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November 27, 2013 at 6:50 AM
A Spokane Valley student brought a knife to school Tuesday and threatened other students with it. Did we mention she’s only a second-grader? The girl is so young that the East Valley School District has brought in law enforcement to determine, among other things, if she even knew it was wrong to bring a knife to school. All we can do is shake our heads and be relieved it wasn’t a gun. KXLY reports.
A great legacy for a quiet man: Only a small circle of family and friends knew that Jack MacDonald — former attorney, frugal soul and wise investor — had amassed a fortune over his long life. His secret is out now. MacDonald has left $187.6 million to Seattle Children’s, the UW Law School and the Salvation Army. All we can say is, wow and whoa. Says his stepdaughter: “He felt really good about what he was doing with his money, and our family feels good about what he’s doing with his money.”
Got pot? Don’t get Seahawked, says our columnist Danny Westneat. He’s talking about the two Seahawks who were either banished from the game or suspended for reportedly using marijuana. He explores how outdated the NFL policy banning marijuana use is when, for example, the league has swept “brain injuries under the rug for years.” Voters overwhelmingly said no in our poll Tuesday when asked whether pro football players should be suspended for pot use.
A 23-year-old man was fatally shot about 2:15 a.m. today in White Center in South Seattle, according to King County sheriff’s deputies. We’ll have more on this as the day progresses.
No rain Thanksgiving Day. At least that’s what the Weather Service says. But dare we say this? There’s a chance, only a chance mind you, that some snow might fall Monday night down in the lowlands, as in down here. Heavy snow is forecast for the Cascades Sunday evening and Monday, so if you’re heading home across the mountains Sunday night or Monday, be prepared for the possibility of some bad weather. National Weather Service forecast. And if you’re traveling elsewhere by plane, that’s going to be tough too.
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November 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Seattle medics were in the back of an ambulance with a patient in Pioneer Square on Friday night when a man with a knife opened the doors and tried to climb in, according to the Fire Department.
Medics were dispatched to a report of a man having chest problems near the intersection of Second Avenue and Main Street around 8:30 p.m., said Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Sue Stangl.
They were treating the patient when the man with the knife opened the back doors and tried to force his way in, she said. She did not have details, but said police were called and the man was disarmed and taken into custody.
Police were not immediately available for comment.
Stangl said no one was injured and the Fire Department medics were able to finish caring for the heart patient.
September 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM
Skagit Valley Herald
MOUNT VERNON — Nathan Vasquez was sentenced Thursday to 12½ years in prison for assaulting two Skagit Valley Food Co-op employees with a knife.
Vasquez, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault as part of a plea deal that dropped one count down from first-degree assault and dropped a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
He was arrested Jan. 27 after confronting, yelling at and charging two Co-op employees who were taking out the garbage. A police report described him as “belligerent.”
Vasquez swiped the knife at one of the Co-op employees, scratching his abdomen, according to the report. The other employee fended him off and Vasquez eventually left, but police caught up with him on the Second Street Viaduct, where he threw the knife over the bridge, a Mount Vernon police spokeswoman said at the time.
The Co-op employee who was injured did not need immediate medical attention.
Police used a Taser to subdue Vasquez, who refused to cooperate with police and told them to just shoot him, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case.
“That night, I was looking to die,” he told Judge Michael Rickert in court Thursday.
Vasquez has a long history of methamphetamine-induced psychosis and a variety of mental-health diagnoses, said his defense lawyer, Wes Richards. Vasquez was under the influence at the time of the Co-op incident, Richards said.
“You’re a poster child for what methamphetamine can do,” Rickert told Vasquez, noting his extensive criminal history. “You’re lucky you’re still alive.”
Both Co-op employees were in court Thursday for Vasquez’s sentencing. One addressed the court, saying he was glad it didn’t happen to an older, frailer employee. He also said he has had to explain to his 7-year-old son that “Dad isn’t going to get hurt or stabbed just going to work.”
Vasquez apologized to the victims in court, saying he would not come after them and “that weight’s off your chest.”
Vasquez was convicted in 2004 of second-degree kidnapping, one of 15 prior felony convictions on his record. Prosecutor Erik Pedersen said his conduct has escalated.
This is Vasquez’s second strike under Washington’s “three strikes” law for serious felony offenses. A third strike would mean prison for life.
Vasquez said he is a United States citizen but has family in Mexico and plans to move near them when he is released.
May 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Ferry passenger goes berserk: A man ran around the Seattle-to-Bremerton ferry last night threatening passengers with a knife before locking himself in the boat’s galley. When police boarded the boat in Seattle to arrest him, he bit a Seattle police officer. Cops finally got him under control and took him to jail. The Kitsap Sun says the man was threatening suicide.
Some storm yesterday, eh? It came up suddenly and was short-lived, but Puget Sound Energy says some 22,000 customers lost power because of it. Classes at Green River Community College were canceled today because there was no power to the campus. All that being said, would you believe we could see some sun today?
