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November 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle School Board has voted to pay $700,000 to settle a lawsuit from the family of a girl who was sexually assaulted at Roosevelt High School by a registered sex offender.
School Board member Michael DeBell told KIRO the board settled to prevent the case from going to court.
The 14-year-old freshman was assaulted in May of 2010 in a restroom by an 18-year-old student who had been classified as a Level 2 sex offender. He was sentenced to a year in jail.
By law, the school staff was told he was a sex offender, but not students or parents. The family said the school failed to adequately supervise the 18-year-old and had claimed $4 million in damages.
November 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM
Sue Peters’ lead over Suzanne Dale Estey for a seat on the Seattle School Board has grown slightly.
In Tuesday night’s returns, the split was about 51.5 percent to 48.2 percent. On Wednesday, it widened to 51.8 percent to 47.9 percent.
For Peters, the good news is that more of the new votes – about 53.5 percent — went her way, compared with 46.5 percent for Dale Estey.
October 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Detectives are investigating a collision last night between a Honda CRV and a motorcycle on Lake City Way Northeast near Northeast 95th Street, Seattle police reported.
The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. The 26-year-old man driving the motorcycle was headed northbound on Lake City Way Northeast and the 71-year-old woman driving the Honda was southbound, both approaching Northeast 95th. Their vehicles collided as the Honda driver was making a left turn at the intersection, according to the police report.
The motorcyclist was treated at the scene and then transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The police report said the Honda driver was evaluated by a drug-recognition officer who found no signs of impairment. Police traffic investigators were following up.
Bus service in the area was rerouted temporarily, then restored to normal.
September 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Nearly 490 Seattle City Light customers in the Highline area between White Center and Burien are still without power after a car hit a pole at 3:30 Saturday morning.
Originally some 2,900 customers were without power, said a spokesman for the utility.
City Light said power is expected to be restored by 2:30 Saturday afternoon to all customers.
The accident took place near the intersection of Des Moines Memorial Drive South and 17th Place South.
The King County Sheriff’s Office was investigating, the utility said.
September 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM
The conditions of a Redmond man and his 4-year-old son have improved since they were hospitalized following a suspected heroin overdose, according to the Redmond Police Department.
In a news release, the department said the father has been transferred to police custody and booked into the King County Jail on attempted first-degree murder and related charges.
Police and fire personnel responded to the man’s home in the 14100 block of Northeast 72nd Street just before noon Tuesday after receiving a 911 call from the boy’s mother, who had come home to find her 37-year-old husband and her son unconscious. Drug paraphernalia found in the home led officers to suspect both the father and son had been injected with heroin, police said.
September 2, 2013 at 11:51 AM
The Associated Press
Authorities say two people in a stolen pickup truck in Lynnwood led State Patrol troopers on a chase down Interstate 405, dodging spike strips before finally being stopped in Renton.
The chase began around 7:20 a.m. Monday after troopers clocked a pickup going 78 mph on Interstate 5. The driver refused to stop and troopers ran the license plate, discovering that the pickup had been reported stolen.
Trooper Mark Francis said several troopers eventually joined in the chase as it went south on I-405, using spike strips at three location in an attempt to stop the truck. The chase ended when troopers used a driving maneuver to stop the truck as it drove into Renton. Police arrested the driver and a passenger.
August 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Thurston County sheriff’s deputies say they have seized 14 starving horses from a farm south of Olympia, and now a charity is scrambling to find people and money to care for the animals.
The deputies served a search warrant on the farm near Rochester on Thursday. Among the horses seized was a mare nursing a foal only a few months old.
Kathy Bailey, president of Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County, said the seizure nearly doubles the number of horses the charity is caring for, and that it simply doesn’t have the resources to handle them all.
The group is supported by donations, fundraisers, and local grants and does not receive taxpayer money.
August 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Firefighting crews in the Wenatchee area, unable Friday to complete the final segment of fire line along the western perimeter of the Colockum Tarps Fire, resumed their efforts today and expect to remain at it for 3 to 4 more days.
Burn-out operations, including smoke and smoke columns, may be visible from points throughout the Kittitas Valley for the next several days.
Brian Gales, incident commander of the Washington Interagency Incident Management Team, said the public should be aware that firefighters are using “fire to fight fire” and that the tactics being used are controlled and are being executed to reduce the threat of fire spreading to the west.
Once completed, the line will be reinforced and strengthened to keep the fire from moving westward from the steep draws to the Columbia River, fire officials said.
The 80,400-acre fire is now 50 percent contained.
Because of increasing temperatures and concern about the potential spread of the fire, evacuation levels for Kittitas County will remain in effect.
The has been burning since last Saturday, through dry grass, sagebrush and sparse timber growing in steep drainages along the western shore of the Columbia River, 11 miles southwest of Wenatchee.
June 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM
Here is a collection of responses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that strikes down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Washington State Sen. Ed Murray, prime sponsor of Washington’s same-sex marriage law:
“Today’s historic decisions by the United States Supreme Court overturning DOMA and dismissing the challenge to marriage equality in California are the culmination of the great civil rights struggle of our current generation. It would not have happened without the brave, tireless work of countless thousands of determined Americans, both gay and straight. And the people of Washington State helped to lead the way, upholding our marriage equality law at the ballot last November.”
