December 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM
Redmond Ridge residents will not get pot businesses in their community after a vote by the Metropolitan King County Council to override a proposal by County Executive Dow Constantine.
The council voted to remove Redmond Ridge’s business park from unincorporated areas of the county that could have pot production and processing facilities.
Entrepreneurs have applied for a 30,000 square foot indoor growing operation in Redmond Ridge’s business park. Constantine had submitted a zoning plan for unincorporated King County that allowed pot production and processing in the business park.
Redmond Ridge residents packed the council chambers through four hours of a meeting that mostly dealt with other issues. They argued that their communtiy is full of children, and pot facilities would be better located in more rural areas. They applauded at Monday’s vote.
Led by Council member Kathy Lambert of Redmond, the council voted 5-4 to exclude Redmond Ridge from pot businesses. She was joined by the council’s other three Republicans — Reagan Dunn, Jane Hague and Pete von Reichbauer — and Democrat Julia Patterson of SeaTac.
Lambert argued that Redmond Ridge is the most densely populated part of unincorporated King County and allowing pot facilities there was “not good public policy.”
December 9, 2013 at 6:15 PM
The Associated Press
Police say a box truck that started rolling downhill as its driver was loading it smacked into five parked cars in a Seattle neighborhood.
KOMO-TV reports the truck driver was injured as he jumped from the back of the truck. Seattle Fire Lt. Sue Stangl says he was taken to a hospital with an ankle injury.
No one else was hurt Monday.
Witnesses told police the trouble started as the driver was loading donated goods into the back of the 24-foot truck. KOMO says it was owned by St. Vincent de Paul.
Witnesses say it appears the truck’s brakes failed.
The front end of a Toyota Prius ended up crushed under the truck.
December 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM
The Seattle City Council Monday unanimously approved $2 million to fund an expanded surface parking lot at the Woodland Park Zoo.
The 165-stall parking lot will be built in 2014 and will expand the inner north parking lot where portable trailers housing administrative offices are now located. Those offices will be moved to near the zoo’s west entrance. The zoo will contribute $570,000 to the construction.
The surface lot represents a compromise with neighbors who had objected to a four-story, $28 million parking garage originally approved by the council in 2004. A city hearing examiner subsequently ruled that a parking garage wasn’t a use consistent with a city park.
The city owns the zoo and the non-profit Woodland Park Zoo Society operates it under a 20-year agreement.
December 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM
A man who Seattle police fatally shot late last month after he fired a rifle at officers has been identified.
Leonid Kalyuzhnyy died from a gunshot wound of the chest, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Monday. His age was not determined.
Kalyuzhnyy was shot and killed by Seattle police Officer Brad Devore about 4 a.m. Nov. 29, after police were called to the Elizabeth James House in the Central District on reports of a gunshot.
A woman came out of the apartment building at 23rd Avenue East and East John Street, screaming, “He’s got a gun, and he’s threatening to kill me,” police spokeswoman Renee Witt said after the incident.
Officers looked up at the building’s second floor and could see a man, later identified as Kalyuzhnyy, with a rifle in an open hallway. Kalyuzhnyy yelled, “I’m going to kill you,” and fired one shot at the officers, Witt said. Devore fired back twice, hitting Kalyuzhnyy, police said.
SWAT team officers went into the building, found Kalyuzhnyy and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but Kalyuzhnyy died at the scene.
A woman who identified herself as Kalyuzhnyy’s girlfriend later told The Seattle Times she didn’t know what could have led to him to shoot at police. She said he had a rifle but described him as “a good guy” and someone who “would give you the shirt off his back.”
Devore, who works as a patrol officer in the East Precinct, has been with the department for two years. He is on paid administrative leave, as per department policy.
December 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM
Chris Petersen will earn $3.2 million in his first year as the University of Washington’s new football coach, with his guaranteed pay climbing by $200,000 each year over the next five years.
By year five of his contract, “Coach Pete” will join an elite group of football coaches by becoming a $4 million man.
UW officials on Monday released the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing the basic terms of Petersen’s 5-year, $18 million contact. (See a copy of the MOU here.)
The deal not only makes Petersen the highest-paid coach in Washington history, but also the current top-earner among the Pac 12′s 10 public universities (Southern California and Stanford, both private schools, aren’t subject to disclosing pay details).
Along with the yearly guaranteed pay, the MOU — signed Friday by UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward and the new coach — shows Petersen can earn up to $1.175 million in pay bonuses each year based on his team’s on-field and in-the-classroom performances.
The incentives range from a $50,000 bonus for a Pac 12 championship game appearance to $500,000 for winning the national championship under the new college football playoff system to be implemented next season.
Petersen’s maximum academic bonus tops out at $125,000 — awarded if his student-athletes score 970 or better on the Academic Progress Rate, an NCAA team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention requirements for student-athletes. In all, Petersen’s deal offers maximum bonuses of $1.05 million for team performance achievements and $125,000 for academic ones.
Petersen also will garner benefits and perks, including season tickets for all UW sports, standard employee health benefits, an unspecified amount of moving and temporary housing expenses and up to two courtesy vehicles.
Washington also agreed to buy out Petersen’s contract at Boise State for $750,000, plus pay him up to $500,000 to cover any potential tax burden from that transaction, the record shows.