Someone help us please: There’s a reason they call some things sagas, so it’s fitting to say the Sonics-Sacramento fight over an NBA team is one, as it drags on and on and on. Oops, sorry, got carried away there. Chris Hansen’s crusade to bring the Kings to Seattle remains in limbo, but the NBA board is scheduled to vote on the matter tomorrow. Let’s see if that settles anything. Yeah, right.
Wolves on the move: KING5 says wolves reintroduced in our state aren’t content to stay in Eastern Washington, and a couple of them are hunting in the Central Cascades. See their story.
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September 18, 2012 at 7:16 AM
Weather: Could reach into the 80s today according to some forecasts, despite what the chart here says. Sunny and clear from now through the weekend. Is this September? We’ll have to pinch ourselves to believe it. Enjoy. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Man shot by Kirkland police officer: Police say the man drove an SUV directly at the officer and the officer fired, according to the story by KING5. It all began when police heard a woman screaming at a motel and investigated.
Boy lifted from mountain peak by chopper: The 10-year-old boy fell ill while climbing with his father and another man near Mount Stuart in the Central Cascades, and he couldn’t get down on his own. It was too dangerous for a rescue on the ground due to darkness, so a helicopter was brought in to pluck the boy to safety.
“Dine and dash”: A couple in Bellingham dined at a restaurant up there but left without paying. A couple of employees confronted them outside, but the man pulled a knife with a huge blade, and that put an end to that. However, one of the employees got into a car and followed the couple. Despite police getting involved, the couple got away.
Ricotta cheese recalled in our area: Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese might be contaminated with listeria bacteria, so an Auburn company is recalling it. The company says the supplier, Forever Cheese of Long Island City, N.Y. sold the cheese to distributors, retailers and restaurants in Washington and Oregon between July 17 and Sept. 10. The cheese is cut into 7-ounce pieces, with manufacturer codes 7022, 7212, 7272 and 7432.
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April 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM
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UPDATE AT 12:06 P.M.: A police standoff near Seattle Center involving an armed 14-year-old boy has ended peacefully.
No one was injured.
The standoff started around 9 a.m. at an apartment in the 2700 block of Third Avenue, where the boy reportedly threatened his mother with a large kitchen knife. The mother called police and said she was locked in the bathroom while her son was in the hallway of the home.
The woman somehow managed to escape, but police spent several hours trying to convince the barricaded teen to surrender, police said. The boy was described as suicidal.
“It appears he’s in crisis mode,” police spokesman Mark Jamieson said earlier this morning.
Hostage negotiators were sent to the scene.
After his surrender, the boy was arrested and will be booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of domestic violence assault, police said.
April 3, 2012 at 2:58 PM
A former Home Depot employee was arrested at the North Seattle store this morning after he returned to to the store and allegedly threatened former co-workers.
Officers were called to the store in the 11616 block of Aurora Avenue North at 11:15 a.m. for reports of a man armed with a knife. When the man tried to stab a woman working there, she ran and managed to lock herself in a closet, according to police. The man then vandalized the employee break room, according to police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
The 44-year-old man had recently been fired from his position at the store, said Jamieson. The man was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault, theft and malicious mischief.
March 27, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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A Snohomish County sheriff’s deputy shot a man who police say was coming at officers with a knife outside a home in Monroe Monday night.
The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and is reported to be in serious condition this morning, according to The Associated Press.
Everett police, who are handling the investigation, said officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call around 10:40 p.m. in the 14900 block of 210th Street Southeast in Monroe.
A woman came out of the house and told deputies her adult son was distraught and had been violent, police said. Police were told he had left the home and was on foot in the neighborhood.
A short time later, according to police, the man, armed with a knife, “emerged from the shadows of the home, and approached deputies.”
When he refused to drop the knife, officers first used a Taser, and then one of the deputies fired her gun, hitting the man.
Everett Police Sgt. Ryan Dalberg said the deputy who shot the man is a sergeant who has been with the department for 25 years. She is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, pending the investigation.
March 23, 2012 at 9:16 AM
Seattle police say they arrested a 20-year-old woman Thursday night just minutes after she held a knife to a man’s face, demanded his car keys and cellphone and stole his car.
The victim told police he was in the drive through lane of the Jack in the Box in the 9100 block of Rainier Avenue South when a suspect leaned in his open window, brandished the knife and took the keys from the ignition.
The victim tried to get someone to call 911, then ran across the street to a Safeway where he found an off-duty police officer working security. The off-duty officer reported the incident and police responded immediately, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Officers located the suspect within minutes, across the street near Rainier Avenue South and South Fisher Place. The suspect had a knife and victim’s keys in her pockets, police said. They said the victim’s cellphone was located in some nearby bushes. The woman was taken to King County Jail, where she is being held on investigation of robbery.
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