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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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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Columbine shootings, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle Police Department

May 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM

New pinup calendar: ‘Men of Game Development’

Give these guys a C++ for effort. Game developers in Seattle have surpassed their Kickstarter goal, raising enough money to produce a 2015 calendar featuring pinup photos of “game development’s most hunky men.” It’s like a calendar of firemen, except with more beards than brawn. The idea for the calendar comes from Seattle-based independent video game studio…

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May 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

It’s true, cellphone rules don’t apply to police officers

Police officers know the rules to enforce — and the ones that don’t apply to them. A local resident questioned the Bellevue Police Department on Friday night after seeing an officer talking on a cellphone while driving. In a Twitter post, the person suggested an officer was breaking the state law that restricts cellphone use in vehicles. The…

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May 24, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Seattle woman arrested after Renton stabbing

A 24-year-old Seattle woman has been arrested after an overnight stabbing in Renton. The Renton Police Department said in a statement today that they responded to the 200 block of Rainier Avenue North about 1:45 a.m., finding a 30-year-old man with a “deep” stab wound in his stomach. Officers quickly made contact with the woman nearby and…

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Comments | Topics: Renton, Renton Police, stabbing

May 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

State strengthens standards for logging near dangerous landslide areas

Timber companies that want to harvest near potentially dangerous landslide areas will now have to conduct geologic reviews before getting a logging permit from the state, officials said Friday. Under the new procedures announced by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, the state will require a geotechnical report when there’s a potential risk to public safety…

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Comments | Topics: landslides, logging, mudslides

April 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

State delays timber sale near Oso mudslide, orders further review

Washington state logging regulators have canceled a timber sale near the Highway 530 mudslide, saying they want to take another look at the plan. The 188-acre sale of timber from state land, about five miles from the slide, had been reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and was scheduled for auction next week. The…

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March 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Despite mudslide and threat of flooding, some opt to stay

OSO, Snohomish County — Ray Tungate, 63, has no plans on leaving the home where he’s lived since 1979, even though it sits just a couple hundred feet from the riverbank downstream from Saturday’s massive mudslide. A Vietnam veteran who is now in a wheelchair due to a logging accident, Tungate has packed some medical supplies and…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide