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November 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM
What could be more boring than yet another public-service announcement reminding you how to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters?
Especially one with a crudely drawn cartoon?
But Bellevue’s Office of Emergency Management is sending that familiar message in the form of a video that jumps out of the usual ho-hum genre.
The words, delivered by a Sasquatch family and band, “Liv and the Survivors,” are delivered with an infuriatingly catchy rock beat and driving vocal recorded by musically inclined city bureaucrat, Inness Pryor.
Heaven help us if we end up walking around singing:
“Gotta survive, gotta stay alive,
“Gotta have supplies and a master plan.
“Gotta know your neighbors,
“Gotta build your kits,
“Gotta lend a helping hand.”
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
November 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Bellevue’s first female mayor, Nan Campbell, died Tuesday, two weeks after she was injured while escaping a fire at her apartment building.
Campbell, 87, died at Overlake Medical Center, where she was being treated for complications related to her fall in the Nov. 5 fire that may have been caused by a drug-related explosion in another apartment.
The exact cause of her death wasn’t immediately known, said her daughter, Patty Campbell.
Nan Campbell, an East Bellevue community activist before serving two terms on the City Council, was elected by her fellow council members to serve as mayor in 1988 and 1989.
Described by former colleagues as “stately” and “gracious,” Campbell played a major role in pushing the City Council to do more to provide human services, create affordable housing and protect neighborhoods adjacent to a fast-growing downtown.
Bellevue police say the fire remains under investigation.
Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate would not say how the former mayor’s death would impact the investigation. While police have not yet released a cause for the fire, a law-enforcement source said they were investigating whether it was caused by someone cooking a cannabis-related product.
Witnesses reported a loud boom before a fire erupted at The Hampton Greens, in the 4500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast, around 6:30 a.m.
Patty Campbell said her mother fell and injured her pelvis after going back into her apartment to retrieve a purse and clothing.
November 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM
Sound Transit will hold an open house Tuesday to discuss the design of the future light-rail line and stations in the Overlake area of Redmond.
The gathering is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a presentation at 6:30, at Ardmore Elementary School, 16616 N.E. 32nd St.
Sometime after the event, citizens will be able to view design plans and make online comments at www.soundtransit.org/eastlink
The rail segment is part of the East Link rail extension, which will provide passenger service connecting Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Overlake in 2023.
October 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM
A fatal accident on Interstate 5 near Spokane Street in Seattle on Oct. 25 was a hit-and-run, Washington State Patrol investigators now believe.
The driver of a teal 1997 Toyota Corolla was fatally injured in the accident,which occurred at 7 p.m. in heavy rush-hour traffic. The State Patrol said Thursday a copper-brown commercial vehicle towing a trailer may have “made contact” with the northbound car, causing it to veer into a cement barrier on the left side of the roadway.
Mesay K. Asfaw, 32, the car driver, was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center.
Anyone with information that could help identify the potential hit-and-run vehicle is asked to call State Patrol Detective Russ Haake at 425-401-7717 or Detective Sgt. Stacy Moate at 425-401-7745.
October 31, 2013 at 9:01 PM
A Lake City man who, with his wife and a police officer, pulled two elderly neighbors from their home after they were overcome by carbon monoxide, said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.
“I just did what was necessary and that was it,” Marty Corona said Thursday.
He, his wife Karen and the police officer dragged the two unconscious men from their home Wednesday afternoon after calling 911 and checking on the welfare of two other neighbors in the 13700 block of 35th Avenue Northeast.
The two men remained in the hospital Thursday, Corona said. Virginia Mason Medical Center spokesman Gale Robinette said he could not provide information about the condition of any patients still in the hospital because of patient privacy laws.
The Seattle Fire Department said Wednesday the men were critically injured.
Seven people, including the Coronas, two other neighbors and a police officer were taken to Virginia Mason, most for precautionary observation. Corona said he felt light-headed after the rescue but didn’t feel he needed medical attention until the risks of carbon monoxide exposure were explained to him. He returned to work Thursday at a Kidd Valley hamburger restaurant, where he is a manager.
Corona said the injured men, whom he knows only by their first names, “were in pretty bad shape” when he and his wife pulled them from their attached home next door, which was filled with exhaust from a car that was left running in a downstairs garage. The two men were unconscious, one in the living unit, the other in the garage.
October 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM
A woman was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after she stepped into Highway 99 south of Everett and was struck by a car.
Witnesses told a Washington State Patrol trooper that the woman had been standing on a median strip when she stepped into the roadway near Lincoln Way shortly before 5 p.m.
A southbound car hit the woman, and she was dragged underneath the vehicle, Trooper Mark Francis said. She was taken to a hospital. Information was not available about her condition.
October 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM
Hey, kids! (Or anyone else who likes spooky animals)
You can spy on furry, winged bats any time night or day, thanks to Woodland Park Zoo’s Bat Cam, which started streaming video on Halloween.
The camera is trained on the zoo’s six male Indian flying foxes. The lights will be turned off at 8 p.m., but the camera has night vision. Because the 4- to 7-year-old guys are nocturnal, there will be more activity to see at night.
The camera’s at www.zoo.org/batcam, and there’s a link that tells you everything you want to know about the flying mammals, such as their size (about 9 inches long), how long they live (21 years on average), how they mate (upside down) and how give birth (right side up, to take advantage of gravity).
And you can learn what they eat. It isn’t blood. A clue is found in another name for them, Greater Indian fruit bat.
October 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM
Scammers pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service have added a new twist when they call Redmond residents: A police department phone number shows up on the victims’ caller ID.
That phone number, 425-556-2500, is a Redmond Police Department number, but it isn’t a number that’s displayed on caller ID when police officers and staff make outgoing calls.
Several residents have told police they received calls in the past week telling them they owe money to the IRS and must pay up or face arrest.
Redmond police, noting that government agencies don’t make phone calls to collect money, ask that anyone receiving this type of call notify their local police department.
October 31, 2013 at 3:48 PM
UPDATE, 7:30 p.m. | The State Patrol says the trailer carried rock salt. A dump truck and loader were sent to the scene to remove the salt, according to a report by The Associated Press.
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m. | WSDOT now says some eastbound lanes have reopened.
EARLIER POST | A truck fire near the east side of Mercer Island has backed up eastbound traffic on Interstate 90 across the island and Lake Washington.
The state Department of Transportation said shortly before 4 p.m. the backup was four miles. The fire occurred shortly before 3:30, sending up a thick plume of black smoke.
All general-purpose lanes were closed, and traffic was diverted onto the express lanes. The fire’s out now, but traffic is still a mess.
October 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Officials have canceled an Amber Alert after police located a young mother and her newborn daughter who reportedly had health issues.
Mill Creek police Officer Ian Durkee says the mother and baby were located Saturday morning at the mother’s home in Tulalip in Snohomish County. He says the baby and mother are OK, and the baby is receiving medical attention.
He said Saturday that police are still investigating what happened and it’s unclear whether charges will be brought against the woman.
Police said a midwife who assisted with the birth early Friday at an apartment called for a medic unit, saying the child’s complexion was gray and she had trouble breathing. However, the 20-year-old mother canceled the aid call, saying she would take the infant to a hospital.
Police issued an Amber Alert for the baby, Annabelle Martini, Friday evening after they were unable to find any record of the child being treated at a hospital or clinic.
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