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August 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Woodland Park elephant, Watoto, euthanized after collapsing

Watoto walks out into the Woodland Park Zoo elephant enclosure after getting washed down in the elephant barn. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times, 2012) Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant, 45-year-old Watoto, on display in Seattle for more than four decades, was euthanized Friday morning after zookeepers, arriving to work, found her collapsed…


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February 23, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Man fatally shot during Greenwood robbery identified

A man fatally shot Sunday night during a robbery in a parking lot in the Greenwood neighborhood near North 85th Street and First Avenue Northwest was identified by law enforcement sources as David L. Peterson, 54. He was the husband of Kimberly Peterson, who works at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a database coordinator for…


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February 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Deluge of snow in Bellingham area prompts school closures

All Whatcom County public schools will be closed Monday, and countless travelers remain stranded after at least a foot of snow blanketed the Bellingham area in a 24-hour period. Several community colleges announced class cancellations and Western Washington University was to open at 10 a.m., which is two hours late. Law-enforcement officials blame the slick weather conditions…


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February 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Lake Desire homicide suspect arrested

King County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a 34-year-old man Saturday night in connection with a shooting death last Monday evening at a Lake Desire home near Renton. Investigators believe the victim, Ryan Prince, 27, may have interrupted a burglary. The suspect was arrested in the 1700 block of South Homer Street in Tacoma. Investigators say they are seeking other suspects and a…


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January 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Mudslides force BNSF Railway cancellation

Mudslides have forced the cancellation of commuter trains on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks between Everett and Seattle until at least Tuesday evening, a spokesman reported late Sunday. The line was closed Sunday evening when a mudslide, spurred by heavy weekend rains, resulted in a blockage that was at least 5-feet deep and 10-feet long…


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March 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Boy dies of injuries in crash with uncle

A 9-year-old boy died Sunday night from injuries after he was ejected from a speeding car driven by his uncle, who the Washington State Patrol said was legally intoxicated and under the influence of marijuana. The boy, Donovan Best, had been on life support since the early Saturday morning crash on westbound Highway 16. Family members…


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March 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

1 dead after small plane crashes into house near Woodinville

A small plane crashed into a home near Woodinville Saturday, killing one man and injuring another. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times) One man was killed and another injured when a small plane crashed into a home near Woodinville, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. Saturday in the…


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October 28, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Student from Lynnwood dies after he’s found unconscious in WSU dorm

Washington State University police are waiting for autopsy results this week to determine why an 18-year-old student from Lynnwood died early Saturday after he was found unconscious inside a student dormitory. Foul play is not suspected. Police identified the victim as Kenneth Hummel, a freshman. Students called 911 about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and reported that Hummel…


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April 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Finally: Northwest weather can spark jealousy

While the Pacific Northwest was bathed in warmth and sunshine today — the fourth nice weekend in a row — much of the East Coast was hammered by torrential rain and frigid winds, even snow. Puget Sound is expected to reach the low 70s this evening, the warmest day so far this year, but Monday will…


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