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September 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM
A 28-year-old Mount Vernon woman died this morning in a single-car accident in which police say excessive speed and alcohol likely played a role.
Washington State Patrol says the woman, whose name has not been released to the public, was driving north on Interstate 5 shortly before 3 a.m. this morning when she took the off-ramp to 172nd Drive Northeast at a high rate of speed.
The woman’s 1997 Acura drifted off the roadway, struck a sign and rolled over, police said.
Though the woman was wearing a seatbelt, she was killed in the crash, according to the WSP.
June 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM
With a heat wave on the way, you probably already know it’s important to stay hydrated, but did you know that very cold drinks can be harmful in hot weather?
The Centers for Disease Control says icy cold beverages should be avoided when it’s super-hot, because they cause stomach cramps.
The CDC also suggests avoiding alcohol and sugary drinks, because they can cause you to lose body fluids.
The agency’s tips for preventing heat-related illness contain advice you’ve heard before, but is worth a reminder as the mercury rises:
- Don’t leave children or pets in a parked car.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Check on vulnerable neighbors and relatives.
- Cut down on exercise.
Highs in the upper 80s and low 90s are forecast for the Puget Sound area over the next four days. In Eastern Washington – and much of the Western U.S. – temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees.
At this point — although it’s nearly a week out — the forecast is smiling on fireworks watchers. Thursday, Independence Day, is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high of 74 in the Seattle area.
December 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM
From The Olympian
Thurston County authorities say more teenagers are shoplifting liquor that’s now available at grocery stores.
The Olympian reports that at least 20 teenagers have been charged with stealing spirits from Thurston County grocery stores, but that tally doesn’t include charges of minors in possession, which can be leveled when a teen has alcohol on them, but hasn’t left the store. The tally also doesn’t include people who are between 18 and 20 years old.
The voter-approved Initiative 1183 privatized liquor, making spirits available to buy at grocery stores around the state.
Authorities say they’ve also seen more reports of alcohol use at schools
Juvenile prosecutor Wayne Graham says local chains and big-box retailers are not taking any steps to minimize the access juveniles have to alcohol, especially through theft.
November 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM
The Associated Press
PULLMAN — A 19-year-old man is at least the fourth Washington State University student to fall out of a Pullman building this school year.
Police said alcohol likely played a role in three of the falls.
The latest accident occurred early Sunday morning when a student who had been drinking fell from a fraternity house balcony. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported that Griffin Healey was in a Spokane hospital with head injuries.
Pullman police were dispatched around 1 a.m. Sunday to the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and found Healey on the ground behind the house, Cmdr. Chris Tennant said.
Witnesses told officers that Healey had tried to sit on the waist-high railing of a balcony on the frat’s second story but toppled backward and fell.
“The ground there has a brick retaining wall and also a bunch of rocks, and it appears as if he received a head injury from hitting one of those, either the wall or the rocks,” Tennant said.
He said Healey was unconscious but breathing when officers arrived.
Witnesses said Healey had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening. Tennant said the police department isn’t planning a criminal investigation.
Washington State University administrators have created an alcohol and drug task force in response to three other recent cases:
— Police found a 19-year-old man lying on his stomach in a basement window well outside the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity on Sept. 14. He reportedly fell from the third story of the house.
— On Sept. 28, a 22-year-old WSU student fell three stories off a balcony at the Boulder Creek Apartments in Pullman after reportedly telling a friend he could climb down to the complex’s second floor.
— On Oct. 10, a 22-year-old man fell 11 stories from his dorm room in WSU’s Orton Hall. He was conscious and semi-alert when police arrived. Foul play and alcohol were not involved, police and WSU officials have said.
October 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM
The Associated Press
The Washington Liquor Control Board auctions off 15,000 cases of alcohol Thursday to the highest bidder with a liquor license.
The alcohol cost more than $1 million, but now that the state is out of the liquor business it’s selling the inventory.
KOMO reports the state also plans to auction its distribution center, appraised at more than $30 million.
April 14, 2012 at 3:18 PM
The Associated Press
WENATCHEE – The top law enforcement officer of Winthrop, a small town in north-central Washington that attracts tourists with its Old West trappings, was disciplined in January for returning to duty after drinking alcohol twice last summer.
The Wenatchee World says public records show Marshal David Dahlstrom spent a week off the job without pay. He was also reprimanded last May for buying beer after work and carrying it home in the town’s patrol car.
Mayor Dave Acheson says the marshal was not on call and had been off duty in August when he responded to two complaints. The mayor said coming on duty after drinking violates policies, but he didn’t feel it warranted dismissal.
Dahlstrom says he had a drink with his dinner before he was called out. He says it was an isolated incident and hasn’t happened since.
February 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM
A motorist suspected of drunk driving was among four people injured when his SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and caused a three-vehicle collision on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near Interstate 5 early Saturday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported.
The 65-year-old Seattle driver is under investigation for vehicular assault. He and the 19-year-old driver of another vehicle were in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center late Saturday morning.
The driver and a passenger in a third car were transported to Valley Medical Center, but were no longer in the hospital later in the morning.
The crash occurred shortly after midnight when the westbound SUV crossed into the eastbound lanes that are part of an interchange with I-5. The driver of an eastbound SUV swerved, colliding with a third vehicle but still hitting head-on with the westbound vehicle, the State Patrol reported.
October 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM
The recent suspension this week of nine Issaquah High School students for alcohol infractions and the investigation of a bus driver who allegedly bought the students the alcohol has prompted a lively community discussion. Here’s the news, reported by The Issaquah Press:
Issaquah High School administrators suspended nine students for alcohol infractions in connection to the party bus incident. Police and school administrators started investigating the incident after intoxicated students arrived at the Oct. 22 homecoming dance.
Readers leaving comments seem to disagree about how severe the penalties should have been for the students, with the suspensions reported to be as long as 90 days.
October 27, 2011 at 6:03 AM
A Bellevue man may have thought it was deja vu when he was recently arrested on suspicion of drunken driving for the second time in six months — by the same state trooper.
The man’s Honda Civic was stopped on southbound Interstate 405 on Oct. 22. The State Patrol trooper who nailed him had also busted the man for DUI on April 23, according to the State Patrol.
During the recent stop the driver had a breath alcohol reading of .178, which was just .001 lower than what he registered in the first DUI arrest.
“I can’t believe I did this again,” the driver reportedly told the trooper. “I don’t usually make the same mistake twice.”
He was booked into King County Jail under investigation of DUI.
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