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April 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM
Seattle police have booked a 54-year-old Seattle man into King County Jail in connection with a 2011 death investigation, according to the department’s blog.
At about noon on September 20, 2011, officers found the victim, a 61-year-old man, at The Greenlake/Oak Tree Motel in the 8900 block of Aurora Avenue North.
Patrol officers then called homicide detectives to the scene, and the case has been investigated as a suspicious death. The investigation detectives developed probable cause to arrest the suspect on Saturday. He was booked just after midnight Sunday.
April 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM
A mudslide is being blamed for the derailment of the last three cars on a southbound Amtrak train a mile south of Everett at 8:50 a.m. today. No one was hurt.
Mud, rocks and trees slid 100 feet down a 200-foot cliff, striking the train and causing the last three cars to lean to one side, said BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas.
The slide – which was described as 15-feet high and 30-feet wide – prompted BNSF to issue a 48-hour moratorium on passenger trains on the railway’s double main line. Freight trains will be able to get through on the adjacent line today and resume travel on the line where the Amtrak train was derailed sometime tomorrow, Melonas said. A crane will be brought in to remove debris on the tracks and right the listing train cars this afternoon, Melonas said. About a quarter mile of track was damaged.
The rest of the train, the Empire Builder from Chicago, continued toward Seattle. An Amtrak spokesman in Chicago said the passengers on the derailed cars were moved to other cars. They were being bused to Seattle from Mukilteo, according to Amtrak employees in Seattle.
The train behind the Empire Builder, coming from Vancouver, could not get through, and those passengers were being bused from somewhere north to Seattle. Those continuing on can take an afternoon train from Seattle to Portland.
The derailment happened about a quarter mile north of Howarth Park, one mile south of Everett, where rail employees are working on the remaining three cars, two of which appear to be derailed.
Marc Magliari, an Amtrak spokesman in Chicago, said the train left Chicago en route to Seattle at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Chicago time. He couldn’t say how many passengers and crew members were on board at the time of the derailment, but called the derailment “a relatively low speed event.” The mudslide will affect trains between Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle and Amtrak is now working on a service plan, he said. The Sounder commuter train operated by Sound Transit will also be affected.
March 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM
The 19-year-old man who was shot Friday evening in Seattle’s Central District has died, and the suspects are still at large, Seattle police said early Saturday afternoon.
The man, who was shot in the 2500 block of South Norman Street, was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center, police said.
Police said the victim was hanging out with friends in front of a residence when the suspect walked up to him, shot him several times, then ran to a waiting light-colored Mercedes-Benz.
Seattle Police officers are looking for a suspect who is thought to be a black male about 5-foot-11 with dreadlocks or braids and wearing a black ski mask.
KING5 said property records show the orange house where the shooting took place was once the home of DeShawn Milliken, the man fatally shot at Bellevue Square’s Munchbar on Christmas Eve.
They do not know if the suspect and victim knew each other, but said the shooting does not appear to have been random.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident, the identities of the parties or the whereabouts of the suspects to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233 5000.
March 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM
Warm weather means fun in the water — and the risk of drowning, the King County Sheriff’s Office warned on Friday.
Paddle craft account for most fatal boating accidents in Washington, West said in a news release. Power boats used to lead, but human-powered vessels are now top of the list for fatality accidents.
Out on the water, wear a life jacket, don’t overload your boat, do not try to rescue a dog swept away by the current — and remember the water is cold, which can lead quickly to hypothermia, the release advises.
“U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets are the best way to prevent drowning during water recreation,” said King County Sheriff Marine Sergeant James Knauss. Each life jacket has a “Coast Guard Approved” label specifying size and weight limits.
A life jacket is considered serviceable if it looks like it still works, has straps and/or buckles that have not rotted off, and its outer material is not torn or missing.
People also should take care not to overload boats. On large vessels, they should abide by placards stating the number of people and/or total weight the boats can carry.
It is important to stay within both limits. For example, if the limit is two people, then three people is a violation even if the weight remains under the total weight limit. Likewise, if there are two people aboard but their weight exceeds the limit, it is a violation.
Most two-person boats cannot support two “healthy” adult males, the sheriff’s office said.
Attempted rescues of dogs in rivers have contributed to drownings in the past couple years, it said.
If a dog appears to be swept away by the current, it is important not to go in after the pet. Dogs usually find their way to shore on their own.
March 29, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Whidbey Island residents affected by Wednesday’s landslide began returning to their homes on Friday.
