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January 19, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Tornado touched down near Gig Harbor, weather service confirms

A low-intensity tornado touched down near Gig Harbor on Sunday afternoon, uprooting trees and breaking limbs along a roughly four-mile path, the National Weather Service in Seattle determined Monday. No injuries were reported. The twister touched down at 2:18 p.m. about four miles west-southwest of Gig Harbor and lasted up to 15 minutes, said meteorologist Allen Kam….

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January 19, 2015 at 6:43 PM

Overnight lane closures on Aurora Avenue near South Lake Union

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 20., overnight lane closures along Aurora Avenue North may cause traffic delays near South Lake Union, the Washington State Department of Transportation said this week. Construction crews are expected to close some lanes on Aurora between Valley and Halladay streets — while they conduct utility work on the roadway. The work will take…

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November 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Student describes how he stopped SPU gunman in newly released witness recordings

He spoke in a clear, steady voice as he described to a detective the actions he took at Seattle Pacific University that day – actions that so many people have since praised as the work of a hero. Just hours after a gunman opened fire at SPU’s Otto Miller Hall on June 5, killing one student…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Aaron Ybarra, Jon Meis, Seattle Police

November 12, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Chilling 911 calls document Marysville-Pilchuck shooting

Emergency calls placed by teachers and students to police dispatchers last month provide real-time glimpses into the chaotic aftermath surrounding the mass shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The recordings released Wednesday include the first calls to police from those who witnessed the shooting. They include the harried emergency call placed by Megan Silberberger, a teacher…

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October 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Recordings describe Marysville-Pilchuck shooting response

Snohomish County law enforcement officials on Thursday released recordings of radio communications between police and dispatchers following last Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The recordings were released by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, made up of investigators from various Snohomish County law enforcement agencies, following a Seattle Times public-disclosure request. Five students were wounded, two fatally, by Jaylen Fryberg,…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Marysville Pilchuck High School, school shooting

August 10, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Investigators wrap up probe into killing of 6-year-old Jenise Wright; teen neighbor held

Investigators were wrapping up their on-scene probe Sunday into the killing of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, a day after arresting a 17-year-old neighbor on investigation of rape and murder. Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives seized three vehicles from the teenaged suspect’s home and completed final interviews of residents at the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park, the community where…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Kitsap County Sheriff's Office; Jenise Wright

July 5, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Backcountry campers evacuated due to Idaho wildfire

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho — About 20 backcountry campers in the Sawtooth Wilderness had to be evacuated because of a central Idaho wildfire that several hundred firefighters are trying to snuff out before it gets too large.   More crews and equipment arrived Saturday to fight the Hell Roaring fire burning through dead and downed trees about…

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July 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Man critically hurt as jump from SUV leads to 3-vehicle wreck

A man’s plunge from a moving SUV on a highway north of Marysville early Saturday led to a three-vehicle collision that culminated in critical injuries for him and the arrest of his teenage niece on suspicion of driving while high on pot, the Washington State Patrol reported today. Troopers responded to the chain-reaction wreck on Highway 9 near Arlington about 12:37…

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June 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Report: SPU suspect ‘wanted to hurt himself and others’ in 2010

Aaron Rey Ybarra, the 26-year-old suspect in the shootings that left one man dead at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, called 911 in a rage in 2010, saying he “wanted to hurt himself and others,” according to a police report obtained by The Seattle Times. Officers from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department found that Ybarra was…

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