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August 13, 2013 at 6:38 PM
UPDATE: 9:35 p.m. | Investigators say an overheated electrical fan caused an accidental fire in a two-story rental house in the Northgate neighborhood Tuesday night,
The house has been turned over to its owner, and the five tenants are being assisted by the Red Cross, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.
Moore said the fire caused an estimated $200,000 damage to the house and $75,000 to its contents.
UPDATE: 8:15 p.m. | Five people — four men and a woman — have been displaced by the two-story house fire in Northgate Tuesday night, a Seattle fire spokesman said.
Crews put out the fire in about 45 minutes, and investigators are searching for a cause. More details will be added as they become available.
ORIGINAL POST | The Seattle Fire Department is responding to a fire at a two-story house in the 11300 block of Meridian Avenue North in Northgate, per a fire department tweet.
Firefighters searched the property and found no one inside, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the department.
Flames were “shooting out one side of the house,” threatening a neighboring house, when crews arrived around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Moore said.
He called the fire “very active” and said a team of 45 responders was fighting the blaze.
A cause has not yet been identified.
July 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Traylor Brothers has decided to walk away from its dispute with Sound Transit over flaws in the bid process to bore a 4.3-mile tunnel from Husky Stadium to Northgate.
The Indiana-based firm, leading the Traylor Frontier-Kemper (TFK) joint venture, had asked for a rebid, after TFK says it wasn’t notified of changed bid rules in May. Specifically, Sound Transit decided late in the process to fully pay contractors during the work, instead of withholding 5 percent until completion. TFK bid $465 million for the job, and its bid was ruled “unresponsive,” while the lowest of the six bids was $440 million, by JayDee, Coluccio, and Michels. Steve Owen, Traylor Brothers general counsel, later used the phrase “Keystone Kops” to describe confusion within the agency’s electronic documentation.
But last week, Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl denied the appeal, saying among other arguments that a rebid “would significantly harm the public” through delays, because the entire timeline for the Northgate line depends on the tunnel boring schedule. The entire $2.1 billion segment, including stations, trains, signals and engineering, is to open in 2021.
Traylor could have sued, but Owen said Thursday that would go against its “corporate culture” to cooperate with agencies — as well as cost a sizable amount of money, with no assurance of winning. “We maintain a strong desire to work on future tunneling projects in the Seattle area,” a company statement added. TFK is currently building an underground light-rail segment from Husky Stadium to Capitol Hill, to open in 2016.
June 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM
A woman was cut on her hand after she resisted a knife-wielding attacker who robbed her outside a Northgate Mall bank Sunday evening, Seattle police said.
The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. outside the Bank of America branch in the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way, at Northgate Mall. Police said the man was waiting in the hallway area on the south side of the bank, near the night deposit box, when the woman approached the box to make a deposit.
The man attempted to strike up a conversation; the woman ignored him, police said. The man then grabbed the deposit bag with his right hand while holding a knife in his left, and demanded the money, threatening to stab the woman. The woman resisted, and in the ensuing struggle she was cut on the hand. The man fled on foot, with both the deposit bag and the woman’s wallet.
Northgate Mall security officers followed the man as he ran out the exit door, but he eluded them and got into a black car occupied by one other person. He is a white man in his 30s, with a very thin build, and about 5 feet 10. He was wearing a black baseball cap and a Seahawks “Alexander” jersey.
The woman’s injuries were considered non-life-threatening, and she was treated at the scene by medics.
February 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM
Police have released a sketch of a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood Friday evening.The assault was the first of four in North Seattle since Friday, according to police. Though police haven’t connected the man in the sketch to the other assaults yet, he does have a similar description to attackers in two other assaults, police said.
In three of the assaults, including the one in Northgate, the man is described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, between 5-feet-7 and 6-feet, 140 to 160 pounds, with short brown hair.
The victim of the Northgate assault said her attacker had sunken, light blue eyes, a tattoo under his left forearm, and a gravelly voice.
Another assault in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood Sunday night involved two men who tried to abduct a woman. She broke free and the men sped off in a white van with “XYF” spray-painted in red on one side.
All women attacked in the assaults were in their 30s and 40s.
