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July 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

40-50 youths responsible for damage to Gas Works Park

Update 12:13 p.m.: Seattle police say that 40 to 50 youths partying at Gas Works Park late Monday night are believed to be responsible for nearly $8,000 worth of damage. The department’s graffiti detective is trying to identify the people responsible for spray-painted graffiti on walls, machinery and picnic benches, according to a department news release. A…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Gas Works Park, Seattle Parks and Recreation

July 29, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Tuesday Memo: Bellevue prostitution … Passed out on a flagpole … Bertha poll

Doctor and prostitution ring: No charges have been filed, but the feds are investigating an Eastside anesthesiologist in connection with a large-scale Asian prostitution ring based in Bellevue. This reminds us of the Seattle anesthesiologist who was accused of sexting during surgery. These are doctors, mind you. This could have been…

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July 29, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Lanes of I-405 at SR 167 in Renton are open after morning crash

UPDATE:  6:45 a.m. | The HOV lanes are open at the crash site, according to WSDOT. ORIGINAL POST: A crash on northbound I-405 at Highway 167 in Renton has closed all lanes, according to the state Transportation Department. However, traffic was squeezing by on the left shoulder. WSDOT says you can bypass the accident scene by taking the exit…

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July 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Oregon woman who grew up in Tacoma area missing since Thursday

Jennifer Huston, a 38-year-old mother of two from Dundee, Ore., has been missing since last Thursday. Huston grew up in Tacoma and Gig Harbor and graduated from Gig Harbor High School, her husband Kallen Huston told The News Tribune. She was last seen by her husband at their home at 5:45 p.m. Thursday evening before she left…

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July 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Chism Beach in Bellevue closed to swimming after sewage overflow

The swimming area at Chism Beach Park in Bellevue is closed until further notice after sewer overflow was found near the park, according to the Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department. Public Health Seattle & King County recommended the closure after quickly identifying a small amount of overflow found near the beach,  located at 9600 S.E. 11th…

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July 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

SPD Chief O’Toole announces top staff appointments

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole today announced her first major appointment to her top staff. In a posting on a department website, O’Toole wrote: “I am pleased to announce that I have added Mike Wagers to my staff as SPD’s Chief Operating Officer. Mike will oversee the Patrol Support Bureau, Administrative Services, Information Technology, Human Resources and…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Police Department

July 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Woman drowns inner-tubing with grandson in Nisqually River

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Thurston County sheriff’s office says a woman drowned over the weekend while inner-tubing with her teenage grandson on the Nisqually River. The News Tribune reports that the 58-year-old woman died early Sunday at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, where she was taken after bystanders performed CPR. Witnesses heard commotion and found the…

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July 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Body of Port Orchard teen located in Ohanapecosh River

The Associated Press CHEHALIS — The Lewis County sheriff’s office says rescuers worked Monday to recover the body of a Port Orchard teen from the river south of Mount Rainier National Park. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said kayakers spotted the 17-year-old’s body on Sunday, more than four weeks after he fell in the cold and fast-moving Ohanapecosh…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: drowning, Lewis County sheriff's office, Port Orchard

July 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

School district can’t ban Horace Mann protesters from meetings

Longtime activist and school occupier Omari Tahir-Garrett may appear on the speakers’ list at the next Seattle school board meeting in August. A King County Superior Court judge has ruled that the Seattle school district cannot ban Tahir-Garrett and other protesters arrested for trespassing at the Horace Mann school building from attending public meetings on district…

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July 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Bank guard wounded in Central District shooting improves

A 46-year-old bank security guard who was shot with his own gun during a confrontation with another man outside a Central District bank last week is now in satisfactory condition, according to a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center. The other injured man, a 30-year-old who was also shot with the guard’s gun, is listed as being in serious condition…

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