The MOU states Petersen’s contract will include a provision for an automatic extension through Jan. 31, 2020, “in the event that Scott Woodward is no longer serving as the University’s Director of Athletics and the contract term has not previously been extended beyond that date.”
Should Petersen leave the UW early before the contract expires, he’ll face a $3 million buyout in the first year; $2.5 million in years two and three, and $1.5 million in year four.
Introduced to the Seattle media today as the Huskies new coach, Petersen replaces Steve Sarkisian, who abruptly announced his departure last week to take the head coach’s job at USC.
As The Seattle Times recently detailed, Sarkisian – who, until Petersen, had been the UW’s highest-paid coach — earned more than $2.9 million last year in total pay (guaranteed pay, perks and benefits) and was set to make more than $3 million next year.
Sarkisian ranked 26th — and second in the Pac 12 — among the highest paid coach’s in college football for his pay in 2012, according to pay data published this year by USA Today. In all, eight coaches nationwide earned $4 million or more in guaranteed pay last year.
A formal contract with Petersen could take up to several weeks to be executed, UW officials have said.
December 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM
The Snohomish County Council approved buying nearly 12 miles of the Eastside Rail Corridor on Monday, preserving freight service and also opening the possibility of linking to trail systems in King County.
The approval allows the county to use Conservation Futures bond money to buy the property from the Port of Seattle for $5 million.
The Port of Seattle purchased the corridor from Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad in 2009. Other parts of the 40-mile corridor are owned by the cities of Redmond and Kirkland.
“This action will preserve and improve on a very important regional asset,” said Council Chair Stephanie Wright. “Maintaining freight service, while preparing for our future commercial, recreation and transportation needs is an opportunity we must pursue.”
Council members and elected leaders hope to expand the property’s uses by linking the county trail system, supporting bicycle traffic and eventually adding passenger and excursion trains to local cities, the county said in a news statement.
The Eastside Rail Corridor links the city of Snohomish with Woodinville, Redmond and Renton.
Acquisition of the corridor will also link the Centennial Trail with the trail system in King County, allowing people to connect with the Lake Sammamish, Burke Gilman and other trails, the statement said.
Completion of the sales agreement is expected in mid 2014.
December 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM
A 19-year-old man admits he was texting and speeding when he hit a woman with his pickup near North Bend on Jan. 1 and then fled, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Cody J. Eads pleaded guilty on Thursday to vehicular homicide (disregard for the safety of others) in connection with the death of a Lucinda Pieczatkowski, 57, of North Bend. Eads faces a sentence range of 15 to 20 months in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17.
Pieczatkowski was walking along Stone Quarry Road around 2 a.m. New Year’s morning when she was hit by a truck and killed. Parts found at the scene indicated the vehicle that struck her was either a Ford F-150 pickup or a Ford Bronco.
The Eads’ family attorney contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office the next day and informed them that the pickup involved in the crash, an F-150, was at the Eads’ residence. Detectives impounded the pickup, which had damage consistent with striking a pedestrian, the sheriff’s office said.
It took detectives several months to collect enough evidence to determine who was behind the wheel, sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West told Times news partner KING-TV. Eads was charged in August.
“I’ve got to tell you, we did not have a whole lot of cooperation on this case. There were a lot of people who supposedly knew who the driver was and what happened, but they were reluctant to come forward and tell us,” West told KING-TV.
December 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM
Seattle Times staff and Associated Press reports
A boy who died on a Delta Air Lines flight Saturday passed away from natural causes likely related to a rare disease, the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement Monday.
The boy was identified as Zachary Bisiar, 16.
“The cause of death is currently listed as ‘pending’ further microscopic and other studies, but is thought to be a rare complication of a rare disease process,” the medical examiner’s statement said.
Spokane Fire Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer told The Spokesman-Review that family members were traveling from Seattle to Atlanta that day because the boy’s father is being transferred from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the Tacoma area.
The boy had been cleared for the flight but suffered a medical emergency. His heart and breathing stopped. The crew performed CPR but couldn’t revive him.
The plane diverted to Spokane International Airport, where medics continued CPR without success.
Delta Air Lines Flight 128 had 258 passengers on board. Delta spokesman Michael Thomas says passengers later returned to the plane to complete their trip.
December 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM
PUYALLUP — A man is dead after being hit by a passenger train in Puyallup. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said the crash occurred about 9 p.m. Sunday in Puyallup.
He said a northbound Amtrak train struck an adult male pedestrian.
Officials are investigating and Melonas said no further details on the accident or the victim were available.
The accident occurred on a BNSF mainline running between Portland and Seattle.
Melonas says that the tracks were shut down for a few hours after the crash.
December 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM
The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $235,000 to settle public-records and civil-rights lawsuits brought by a man who alleged the Seattle Police Department illegally withheld documents from him.
The sum, which includes attorney fees and costs, will be paid to Evan Sargent, who sought the documents as part of his assertion that he was assaulted by an off-duty Seattle police officer in 2009.
As part of the settlement, the city made no admission of liability.
A King County judge imposed a $70,000 fine on the Police Department for violations of the state’s Public Records Act, prompting the city to appeal.
The state Court of Appeals found the department had failed to adequately explain all of the reasons for withholding some information from Sargent’s attorneys, but said the violations were unintentional and that fine was “completely disproportionate.” The court ordered the case sent back to the King County court to refigure the fines.
The case was then appealed to the state Supreme Court, where it was pending when the settlement was reached Friday. (more…)
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