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October 30, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Bellingham bank robbery suspect waits for police, needed a home

BELLINGHAM — Police say a man who robbed a bank in Bellingham calmly waited for officers to arrive and told them he did it because he was going to be homeless and needed a place to stay. Documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court accuse 64-year-old Richard K. Gorton of the Oct. 14 robbery. Gorton lived at…


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July 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Seattle firefighters, woman charged in assault on homeless man

Two Seattle firefighters and a woman were each charged today with fourth-degree assault and malicious harassment for an alleged attack on a homeless man who was sleeping on a memorial to fallen firefighters in Seattle’s Occidental Park in March, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. In April, King County prosecutors declined to file felony charges against…


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January 21, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Homeless youth outreach to get a $450,000 boost in King County

Three of King County’s leading service providers for homeless youth won’t have to worry about how to fund street outreach efforts for this year. After the nonprofits struggled to fill a budget gap caused by sharp federal funding cuts last fall, Auburn Youth Resources, Seattle-based YouthCare and Kirkland-based Friends of Youth will receive $450,000 from three…


Comments | Topics: homeless, homelessness, King County

November 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

UPDATE: Police looking for Marysville brothers, ages 2, 3

Update at 12:16 p.m.:| The missing Marysville brothers have been found safe and are in protective custody. Original post:| MARYSVILLE (AP) — Marysville police are looking for two brothers, ages 2 and 3, who were taken Sunday by their biological mother who is considered unfit. Police say the 30-year-old woman had recently been released from the Snohomish County…


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November 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Emergency shelters open up as temperatures plummet

Freezing temperatures throughout the Seattle metro area have prompted several cities and nonprofit organizations to open emergency shelters. Below are some of them. To add other facilities to the list, please e-mail Seattle locations Seattle City Hall 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 Hours: Line up no earlier than 7 p.m. Intake is between 7 p.m….


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August 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

10-year sentence for murder of homeless man in Ravenna Park

The gunman who fatally shot a homeless man who was a fixture in Seattle’s Ravenna Park was sentenced today to 10 years and three months in prison. Timothy James Murray, 27, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder for killing Alpha Lake Rajai, 59, in the park on March 8, 2012. The shooting  occurred after a confrontation involving Rajai,…


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July 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Sex offender charged in assault on unconscious woman in park

King County prosecutors on Thursday charged a Level 2 sex offender with indecent liberties in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a homeless woman in Seattle’s Cal Anderson Park last week. Marcus Jim II, 28, was also charged with failing to register as a sex offender, court records show. Jim, who was convicted of third-degree rape…


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June 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Federal government supports ending Nickelsville

The federal agency that works on solving homelessness has written a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn supporting the end of Nickelsville. A seven-member majority of the Seattle City Council on Monday ordered the mayor to clear Nickelsville by Sept. 1. They pledged to help the more than 100 residents of the encampment find shelter, but said the encampment could not stay at its location on West Marginal Way.

The mayor and Councilmember Nick Licata were pursuing a new location for Nickelsville, and at a meeting Wednesday, some members of the council still indicated a willingness to consider supporting an encampment in the city.

The federal government has never supported encampments. But while that’s not new, their letter offers support to the council as it makes a politically challenging decision.


Comments | Topics: homeless, Nickelsville, Seattle City Council

June 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Live coverage of planned Nickelsville protest

Seattle City Council members are the target of a protest planned for this afternoon by leaders of Nickelsville, a homeless encampment the City Council announced this week it will shut down in September after two years on city property.

In a letter to council members, Nickelsville residents wrote that the letter council members wrote to Mayor Mike McGinn “pretty much talked about us like some dogs in a kennel.”

“Humans have a basic right to stay together and safe,” they wrote. “In Seattle the majority of the City Council has chosen to ignore and disrespect that basic right … Please understand that Nickelsville is sticking together.”

It’s likely more than 100 homeless people will turn out for today’s 2 p.m. housing committee meeting and a planned “die-in” on the steps on City Hall at 2:30 p.m. As we detailed in a story last week, many of the protesters at events like this are told they must participate or risk being kicked out of their encampment.


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