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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.
September 30, 2013 at 6:25 AM
UPDATE 12:10 pm.: One of the businesses hit by the tornado is FPS EnCon, which produces semi-circular concrete liners for the Highway 99 tunnel project in Seattle.
Matt Delp, who works as a fabricator at EnCon where rebar cages are assembled, said that just before the tornado hit, “Everything went silent, then it went boom.”
He said he could barely move under the pressure of the tornado and when he could, he got down low.
UPDATE 11:45: A Boeing spokesman said one of the company’s buildings at Frederickson received slight damage, and workers had been told to ”shelter in place” during the peak of the winds.
That order was lifted by late this morning. Workers at the plant were being advised to report for their regular shifts, but to use caution because branches and other debris was still being cleared from the road near the building,
UPDATE 9 a.m. : The tornado ripped a hole of 10 to 12 feet across at a Northwest Door manufacturing plant on Canyon Road in Frederickson. An employee in the company’s Tacoma office said power was out at the Frederickson location and debris was scattered over a wide area. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
UPDATE 8:30 A.M.: A tornado that damaged roofs and rail cars was reported about 7 a.m. in the Frederickson, Pierce
County, area. Steve Reedy of the National Weather Service said the tornado appears to have been isolated, and not part of widespread wind and rain crossing over the Puget Sound area. The area impacted by the tornado is southeast of Tacoma.
The tornado was reported to have damaged a Boeing manufacturing site. A Boeing spokesman who did not know the extent of damage said the facility produces aluminum wing components for a variety of aircraft models, as well as composite parts for the 777 and 787.
September 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM
A Bellevue police officer was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the officer’s car was hit head-on while stopped at a red light.
The collision, reported shortly before 8 a.m., occurred at Southeast Eighth Street and 112th Avenue Southeast. No other injuries were reported.
September 16, 2013 at 8:00 AM
A 22-year-old man apparently high on drugs and naked from the waist down went on a rampage with a 35-foot boat he stole at the Queen City Yacht Club on Portage Bay in Seattle last night, ramming other boats and docks.
A witness, fearing for the safety of other boat owners on the docks, got a shotgun and fired at the boat thief to put a stop to it all, according to Seattle police.
A yacht club official who owns the stolen boat said a prelimary estimate is that the suspect did a total of $500,000 in damage to the marina and about a dozen boats.
The incident began shortly before 11 p.m. at the 2600 block of Boyer Avenue East along Portage Bay on a report that someone was using a boat to ram docks and other boats.
Before police arrived, the witness armed himself with a shotgun, fired and hit the man in the boat in the head and the hand, causing him to stop.
The man was trying to get away when police arrived, but he was caught and arrested.
He was treated at the scene and taken to Harborview Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening.
Several docks and possibly a dozen boats were damaged in the rampage, but no one but the suspect was injured, police said.
The witness who fired the shotgun was interviewed, but police did not hold him.
The suspect is under police guard at the hospital, and once he’s released, he’ll be taken to jail to be booked for investigation of boat theft and property damage.
The man who said he fired the shotgun was Dave Svensen, 69, a retired Boeing auditor, who splits his times between Anchorage and Seattle.
“I was protecting life and limb,” Svensen said. “I’m basically anti-gun.”
He said he was concerned that the suspect was about to ram a boat on which a guy was living and feared that the man could be hurt.
Svensen, who had been in the military and had served briefly in Vietnam, borrowed a shotgun from a man on an adjacent boat and fired several shots. At a distance of 30-40 feet, he doubted the shotgun pellets would seriously injure the suspect.
“I was trying to scare him … It worked. It stopped him,” he said.
Police arrived five to seven minutes after the shooting and he directed them to the boat the suspect was on.
As police removed the suspect, Svensen said he could see blood on the suspect’s face.
“He was half naked from the waist down and the best I could tell, he was high on drugs,” Svensen said. The suspect appeared to have trouble standing.
The boat the suspect stole belongs to Bob Myers, the club’s vice-commodore. Myers said when he got a call last night that boats had been damaged, he had no idea his boat had been ”used as a ramrod.”
Meyers said when he got to the scene, about a dozen police cars were there. An officer, who also did not know Myers’ boat was involved, walked him out to see the damaged section of the marina because he was the ranking club member on hand.
“I see the stern and I go, ‘Holy crap, that’s my boat!’ I was in shock,” Myers said.
Police allowed him to go briefly about his 38-foot Bayliner, the Par-A-Gon, before it was taken to a nearby boatyard to be inspected as part of the police investigation.
“He totally trashed it,” Myers said. “He just destroyed everything inside.”
Myers said there was a lot of blood in the boat, along with holes from shotgun pellets, and the bow was destroyed from hitting other boats and a marina support.
Myers, a retired Seattle firefighter, estimates the damage to the boat and its contents at about $90,000.
He and his wife have owned the boat since 1996 and live on it part of the year, so there were a lot of personal possessions on board, including electronic gear.
Another yacht club member, James VanWagenen, who came down to the yacht club this morning, said his boat was damaged, but because it’s under a section of roof that collapsed, he can’t tell how severe the damage is.
“You know how it is. Some people get drugs and alcohol in them and you don’t know what they’re going to do,” Van Wagenen said.
“This is why we have insurance,” he said. “I’m just glad no one here got hurt. Glad we didn’t lose any boats.”
Then he said it appears a section of the roof will have to be lifted away and removed by barge.
A yacht club member, whose son’s boat was damaged, said the idea of shots being fired at the marina was chilling. “I’m glad he did it. I’m glad I wasn’t in that position,” said Kent Soffel. “I think it would be very hard to make that decision.”
Greg Bolin, a yacht club member for three years, arrived early Monday to assess the damage.
“One of the roofs has collapsed, the corner support was hit,” Bolin said. “There’s a lot of wood and debris floating in the water.”
Bolin, who was not there during the incident, said that at first glance, his 33-foot cruiser, doesn’t appear to be damaged, “but one of the cleats holding it to the dock has been completely pulled out.” He may need to take his boat out of the water to inspect it for damage.
The man living on the boat described the noise of the boats and docks being rammed like wood being thrown into a dumpster, Bolin said.
The man told Bolin he had not “heard of anything like this before,” Bolin said, adding that he’s just glad no one at the yacht club was hurt.
September 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Seahawks fans – and players – should be prepared for rainy weather Sunday afternoon that could include brief periods of high wind, drenching rain – even brief thunderstorms.
A “Special Weather Statement” from the Weather Service urges Western Washington residents to secure garbage cans or other objects that could be blown away.
Johnny Burg, Weather Service meteorologist, said because the storms will be scattered through the area, it’s not known if they could cause a delay in the Seahawks game, similar to the half-hour delay in Denver at the opening game of the NFL season Sept. 5.
Bursts of winds in the 25-to-30 mph range are possible, and in some areas, as much as an inch of rain could fall in a short period of time.
Stormy weather is expected to begin about midday and last through the evening. The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field at 5:30 p.m.
September 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM
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