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December 9, 2013 at 7:07 PM
UPDATE 9:15 p.m.| A man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries late Monday after a car struck him as he crossed the road just north of the Aurora Avenue Bridge, Seattle police reported.
The car struck the man shortly before 6 p.m., as he crossed the 4400 block of Aurora Avenue North from west to east in an area that’s not legal for pedestrian crossings, police said in a press release late Monday.
The man, described as in his 40s, sustained “life-threatening” injuries that police didn’t specify. Fire medics responded to the scene and took him to Harborview Medical Center.
Police late Monday were still interviewing the driver who struck the pedestrian. The motorist, also described as a man in his 40s, was driving a four-door Honda sedan north along Aurora when he struck the man. The driver wasn’t injured, police said.
Northbound Aurora Avenue leading to the bridge was shut down during the Monday evening rush.
December 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM
A man who Seattle police fatally shot late last month after he fired a rifle at officers has been identified.
Leonid Kalyuzhnyy died from a gunshot wound of the chest, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Monday. His age was not determined.
Kalyuzhnyy was shot and killed by Seattle police Officer Brad Devore about 4 a.m. Nov. 29, after police were called to the Elizabeth James House in the Central District on reports of a gunshot.
A woman came out of the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street, screaming, “He’s got a gun, and he’s threatening to kill me,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt said after the incident.
Officers looked up at the building’s second floor and could see a man, later identified as Kalyuzhnyy, with a rifle in an open hallway. Kalyuzhnyy yelled, “I’m going to kill you,” and fired one shot at the officers, Witt said. Devore fired back twice, hitting Kalyuzhnyy, police said.
SWAT team officers went into the building, found Kalyuzhnyy and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but Kalyuzhnyy died at the scene.
A woman who identified herself as Kalyuzhnyy’s girlfriend later told The Seattle Times she didn’t know what could have led to him to shoot at police. She said he had a rifle but described him as “a good guy” and someone who “would give you the shirt off his back.”
Devore, who works as a patrol officer in the East Precinct, has been with the department for two years. He is on paid administrative leave, as per department policy.
December 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Chris Petersen will earn $3.2 million in his first year as the University of Washington’s new football coach, with his guaranteed pay climbing by $200,000 each year over the next five years.
By year five of his contract, “Coach Pete” will join an elite group of football coaches by becoming a $4 million man.
UW officials on Monday released the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing the basic terms of Petersen’s 5-year, $18 million contact. (See a copy of the MOU here.)
The deal not only makes Petersen the highest-paid coach in Washington history, but also the current top-earner among the Pac 12′s 10 public universities (Southern California and Stanford, both private schools, aren’t subject to disclosing pay details).
Along with the yearly guaranteed pay, the MOU — signed Friday by UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward and the new coach — shows Petersen can earn up to $1.175 million in pay bonuses each year based on his team’s on-field and in-the-classroom performances.
The incentives range from a $50,000 bonus for a Pac 12 championship game appearance to $500,000 for winning the national championship under the new college football playoff system to be implemented next season.
Petersen’s maximum academic bonus tops out at $125,000 — awarded if his student-athletes score 970 or better on the Academic Progress Rate, an NCAA team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention requirements for student-athletes. In all, Petersen’s deal offers maximum bonuses of $1.05 million for team performance achievements and $125,000 for academic ones.
Petersen also will garner benefits and perks, including season tickets for all UW sports, standard employee health benefits, an unspecified amount of moving and temporary housing expenses and up to two courtesy vehicles.
Washington also agreed to buy out Petersen’s contract at Boise State for $750,000, plus pay him up to $500,000 to cover any potential tax burden from that transaction, the record shows.
The MOU states Petersen’s contract will include a provision for an automatic extension through Jan. 31, 2020, “in the event that Scott Woodward is no longer serving as the University’s Director of Athletics and the contract term has not previously been extended beyond that date.”
Should Petersen leave the UW early before the contract expires, he’ll face a $3 million buyout in the first year; $2.5 million in years two and three, and $1.5 million in year four.
