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July 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Power restored after electrical substation fire near Seattle Center

Update at 12:29 p.m.: Power has been restored to the 325 customers that lost power during the fire at Seattle City Light’s Broad Street Substation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Update at 11:20 a.m.: Seattle firefighters will let the substation fire burn itself out, according to spokesman Kyle Moore. Once that happens,…

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July 23, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Rain, rain and more rain, for now anyway

Heading out the door to work? Ditch those cute sandals and grab your umbrella because the Seattle gloom is back … for now. The National Weather Service said to expect a day of rain and thunderstorms in Western Washington, with temperatures in just the upper 60s. The showers will taper to a drizzle before disappearing Thursday…

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July 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Pilot injured in helicopter crash in Skagit County

Update at 2:44 p.m.: The helicopter that went down near Lake Larch this morning had been in two separate previous non-fatal accidents, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) records. The first accident occurred on Nov. 16, 1996, in Forks, when the Hughes 369D helicopter lost engine power during a logging operation and sustained substantial damage when…

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July 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Federal charges in fatal Bellevue hash-oil explosion and fire

Federal and state authorities have filed criminal charges against seven people in connection with a series of suspected hash-oil explosions and fires, including one that killed a former Bellevue mayor last year. The charges were announced this morning during a news conference featuring Jenny Durkan, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and top…

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July 22, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Morning commute a breeze … so far

Update 8:40 a.m. This morning’s commute was a breeze, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Bart Treece, WSDOT spokesman, said the commute is almost identical to Monday’s when traffic volume was two-thirds above normal before 6 a.m., then plummeted to 40 percent below normal the next hour, 60 percent below normal the next two hours,…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: commute, Interstate 90, WSDOT

July 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Man accused of June double homicide arrested in New Jersey

New Jersey authorities have arrested a man suspected of the June 1 double shooting of two men in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood. Ali Muhammed Brown, 30, was taken into custody in West Orange, N.J., on Friday afternoon without incident. New Jersey’s Essex County Prosecutors Homicide Task Force and West Orange police arrested Brown on warrant charges. The…

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July 18, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Police investigate possible murder-suicide at Ravenna nursing home

Seattle police are investigating the deaths of a man and woman at a Ravenna assisted-living facility as a possible murder-suicide. At around 2 p.m., police received a report of a suicidal man leaving his home in Ballard. “A short time later, police received a second call from the family indicating the man may have headed for his elderly…

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July 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Bail set at $500,000 for man accused of fatal boat collision

A Renton real estate agent accused of causing a boat collision that killed a North Seattle schoolteacher was ordered held this afternoon on $500,000 bail. A King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold Richard Anthony Hicks, 46, in jail on one count of investigation of homicide by watercraft and two counts of assault by watercraft. Deputy Prosecuting…

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July 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Renton woman accused of setting husband on fire arrested

Renton police have arrested a 40-year-old woman who they say poured gasoline on her husband and set him on fire Wednesday. Police arrested Tatanysha M. Hedman on Thursday night for investigation of first-degree assault and first-degree arson. Police did not say where she was arrested. The victim, a 52-year-old Renton man, walked into a 7-Eleven store at South 129th Street and…

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July 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Possible chemical spill reported at Interbay business

Update at 1:43 p.m.: The Fire Department’s hazardous materials team did not locate a source of illness inside the Interbay business. Fire crews are now clearing the scene. Original post: Two people have been hospitalized after a possible chemical spill at a plumbing supply store in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. Seattle fire Lt. Sue Stangl said department hazardous materials crews are…

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