the ACLU card.”
Macklemore and his partner Ryan Lewis this year won a YouTube Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and three MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Video with a Message for “Same Love.”
Macklemore said, ”The tireless work of the ACLU to preserve the freedoms of all people in our country inspires my music and my deepest connection to my human community.”
The video was produced by the ACLU of Washington in partnership with the Wexley School for Girls, a Seattle-based ad agency.
Kathleen Taylor, ACLU of Washington executive director, said, “Free speech, marriage for same-sex couples, and reproductive freedom – Macklemore addresses civil liberties issues that really matter to his fans and the ACLU. And he does so humorously and irreverently. That’s the beauty of it.”
According to an ACLU news release, Macklemore has 3.3 million Facebook fans and 1.7 million Twitter followers.
November 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM
A woman who apparently jumped off the University Bridge was rescued by the crew of a Seattle Police Harbor Patrol boat about 10 a.m. today.
Witnesses called the fire department at about 9:45, reporting seeing someone jump from the bridge.
The woman, rescued from the water below the bridge, was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
A Seattle Fire Department spokesman said the woman, in her 40s, was in stable condition.
October 28, 2013 at 6:35 AM
UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: From Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer: “Our driver is very shaken up by this collision. Anytime there is a collision where someone is hurt or killed, it deeply affects everyone throughout the whole organization. ”
“Metro is safety and customer driven, and our bus drivers work every day to avoid collisions,” Switzer said. “We’re working with Seattle Police to understand the circumstances of this horrible incident, and Metro’s safety officers also are investigating.”
UPDATE 11:20: Seattle Police are investigating the possibility that the victim was down in the street even before the Metro bus came by. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said investigators are still gathering information about the case.
UPDATE 11 a.m.: Metro Transit spokesman Jeff Switzer said the bus driver is male and has been a Metro driver since October of 2010.
PREVIOUS POST: A Metro bus struck and killed a pedestrian near 11th Avenue and Pine Street early this morning.
The victim is a man believed to be in his 20s or 30s, according to Lt. Randy Yamanaka with Seattle police.
Police became aware of the incident a few minutes after 6 a.m. when a person came running into Police Department’s east precinct, which is near the accident scene, saying there had been a serious accident involving a Metro bus.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a westbound bus at mid-block in the 1100 block of East Pine Street where a person had been hit a the bus and was dead at the scene.
Three passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. None was injured.
Detectives have interviewed the driver and are talking to the passengers.
A drug recognition expert has been called in, which Yamanaka said is routine in such cases.
Yamanaka said he had no information about the driver.
October 11, 2013 at 7:01 AM
A mother’s love: Kenneth Bae’s mother, Myunghee Bae, is in North Korea, where she’d like to do what Dennis Rodman either couldn’t or wouldn’t, which is to see her son and call attention to his plight, hopefully leading to his release. The family arranged the trip through the Swedish ambassador to North Korea. Bae, a Lynnwood man, has been detained in North Korea for 11 months after being arrested while leading a tour. His mother said she saw her son in a video: “He looked so different, and he lost so much weight, I could not …believe that prisoner was my son.”
Some are calling it “Deadliest Catch-22.” Fishing for crab in Alaska can be a big-money game, but not if you’re stuck in port because the federal agency that hands out fishing permits is shut down. Our D.C. reporter Kyung Song has the story.
Giving naked men a bad name . . . Yikes. A naked man attacked a hunter in Oregon. This comes less than a month after a man with no pants rammed a bunch of boats at Seattle’s Queen City Yacht Club. Clearly, some guys should just keep their clothes on.
Sunshine ahead. Today and Saturday look showery, but hold on for this: A stretch of sunny or mostly-sunny days is expected to arrive Sunday and last at least five days. With highs reaching the mid-60s, this could be a good time to get outside. See the forecast.
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October 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM
UPDATE 1:30 P.M.| Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said the three suspects arrested in connection with the Saturday fatal stabbing of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier are expected to be charged and make an initial court appearance Tuesday.
Prosecutors are still reviewing information in the case, but Lindquist said there’s a clear indication “there was only one individual who stabbed the victim.”
The roles of the other two men arrested in the case are not clear, Lindquist said. Prosecutors need to know more about what the two other men did before they can decide on the appropriate charge, Lindquist said. All three were booked into the Pierce County Jail early Monday.
Previous post:| Three suspects, all soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, were booked into the Pierce County Jail early this morning on investigation of murder in connection with Saturday’s fatal stabbing of a fellow soldier from the base.
Lakewood police said one of the suspects is 23 and two are 21.
