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September 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM
Chris Hansen and members of a Sacramento political committee trying to block efforts to build a new arena there have agreed to pay a $50,000 fine to settle violations of California rules on campaign contributions.
Hansen was accused of making an illegal $100,000 contribution to a group seeking a vote on public financing for a new arena, said Gary Winuk, enforcement officer for the California Fair Polictial Practices Commission which investigated the case. The contribution was not reported, as required by state law.
Winuk said the Commission will meet Sept. 19th to consider the proposed settlement agreement. He said that as a condition of the settlement, Hansen and the two others have already submitted the check for $50,000.
Hansen made the $100,000 contribution to help fund paid signature gatherers working on a proposed ballot measure to require voter approval of public subsidies for sports facilities in Sacramento.
Hansen released a detailed statement Monday saying that the donation was made without his consent.
“I would just like to reiterate my commitment to stay out of Sacramento’s arena efforts. In this regard, I would also like to highlight that I will take steps to prevent any signatures collected by GoCo from being submitted to the opposition. As it was never my intent to directly fund signature gathering efforts, I completely agree with numerous Kings fans who have taken the time to write me and suggest this course of action.”
Hansen agreed to the settlement along with political consultant Brandon Powers and treasurer Lysa Ray of Citizens for a Voice in Government, according to the Commission.
May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM
King County prosecutors said they need more time to review the allegations against NBA player Terrence Williams, who was arrested Sunday after the mother of his 10-year-old son told police he had flashed a handgun at her.
“There’s an ongoing investigation and a charging decision will be made at a later date,” Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the prosecuting attorney’s office, said today.
Today was the deadline for prosecutors to file a second-degree assault charge against Williams, a former Rainier Beach High School star.
Williams was released from the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on Monday after he posted $25,000 bail. His attorney, Aaron Kiviat, had said at the bail hearing Monday that the claims by the alleged victim was not the full story.
According to court documents, Williams was dropping off his son at the boy’s mother’s home in Kent when she attempted to speak to Williams.
“The mother came outside with her current boyfriend, and wanted to talk to Terrence about some disparaging remarks that Terrence had made in the past about her other children. Terrence refused to get out of the vehicle so the mother started banging on his hood, insisting that they talk,” the documents said.
“While seated in the vehicle Terrence pulled out a handgun, stuck it out the driver’s side window and aimed it at the mother,” prosecutors allege.
Williams, who played college basketball at Louisville before joining the NBA, then drove off, police said.
He was later arrested without incident, police said.
William played last season with the Boston Celtics and averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 assists per game.
May 20, 2013 at 3:00 PM
A King County Superior Court judge this afternoon set bail at $25,000 for NBA basketball player Terrence Williams, the former Rainier Beach High School star who was arrested over the weekend for allegedly threatening a woman with a handgun.
Judge Charles DeLaurenti II found probable cause to hold Williams, 25, for investigation of second-degree assault. Prosecutors had sought $50,000 bail.
Williams, who plays for the Boston Celtics, appeared in court in handcuffs and a jail jumpsuit.
Williams was arrested Sunday in Kent for allegedly making threats with a gun to his son’s mother.
According to Kent police, Williams was in a downtown Kent parking lot shortly before 2 p.m. to pick up or drop off his 10-year-old son. The mother of the boy told police that during the custody exchange for the scheduled visit, she and Williams had argued and he brandished a firearm and made threats.
He then left the area, but was later located and taken into custody without incident, police said.
William, who played college basketball at Louisville, has played four seasons in the NBA, most recently with the Celtics. He averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 assists per game this season. He owns a home in Maple Valley.
May 19, 2013 at 9:23 AM
Mercer Street opens: Mercer Street and Broad Street are now open to traffic, says the Seattle Department of Transportation. Crews getting ready for the demolition of the east half of the Highway 99 bridge over Mercer got their work done earlier than the expected Monday 5 a.m. completion. The rerouting that was to go into effect then has started. That means:
- Mercer Street is reduced to two eastbound lanes between Fourth Avenue North and Ninth Avenue North.
- Local access maintained at Taylor Avenue North.
- The sidewalk on the north side of Mercer Street is closed between Fifth Avenue North and Dexter Avenue North. The sidewalk on the south side of Mercer Street will remain open.
- Broad Street open to two-way traffic.
Aurora Avenue is expected to be closed until about 1 p.m. Sunday. There are maps here that may help.
Warm weather: Today and tomorrow, but rain and lower temperatures moving in on Tuesday.