Introduced to the Seattle media today as the Huskies new coach, Petersen replaces Steve Sarkisian, who abruptly announced his departure last week to take the head coach’s job at USC.
As The Seattle Times recently detailed, Sarkisian – who, until Petersen, had been the UW’s highest-paid coach — earned more than $2.9 million last year in total pay (guaranteed pay, perks and benefits) and was set to make more than $3 million next year.
Sarkisian ranked 26th — and second in the Pac 12 — among the highest paid coach’s in college football for his pay in 2012, according to pay data published this year by USA Today. In all, eight coaches nationwide earned $4 million or more in guaranteed pay last year.
A formal contract with Petersen could take up to several weeks to be executed, UW officials have said.
December 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM
Seattle Times staff and Associated Press reports
A boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight Saturday passed away from natural causes likely related to a rare disease, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement Monday.
The boy was identified as Zachary Bisiar, 16.
“The cause of death is currently listed as ‘pending’ further microscopic and other studies, but is thought to be a rare complication of a rare disease process,” the medical examiner’s statement said.
Spokane Fire Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer told The Spokesman-Review that family members were traveling from Seattle to Atlanta that day because the boy’s father is being transferred from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma area.
The boy had been cleared for the flight but suffered a medical emergency. His heart and breathing stopped. The crew performed CPR but couldn’t revive him.
The plane diverted to Spokane International Airport, where medics continued CPR without success.
Delta Air Lines Flight 128 had 258 passengers on board. Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says passengers later returned to the plane to complete their trip.
December 9, 2013 at 7:45 AM
UPDATE 7:09 p.m| Although its Monday evening commute has ended without significant weather delays or disruptions, Metro Transit is cautioning that overnight snow and ice could affect bus service Tuesday morning. The regional transit agency asks passengers to check its weather alerts page for updates.
UPDATE 6:07 p.m.| The cities of Bellevue and Everett report that municipal road crews are working overnight to deal with icy and snowy roadways.
Bellevue city crews applied anti-icer on bridge decks and other areas susceptible to freezing this morning, the city reported in a media advisory. Bellevue’s crews also plan to monitor the weather throughout the night and will respond ”to any ice and snow related calls” as necessary.
Everett roads crews planned to work “overnight with our plows and sanding trucks to help keep roads clear,” city spokeswoman Marla Carter said in a media advisory.
In the event of snow, Everett will prioritize work on bridges, major arterials and bus routes before crews and plows move to secondary arterials and residential streets.
Officials for both cities warn drivers to allow extra time for Tuesday-mornings commutes.
UPDATE 5:55 p.m.| King County road crews will be out early tomorrow to deal with snowy and icy roads, especially in the Cascade foothill areas that are expected to get up to 3 inches of snow tonight.
The county said in a press advisory today that crews have been “applying anti-icer to major arterials for a few days now, so that will help prevent ice build-up. But as a precaution, some crews will be brought in ahead of tomorrow morning’s commute to plow and sand, as necessary.”
UPDATE 5:40 p.m.| The City of Seattle’s Transportation Department has posted online its Winter Weather brochure, which provides a map with alternative snow and ice routes, along with other useful phone numbers, websites and other information. For more information, click here.
UPDATE 3:45 p.m. | The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until noon tomorrow for east and southeast King County, with forecasts of 1 to 3 inches of snow.
Meteorologists expect parts of Seattle to get up to an inch of snow. The snow is expected to turn to rain by late morning or early afternoon Tuesday, meteorologist Josh Smith said.
UPDATE 11:45 a.m. | A light snow was reported falling in the Lake Stevens area in Snohomish County.
UPDATE 11 a.m.: | There’s a 30 percent chance of light snow in the Seattle metro area this afternoon, increasing to about 60 percent between midnight and 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Snow accumulations in most parts of the Puget Sound area are expected to be an inch or less, but could be higher in the Cascade foothills.