Island County officials urged tourists and island visitors stay away from the area, which is in the Ledgewood neighborhood south of Coupeville.
The county sheriff’s department will require identification for anyone trying to reach the area and will allow only residents and county, state and law-enforcement officials through access points. The Ledgewood Neighborhood Association will help identify residents who live there.
“We want to be sure the area is kept secure and safe,” said Bill Oakes, the county’s public works director. “We realize people are interested in seeing the slide, but this weekend we must focus on making sure the slide is stabilized.”
Public works’ crews continue to widen and stabilize a footpath that is now the only way to reach the affected homes. The goal is to provide ATV entry while authorities work on a more permanent solution. They said it could be weeks before a new road replaces one lost in the slide.
People in 35 homes were evacuated because of the slide. Now, only 20 remain affected, either because of structural damage or property loss. All but five homes are open for permanent living. Access to one of them is barred but four can be visited during the day.
More information from Island County officials will be posted on the Twitter feed @IC_DEM and using the hashtag #WhidbeySlide.
The state’s Department of Natural Resources said the slide, one of the largest in the state’s history, is part of a landslide “complex” that measures roughly 1.5 miles long and dates back as many as 11,000 years.
Other large slides in Washington include:
Nile Landslide, Yakima County, 2009;
Aldercrest-Banyon, Cowlitz County, 1998
Carlyon Beach, Thurston County, 1998
Rosary Heights, Woodway, 1997
KM Mountain Landslide, Wahkiakum County, 1990.
January 6, 2013 at 6:04 PM
The King County Sheriff’s Office has ended a search for a skydiver who has been missing since a jump from a helicopter near Mount Si on Thursday afternoon.
Over the past four days, 386 volunteers from 19 agencies have searched an area of about nine square miles for Kurt Ruppert of Lake City, Fla. The sheriff’s office helicopter also searched for three days from the air.
Ruppert jumped from 6,500 feet, wearing a wingsuit. Known as a “birdman suits” or “flying squirrel suits,” the suits have a webbed design featuring fabric or material between the legs and under the arms that increases a skydiver’s surface area, making the fall slower, and giving more horizontal glide.
Crews extensively searched a quarter-mile area that offered the most potential for finding him, given the helicopter’s flight path and information from Ruppert’s cell phone immediately after his jump.
Crews have completed searching areas that could be reached on foot, the sheriff’s office said. There are cliff areas that cannot be reached on foot because of the extreme risk they would pose to searchers, but the sheriff’s office said it will search those areas by helicopter when weather permits.
October 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM
A 20-year-old Everett man died in a single-vehicle crash on northbound Interstate 5 in Shoreline, according to the State Patrol.
The accident was under the North 185th Street overpass.
According to State Patrol Trooper Julie Judson, the driver was killed when his Chevrolet pickup truck drove off the highway about 5:25 p.m. and struck a pillar that holds up the overpass. The vehicle came to rest on its top.
The man was dead at the scene. A coroner’s report could determine what led him to drive off the road.
Two lanes of I-5 were closed for a couple hours, Judson said.
September 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM
The man died later at Harborview Medical Center, making his death the 23rd homicide in Seattle this year. That’s more than in all of 2011.
Witnesses told police they saw a silver or gray BMW convertible pull up next to the victim’s car and fire multiple rounds, striking the victim several times. Police are looking for the suspect, who is described as a white male in his late 20′s to 30′s with dark hair.
The shooting took place at the intersection of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street at around 7:26 p.m, according to the police department’s blog.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect or his vehicle should call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.
December 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Firefighters are still at the scene of a fire that has been burning since early this morning at a mini-storage facility in the 3800 block of Smith Avenue in Everett.
The Everett Fire Department was first dispatched just before 7 a.m. Firefighters were forced to withdraw from the building when it became unstable, and they sounded a second alarm at 8:20 a.m.
Smoke from the fire drifted onto I-5, and the Washington State Patrol was called to control traffic.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and there are no damage estimates yet.
December 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Firefighers in Everett extinguished a boat fire at the Port of Everett South Marina early this morning.
The boat’s owner said he had been sleeping on the boat and woke to discover smoke. He left the boat and called 911.
One of the engines started on its own and would not shut off, possibly due to an electrical malfunction, the Everett Fire Department said. Firefighters cut its fuel supply. The twin diesel boat’s hull appeared to be intact but the boat’s interior sustained extensive damage, although the fire department had no estimate on the dollar loss.
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