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December 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Inslee declares emergency to aid roadway repairs

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in five counties in order to help with emergency repairs to roads damaged in recent storms. The proclamation signed Wednesday allows the state transportation department to seek federal money for roadway damage that occurred between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1. The proclamation covers Clallam, Jefferson, King,…

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Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, King County

December 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

County donates delivery van after food bank’s was stolen

King County has donated a surplus van to Puget Sound Labor Agency, a Belltown food bank. The agency’s delivery van was stolen last month. “When we were informed about the stolen van, we understood the urgency and stepped up to help,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a news release Tuesday. “Rather than…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Belltown, food bank, King County

November 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

King County joins Pierce on burn ban, agency lifts it in Snohomish

Due to continued weather conditions and air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for King County. Pierce Country remains on a Stage 2 ban, but restrictions were lifted in Snohomish County on Wednesday at noon. The burn bans in King and Pierce counties will be lifted at 6…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Burn ban, King County

October 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Seattle council OKs zoning change for new youth courthouse, jail

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to approve a zoning change allowing King County to build a new juvenile courthouse and jail at the height and width it wants to. The vote was 8 to 1. The lone vote against the change was Councilmember Kshama Sawant. She sided with opponents of the new juvenile-justice complex who…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: crime, juvenile justice, King County

September 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Constantine proposes levy for children as he unveils budget plan

King County may ask voters next fall to approve a new levy for early childhood programs and other youth services, County Executive Dow Constantine said Monday while unveiling his budget plan for 2015 and 2016. Investing in children now will save the county money in the long run by reducing future costs associated with incarceration, violence,…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: budget, Dow Constantine, King County

July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Gillnetters convicted in illegal whitefish haul

By Jefferson Robbins The Wenatchee World MOSES LAKE — Four men from King and Snohomish counties were found guilty this week of illegally taking almost 200 whitefish in December at Banks Lake. Aleksandr Kashnikov, 45, and Sergey Mitsevich, 38, both of Everett, were convicted alongside Vladimir Savchenko, 36, of Edmonds and Peter Zhezhelev, 46, of Kenmore. Jurors took 40…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: illegal fishing, King County, Moses Lake

July 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

4 times more fireworks 911 calls in King County this Fourth

The Associated Press Fire officials in King County say fireworks calls quadrupled this Independence Day, compared with last year. KING 5 reports fireworks remain legal in 16 municipalities in King County. Even in restricted areas, however, King County fireworks-related fire calls totaled 200 during the Fourth of July holiday night. Last year, that number was 45. Fire…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: fireworks, incidents up, King County

June 4, 2014 at 2:04 PM

South Park Bridge to open June 30

King County’s new South Park drawbridge will open to traffic June 30, after four years of dead-end streets at the longtime Duwamish River crossing. The bridge is expected to carry 20,000 vehicles a day, including 3,000 freight trucks near Boeing Field. “Not only will this help local manufacturers and family-owned businesses, it will reunite working communities in the Lower…

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Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, Kiewit, King County

May 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

King County proposes regulation of uberX, Lyft and Sidecar

King County officials who have watched the Seattle City Council struggle to manage uberX, Lyft and Sidecar ride services for more than a year will now be stepping into the regulatory fray. King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed legislation today that would require higher insurance standards of the services countywide. The services use smart-phone apps to…

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March 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

F. Way man charged in rape of developmentally disabled woman

A Federal Way man faces rape and prostitution charges for allegedly having sex with a severely developmentally disabled women and forcing her and another developmentally disabled woman to have sex with his friends for money. James Delong, 67, allegedly raped a woman for several years after he took her in as a “charity case,” according to…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Federal Way, King County

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