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May 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM
UPDATE 5:20 P.M.| A tree has fallen down on the southbound Interstate 5 just north of Northeast 145th Street, blocking two right lanes according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Seattle City Light hasn’t reported many outages, but power lines have also been downed in Seattle.
A tree that fell and caught power lines around 5 p.m. left live wires hanging 10 feet off the ground at Northeast 125th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast in North Seattle, according to the Ravenna Blog.
Trees have gone down in and around West Seattle as well, according to the West Seattle Blog.
Meanwhile, Puget Sound Energy says 22,338 of its customers are without power in 288 locations.
UPDATE 4:55 P.M.| The woman trapped in her car was able to get out after Puget Sound Energy workers made sure the lines on her car were not live, according to college spokesperson Vickie Sheehan. Workers are now trying to remove the tree that landed on five cars.
A thunderstorm rolling through the Puget Sound area this afternoon downed trees and power lines, including some that trapped a woman in her vehicle at Green River Community College in Auburn. Classes there have been canceled for the remainder of the day.
A tree that landed on five vehicles in the college parking lot also took down power lines that landed on 20 vehicles around 2 p.m., trapping one woman, according to college spokesperson Vickie Sheehan. She said the woman is uninjured, but has had to stay put in the car until Puget Sound Energy workers make sure none of the wires on her car are live.
“A big gust of wind came here and we heard three pops that we thought were transformers blowing,” Sheehan said. When college officials saw the scene in the parking lot and that power had been knocked out to the entire campus, they canceled all classes for the day to focus on rescuing the trapped woman and freeing damaged vehicles under the fallen tree. Touching a puddle or piece of metal electrified by a live power line can be immediately fatal.
“They are still are on the scene cutting power at both ends to make sure they can take her out safely,” Sheehan said of utility workers at about 3:30 p.m.. “They’re taking all precautions.”
Downed trees and power outages were reported in several other areas including North Bend, Freeland, Bainbridge Island and Puyallup. In Edgewood, a tree came down on a house, according to East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
Though weather calmed down in the late afternoon, more rain and a chance of thunderstorms is still on its way tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
May 1, 2013 at 11:47 PM
A 7-year-old boy shot his 9-year-old sister in the leg with a .22 caliber rifle in Auburn Wednesday night.
The boy found the gun in the closet of another sibling, who was not home at the time of the shooting, according to Cmdr. Mike Hirman of the Auburn Police Department.
Medics took the girl to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the 9:30 p.m. shooting; she had non-life-threatening injuries, Hirman said.
Auburn police detectives are still investigating the incident to determine if charges for an adult are appropriate.
April 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM
A man crossing train tracks in Auburn was struck and killed by a northbound Amtrak train tonight.
Medics responded to the incident at 8:47 p.m. but the man was declared dead at the scene near 210 West Main Street, according to Valley Regional Fire Authority.
Cmdr. Mike Hirman said witnesses told Auburn police that the man was drunk as he tried to cross the tracks while the railroad crossing arms were down. Detectives are still investigating.
April 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM
An Auburn man who killed his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend two years ago was sentenced today to 31 1/2 years in prison.
Michael Ray Fiorini, 28, pleaded guilty in February to first-degree murder, with a firearm enhancement, for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s Federal Way apartment and shooting 27-year-old Christopher D. Johnson in the chest.
According to police, Fiorini allegedly smashed the sliding glass door to the woman’s apartment early in the morning of Feb. 24, 2011, and pointed a gun at her while she was on the couch. Johnson came out of a bedroom and was shot by Fiorini, police said.
Police arrested Fiorini a short distance from the apartment.
April 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday released the names of the three men who were shot and killed outside the Sports Page tavern in Auburn early Sunday.
Antaun Greer, 21, and Lorenzo Duncan, 23, both died from multiple gunshot wounds; the third victim, Nicholas Lindsay, 26, died from a gunshot wound to the torso, according to death investigators. All three deaths were ruled homicides.
Duncan’s parents had previously identified him as one of the dead.
The three men were killed in a parking-lot shootout around 1:30 a.m. Sunday outside a popular sports bar at 2802 Auburn Way N. A fourth man was injured and is being treated at Harborview Medical Center.
It appears the dispute started when a woman became angry that another woman was dancing with her boyfriend or husband, said Auburn police Cmdr. Mike Hirman.
The dispute then escalated outside the bar and involved two groups of men – one group was at the bar for a birthday party while the other “was a less formal group that joined up there,” Hirman said.
At least 100 people were in the parking lot when the shooting occurred. Federal Way police arrested a 28-year-old man after stopping his bullet-riddled car, which had been seen leaving the scene. The man was ordered held on $250,000 bail Monday, accused of reckless endangerment for retrieving a gun and firing five rounds into the crowd, according to court records. The 28-year-old, who is a felon, is also being held on investigation of unlawful possession of a firearm.
