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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

February 19, 2015 at 1:36 PM

SPD opens bids for computer system to track use of force

In a major step toward meeting federally mandated reforms, the Seattle Police Department on Thursday announced it has opened outside bidding on the development of a sophisticated computer system to track use of force, biased policing and other vital information. Building the so-called “Data Analytics Platform” has been considered a linchpin of the 2 ½-year-old…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: computer data, consent decree, Seattle Police Department

February 19, 2015 at 12:29 PM

Man, woman fatally shot in Everett identified

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the names of the two people fatally shot last Friday at a home in Everett. Kevin P. Odneal, 50, died of a gunshot wound of the torso. Irene D. “Deni” Halverson, 42,  died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, the medical examiner’s office said. Both deaths…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Everett Police Department, homicide, shooting

February 19, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Bertha breaks into repair vault

Update 4:15 p.m.: Tunnel-boring machine Bertha’s cutterhead is within about three feet of drilling all the way to open air, which ought to happen this evening. Chris Dixon, project manager of Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), said the team is aiming to replace the damaged bearing seals and other parts, to resume excavating toward South Lake Union, by…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Alaskan Way viaduct. Highway 99, bertha

February 19, 2015 at 10:27 AM

School District: Magnolia luring accusation a ‘misunderstanding’

A minivan driver who allegedly tried to lure a child in the Magnolia neighborhood on Wednesday was actually a contract employee for the district and the incident was a misunderstanding, Seattle Public Schools said Thursday morning. Police were notified Wednesday by a woman who said she was waiting with her elementary school-aged child near 34th Avenue…

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: luring, Magnolia

February 19, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Sex offender performs at Benton County school assembly

The Associated Press BENTON CITY, Wash. — A registered sex offender performed at a high school assembly in southeast Washington though she’s not allowed to be where minors congregate. Benton County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Wilson says Melissa Salsbury turned herself into authorities a day after Tuesday’s assembly at Kiona-Benton City High School. A jail roster shows she…

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February 19, 2015 at 7:09 AM

Idaho college administrator offered scholarships for sex, police say

The Associated Press COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The former financial aid director at North Idaho College is facing felony charges after police say he offered scholarship money belonging to the school to students in exchange for sex. Authorities arrested 36-year-old Joseph M. Bekken on Wednesday on suspicion of misusing public funds and soliciting prostitution. Police say Bekken advertised…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Idaho, scholarships

February 19, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Family escapes Pasco house fire Wednesday night

Tri-City Herald  (TNS) A family escaped a Pasco house fire Wednesday evening that officials say started in the basement and caused extensive damage. Angelica Campos said she was in the kitchen of the Sylvester Street house about 5:30 p.m. when the fire started. There were three children and two other adults at home. One of the children smelled…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: house fore, Pasco

February 19, 2015 at 6:28 AM

Kirkland latest to ban disposable plastic bags

The Associated Press Kirkland has joined a growing number of Western Washington cities to ban single-use plastic carryout bags. The City Council approved a law on Tuesday that will take effect March 1, 2016. The new ordinance requires retailers to stop using disposable plastic bags and to charge customers 5 cents for every paper bag they provide. Seattle,…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: ban, Kirkland, plastic bags

February 19, 2015 at 6:24 AM

Ferry shuffle leaves Vashon/W. Seattle route with older, slower Evergreen State

The ferry commute to and from Bremerton will be back to normal Thursday while the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth passengers get the short end of the stick for a couple of weeks. The 124-vehicle Kitsap ferry broke down Wednesday on the Seattle/Bremerton route and will be out for about two weeks with repairs. The Washington State Department…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Bremerton, ferries, Vashon

February 18, 2015 at 8:26 PM

Seattle demonstrations held in solidarity with Pasco protesters

A crowd gathered in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park Wednesday night for a vigil and protest dedicated to a man who was fatally shot by Pasco police last week. The shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unarmed man shot by three police officers on Feb. 10, has already prompted protests in Pasco. The demonstration in Westlake…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Officer-involved shooting, Pasco

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