The victim was identified Sunday as Spc. Tevin Geike, 20, of Summerville, S.C., an aviation operations specialist and a member of the 7th Infantry Division. He entered the Army in October 2010 and arrived at JBLM in April 2011.
In a news release, Lakewood police said that race is not believed to be a factor in the attack. Over the weekend, police had said they were investigating the case as a possible hate crime.
Police say the 23-year-old suspect is believed to have stabbed Geike, and his motives are not known.
On Sunday, police had said Geike’s companions told police the assailant had been in a car in which someone had yelled something about Geike and his companions being white.
In a news release this morning, Lakewood police said the arrests came after they were contacted Sunday afternoon by an Army sergeant who said he had information on the stabbing.
The sergeant said another soldier had been asked by the 23-year-old suspect for first aid for a knife wound on his right hand. The man allegedly said he had injured himself when he fatally stabbed someone.
Later, that suspect told the soldier he had cut his hand while chopping vegetables. And after the sergeant took the 23-year-old to Madigan Army Medical Center for treatment, he told hospital staffers he had cut his hand on a parachute cord, police said.
Separately, another person believed to be involved in the attack was brought in by police for an interview. He told detectives that he was in a vehicle with four of his friends driving on Pacific Highway when words were exchanged between men on the street and the people in the car, police said.
He said they stopped to talk to the victims, but nothing happened once they discovered they were all active duty soldiers.
But as the suspects were walking back to their car, the soldier said the 23-year-old suspect appeared to “bear hug” the victim and pushed him to the ground. That suspect was covered in blood when he got to the car, the soldier told police.
September 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM
Kathy Best, a longtime Seattle journalist and a Seattle Times editor for six years, has been named the newspaper’s editor, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen announced Monday.
Best, who most recently has been one of The Times’ two managing editors, begins the new job immediately, Blethen said. She replaces David Boardman, who resigned after 30 years at The Times in August to become dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication in Philadelphia.
Before joining The Seattle Times, Best was the assistant managing editor for Sunday and national news at The Baltimore Sun. She had also been assistant managing editor/metro at the St. Louis Post–Dispatch and at the Seattle Post–Intelligencer.
Also Monday, Blethen appointed Suki Dardarian, who has been the newspaper’s other managing editor, to the newly created position of director of audience development and innovation. She will report directly to the publisher, and indirectly to Alan Fisco, executive vice president for revenue and new products, on ways to build the newspaper’s print and digital audiences.
Blethen said the newspaper’s newsroom leadership team “will continue our remarkable story of stewardship and perseverance (and) lead us the rest of the way into a vibrant, sustainable 21st-century model for a journalism/public service organization.”
At Monday’s announcement, Best told the paper’s news staff that with the uncertain future facing the industry, “all of us in this room need to stay laser-focused on our mission: producing useful, meaningful, kick-ass journalism that readers can’t get anywhere else.”
Dardarian, who has been at the newspaper since 2000, said, “I’m excited to remain based in the newsroom, but to extend my reach to work with other departments . . . Chief among my jobs will be to continue to identify how we can bring more value to our community and also help this company thrive.”
Other newsroom leadership positions announced:
Jim Simon, who has been assistant managing editor for local news, becomes deputy managing editor, focusing on Sunday content and enterprise and bringing the newspaper’s hard-news efforts in metro, business and investigative journalism under one umbrella.
September 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Coast Guard and state Department of Ecology crews are on the scene of a 72-foot tug that sank near the Ballard Bridge this morning.
Booms and absorbent pads have been set around the tugboat Iver to reduce the spread of any fuel released. The boat was undergoing work at a dock along West Commodore Way, about halfway between the Ballard Bridge and the Ballard Locks.
There is a sheen on the water, but it’s not clear how many gallons spilled, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley. Mosley said the tug’s fuel tanks hold 1,700 gallons when they are full, but it wasn’t immediately known how much fuel was aboard.
The Coast Guard was notified by the tug’s caretaker at about 7:30 a.m. The vessel is being remodeled to be used as a floating residence.
Coast Guard records list the owner of the 1925-vintage vessel as William Soderberg of Port Townsend.
A blog by Soderberg that tells about the project is at ourtugboat.blogspot.com
September 30, 2013 at 6:57 AM
A pedestrian fatality on Interstate 90 in the Eastgate area last night was an apparent suicide, according to the Washington State Patrol.
WSP Trooper Chris Webb said an unidentified woman jumped from the 142nd Street overpass, about 45 feet above the highway, about 9:45 p.m. and was hit by a westbound vehicle.
Webb said the victim was dead at the scene. Three westbound lanes were blocked for several hours for the investigation.
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