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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…


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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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…


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…


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…


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…


Comments | Topics: Dow Constantine, King County, rideshare

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…


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

March 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Franklin High team named King County mock-trial champs

A team of students from Franklin High School won the King County 25th Annual YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition Monday night. The tournament has stretched over the past two weeks, beginning with 19 teams from King County high schools, and culminating in the championship round trial between Franklin High School and Seattle Preparatory School.  Each…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: King County, mock trial

February 11, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Ex-King County sheriff’s deputy charged with distributing meth

A former King County sheriff’s deputy made his first appearance in federal court today after being indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of distributing and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Mitchell Wright, 33, of Bothell, pleaded not guilty to the charges during a hearing before U.S Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida, according to court documents….


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February 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM

King County Exec. Dow Constantine lays out goals

In a characteristically staid State of the County address, King County Executive Dow Constantine today laid out goals for the next year to join Seattle’s work on early learning and income inequality. Constantine barely touched on the year’s hottest political issue, the $15 minimum wage proposal in Seattle. He said he is letting Seattle Mayor Ed…


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