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February 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Bertha breaks into repair vault

Image from WSDOT. Update 4:15 p.m.: Tunnel-boring machine Bertha’s cutterhead is within about three feet of drilling all the way to open air, which ought to happen this evening. Chris Dixon, project manager of Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), said the team is aiming to replace the damaged bearing seals and other parts, to resume excavating toward South Lake…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Alaskan Way viaduct. Highway 99, bertha

February 18, 2015 at 9:32 AM

UPDATE: Bertha digs 6 feet toward repair pit

UPDATE 4 p.m. During a briefing to the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday afternoon, Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said that Bertha has now mined six feet toward the repair pit. Peterson added that the project contractors, Seattle Tunnel Partners, are operating Bertha “at a slow, even pace to make sure she does not overheat and that…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, highway 99, tunnel

February 16, 2015 at 4:20 PM

Police investigating “hate graffiti” painted on Bothell temple

Police are investigating “hate graffiti” found painted early Sunday on the outside wall of a Hindu temple in Bothell, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday. About 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a deputy responding to a temple member’s call found a swastika and the words “GET OUT” painted on side of the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bothell, hate graffiti

February 16, 2015 at 2:03 PM

Kent police seek help in finding missing woman

(Courtesy of Kent Police) Kent police are asking the public’s help in finding a 64-year-old developmentally disabled woman who disappeared in Kent on Feb. 3. Barbara Stevenson has bipolar disorder, a heart defect and diabetes, police said. She is often delusional and did not take her daily medications or personal belongings with her when she went missing. Police said family members fear Stevenson’s…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: missing Kent woman

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….


Comments | Topics: Gig Harbor, National Weather Service, tornado

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…


Comments | Topics: aurora avenue north, highway 99, lane closures

November 20, 2014 at 7:27 PM

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

Jon Meis, the Seattle Pacific University building monitor who tackled the gunman, is escorted from Otto Miller Hall Thursday, June 5, 2014. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times) 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…


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…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: homicide, Marysville-Pilchuck High SChool shooting, school shooting

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