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November 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM
A 59-year-old Burlington man was killed Sunday night when his pick-up truck crashed into a tree in Skagit County, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The crash occurred at about 7 p.m.in the 1300 block of Beaver Lake Road, north of the town of Clear Lake.
Trooper Mark Francis said the driver was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver’s identity was not released, and no details about the cause of the crash were available.
November 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM
Worried that heavy snows could trigger avalanches, the Washington State Department of Transportation has temporarily closed State Route 410 at Chinook Pass and State Route 123 at Cayuse pass.
About 20 inches of snow have fallen on the passes since Friday, and several more feet are expected by tomorrow.
WashDOT maintenance crews are keeping an eye on conditions to see whether the road can be safely re-opened, or whether it should remain closed for the season, the department said in a news release.
“Chinook Pass, elevation 5,430, is closed from Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit to Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit. Cayuse Pass is closed within Mount Rainier National Park from the 4,675-foot Cayuse Pass summit to Stevens Canyon Road.” WashDOT said.
November 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM
A man in a checkered hoodie robbed an Alaska Credit Union branch in broad daylight today after handing a teller a note in which he demanded cash and claimed to possess a gun, according to Edmonds police.
The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of cash from the bank branch, located inside a Safeway store in the 23000 block of Highway 99, police said.
The robbery occurred at about 1:22 p.m., and the suspect was still at large as of this evening, according to police.
Witnesses told police the suspect was an Hispanic man in his early 20s, about 5’7″ tall, with a slight build, brown hair, a scruffy beard and a slight mustache. He was wearing a hoodie with large squares, a white tee-shirt, and white and gray tennis shoes, police said.
After leaving the bank, the man fled south on foot through the grocery store parking lot.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call their tip line at (425) 771-0212.
November 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM
UPDATED: 9:40 p.m. Corrects earlier information from the Washington State Patrol
The driver of a pick-up truck is in custody for vehicular assault after the truck rolled off the Interstate 5 freeway onto South 288th Street in Federal Way, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.
The driver and a passenger were found conscious and alert after the crash, which occurred at about 7:40 p.m. on the southbound lane of I-5, Webb said in a series of dispatches on the social media site Twitter.
Webb initially said the driver was in custody for driving under the influence. He also said the driver fled the scene, leaving two passengers trapped in the car before being taken into custody.
But, later, he said, “It appears the driver attempted to deceive officers at the scene by telling them another person was driving.”
Webb said South 288th Street was expected to be closed in whole or part for several hours. The closures may also affected I-5 southbound lanes, he said.
The truck had previously been reported as driving unsafely, according to Webb.
November 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM
Landline phone service has been restored between San Juan County islands and the mainland, but cell service — including calls to 911 emergency dispatch — remains spotty, and access to secure Internet lines is limited, according to San Juan County officials.
The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management is asking residents to report phone-related problems online at http://TinyURL.com/moqurw3.
Residents should report emergencies to the dispatch center via landline, if possible, or via email at email@example.com. Cell phones should be used as a back-up, officials said.
Service to the islands went down on Nov. 5 due to a “catastrophic failure” of an underwater Century Link fiber-optic cable.
CenturyLink told the county that it expects to restore more data lines “soon,” and that by day’s end on Tuesday, voice and data capacity to the islands should be at about two-thirds of what it was prior to the failure.
There is no estimate on when full service will be restored, but repairs are expected to take “several days,” the county said in a press release. Dive teams and robotic subs are looking for the break in the cable. When they find it, they’ll bring the cable to the surface for repair.
The company is planning to replace about 6,000 feet of fiber-optic cable about a mile off-shore from Lopez Island, and splice it onto the undamaged section that connects the islands to the mainland, the county said.
An emergency declaration, adopted by the county council on Friday, will allow government agencies and local businesses to seek reimbursement for damages related the emergency.
October 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM
A 19-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly attacking another man who refused to comply with demands to relinquish his backpack, Seattle police said.
At least five people participated in the beating, which occurred at about 6:40 a.m. at Third Avenue and Yesler Way, according to police.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police said was a “possible life-threatening head injury.” Neither the suspect nor the victim was identified by police.
Police said officers arrived on the scene within a minute of being called, and found the victim lying partially in the road. A witness told police the suspect struck the victim with a stick, hitting him on the face and head and knocking him to the ground. At least four — and possibly more — suspects kicked the victim when he was down, police said.
Several attackers headed south on a Metro bus. Police nabbed two of them near where they disembarked from the bus, and were able to quickly identify the primary attacker. He was booked into the King County Jail for felony assault and robbery. The other suspects remain at large.
Police are asking anyone with information to about the attack or the remaining suspects to call 911 or Seattle Police.
October 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM
A man with a knife robbed a beauty-supply store in the 1900 block of Rainier Avenue South this afternoon, escaping with cash after swinging his knife at a female employee at the store, Seattle police said.
Police said the suspect walked into the store and brandished a knife at about 1 p.m. He confronted the employee, demanded money, and then swung at her with the blade before leaving with cash from the register and the keys to the store, according to police.
The woman ran from the store screaming, prompting a witness to call 911, police said. Only a vague description of the robber was available. Police said they welcome any tips about the incident or the identity of the suspect.
September 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM
A 42-year-old Bothell man was killed early today after he lost control of his motorcycle on a northbound lane of Interstate 5, near the South 320th Street exit in Federal Way, according to the Washington State Patrol.
William Albert Bissell was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the carpool lane at about 4:54 a.m. today when the accident occurred. The state patrol said Bissell was ejected from the motorcycle, and landed on the left shoulder of the interstate.
The accident is still under investigation.
WASHINGTON STATE PATROL – BELLEVUE JP
September 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM
UPDATE: 10:10 p.m.
After an evening that saw more than 20,000 customers lose their power due to storms that swept through the city tonight, Seattle City Light reports that its on its way to restoring power to the remaining 1,300 customers who are still without it.
City Light said most of the power was restored within five hours of the 5 p.m. peak outages caused by high winds, rain and downed trees and branches.
A map of the outages is available at Seattle City Light’s website: http://www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/#sthash.RVWs9YNh.dpuf
September 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM
A Bellingham woman was killed and her passenger was injured in a two-car crash this morning north of Bellingham.
Inna Reva, 20, died at the scene of the accident, which occurred at about 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hannegan and Van Wyck roads, according to the State Patrol.
Her passenger, Leonid Shintar, 42, of Bellingham, was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center with injuries, the State Patrol said. He was not wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the other car, a 27-year-old woman, was not injured. She was wearing a seat belt. She was driving north on Hannegan Road when Reva, who had stopped at a stop sign on Van Wyck Road, pulled out in front of her, the State Patrol said. Reva’s vehicle was hit on the driver’s side, the patrol said.
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