In addition to suspects, detectives would like to interview a cyclist who helped chase off the man who attacked a woman jogging around Green Lake Monday morning. They ask anyone who knows the cyclist to call Seattle Police Department’s sexual assault unit at 206-684-5575.
Police have asked anyone with information about a possible suspect to call 911.
Seattle police suggested everyone review a few of their safety tips while they continue searching for suspects.
Below is a Seattle Police Department map of sexual assaults in North Seattle since Friday.
February 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM
A woman escaped from a man who attacked her as she walked home in the Northgate Mall area Friday night, Seattle police reported.
The victim fought the man, who grabbed her, pulled her into a weeded area and sexually assaulted her around 7 p.m. She broke away from him and ran from the scene.
When the woman got home, her roommate called police, who were unable to find the attacker. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Police described the attacker as a white man, 20 to 30 years old, with very short, light-colored hair. The victim told police he had the look of a meth addict, with very bad teeth, sunken eyes and a wiry build.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Seattle Police Department at 911.
April 2, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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Seattle police say that a man was robbed at gunpoint last night while walking in a parking lot at the Northgate Mall.
Police were called to the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way around 8 p.m. for reports of an armed robbery. The victim told officers that two men approached him, one pointed a gun at him. The men took off with the victim’s wallet and phone, police said.
The robbers wore white beanie-style caps over their faces. North Precinct patrol officers searched the area but did not locate the suspects.
March 26, 2012 at 7:16 AM
Weather: We hope you enjoyed the weekend’s sun and relatively warm temps because we’re in for rain or showers today through Wednesday. And heavy rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday. But wasn’t that weekend nice?
Traffic: After being closed all weekend, the Viaduct has reopened. The map and cams.
The wife of a U.S. soldier Robert Bales who’s charged in the killing 17 Afghan civilians said on The Today show (video) this morning that she doesn’t think she’ll ever believe he was involved in the killings and that there were no indications that he suffered PTSD before he was sent to Afghanistan.
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Man in critical condition after shooting in Northgate bar. Shortly before midnight, Seattle police found a man shot in a bar in the 500 block of Northeast Northgate Way. Police say they don’t know what led up to the shooting and the shooter was still on the loose this morning. The victim, who suffered life-threatening injuries, is in Harborview Medical Center.
Moses Lake and missing dog: The body of the dog owned by a Moses Lake man who’s been missing since Dec. 23 was found floating in Potholes Reservoir Sunday. A friend of Dan Toya, 64, was on a walk when he saw the dog’s body floating in the water, says the Grant County sheriff’s office. Toya disappeared while taking the dog for a walk along the same beach.
The estimated Mega Millions jackpot has reached $356 millions… whoa!
The Mariners got pounded by the Yomiuri Giants in an exhibition game in Tokyo today.
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October 26, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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A 31-year-old Seattle man with a history of sexual assaults on women was charged today with second-degree rape after police say he grabbed a 22-year-old woman by the throat and sexually assaulted her in the Northgate neighborhood.
William Bol Akol, who was found by Seattle police hiding in some bushes after his alleged victim managed to escape and seek help, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 9.
Late Friday, the woman was walking from a bus stop on Northeast Northgate Way to a friend’s house when she passed Akol, who allegedly grabbed her throat, threw her into the bushes and jumped on top of her, punching and choking her as she resisted, charging papers say. After she was sexually assaulted, the woman was able to break free and run across the street to a gas station, where a customer helped her inside to call 911, the papers say.
Responding officers found Akol hiding in the 11100 block of Northeast Northgate Way, where they also found the alleged victim’s purse, shoes, sweater and cell phone, charging papers say. The woman, who identified Akol as her attacker, was treated at Harborview Medical Center.
In 2009, Akol was convicted of third-degree assault for grabbing the breast of a female Metro bus driver, charging papers say. In 2008, he was convicted of fourth-degree assault after he followed a 19-year-old woman off a bus, demanded sex and repeatedly punched her in the face when she refused, an assault that was witnessed by a Seattle police officer, the papers say.
A month before that assault, Akol put his hand between the legs of a 21-year-old woman on a downtown street; the woman contacted officers but did not pursue criminal charges, the papers say.
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