Hoops hopes: In denying the move of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, the NBA let escape one tiny ray of hope for fans of a future Sonics team: The professional basketball league might consider expansion. Would that be to Seattle? How interested is Chris Hansen now in bringing a team to Seattle? Times reporter Bob Condotta takes a look.
Powerball winner: On winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot of almost $600 million was sold in Saturday night’s drawing. Given that the ticket was sold in Florida, we’re not expecting riches to flow nearby.
May 16, 2013 at 6:55 AM
Pit bulls kill cat: It happened in Longview early this month. A man was in his house when the dogs came in through an open sliding door, saw the cat, jumped on it and killed it. The owners were found and fined $771 for allowing the dogs to run loose and not having a license for one of them. Did we mention they were pit bulls? The Daily News in Longview has the details.
Hey, that’s my car! A Kennewick woman’s SUV was stolen Tuesday morning, but later in the day, when an SUV pulled up to the drive-through window at the McDonald’s where she works, lo and behold, there was her purloined vehicle. The woman driving the vehicle was arrested. See, that’s another reason fast food isn’t good for you. The Tri-City Herald has the story.
Gee, have you heard, no NBA team for Seattle. Is the effort to get one here over? Probably not. Sacramento gets to keep its pro basketball team and if you want to see an example of the word beaming, have a look at the photo of Sac Mayor Kevin Johnson after yesterday’s announcement.
Thunderstorms and a dog story with a happy ending: In east Pierce County, a 90-pound mastiff, frightened by Monday’s thunderstorms, fell down a steep, 20-foot embankment where he spent two days because he couldn’t climb back up, according to a story in The News Tribune. The pooch’s owner hoped his dog could get back up on its own, but it took fire and rescue crews to retrieve the dog Wednesday. Both dog and owner are back home, safe and sound.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
- North Bend intruder had job, was father of five
- David Stern’s Seattle sucker punch shows we must stop being a pawn in NBA’s game |Jerry Brewer
- Game may be over if NBA says ‘no’ | Danny Westneat
- NBA board of governors expected to vote Wednesday on Seattle offer to purchase Sacramento Kings
- ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’: Action, excitement at warp speed | Movie review
Memo light: Sally Forth | By Francesco Marciuliano; drawn by Craig Macintosh
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April 15, 2013 at 6:59 AM
The tragic avalanches near Snoqualmie Pass: Searchers are waiting for safer conditions today before resuming the search for 61-year-old Mitch Hungate, a Renton dentist, who was buried by an avalanche when he and two fellow hikers were swept some 1,200 feet down a mountain over the weekend. His companions survived the ordeal. In a separate incident near the pass, a woman snowshoer died after she was caught in an avalanche. Her identity has not yet been released.
Is the end near? Will it be a win this week for Chris Hansen’s quest to bring the NBA back to the Emerald City? The board of governors of the NBA is expected to decide in the next few days whether Hansen will prevail in his long effort to bring pro basketball to Seattle.
Tax day: You know the drill. You have until midnight to file your 2012 federal taxes or apply for an extension. Yeah, we know, some of you got your refund eons ago. …
Some showers today, but sunny tomorrow and Wednesday with highs near 60. It’s about time! Those are the temperatures we’d expect to see this time of year. The forecast.
Surf fishing proves fatal for Lynnwood man near Ocean Shores: The man apparently was pulled by a riptide into deeper water where he drowned Sunday. The man, who was 83, was reported missing around noon. When he was found, he was taken to the hospital, but he died. KBKW has the story.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
- The man who would bring the NBA back to Seattle
- Woman dug from avalanche dies
- Financiers worry Seattle’s apartment boom is overdone
- Search suspended for Renton dentist missing in avalanche
- Steer clear of Facebook’s Home for Android
Memo light: Pearls Before Swine | By Stephan Pastis
April 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM
A King County judge this morning dismissed a lawsuit aimed at blocking construction of a new arena in Sodo.
Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh determined that there are too many unknowns to the proposed arena deal to rule now. Investor Chris Hansen is leading a group that wants to build the arena with the hopes of bringing an NBA basketball team and possibly an NHL hockey team to Seattle. They are seeking to buy the Sacramento Kings.
The lawsuit, filed in January, alleged the arrangement, which calls for $200 million in public money to be repaid through arena revenue, violates the terms of Initiative 91. The measure, overwhelmingly approved by Seattle voters in 2006, said the city must make a profit on any investment in a sports facility.
The plan, the lawsuit says, “lacks fair value” because most of the sums to be repaid represent unsecured future cash revenue or interest repayment that is not allowed under the initiative.