March 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM
Gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a popular Auburn sports bar early Sunday, leaving three dead, one injured and police looking for suspects and answers.
Auburn Police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said detectives have recovered at least two guns, are questioning a “person of interest” and are processing a “very large crime scene” at The Sports Page, 2802 Auburn Way North.
The incident began about 1:45 a.m. when a large group of people — as many as 50, he said — were ”milling about” in the parking lot of the bar, located in a strip mall across Auburn Way North from the municipal airport.
“Some sort of dispute erupted. You know, over a girl or words or something, and somebody started shooting and then somebody else started shooting,” Hirman said. There were at least two guns involved and Hirman said there may have been other shooters, as well. “We really are just trying to sort it out. We have a very large crime scene and there were a lot of witnesses. One thing we know we have is guns and drinking.” As many as a dozen people may have been involved in the fight, he said.
The parking lot was mayhem when the shooting stopped, Hirman said, with three men — all in their 20s — down and dying and a fourth victim thrown in the back of a car and rushed by his friends to Auburn General Hospital. That individual suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.
Hirman said one bullet-riddled car was found in Kent and another in Federal Way. Those vehicles were impounded.
As of Sunday morning, detectives were detaining one individual as a “‘person of interest,” but that no formal arrests had been made. Hirman said Auburn police are looking to talk to anyone who witnessed or has information about the shooting.
February 28, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Seattle police have arrested a man suspected of posing as a cop to commit a series of robberies in Seattle parks.
Police arrested 46-year-old Ryan James Purdy (pictured at right) yesterday after he told a fellow bus passenger about being wanted for impersonating a cop. Bad move.
The passenger got off the bus and called police.
When Auburn police arrived, Purdy tried giving officers a fake name, but he was arrested.
Police have been searching for Purdy, aka Tracy Byers, since December, after he allegedly flashed a fake badge and robbed several people in Volunteer Park.
More recently, police say Purdy robbed a man around 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 near North 50th Street and Woodland Park Avenue North at Woodland Park. The victim was approached by a man believed to Purdy, who asked him to examine a box of pornographic magazines left in the grass inside the park.
The victim, concerned children in the park would find the magazines, picked up the box and took it to his car, police said.
The man believed to be Purdy followed the victim and climbed inside his car. He then flashed a badge, claimed he was doing a “drug sting” and said he needed to pat down the victim, police said.
During the pat-down, the man took the victim’s wallet, rifled through it and returned it, according to police. The “cop” then retrieved the box of magazines and left, police say. The victim drove off.
About an hour later, the victim realized his bank card was missing from his wallet and had since been used at a grocery store, according to police.
In a separate incident, police say they believe Purdy knocked on the door of a Capitol Hill home and told a woman there that he was a federal agent. The woman slammed the door in his face.
January 25, 2013 at 4:02 PM
A Bonney Lake man who struck and killed a fifth-grade teacher in front of her Auburn home last summer was sentenced today to 8 1/2 years in prison.
Samuel J. Cruz, 25, pleaded guilty earlier this month to vehicular homicide for killing Stacy Ankerfelt, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Ankerfelt, 28-year-old teacher at Kent’s Scenic Hill Elementary, was standing next to her car when she was struck at 5:43 p.m. on July 19. Ankerfelt suffered massive internal injuries and broken bones after being dragged and thrown by Cruz’s SUV.
She died at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center a month later.
Cruz told police that he had taken Suboxone, a prescription drug, before the crash. He said that he was taking the drug for his Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms.
According to Auburn police, Suboxone “is similar to opioids such as morphine, codeine and heroin,” court charges said.
January 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM
A body recovered yesterday from the White River near Game Farm Park in Auburn was a man who was reported missing on Wednesday, according to Auburn police.
The man has been identified as Kenneth Neil Collins, 47.
Collins was reported missing by the manager of his apartment complex in Auburn. His apartment door had been left open and he had earlier been seen walking around the complex insufficiently dressed for the cold weather, police said.
There were no signs of foul play on Collins’ body, police said.
December 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM
One childhood friend allegedly stabbed the other to death during an argument in Auburn early this morning, according to Auburn police.
A 24-year-old man, who apparently was wielding the knife, was arrested and taken to the King County Jail, police said.
Officers were called to an apartment in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South about 1 a.m. today on a report of a stabbing.
When they got there, they found a 22-year-old man unconscious and and bleeding from a stab wound to the neck. Officers and medics tried to revive the man but he died there.
Witnesses to the stabbing were interviewed and early information indicated that the two men had known each other since childhood, police said.
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