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November 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM
The Associated Press
A fire official in the east Seattle suburb of Kirkland said a water main that broke Friday night sent thousands of gallons of water into city streets.
KOMO-TV reported the break occurred at about 7 p.m. at Third Avenue and Fifth Street, about two blocks from City Hall.
Kirkland Fire Battalion Chief Mike Haschak said about 1,000 gallons of water poured out during each of the 45 minutes it took to turn off the flow.
He says the water damaged a portion of Third Avenue. A 100-foot-long stretch of the street was closed to traffic Friday night.
November 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM
A Kirkland woman who was under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car occupied by four people, killing an elderly woman, was sentenced this afternoon to nearly 11 years in prison.
Kelly Ann Hudson, 43, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in September. In her plea deal, she admitted she had been drinking and had taken medication before the Aug. 7, 2012, crash that killed Joyce Parsons, 81.
“I don’t even know how to say I’m sorry enough,” a tearful Hudson said in King County Superior Court before she was sentenced to 130 months in prison.
Kirkland police say Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the center line just before 9 p.m. and collided with a northbound car. Just before the crash, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s van, concerned that the driver was impaired, police said.
The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.
Parsons was killed and the three other occupants of the car, Arthur Kamm, Jenny Grieshaber and Daniel J. Grieshaber, were critically injured, police and prosecutors said. During today’s sentencing hearing, a video tribute to Parsons was played in the courtroom.
Hudson was the second person to be charged in King County since increased sentence ranges for vehicular-homicide DUI went into effect in June 2012. Under the new law, the standard-range sentence increased from 31-41 months to 78-102 months, making it equal to the range for first-degree manslaughter.
November 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM
About 2,000 homes in north Kirkland lost power for about half an hour Sunday afternoon.
The outage started at about 2 p.m. when a tree limb fell into a power line, said a spokesperson for Puget Sound Energy. Power was restored by 2:39.
November 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Two men pleaded not guilty this morning to charges stemming from a vicious home invasion in Kirkland last month in which they are accused of breaking into a home, dragging a man from his bed and attacking him with knife.
Vincent Sisounong, 21, and Blessing Gainey, 19, pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court to charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Both men remain in jail, with Sisounong’s bail set at $1 million, and $500,000 for Gainey.
Their next scheduled court hearing is Dec. 5.
Sometime before 6 a.m. on Oct. 12, the two men forced their way into a house in Kirkland’s Kingsgate neighborhood and confronted the 18-year-old victim as he slept in a third-floor bedroom of his parents’ home, charging documents say. The two men restrained the teen in bed and held a knife to his throat, the papers say.
The two forced the young man downstairs, threatening to harm others in the house if he resisted or made any sound, according to the papers. Once in the basement, the victim was wrestled to the floor; one of his attackers restrained his arms and instructed his accomplice to cut the man’s leg off, the papers say.
That attacker — allegedly Gainey — began hacking at the man’s left ankle and leg, “causing large deep cuts down to the bone,” the papers say.
The victim recalled the other man, allegedly Sisounong, “saying that they needed to kill (the 18-year-old) now that he had seen their faces,” according to the papers.
The victim was able to break free and was kicked in the head, the papers say. During the struggle, the man’s car alarm began to go off, allegedly causing Gainey to flee, the papers say.
Sisounong allegedly stayed behind, ordering the victim to his knees and delivering deep cuts to the man’s right shoulder and head with a large knife, according to charging documents.
The victim was able to run to a bathroom and lock himself inside, but Sisounong allegedly broke the door open and continued to assault the 18-year-old with the knife, the papers say.
The victim punched his attacker in the face, causing the man to flee, according to the papers.
The vicrim ran to a nearby house, where he woke up the homeowners and asked them to call for help, according to the charging documents.
The victim was hospitalized for five days at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his injuries, the papers say.
November 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM
UPDATE: Gregg Anderson has been found safe, according to his sister, Dianna Schneider.
“They were all air lifted by the Filipino Air Force from Samar to Cebu airport and are now waiting for a flight to Manila,” said Schneider in an e-mail Tuesday. “I am the happiest person in the world right now!”
ORIGINAL POST: The family of a Kirkland man who went to the Philippines last week for his 50th birthday is hoping he evacuated Tacloban by the time Typhoon Hayain decimated the city Friday.
Dianna Schneider of Rochester, Thurston County, had no idea where her missing brother, Gregg Anderson, was until an e-mail he wrote to a co-worker Thursday was finally forwarded to her Monday afternoon. The e-mail said the mortgage banker was changing his travel itinerary and going to the Samar province. Fewer people died there than in the places Schneider had planned to visit — Tacloban and Guiuan, which are just south of Samar.
Officials have estimated that the typhoon killed as many as 10,000 in Tacloban alone. At least 200 people died in the Samar province, according to CNN. More than 800,000 people were evacuated from vulnerable areas before the typhoon hit, but some shelters were not strong enough to withstand the storm, according to The Associated Press.
“I don’t know what town he’s in, but I’m hoping he’s in Catbalogan City,” said Schneider, who is waiting for communication lines to open soon so her brother can contact the family. She’s been closely watching news reports about cell towers being set up and Marines arriving in the area. (more…)
November 5, 2013 at 7:41 AM
Bellevue police say this morning’s apartment fire that injured seven people and displaced several others is suspicious and being investigated as a possible crime.
Police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate said a criminal investigation was launched because there is “apparently something suspicious” about the fire. Iafrate said she didn’t have any other details on what prompted the investigation.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting with the investigation.