Kathleen Taylor, executive director of ACLU of Washington:
“Today is a great day for everyone who treasures our country’s basic values of freedom and fairness. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized, as have so many Americans, that all loving, committed couples must be treated equally under law. Now, in the eyes of the federal government, there are no longer any second-class marriages. There is still more work to be done to make full equality a reality nationwide. The ACLU has announced it is committing a fund of $10 million to end barriers to marriage equality in all states, coast to coast.”
Gov. Jay Inslee:
“I could not be more proud and excited to see the U.S. Supreme Court take a long overdue stand for equality, fairness and family. Marriage is for two people in love and it is past time for our country to not just recognize that, but honor it. Washington state is a leader in marriage equality and today’s ruling means the benefits and recognition of marriage offered to couples here in our state will be offered equally across our nation.”
Pastor Valerie Hartwell of Rivers of Glory Christian Church in Lacey:
“The good thing is the justices did not rule in favor of establishing homosexual marriage throughout the country. I think what we’ll see now are homosexual activists who will continue to pound and pound and push and throw it in our face while they try to move all the other states in the same direction as the 12 (where gay marriage is now legal.) As much as they say they want equality of marriage, what they really want is social acceptance of this lifestyle. And I don’t believe they will get it.”
Randy Leskovar, pastor of Calvary Chapel of West Seattle:
“Since the definition of marriage has been changed by certain states, I don’t think the court had much choice. That bridge has been crossed. As a nation, we have left our moorings, are adrift and heading toward the rocks. Really what needs to happen is we need a federal amendment that defines marriage in all the states. ”
Josh Friedes, a spokesman for Equal Rights Washington:
“This is indeed a watershed moment in the LGBT movement, and our success is largely due to people kicking down the closet door and sharing their stories. Hopefully this will be a recipe for future success, not only for marriage equality but other civil rights issues.”
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson:
“Today is a great day for marriage equality both in Washington state and across the country. This
ruling is vitally important to the people of Washington.”
David Ward, an attorney with Legal Voice, which advocates for the rights of women and gays:
“This will have a tremendous impact on gay and lesbian couples in states like Washington. It means married same-sex couples will have more than 1,100 rights, benefits and obligations that the federal law now provides only to straight couples.” Gay couples now will have full marriages, and not skim-milk marriages, he added, borrowing a line from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during earlier arguments in the case.
Julie Shapiro, law professor at Seattle University:
“This is a big win, but it’s not over. For people who live in Washington and get married in Washington, their relationship with the federal government is now clear. That’s the easy part,” said Shapiro. “What’s way harder to think about are those who come to Washington, get married and then go home to states where their marriages are not recognized. There are some federal benefits that are conferred based on where you were married and some based on where you live.”
Alec Rowlands, senior pastor of Westgate Chapel in Edmonds:
“What we understand to be swinging public opinion is not what we base our lives on,” said Rowlands, who has spoken out in the past against same-sex marriage. “Our lives are based on what God’s word says. That’s the ultimate authority for us. If the Supreme Court decides marriage is something other than what we see in scriptures, that’s of little concern to us.”
Washington state delegation’s Democrats:
Democratic members of Congress from Washington hailed the decision, which grants federal benefits to married same-sex couples. At the same time, several lawmakers pointed to unfinished work to ensure equal treatment of gays and lesbians in the military and around the nation.
All eight Democrats in the delegation — two in the Senate and six in the House — support same-sex marriage. The four House Republicans, who oppose it, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Freshman Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, called the decision “a victory for social justice and a major step toward the goal of achieving equality for all in our country.” DelBene called for a full repeal of DOMA, which would allow same-sex couples to get married in all 50 states. A legislation to do that, called the Respect for Marriage Act, has stalled in Congress.
Anne Levinson, former Seattle judge and leading gay-rights proponent:
“This is a landmark ruling and a remarkable and historic moment. We’ve taken an enormous step forward in ending the patchwork of discrimination that LGBT couples face. Bi-national couples will no longer have to leave the country to stay together. Married vets will get the same benefits as other vets with whom they’ve fought side by side. And finally, LGBT married couples will enjoy the 1,100 different federal benefits and protections that other families have always received.
Former Gov. Chris Gregoire:
“The Supreme Court has done the right thing and realized that our same-sex, loving families are equal under the law. This is a proud day and to those who have waited so long for it to come, I thank them for never giving up and for not stopping an undeniable truth, that we are all indeed created equal. Here in Washington state we have led the way and today I celebrate with all of our families.”
Joseph Backholm, executive director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington:
“The Supreme Court got it wrong when it said that the state can tell the federal government how it must define marriage. However, those who want to redefine marriage suffered an important defeat today. The Supreme Court refused to declare a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and rejected their request to impose a redefinition of marriage on all 50 states. This decision means that this important debate will continue state by state across the country.”
February 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Three juveniles were robbed at gun and knife-point Friday night in West Seattle.
They were in the 2600 block of California Avenue Southwest just before 9 p.m. when four suspects, all wearing masks or bandanas over their faces, approached them, displayed a gun and knives, stole a phone and camera and then ran off, Seattle Police reported.
The blotter item said police detained three possible suspects in the 2800 block of Walnut Avenue Southwest and then released them to their parents or guardians while an investigation continues.
Another suspect was located later and was also released pending further investigation, according to the report.
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