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August 27, 2013 at 7:11 AM
Seattle police are looking for a suspect who robbed and pistol-whipped a convenience store clerk early today.
The incident occurred about 3:20 a.m. at a 7-Eleven in the 7200 block of Sand Point Way.
Robbery detectives and K-9 units are investigating.
September 12, 2012 at 7:44 AM
Weather: Downright chilly this morning, no? It’s supposed to make it to the upper 60s or low 70s today. The afternoons have been great, sunny and clear. A tad cooler, but we can live with that. Tomorrow and Friday are looking even better with temperatures in the upper 70s. Feels like summer to us. But then it gets cooler over the weekend. At least there’s no rain. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Amanda Knox: Her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was convicted but later exonerated along with Knox in the slaying of Knox’s British roommate in Perugia, Italy, in 2007, says in his new book that the way they acted after Meredith Kercher’s death was rather odd, but they weren’t responsible for the killing. Sollecito and Knox, who is writing her own book, were seen kissing and hugging outside the house where Kercher died and at a store where Knox was buying underwear.
A Porsche? Did the fellow who robbed a North Seattle bank really need the money if he got away in a Porsche? OK, it was a 944, but still.
Electricity bills going up? Seattle City Light wants to raise rates about 10 percent over the next two years. We’re sure you’re delighted at that prospect.
Window washer falls: A man who’s been washing windows for three decades up in Bellingham is in serious condition after falling through a second-story glass awning yesterday. The Bellingham Herald has the story.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
August 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM
The would-be robber brandished garden shears. The gas station clerk – a hammer stapler.
The clerk prevailed.
Bellingham police are looking for a man who went into a Starvin Sams gas station Aug. 20th at 2:40 a.m., pointed garden shears at the clerk and demanded money.
The clerk stepped back as the “shear man” repeated his demands. Finally, the robber grabbed the cash register and tried to yank it off the counter. That’s when the clerk pulled out at hammer stapler — they look a bit like a hammer but there’s a stapler head at the business end — and smacked the robber in the arm. That was enough for the robber who ran out the door and down the street.
Police were called but neither they nor their police dogs were able to find him.
The clerk was unharmed and the robber got nothing except for the slap from the hammer stapler. Police didn’t say if the stapler was loaded.
Anyone with information concerning the robbery can call Bellingham Police Detective Tim Ferguson at (360)778-8824.
April 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — Spokane police say a masked man who told his victims he wanted to be called “Robin Hood” robbed a pizza shop at gunpoint.
The Spokesman-Review reports that the Friday afternoon robbery at Pizza Pipeline led school officials to temporarily lock down nearby Shadle Park High School while police searched unsuccessfully for the gunman.
Sgt. Jason Hartman says the man told employees he didn’t want to hurt them even though he pointed his gun directly at them
December 9, 2011 at 5:48 AM
An armed robbery suspect who barricaded himself in a south Seattle home surrendered to a Seattle SWAT team, but not before getting lost in his own darkened basement, according to police.
Police hostage negotiators eventually managed to guide him out, but only after considerable prompting, said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.
He suspect “wanted to surrender, but couldn’t find his way out,” she said.
The man was a suspect in a robbery several days ago in which shots had been fired, Witt said. East Patrol anti-crime investigators obtained information that he was holed up in a home near Columbian Way and 14th Avenue South, and a SWAT team responded to set up a perimeter, she said.
Once the team was in place, officers announced themselves about 10:30 p.m. The man apparently tried to hide, but got lost in the darkened downstairs. When he decided he wanted to surrender, Witt said, he couldn’t find his way out.
He didn’t surrender until just after midnight.
November 30, 2011 at 7:15 AM
Weather: Let’s see … mostly sunny and a high around 48 today. Nice. Tomorrow: foggy morning, but sunny later in the day. Double nice. Friday, sorta nice with 30 percent chance of rain but some sun, too. We can live with that, right? More weather info.
Traffic: Not much trouble out there this morning. The map and the cams.
The new mayor of Pacific in south King County, Cy Sun, 81, a write-in candidate, says he’s not going to talk to the old mayor about a transition because he wants to “start something new,” according to a KING 5 report,
Why did he run? From the KING 5 story:
“Because nobody else is going to clean up the mess that’s in there,” he said.
Gotcha: Quick thinking by a plainclothes cop in Spokane caught a bank robber red-handed Tuesday. The robber was inside the teller’s booth when who should walk in but a police detective who quickly sized up the situation and held the robber at gunpoint until backup arrived, according to The Associated Press.
Amanda Knox: We ran a readers’ poll Tuesday on this blog asking you whether you thought the media should leave Amanda Knox alone, and whoa did you say it loud and clear. As of this morning, nearly 1,100 of you said enough’s enough, let her be. Only 100 or so said they want more.
Towing hell: If you’ve ever had your car towed and the experience was less than, let’s say, pleasant, you must read Danny Westneat’s column today about the poor fella who truly saw the downside of the towing world.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning.
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