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November 16, 2013 at 12:02 PM
The man who died in a capsized boat off Alki Point has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Anthony J. Collins, 40, of Port Orchard.
Collins drowned in the Friday afternoon accident, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Three of his crewmates suffered hypothermia but survived, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
The company for which the men worked, Ballard Marine Construction, said in an email on Friday night that it would not comment on the capsizing.
The survivors were taken to Harborview Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said Friday evening they were in satisfactory condition with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Collins was pulled from the wheelhouse of the vessel by three members of the Seattle Fire Department dive team.
Although there was an air pocket, and Collins was wearing a personal-safety device, he was unconscious and unresponsive when pulled from the little cabin and up to the surface at 3 p.m., said a Fire Department spokesman.
August 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM
Ballmer to retire: The announcement comes at a time when Microsoft struggles to enter the mobile market — think Surface tablet — and PC sales are on the wane. The software company’s stock rose this morning on the news. Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980.
Oh, no, celebrities flee wildfire: Huey Lewis and the News canceled a show and worried about their lungs because of the Sun Valley, Idaho, wildfire dubbed the Beast. Many of the artsy folks who vacation there are fleeing, too . In fact, writers who planned to gather there have nixed their convention because of the fire. Celebs were flown out of the area. Makes you wonder how local residents are dealing with the fire, don’t it …
That old fireboat Alki: The city of Seattle can’t get a break in its attempt to auction off the old boat. The city took a $10,000 hit in its second try.
Little League game canceled: The scrappy Eastlake team from Sammamish will play today after being rained out yesterday.They are in the semifinals of the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. An earlier version of this item mistakenly said they were rained out today.
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June 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM
In a second attempt to sell Seattle’s 1927-vintage fireboat Alki, the city is having the 123-foot boat dry-docked, cleaned and examined by a marine surveyor.
Work could begin as early as Tuesday and is expected to take about a week and a half, said Katherine Schubert-Knapp of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services.
The Alki, replaced by newer and more maneuverable fireboats, failed to draw a viable bidder in a 10-day online auction earlier this year. The lack of a survey of the boat was an obstacle for some bidders, because such an inspection is required before insurance can be obtained.
A second auction is possible, but Schubert-Knapp said the city won’t make a decision about the next step until completion of the survey, which will help determine what shape the vessel is in.
The city has hired the Magnolia-based Fishing Vessel Owners Marine Ways Inc. to dry dock the Alki, and clean its surfaces in preparation for the survey, to cost $8,979. The marine survey, to cost $1,700, will be performed by Bowditch Marine Inc.
April 15, 2013 at 11:55 AM
The high bidder for the 1927-vintage Seattle fireboat Alki has backed out of the sale, leaving city administrators looking for a different buyer for the 123-foot piece of Seattle history.
The high bidder, whom city officials have not identified, bid $71,100 for the Alki in a 10-day online auction last month.
But today, Katherine Schubert-Knapp of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services said the buyer “wanted to transport the boat a long distance and ultimately decided that would cost too much.”
At the time of the auction, Schubert-Knapp said the boat wouldn’t automatically go to the highest bidder, because the city would need to make sure a potential buyer met certain requirements, including having the appropriate insurance and a viable plan to move and moor the boat.
Schubert-Knapp said other bidders in the auction are being contacted to see if they are still interested. The city is not identifying bidders until a purchase is complete she said.
An online history of the bidding shows that the next-highest bidder bid $71,000 for the boat, and a third bid $67,287.
March 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM
In its first of 10 days on the auction block, the City of Seattle’s 1927-vintage Fireboat Alki has attracted some 30 bids, with a high bid of $23,800 as of 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Bidding on the 123-foot fireboat began Monday evening and will continue until 7 p.m. March 14 at bidadoo.com. Photos, a spec sheet on the boat and more information about the vessel can be seen on the auction site.
Katherine Schubert-Knapp, spokeswoman for the city’s Department Finance & Administrative Services, said the city has no particular price in mind.
Schubert-Knapp said, “Our primary interests are 1) Seeing the boat go to an owner who has the resources and experience to take care of it; and 2) getting a good price.”
The boat is for sale because the city has three other, more modern firefighting vessels.
