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November 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM
A man suffered minor injuries today after jumping from the second floor of a burning house in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
The Seattle Fire Department reported a man went to Harborview Medical Center with minor smoke inhalation and cuts to his arm after he jumped from a house in the 9300 block of Beacon Avenue South. The man was not identified.
Food on the stove caused the blaze, according to the fire department.
September 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Seattle police have arrested a suspect in connection with a stabbing this afternoon on Beacon Hill.
Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said officers were called to the 2000 block of South Columbian Way shortly before 1 p.m. for a report of a stabbing. Soon after arriving officers found the victim walking around, he said.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition with a stab wound to his back, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
Police also recovered a foot-long kitchen knife.
Details of the stabbing and arrest have not been released by police.
July 10, 2013 at 6:00 AM
UPDATE 12:45 p.m.:| A container of butane gas stored in a refrigerator caused this morning’s $300,000 apartment fire on Beacon Hill, said Kyle Moore, Seattle Fire Department spokesman. More said the cannister of gas in the refrigerator was left open, and gas from the cannister seeped into the bottom of the refigerator to its electrical workings, resulting in an explosion. No one was injured.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m. | A Seattle Fire Department spokesman said the blaze started when a refrigerator ignited butane gas, causing an explosion. Damage is estimated at $300,000.
Previous post from The Associated Press:
UPDATE: 8:30 a.m. | There were no injuries in a two-alarm fire that burned three units of an apartment building Wednesday morning in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says 32 people live in the four-story building and everyone got out safely. The Red Cross is helping people who have been displaced.
Moore says the fire was called in to 911 at 5:35 a.m. Arriving firefighters saw a column of black smoke coming from a third-story apartment with flames spreading to units above and below.
One resident said he was awakened by the sound of his stove exploding. Other residents also reported hearing a boom. Moore says the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
There are no sprinklers in the older building. Residents heard alarms sounding.
UPDATE: 7:55 a.m. Six units were damaged and there were no injuries, according to Seattle Fire.
UPDATE: 6:30 a.m. | The fire has been put out. Someone did live in the apartment where the fire started. The fire department says 32 people live in the apartment building in all. The Red Cross has been called in to assist them.
UPDATE: 6 a.m. | No occupants were found in the three units that were burning.
The Seattle Fire Department is tweeting that there is a two-alarm fire in a Beacon Hill apartment complex in the 1100 block of South Massachusetts Street, east of I-5 just south of I-90.
The fire has spread to three units, according to the fire department.
More information will be available as soon as possible.
April 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM
Two men were stabbed on a Metro bus on Beacon Hill Sunday night, and one of the victims has life-threatening injuries, Seattle Police are reporting. A suspect is in custody.
According to police, the bus was stopped at a bus stop at Beacon Avenue South and South Graham Street around 8:20 p.m. when two men got up and exited the bus. An adult male got up from his seat and stabbed two men without warning. One victim was stabbed in the back of the head and neck, and the other victim was stabbed in the shoulder area, police said. The victims are believed to be in their 30′s.
Fire department medics took both victims to Harborview.
The victim stabbed in the head and neck has life-threatening injuries, police said, while the second victim’s injuries were not considered life-threateninig.
Officers arrested the suspect while he was still on the bus, without further incident, and recovered the knife used in the attack, which was a folding knife.
March 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM
A man was arrested in Beacon Hill early this morning after Seattle police say he broke into a home in the 4100 block of 15th Avenue South.
According to police, the armed suspect broke into the home through a kitchen window and at around 4 a.m. confronted the victims. One of the victims was threatened at gunpoint and ordered to get on the floor, police said.
The second victim managed to call for help and kept open the 911 phone call when the suspect ordered him to also lie on the floor.
When police soon arrived and knocked on the door, the gunman ordered one of the victims to tell officers that everything was fine. The victim did as he was told, but officers had a suspicion that things were not right and pressed the victim for information.
Officers called for extra patrols and a police dog. After some negotiation the victims were safely released; police found the gunman hiding in the bathroom of the house.
The 21-year-old gunman was arrested without incident for investiation of first-degree robbery, police said.
March 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Seattle police say they are hoping for witness tips to help lead them to the arrest of whoever killed two men inside a car last week.
Edward James Westmoreland II, 34, and Elijah Roosevelt Paul III, 42, died on March 4 after being shot in the head, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office. Their deaths have been ruled homicides.