PREVIOUS POST: | A chance of snow and freezing drizzle – enough to create hazards for drivers – is on its way, if it hasn’t hit your area already.
Light snow fell early today along parts of the Washington Coast, and the chance of snow flurries in the Puget Sound will increase by mid-morning, said Chris Burke of the National Weather Service.
Precipitation is expected to be light, with most of Western Washington getting an inch or less of snow through today and Tuesday. Greater accumulations could occur in the Cascade foothills and in the mountains.
The forecast for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport calls for a chance of snow flurries after 10 a.m. today, and a 40 percent chance of snow tonight and Tuesday.
A greater threat to motorists could come Tuesday evening, with the possibility of freezing drizzle as the atmosphere gradually warms up. Burke said warm, moist air moving in over a cold surface layer of air can create rain that freezes as it falls.
A “Special Weather Statement” issued this morning by the Weather Service notes that even in light amounts, freezing precipitation can cause hazardous conditions on untreated roads and sidewalks.
By late Tuesday night, the cold air mass that’s been sitting on the Puget Sound area for several days is expected to have eroded, with temperatures rising into the 40s beginning Wednesday and running through the weekend.
Low temperatures overnight were 24 at Sea-Tac and 21 at Boeing Field. If that seems cold to you, consider what your friends and relatives east of the Cascades are coping with: Overnight lows of 7 degrees in Pasco, 6 in Ellensburg and Spokane, 4 in Moses Lake and -1 in George.
December 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM
At latest count, four University of Washington football coaches have bolted Montlake this week for USC, breaching their UW employment contracts in the process.
The chain-reaction of coaching moves has triggered damage clauses in their contracts, racking up more than $1.5 million in buyout penalties so far for the UW, and likely saving the school another $240,000 in other payments.
The penalty amounts now owed to Washington easily cover the reported $750,000 buyout in Chris Petersen’s contract with Boise State University. The UW officially named Petersen its new head football coach today, but university officials have yet to release details about how much they’ll pay him.
The Times asked the UW on Friday for a copy of the school’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Petersen. UW officials have so far declined to provide the document, saying they would wait to release Petersen’s contract terms at a Monday press conference.
The UW typically prepares such MOUs to lay out the basic terms for a coaching hire until a more detailed and formal contract is executed. Typically a one- to two-page document, it includes such information as guaranteed annual pay, duration of the contract, moving-expense payments and buyout payments to previous schools.
Petersen will replace Steve Sarkisian, the highest-paid coach in Huskies history, who was set to make $2.875 million guaranteed next season. Additional perks and benefits would have put Sarkisian’s minimum total compensation at more than $3 million for the 2014 season. (more…)
December 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM
A day after two gay engineers from Washington filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against BNSF Railway, a coalition representing the nation’s largest freight carriers announced big rail will begin providing health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of employees starting next year.
“The nation’s largest freight carriers will provide dependent health care coverage to eligible same-sex spouses of covered railroad employees effective Jan. 1, 2014,” the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC) said in the statement.
The statement added rail companies would provide the benefits, even though the conference doesn’t believe such coverage is required by law or existing collective-bargaining agreements.
Gus Melonas, a regional spokesman for BNSF, confirmed the statement today but declined further comment.
The announcement will do little to stop the federal suit, however, a Seattle lawyer representing two BNSF engineers said today.
“If it’s true they’re going to start providing health coverage, I would say that’s a step in the right direction,” attorney Cleveland Stockmeyer said. “But the lawsuit would only be partially resolved. They would still have to cover the year it took to get around to finally doing this.”
December 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM
On Nov. 13, 2013, Seattle Times reporter Lewis Kamb interviewed UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward for this story about the salary, bonuses and perks the university paid to its head football coach Steve Sarkisian. With reports today that Sarkisian is leaving the UW for USC, here’s a partial transcript of the interview as it delved into rumors about Sarkisian leaving Washington:
The Seattle Times: Coach Sarkisian is rumored to be a potential candidate for the USC head coach’s job. I know he has publicly addressed that, but really hasn’t slammed the door on the potential opportunity there. As AD, how do you address or protect yourself in a situation like this?