August 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM
July 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Seattle Police responded Friday night to what they called “a large brawl” on Alki Beach at Whale Tail Park.
According to Seattle Police, there was a large group of people at the park when two women got into an argument, which escalated into a melee around 9 p.m. Someone fired multiple shots with a handgun, and one round went through the window of a home across the street in the 2600 block of Marine Avenue Southwest.
In multiple 911 calls, people reported fighting with baseball bats. When patrol cars arrived, people ran away in many directions, and several were detained.
Police didn’t identify any victims or suspects, but they recovered six bullet casings and booked one person for obstructing.
July 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM
Shots were fired into a crowd at Whale Tail Park near Alki Beach in West Seattle around 9:15 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department Twitter account.
No victims were located but one shot did go through a house window, according to the Seattle Police Department. At least one suspect has been detained, they said.
Another female who a witness says fired several shots into a crowd is being sought according to The West Seattle Blog. The blog also says baseball bats maybe have been used in the fight.
Police noted on scanner traffic that four suspects leaving the scene in a two-door Tahoe/Blazer and a dark green Lincoln Navigator with bright silver rims. Later the Navigator circled the area near Alki Avenue Southwest and 59th Avenue Southwest “staring down” officers in the area.
June 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Weather: Great yesterday. Not so great today. OK, it’s supposed to make it to the mid-60s, but we see clouds out there and rain in the forecast. We know it’s only Tuesday, but we’re looking forward to Friday for all the usual reasons, weather included. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Runaway pie truck and the guy who saved the day: The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, one of our community news partners, has a great little post about a pickup that got loose and started rolling backwards down 12th Avenue and through the Madison Street intersection. A quick-thinking shop owner saw the truck passing by, ran out, grabbed the steering wheel and guided the pickup safely to the curb. Not all is peachy, though, for the pickup owner. She was cited for endangering public safety
“They’ve already tasted blood”: A Rottweiler and a pitbull were stolen from the Lewis County Animal Shelter in Chehalis and authorities are worried, according to a story by KIRO TV. Someone cut through a fence and pried open kennel doors last week and made off with the dogs. The owner, Greg Welsh, says the dogs have already killed eight of his alpacas. “They’ve already tasted blood and nothing will stop them now,” said Welch. The hunt for the dogs continues.
How having fun turns tragic. We’re waiting to find out what was thrown on the bonfire that sent five teens to the hospital — some with second- and third-degree burns — who were celebrating at Alki last night. Early reports say one or more of them were throwing gasoline from plastic bottles onto the fire. Who threw it, and what were they thinking? We’ll also try to find out the conditions of the teens.
Once a real-estate mogul, now a Social Security recipient? Hmmm … A friend and business associate of fugitive real-estate magnate Michael R. Mastro has filed financial statements in bankruptcy court claiming his only income is from Social Security. Seattle Times business reporter Eric Pryne has the story. For some background reading: Mastro mystery: Aging ex-magnate nears 1 year on the lam
Guv candidates debate tonight: Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna square off in their first debate tonight, in Spokane at the Association of Washington Business spring meeting. Will they say anything new?
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April 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
A 22-year-old man was arrested near Alki Beach last night after he reportedly struck a motorcycle with his car and then threatened the motorcyclist with a gun.
According to police, an officer working a special patrol emphasis at the beach was flagged down by a motorcyclist at Alki Avenue Southwest and Marine Avenue Southwest just before 7 p.m. The motorcyclist said that moments earlier a man driving a white Hyundai had “intentionally struck his motorcycle,” according to police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
After striking the motorcycle, the Hyundai driver got out of his car, went to the trunk and pulled out a backpack. When the motorcyclist asked the man why he struck his motorcycle, the suspect pulled a handgun out of the backpack, police said. The motorcyclist said that he asked the suspect, “Do you really want to go there with your gun?” to which the suspect replied, “Yes, I do.”
The motorcyclist, who was not hurt, took off and contacted police. While police were talking to him, the Hyundai drove by; the motorcyclist pointed out the suspect’s car to the officer.
The 22-year-old driver was stopped by police. He told officers he owns a gun, but refused to answer any questions, according to Jamieson.
The man’s car was impounded and he was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of harassment and investigation of assault. A female passenger in the Hyundai was questioned and released.
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