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April 18, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Chemicals found in Belltown building prompt evacuation

UPDATE, 11:55 p.m. | Occupants have been allowed back into the Belltown apartment building after the hazmat response, SFD said. The incident is under investigation by the Seattle Police Department. ORIGINAL POST | Chemicals found inside a room prompted an evacuation of  a Belltown apartment building tonight, according to the Seattle Fire Department. Hazmat crews…

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April 18, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Renton runner who died on sidewalk identified

A runner collapsed and died on a sidewalk in Renton around noon today, according to the Renton Police Department. Renton police have tentatively identified him as a 46-year-old Renton resident after issuing a news release earlier this afternoon asking for the public’s help. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the man’s name and determine how…

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April 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Washington pools to host ‘April Pools Day’ this Saturday

Pools around the state will host their annual April Pools Day events on Saturday for families and community members to learn about water safety and enjoy free swim time. April Pools Day attendees will learn proper life-jacket fitting and use, drowning-prevention strategies and rescue techniques in case of a water emergency at the 25 participating city,…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Pools, Public Health - Seattle & King County

April 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Edmonds police ask public’s help in ID’ing sexual-assault suspect

The Edmonds Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of attempting to rob and sexually assault a woman after she got off the bus in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood early Thursday evening. The woman, an exchange student at Edmonds Community College, had just gotten off a Community Transit bus and was…

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April 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Off-duty SPD officer struck by hit-and-run driver

An off-duty Seattle police officer was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Sodo around 2 p.m. today. The officer, who has not been identified, was directing traffic for a private company at First Avenue South and South Atlantic Street when he was struck, said police spokeswoman Renee Witt. Apparently the driver had driven around a line of stopped cars. When the…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: hit and run, Seattle Police Department, Sodo

April 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Fecal bacteria levels close Pierce County shellfish harvesting area

Shellfish harvesting in part of Vaughn Bay in Pierce County has been closed because of high levels of fecal bacteria, and health officials have identified 14 additional shellfish growing areas that could be closed if fecal pollution worsens, the Washington state Department of Health said today. The samples taken at growing-area stations failed to meet classification…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: shellfish, Vaughn Bay, Washington State Department of Health

April 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Firefighters respond to possible haz-mat incident at UW

The Seattle Fire Department’s hazardous-material team responded to reports of a possible hazmat incident this afternoon after a broken bottle of organic waste caused a strange odor in the Foege Building on the University of Washington campus. Fifteenth Avenue Northeast is closed between Northeast Boat Street and Northeast Pacific Street, UW posted on its website. Northeast Pacific Street is open…

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April 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Driver dies after striking pole in North Seattle

Seattle police say that a man who crashed a minivan into a telephone pole in North Seattle yesterday may have suffered some type of medical emergency before the accident. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said in a news release that officers were called to 8th Avenue Northwest, near Northwest 65th Street, after the minivan went over a curb and a planted…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: accident, Seattle Police Department

April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rideshare companies move toward forcing vote on new rules

Seattle’s rideshare services submitted signatures today to place a referendum on the August ballot that would overturn new regulations limiting their numbers. Brad Harwood, spokesman for Keep Seattle’s Ride Options, said the group has collected “way more” than the 16,510 signatures needed to get the measure before voters. The city is  immediately blocked from enforcing…

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0 Comments | Topics: Keep Seattle's Ride Options, Lyft, Seattle rideshare services

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