The fire was reported about 6:15 a.m. at the Hampton Greens apartments in the 4500 block of 148th Avenue Northeast. Witnesses and employees at the PRO Sports Club, which shares a driveway with the apartment complex, said they heard a loud boom coming from the apartments just after 6 a.m. That noise is believed to be associated with the fire.
In total, 10 apartment units were destroyed in the blaze, Iafrate said. Officials with the American Red Cross are helping those who have been displaced. Police didn’t have an immediate number.
Cassie Howard, 23, who lives at Hampton Greens, said she had left her apartment and walked to work at the PRO Sports Club when she heard a loud noise that she said sounded like someone dropping 600 pounds of weights. Someone then alerted her that her apartment complex was on fire.
Howard’s apartment was one of 10 destroyed in the fire. She fears she may have lost her cat.
Two people were sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to be treated for injuries suffered in the fire. One man is in serious condition and the other is listed as satisfactory, according to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Among those injured was a Bellevue firefighter who suffered minor injuries, Iafrate said.
Witnesses told Seattle Times news partner KING-TV that they saw a woman jump from a balcony. However, police have not been able to confirm that report.
Fire crews from Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond fought the blaze.
October 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Renton police are searching for a 25-year-old man who allegedly raped, kidnapped and threatened to shoot a woman Wednesday. Luis A. Martinez, of Renton, assaulted the 28-year-old woman at gunpoint, according to Renton police.
He is considered armed and dangerous, police said.
The two met up yesterday afternoon at a Renton restaurant. After a few drinks they got into her car and, while the woman was driving, Martinez “pulled out a handgun, racked the slide then told her she would be spending the day with him,” according to a Renton Police Department news release.
Martinez forced the woman to drive him to several locations and at some point he raped her, police said. During a stop at a supermarket in Kirkland, the woman managed to get away and sought help from a store employee, police said. Police say Martinez used the victim’s debit card to withdraw several hundred dollars from her account at an ATM.
Martinez took off in the woman’s car and then later abandoned it in Tukwila.
Renton police are asking for help finding Martinez. He’s described as being 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with black hair and dark-colored eyes. He has tattoos, including a red star on the right front of his neck and a scripted word on the left side of his neck.
Anyone with information is asked to dial 911.
October 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM
Kirkland police have released this sketch of one of two men who forced their way into a home early Saturday and assaulted a man.
The two men forced their way into a home in the 13700 block of Northeast 133rd Street around 6 a.m. and took a male occupant from his bed to the basement as his family slept. The victim was assaulted and sustained injuries from an edged weapon, police said.
The intruders are unknown to the homeowners and a motive for the attack is being investigated, according to police.
The first intruder, pictured in the drawing, is a 20- to 30-year-old Asian, 150 to 160 pounds, with hazel eyes with an average build, dark goatee and a white spike piercing through his lower lip.
The second intruder has dark skin, 20 to 30 years old, about 190 pounds with a muscular build, short black hair and a deep voice.
Anyone with information on the men is asked to call the Kirkland Police Department Tip Line at 425-587-3515.
October 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM
A young man in Kirkland was slashed all over his body during a reported home invasion Saturday, neighbors said.
The incident happened near the 13200 block of 136th Avenue Northeast, just before 5 a.m. Todd Calvert, a neighbor, said the victim ran afterward to several houses, some new or unoccupied, until reaching one where his son, Miles Calvert, was staying.
Miles Calvert said the victim, whom he doesn’t know, was yelling for help, and worried about family still inside the ransacked house. Miles Calvert wrapped a tourniquet around the victim’s left leg.
“I ran out with no socks or shoes on. The first thing I could think of was a bungee cord, in the back of my truck,” Miles Calvert said, adding he completed EMT training three years ago but went into a different career. He held the wounded man and lowered him to the ground, where he held up the bleeding leg. ”I told him, ‘You’re going to be all right, everything’s all right.’ ”
The victim, who appeared to be in his early 20s, was cut in the head, shoulder, and leg. Using a phone brought by the Calverts, the wounded man told emergency dispatchers two men broke into the house. Information wasn’t available from the police dispatch center Saturday night.
October 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM
A man who raped an elderly woman in Kirkland and a disabled woman in Bellingham last year was sentenced this afternoon to 22 years in prison in King County Superior Court.
Moses Kelly, 26, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree rape and first-degree burglary with sexual motivation for the attack on an 80-year-old woman in Kirkland on Oct. 25. He also pleaded guilty to first-degree rape for attacking a disabled woman in a Bellingham park two weeks before the Kirkland attack.
Kelly was linked to the attacks because his DNA was on file from a prior arrest for a carjacking in California, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“This case shows what a powerful tool DNA upon arrest can be,” King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said in a news release. “If not for California’s law that required Kelly to give a DNA sample when he was arrested, it is unlikely that we could have solved these predatory sexual assaults here in Washington.”
According to police, the Kirkland woman was walking into her home in the 9500 block of Northeast 128th Street around 11:45 a.m. Oct. 25 when she saw a man “swiftly approaching her.” She tried to quickly shut her door, but he pushed it open and shoved her onto the floor. He put his hand over her mouth and started to choke her during the assault.
The woman told police that the man pulled off her clothing and raped her.
She said the man told her that he was homeless and had recently gotten out of a four-year relationship. During the sexual assault the woman bit the man on one of his hands, police said.
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