Police came upon the shooting scene around 6 that morning when a patrol officer stopped to investigate a maroon Jaguar, at the corner of 39th Avenue South and South Kenyon Street near Beacon Hill, with broken glass on the ground nearby. The officer initially thought the car had been prowled, but when he looked inside he saw the two bodies, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
Edward Westmoreland Sr. told KING-TV that he doesn’t know who would want his son dead.
Paul’s family could not be reached for comment.
Jamieson said today that the case remains “active and ongoing.” He said that anyone with information should call the homicide tip line at 206- 233-5000.
March 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM
The two men found shot to death inside a parked car in South Seattle early Monday have been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Edward James Westmoreland II, 34, and Elijah Paul, 42, died after being shot in the head, according to the medical examiner’s office. Their deaths were ruled homicides.
No arrests have been made.
Edward Westmoreland Sr. told KING-TV that he doesn’t know who would want his son dead.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said that an officer stopped about 6 a.m. to investigate a maroon Jaguar that was parked at the curb of 39th Avenue South and South Kenyon Street. The officer had noticed broken glass on the ground and initially thought he was looking at a car prowl.
The officer then saw two bodies in the car, police said.
A resident of a housing complex next to where the Jaguar was parked, who did not give his name, said he heard three shots around 3 a.m., but did not call police.
A police source close to the investigation said it appears the men were involved in some sort of drug transaction when they were killed.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call 911.
February 7, 2013 at 7:07 PM
A man shot multiple times Monday night in front of his Beacon Hill home has died, turning the Seattle Police Department’s shooting investigation into a homicide investigation.
Quang Vo, 38, died at Harborview Medical Center on Tuesday, according to the King County Medical Examiner.
A male suspect shot Vo at his home in the 2400 block of South Columbian Way around 5:40 p.m. Monday, according to police. The suspect then fled eastbound on foot. No suspect description is available though, according to Jeff Kappel.
Vo’s death is the first non-officer-involved homicide in Seattle this year.
Seattle police ask anyone with more information about the shooting, or about a possible suspect, to call 911.
February 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM
A 38-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times in front of his Beacon Hill home in Seattle this evening, according to the Seattle Police Department.
A male suspect shot the man at the house in the 2400 block of South Columbian Way around 5:40 p.m., according to police. Police said he fled eastbound on foot. Police initially said witnesses saw the suspect flee in a small black car driven by someone else, but it is now unknown if the car was involved, said police spokesman Jeff Kappel. No suspect description was available, he said.
Edmund Fronda, 63, said he’d just gotten home from work when he heard the shots from his kitchen. A few feet away was a view of the crime scene across the street from his dining room window, but he had no idea what happened until police and helicopters swarmed the neighborhood.
“I just thought – ‘Whoa!’ I’ve lived here since 1984 and I’ve never seen anything like this happen,” Fronda said.
Fronda and his step-son, Donnie Constantino, 49, said their neighborhood is usually a quiet and safe one. Neither said they had noticed any violence or arguing at nearby houses before.
“This is all new to us and way too close to home,” Constantino said. “This is really scary and we hope and pray the guy is going to be okay.”
In the past two weeks, six people have been injured or killed by gunfire in Seattle. On Jan. 22, a man was shot in the stomach in Belltown. On Jan. 27, a doorman and woman inside of Central District’s Twilight Exit bar were shot and injured by a man Seattle police later shot and killed. On Friday, a man was shot and injured in a South Seattle Safeway parking lot.
The last person killed in a non-officer related shooting in Seattle was 26-year-old Jamie Turner on Oct. 4. He was found dead in the driver’s seat of a blue Buick Le Sabre near Pritchard Island Beach.
Seattle police ask anyone with more information on the Beacon Hill shooting or a possible suspect to call 911.
October 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM
The Federal Aviation Administration says its Oct. 23 public meeting about changing flight patterns over Seattle will be rescheduled for another date in November.
“Key officials were unavailable for the Oct. 23 date,” said Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman.
The South Seattle meeting was first scheduled after residents from several neighborhoods railed against the FAA’s reluctance to publicly address questions regarding its proposed “Greener Skies Over Seattle” program, which changes flight paths for planes approaching Sea-Tac Airport.
A North Beacon Hill-based task force campaigned to have the public comment period for Greener Skies’ environment assessment extended until the FAA agreed to have a public question and answer meeting clarifying the program’s impact on their neighborhood.
The FAA did not extend the public comment period, which closed in mid-September, but it did offer to put together an Oct. 23 public meeting with the Port of Seattle to discuss changing air-traffic patterns over Seattle neighborhoods. The FAA said in a statement it’s working with “community leaders” to identify another convenient date and location.
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