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November 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM
A Kirkland homeowner helped police nab two burglars who broke into his house this morning by following the intruders.
The homeowner returned to his house in the Houghton neighborhood shortly after 10 a.m. to find the two men inside, said Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray. After seeing the homeowner, the two men took off “pretty quickly,” said Murray.
The homeowner dialed 911 as he followed the men down the street. He directed police to the burglars, Murray said.
Officers arrived within minutes and arrested the two men for investigation of residential burglary. The homeowner was able to positively identify them.
“We’re real happy he did it in such a way he stayed safe. But we always tell folks not to [follow burglars],” Murray said.
November 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray came to the aid of a bicyclist who had apparently fallen on Lakeview Boulevard East on Capitol Hill just before 8:30 a.m.
Murray was riding in a vehicle with his Seattle police security detail when they came upon a woman who had crashed her bike, said Jeff Reading, Murray’s spokesman. The woman was on the side of the road.
“Ed got out and his security got out and they just stayed with her,” Reading said. ”They had some towels and helped with her face. Asked her some questions then help came.”
The officer assigned to provide security to the new mayor radioed in what they saw and Seattle Fire Department medics responded.
Seattle fire spokesman Kyle Moore said the 24-year-old woman, who was wearing a helmet, fell at the Lakeview overpass and hurt her head. She was not hospitalized.
November 20, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Several dozen homeless advocates hit the streets of downtown as part of an organized protest.
Marchers, many dressed in heavy coats and knit caps this chilly morning, walked from Westlake Park to Seattle City Hall. The activists’ goal is to get 1,000 people off Seattle streets by summer. Protesters plan to attend the Committee to End Homelessness in King County Governing Board Meeting inside City Hall at 8:30 a.m., according to a news release sent out by the City of Seattle.
Seattle police are monitoring the event.
November 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM
Four men have been arrested at Seattle Public Schools’ Horace Mann building, which has been occupied by community groups.
The district has a lease agreement with the groups, now known as the Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, to rent space in another district building a few miles away, the Columbia Annex. Some individuals have left, but others have remained. They have not been paying rent.
The district has wanted them out of Horace Mann in part so it can renovate that building. Their presence has cost the district an estimated $1,000 a day in delayed construction work.
On Nov. 7, Seattle schools superintendent Jose Banda informed those remaining that they were now considered to be trespassing. The next day, he met with the mayor’s office about the situation.
The district has cut off electricity and water to the building, which is at East Cherry Street and 24th Avenue.
Those who remained inside had been using a generator for power. The arrests were made after the district asked police to intervene.
The district closed Horace Mann four years ago because of reduced enrollment, and it relocated the Nova Alternative High School to the Meany Middle School building.
But with enrollment now swelling, Meany is needed as a middle school, so the district wants to return Nova to the Horace Mann building next fall.
Construction to renovate the 1901 building and add classroom space was supposed to have begun Sept. 1.
November 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Update at 12:10 p.m.: Bonney Lake police spokesman Todd Green said that Bonney Lake High School was evacuated today after a student found a threatening note in a downstairs men’s restroom right after school started this morning.
“The problem is we don’t know when the note was left. It could have been yesterday after school,” Green said. “We’re following up on leads.”
Update at 11:37 a.m.: Bonney Lake police say no explosives or weapons were found during a search of Bonney Lake High School. The Sumner School District advises that all school activities will resume as planned. The district’s ”Beyond High School Night” will take place this evening at the school.
Original post: Students and staff at Bonney Lake High School were evacuated and sent home this morning after a note with a bomb threat was found at the school, according to Bonney Lake police.
Police released few details about the threat, which they say was anonymous.
Sumner School District Superintendent Sarah Johnson told KOMO Newsradio a school building was evacuated after a threatening note was found.
“It didn’t have details in it, but we know that the student who wrote the note left the building, so when that happens we always just err on the side of safety,” Johnson said.
Police are searching the school with a bomb-sniffing dog.
Buses are transporting students from the school.
We’ll update this post as soon as we have additional information.
November 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM
Two people were seriously hurt and a man was arrested after a shooting near the entrance to the Muckleshoot Casino tonight.
Auburn Police Cmdr. Jamie Sidell said the two shooting victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center with “significant injuries.” He said police quickly arrested the gunman.
Sidell said details are scarce. He said the shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m.
In July 2011, a man opened fire inside a nightclub at the Auburn casino. The man was targeting his ex-wife and her male friend while they were dancing at Club Galaxy inside the Muckleshoot Casino, police said. Gunfire also struck his ex-wife’s two sisters and three bystanders.
November 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM
An unemployed electrician who killed an Indiana couple and severely injured their daughter-in-law and her newborn son in an auto-pedestrian accident in March has been sentenced to 18 1/2 years in prison.
The family members were out for an afternoon walk in the Wedgwood neighborhood on March 25 when an intoxicated Mark W. Mullan drove into them in a pickup truck as they crossed Northeast 75th Street.
Killed were Judy Schulte, 68, and Dennis Schulte, 66. Their daughter-in-law Karina Ulriksen-Schulte and grandson Elias were critically injured.
They were just 500 feet from Dan and Karina Schulte’s home.
Mullan failed field sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent, shortly after the crash.
At the time, he was under the supervision of Seattle Municipal Court because of a previous drunken-driving arrest. He had defied a court order by failing to install an interlock device on his pickup.