WOODWARD: You’re never protected. It’s performance, it’s ability. It’s market. You don’t want to be in the unenviable position of having a coach no one wants. You want someone who is really respected in the marketplace. But for that, you have to pay market.
ST: There are obviously some disincentives for him to break the contract.
WOODWARD: There are. There are.
ST: But besides the (monetary) penalties, I see there’s a clause in there (Sarkisian’s contract) that says that the coach is supposed to have a dialogue with you if he’s interested in another job. And that hasn’t happened?
ST: I’m curious, because obviously these kinds of discussions are going on all the time. How does that happen?
WOODWARD: It happens a million different ways. They don’t have to talk to me. Especially the NFL. He’s been rumored to be a candidate or on the radar for a few NFL jobs and I believe it. I’m sure they talk to either his representation or whoever, however they do it. So, I would never know. It’s one of those things. You just have to be dialed into the industry, and know what’s going on out there.
ST: And what do you hear in this situation?
WOODWARD: You just don’t know. I mean, if and when it happens, hopefully I’m ready for it.
ST: And hopefully it doesn’t happen?
WOODWARD: I would like to retain him, exactly. I’m very happy with Steve as the coach.
ST: He’s won something like 32 games over the 5 years he’s been here. Are you satisfied with that performance?
WOODWARD: You’re never satisfied until you win championships, that’s the ultimate goal. As far as where the program was when he started – 0 and 12 – to what he’s built it to, and how he’s done it in a classy, high performing way, is impressive. But hey, we’re about winning championships here and we expect to get there and get to that next level. But I’m very pleased with the incremental progress this program’s made.
December 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM
A man was stabbed Saturday night during a fight in Pioneer Square, Seattle police reported today.
Shortly after 11 p.m., police responded to a report of two males fighting in the street in the 500 block of First Avenue South. When officers arrived, they found the victim “bleeding profusely from the head and neck,” according to a press release.
“The victim did not realize he had received multiple puncture/slashing knife wounds and physically resisted officers’ attempts to assist,” the press release said.
The suspect fled the scene and “hostile witnesses refused to identify him,” police said.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.
December 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM
UPDATE: 7:15 a.m. Monday:
Here is a complete wrap-up of the Victoria Clipper story.
UPDATE: 10 p.m.
A SWAT team boarded the high-speed catamaran about 10:20 a.m. and arrested the unarmed man within 15 minutes, police reported.
The man told police he took the boat because he “wanted to go to West Seattle,” police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said.
Police booked the 33-year-old Samuel Kenneth McDonough into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief and a warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. The Port of Seattle Police Department will handle follow-up on the case.
About 12:30 p.m., when the ferry returned to port under its own power, police escorted McDonough from the vessel in handcuffs.
The 132-foot Victoria Clipper IV was set adrift about 300 yards off shore when police arrested the man.
Darrell Bryan, chief executive officer of Clipper Navigation, said he was in his office about 5 a.m., worrying about the wind and high waves, when he noticed the boat about 100 feet from the dock. He said he knew it was due for repair and not scheduled to be refueled. He called all the captains to see if they were on the boat and when they weren’t, he concluded the boat had been stolen. The man was able to start the boat because he apparently had some knowledge of boats, Bryan said. The boat has a joy stick and, according to the vessel superintendent, John Jacoby, the thief tried to use it like it was “an XBox,” causing the boat to go in circles.
No other passengers appeared to be on the vessel at the time of today’s incident.
Clipper Vacations provides ferry service between Seattle and Victoria, B.C., and the San Juan Islands. The Victoria Clipper IV — a 330-passenger, high-speed catamaran ferry that’s capable of traveling up to 30 knots — is one of three vessels in the Clipper fleet, based on Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 69.
Clarification: An earlier version of this post said the Clipper can travel up to 30 knots per hour. A knot is equal to one nautical mile per hour, so the phrase “per hour” isn’t necessary.
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