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September 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM
The Seattle Department of Transportation says it painted “Bus Only” markings in the wrong place on a stretch of Aurora Avenue North in preparation for the RapidRide E line to launch in February.
The department acknowledged the mistake last week and said it would cost $5,000 to remove several markings, in the northbound right lane between North 63rd Street and Winona Avenue North — near the west shore of Green Lake. By Monday morning, the words were mostly ground away.
The right lane should be for general traffic, because the buses exit at 63rd and divert just west of Aurora, picking up people next to their homes and apartments along Winona, before that street bends to meet Aurora several blocks north.
The mistake happened during SDOT design of the lane, said spokesman Rick Sheridan. He points out, however, that the error represents a tiny part of a $600,000 effort to improve striping, signals and sidewalks on several miles of Aurora. The E Line will replace Route 358, which carries more than 11,000 daily passengers, with red buses that offer lower floors and more standing room, along with new stops and real-time arrival updates.
The mismarked roadway story was first reported by KIRO-TV.
August 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM
Seattle police say a man suffered critical injuries Sunday afternoon after crashing the Jeep he was driving into the rear of a parked semi truck.
The man was driving southbound in the 11100 block of Aurora Avenue North at about 4:50 p.m. when he rear-ended the semi truck, which was legally parked and unoccupied, Seattle police said. The man was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
All southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue were blocked as police investigated the accident scene.
Traffic was being detoured around the area, and police said they expect the closure to last until 8 p.m.
May 17, 2013 at 7:38 AM
A man in his 30s suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in the chest Thursday night in a parking lot in North Seattle.
The shooting took place behind a Hertz car rental building in the 14300 block of Aurora Avenue North just before 11 p.m., Seattle police said.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Officers are still searching for a suspect who they believe took off on a bicycle heading south on Aurora. He was last seen wearing jeans.
Police said they believe the suspect and the victim know each other, but the circumstances leading to the shooting are unclear.
Those with information about the crime or suspect are asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at 206-233-5000.
March 21, 2013 at 5:50 PM
Police have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman Thursday night near the 11700 block of Aurora Avenue North.
They are holding Ricky Lee Lewis, 55, in King County jail, where he is under investigation for rape and kidnapping. Lewis is a level 3 registered sex offender, the most dangerous of three possible categories.
The victim says she was forced into a vehicle on Aurora Avenue, and taken to a motor home located on the same property as Lewis’ house, according to court documents.
Police have until Monday to file charges against Lewis.
October 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM
A woman was arrested in North Seattle last night after police say she tried to drive through barricades and patrol cars blocking Aurora Avenue North during the investigation of an unrelated traffic accident.
Police say that a man who was attempting to cross the highway in the 5900 block of Aurora Avenue North was struck by a car at 9:15 p.m. The man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, police said.
While officers were investigating the crash, a woman tried to drive through the scene. The woman struck the rear bumper of a patrol car and tried to pass police at speeds nearing 25 miles per hour. She was arrested for investigation of DUI while her female passenger was arrested for outstanding warrants and investigation of obstruction, police said.
The officer who was sitting in his patrol car when it was struck by the woman was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.
August 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM
A man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after a car hit him on Aurora Avenue North just before 6 p.m., according to the Seattle Police Department blotter.
The southbound Ford Mustang hit the man as he walked across Aurora near North 59th Street, the blotter said.
SPD’s ongoing investigation of the collision closed down southbound traffic on Aurora Avenue North for at least an hour.
April 3, 2012 at 2:58 PM
A former Home Depot employee was arrested at the North Seattle store this morning after he returned to to the store and allegedly threatened former co-workers.
Officers were called to the store in the 11616 block of Aurora Avenue North at 11:15 a.m. for reports of a man armed with a knife. When the man tried to stab a woman working there, she ran and managed to lock herself in a closet, according to police. The man then vandalized the employee break room, according to police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
The 44-year-old man had recently been fired from his position at the store, said Jamieson. The man was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault, theft and malicious mischief.
February 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM
The manager of a North Seattle Kmart store held a 21-year-old would-be robber on the floor until police arrived Saturday night, even after being shot in the chest with a 9-mm handgun, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the suspect.
A King County District Court judge found probable cause Monday to hold Matthew Bateman, of Lake Forest Park, for investigation of assault and robbery. His bail was set at $500,000, jail records show.
The store, located at 13200 Aurora Ave. N., had just closed and employees were taking money from the cash registers to a safe in the back of the store when they were confronted by a masked gunman who demanded cash, according to the probable-cause statement.
The store manager scuffled with the suspect and was shot, but held on to the younger man and grabbed the gun during the struggle, the statement says.
A female employee was able to call 911 and leave the store.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said Sunday that the suspect entered the Big Kmart store about 15 minutes before the 9 p.m. closing and found a place to hide in the store.
“One employee saw him come in just before closing, and you don’t always observe when they leave the store so the thought was that he remained in the store after closing,” Jamieson said.
The man left his hiding place and went to an office in the back of the store at about 9:07 p.m., where the manager, an assistant manager and clerk were finishing their shifts. The suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the safe.
Bateman, who lives with his parents about four miles east of the Kmart store, is a student at Shoreline Community College, according to the probable-cause statement. He does not appear to have a criminal record.
The victim, a man in his 50s, was critically injured. Monday, he was listed in serious condition in Harborview’s intensive care unit.
December 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM
A man in his 20s was severely injured when a northbound SUV veered off Aurora Avenue North and hit him on the sidewalk, police say.
After the impact, the pedestrian’s head hit a steel-beamed store sign, at North 79th Street near Green Lake. The vehicle then hit a fire hydrant and stopped after striking a telephone pole head on.
The pedestrian was unconscious and received CPR for several minutes after the 3:30 p.m. incident, said fire spokesman Kyle Moore. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Police have yet to establish why the driver veered off the road. The driver was interviewed, then released. No citations were issued, which is standard procedure in a detailed investigation.
Northbound Aurora Avenue was closed to one lane for approximately 90 minutes after the crash.
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