“We think there is a massive shortfall in fair value because you can’t count the unsecured future cash,” said Seattle attorney Cleveland Stockmeyer, who filed the suit on behalf of Mark Baerwaldt, a drafter and sponsor of I-91, and three other Seattle residents labeled respectively as a taxpayer, a Sounder train conductor and a railroad switchman who serves as a United Transportation Union leader.
Middaugh said this morning the city’s agreements with Hansen to build the arena are not yet finalized.
She said the city must still complete an environmental review and final documents. Only when the final terms are known can the court determine whether the agreement meets the terms of I-91, Middaugh said.
“This ruling is yet another in a long line of affirmations that the city and county are doing things right in the effort to bring the Sonics home,” Metropolitan King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Maloof family, controlling owners of the Sacramento Kings, has set a deadline of 5 p.m. today for a Sacramento group to submit a written, binding bid that would be considered as a backup offer if the NBA denies the team’s sale to the Seattle group led by Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The Sacramento Bee reported if the deadline is not met, the Maloofs will not consider any Sacramento offers.
However, The Bee also reported this morning that sources have told the paper that the Maloof family will accept a local bid that matches that of Hansen’s group.
February 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM
Oh no, no mail on Saturdays. Now that the U.S. Postal Service has decided to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting in August, we’re wondering how you feel about that. Vote in our poll. (And then there’s this from the secretary of state: Ending Saturday mail affects Washington balloting.)
You don’t often hear the words Nazi, communist, Gestopo, crooks and idiots aimed at public officials all in one meeting in Seattle, but they were flying around last night at a hearing of the city’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee as they took up the issue of unmanned police drones. Not too many folks were in favor of them. … Whether you are for them or against them, let’s at least be civil, no?
An NBA team in Seattle? OK, let’s get this over with already. NBA’s David Stern confirms Seattle group has applied to relocate Kings.
Marijuana and driving: We find it interesting that the word “yet” found its way into our headline: Wash. toxicologist: No spike yet in marijuana DUIs. It’s inevitable, yeah?
Raccoons nesting in a construct crane 150 feet in the air is just too much. What a great little story. How did they do that? KING5 has more details. (OK, raccoons can be nasty critters, but it’s still a good story … )
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com.
- REI chief: outsider pick for Interior secretary
- Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts
- Crowd packs guns, packs City Hall in Oak Harbor
- Must job hunters reveal Facebook password?
- Huskies have put together a talented group of defensive line recruits
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January 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Two kids rescued after falling through ice: Two youngsters, each about 12, were out on an ice-covered lake in south Everett yesterday when they fell through. Spotting the kids, neighbors used their raft to reach the pair. When the ice poked holes in the raft, other neighbors helped pull everyone to safety. Nasty business being out there on thin ice. Fair warning to all. Seattle Times news partner My Everett News has the story, along with pictures and a video.
Sonics fans of old must be beside themselves today. An NBA team back in the Emerald City? We wonder how much tickets to watch a new team play in a new arena will cost? To see the Lakers down in L.A., for example, nose bleed seats at center court: $89… Loge seats behind the baskets: $150. Courtside? In your dreams, baby…
Well, this can’t be good for business… Robber may be targeting Subways, coffee shops in the area
That Spider-Man story… We’re still trying to find out why the Spiker-Man story you see at Number 1 below is the most-read story. It’s from 2009?
Most-read stories today on seattletimes.com:
- “Spider-Man” comes to 8-year-old’s rescue in Thailand
- NBA’s return to Seattle all set up, sources say
- You can believe it now: NBA is coming back |Steve Kelley
- Sale of Sacramento Kings to Chris Hansen’s group officially announced
- Looking ahead for Seahawks: Looking up?
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November 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Architects for arena investor Chris Hansen today submitted conceptual designs for the proposed Seattle sports arena in the Sodo neighborhood.
These aren’t the architectural drawings that will show what the arena will actually look like. Those are likely to be released by the end of the month. But they do show the general plans for a 725,000-square-foot arena with seating capacity for between 18,000 and 20,000.
The illustrations show the arena being used for basketball, hockey and concerts. A practice facility is also included at the northeast end of the site.
The arena would be built between South Massachusetts Street and South Holgate Streets. Hansen is requesting that Occidental Avenue South on those blocks be vacated. He’s also proposing a pedestrian mall between South Massachusetts and Edgar Martinez Drive South.
The drawings show a recessed entry set back from both South Massachusetts and First Avenue South.
Hansen, the city and King County reached an agreement earlier this month to go forward with planning for the arena. The city is conducting an environmental review of the site that also will consider a Seattle Center location.
Longshore workers have filed a suit against the city and county for not completing the environmental review before they entered into the agreement with Hansen.
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