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January 23, 2015 at 1:20 PM

King County homeless population up sharply in One Night Count

The annual One Night Count of the Homeless, held Thursday night into Friday morning, found 3,772 people in King County without shelter, a 21 percent increase over 2014. The count confirms what many advocates say is a continuing crisis in homelessness in the region despite local governments spending millions on the problem. “We know that there…

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Comments | Topics: Alison Eisinger, Committee to End Homelessness, homeless

January 16, 2015 at 5:22 PM

Charges filed in attack on Renton video game store clerk

A man accused of slitting a video game clerk’s throat during a robbery in Renton was charged Friday with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. In charging documents filed in King County Superior Court, prosecutors allege that Darren Gayles, 44, entered the GameStop shortly before 11 a.m Wednesday and held a knife to the lone clerk’s throat. Prosecutors say…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: assault, GameStop, King County

January 9, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Man who beat guard unconscious gets 25 years

An inmate who beat a King County jail guard unconscious was sentenced by a judge on Friday to 25 years in prison. Sean Graham, who was convicted of first-degree assault for the 2011 attack on former corrections officer Gil Letrondo, faced a standard sentence range of  17 to 23 years. Prosecutors, however, requested an exceptional sentence of…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: assault, beating, corrections officer

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

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