Elias, born just 10 days earlier, suffered skull fractures and a brain injury, and underwent emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and intestines, charging papers say. Ulriksen-Schulte suffered a crushed pelvis and later developed blood clots that caused a stroke and led to brain damage.
Karina and Elias spent months in a hospital. The baby has vision problems and will require additional surgery, according to charging papers and the family.
On Oct. 3, Mullan pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide involving alcohol, two counts of vehicular assault involving alcohol, and violating the state’s ignition-interlock law.
November 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Seattle firefighters are putting out a galley fire aboard a 110-foot fishing trawler in Ballard this morning.
Firefighters were dispatched to the 600 block of Northwest 41st Street around 10:15, said Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. The crew made it off safely and there were no reported injuries.
Moore said people should expect heavy smoke in the Ballard area for a few hours. He said it often takes a long time to put out ship fires because firefighters are battling flames inside a “huge steel structure.”
November 15, 2013 at 8:37 AM
UPDATE 12:15 P.M.:
The Edmonds-Kingston ferry run is back in service after stopping while police investigated a man being struck by a train near the ferry terminal this morning. Police said that ferry service was halted because the train stopped in front of the terminal, blocking traffic in and out of the dock.
Edmonds police said the train tracks are also clear.
Police said the man killed was 35 and last known to be living in Mountlake Terrace. Police are investigating the case as a suicide.
A man was struck and killed by a freight train in Edmonds this morning.
Just before 7:30 a.m. witnesses reported seeing a man standing on the train tracks just north of Main Street, near the Edmonds Ferry Terminal. The train operator sounded his horn but couldn’t stop, said Edmonds police Sgt. Mark Marsh.
Marsh said it appears to have been a suicide. He added that they investigate about seven fatalities each year involving people struck by trains. The majority, he said, are suicides.
Gus Melonas, spokesman for BNSF Railway, said the train crew applied their emergency brakes, but were unable to stop in time to avoid the collision. He said the train was hauling general merchandise in containers from Seattle to Chicago.
Melonas said this is the 17th person fatally struck on BNSF property this year. He said that, on average, that figure hovers between 18 and 20 fatalities each year.
All train and ferry traffic in the area are delayed while police investigated. Melonas said they hope to have the tracks clear for railway traffic by 10 a.m.
November 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.:
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg this morning issued this statement in response to the state Supreme Court reinstating the death penalty in Christopher Monfort’s case:
“For the past 30 years, we have followed the same careful process in reviewing potential death penalty cases. We are pleased that the Washington State Supreme Court has upheld our exercise of discretion in this important case.”
The State Supreme Court this morning reinstated the death penalty in Christopher Monfort’s case.
Monfort is charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Seattle police Officer Timothy Brenton and attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of Officer Britt Sweeney on Oct. 31, 2009.
In February, King County Superior Court Judge Ronald Kessler ruled that Prosecutor Dan Satterberg abused his discretion by relying on a “flawed, practically useless” investigation into mitigating factors that could have merited leniency for Monfort. Leniency in the form of a life sentence instead of death. Kessler said Satterberg considered “minimalist mitigation materials” in reaching his decision to seek the death penalty.
Satterberg’s office appealed to the high court. Satterberg responded to Kessler’s ruling in a written statement, saying he delayed his decision and gave Monfort’s defense team nearly 10 months to submit his own mitigation package, even though state law requires that a prosecutor decide whether to seek the death penalty within 30 days of a defendant’s arraignment.
Under state law, mitigating factors in potential death-penalty cases can include evidence of an extreme mental disturbance or impairment because of a mental disease or defect.
In the beginning of this year Monfort’s defense team notified the court that it plans to pursue an insanity defense.
In their decision this morning, the state Supreme Court wrote that “the county prosecutor in this case properly exercised his discretion to file a death penalty notice. And we hold that the trial court improperly intruded upon that subjective determination when it held the prosecutor to a higher standard.”
Kessler’s ruling came down within weeks after another King County Superior Court judge tossed out the death penalty in another case due to the evidence Satterberg considered when deciding to pursue a capital case. That case, which involved a former couple accused of killing a family of six in the Carnation-area on Christmas Eve 2007, was also heard before the Supreme Court. In September, justices overruled the Superior Court judge and ordered the trials of Michele Anderson and her former boyfriend Joseph McEnroe to proceed.
Monfort is accused of shooting Brenton, 39, and Sweeney, an officer-trainee who is now 36, while they were seated in their parked patrol car in the Leschi neighborhood. Authorities say Monfort had intentionally targeted officers.
The shooting came nine days after Monfort reportedly firebombed four police vehicles at a city maintenance yard. Police said one of the makeshift bombs was set to go off as police and firefighters arrived to investigate the initial blasts.
A note left behind at the arson site railed against police brutality, police said.
On Nov. 6, Monfort was shot by Seattle police detectives after he allegedly tried to shoot Seattle police Sgt. Gary Nelson during a confrontation outside Monfort’s Tukwila apartment. When police later searched Monfort’s apartment, they found an arsenal of guns, explosives and a manifesto opposing police brutality, police said.
As a result of the shooting, Monfort is paralyzed from the waist down.
Monfort is also charged with arson and two additional counts of attempted first-degree murder — for allegedly pointing a gun at Nelson and for allegedly trying to kill officers at the scene of the firebombings.
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