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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 He explores how outdated the NFL policy banning marijuana use is when, for example, the league has swept “brain injuries under the rug for years.”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 7, 2013 at 8:49 AM
MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) — Classes have been canceled for the rest of the week at a northeastern Oregon school after a custodian found a bullet hole in the front door — and the bullet was found lodged in a rear door down the hall.
No one was hurt.
Pleasant View Alternative School Principal Suzy Mayes says the shot must have been fired overnight Tuesday. The hole and bullet were found early Wednesday morning.
The East Oregonian reports that the school is working with the Umatilla County sheriff’s office, which is reviewing security camera footage.
The school’s students don’t have school on Fridays and Monday is a holiday.
Milton-Freewater is southeast of Walla Walla.
November 1, 2013 at 8:16 AM
WENATCHEE (AP) — A woman’s Halloween costume that included a realistic-looking AR-15 toy rifle sent Wenatchee police officers and Chelan County sheriff’s deputies rushing to a school.
A passer-by reported seeing someone walking near Lewis and Clark Elementary with what appeared to be an assault rifle. The school was put on lockdown for about a half-hour Thursday afternoon while the report was checked out.
KHQ-TV reports that dispatchers received another call from someone who said a friend had just walked home wearing a costume that included a replica rifle.
The Wenatchee World reports the woman wearing the costume was in her 20s.
Sgt. Jim West says officers contacted her and told her, “carrying a ‘weapon’ like that was probably not the wisest of ideas.”
October 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — An 11-year-old Vancouver boy who has been held since last Wednesday for bringing a gun, ammo and knives to school cursed the juvenile court commissioner who decided Tuesday he should remain in custody.
The Columbian reports he also swore at security officers who escorted him out of the courtroom after he refused to leave.
Juvenile Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider denied his release after reviewing a mental-health evaluation. Snider says the boy’s family had ignored the advice of mental-health professionals and the boy has anger-management problems that intensify when authority figures give him instructions.
His competency will be reviewed again at a Nov. 12 hearing.
The boy had told police a voice told him it was a good idea to kill another student who called his friend gay.
October 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Seattle police say they have arrested a 34-year-old man for lewd conduct near Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle.
The man was arrested after a 17-year-old female student who was walking to school reported she saw the man masturbating while sitting in a dark blue minivan parked on the street in the 2400 block of SW Thistle Avenue about 8:30 a.m.
Police say they are questioning him but that detectives don’t yet know if he’s the same man responsible for recent similar incidents reported near West Seattle schools.
In recent weeks police have been at Holy Rosary School and Westside School in West Seatte investigating reports of a man exposing himself to children. It’s unclear whether this incident is related.
No arrests have been made in those prior incidents.
August 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Seattle firefighters quickly doused an intentionally-set fire that burned a shed outside Madrona Elementary School early Sunday, according to fire department spokeswoman Lt. Sue Stangl.
Someone driving by the school at 1121 33rd Ave. in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood called 911 just after 12:30 a.m. to report the fire, Stangl said. Firefighters had the fire out in less than 10 minutes, she said.
Once the fire was determined to be arson, the case has been handed over to Seattle police, according to Stangl. The fire caused $2,500 in damage, with $1,000 to the exterior of the school, $1,000 in damage to the shed and $500 in damage to the contents of the shed, she said.
June 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM
EVERETT (AP) — A Monroe woman who pretended to be the mother of her teenage son’s friend to help him skip school is facing a felony charge.
Snohomish County prosecutors have charged 32-year-old Jackie Sevillano with criminal impersonation. They say she called school officials May 4, claiming to be another boy’s mother and saying he was not in class because he had a doctor’s appointment.
School officials suspected a ruse and called the boy’s parents. Police tracked down both boys who were playing hooky and found they had been smoking marijuana.
The Daily Herald reports Sevillano was charged with a felony after she rejected an offer from prosecutors to plead guilty to a misdemeanor impersonation charge.
June 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM
A Federal Way contracting company did not start its morning on the right track today — literally.
Workers from Lloyd Enterprises tore up about 15 percent of the synthetic running surface track at Sequoyah Middle School in Federal Way before perplexed school staff stopped them from going any farther, according to Rod Leland, maintenance manager for Federal Way Public Schools.
The workers were supposed to be tearing up track at Saghalie Middle School, but Leland says one manager sent the crew to the wrong school.
“They realized their mistake,” Leland said. “They’re a good local company that’s been here around 50 years, and they reassured us they’ll make us whole.”
For right now, the track may look like a shocking mess, but Leland said it should be fixed in about 30 days.
“Fortunately, it’s the end of the school year — it’s not a major disruption,” Leland said.
June 6, 2013 at 9:09 PM
Seattle police arrested a high-school student after receiving reports he was on his way to school with a gun Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The 15-year-old student was indeed carrying an unloaded handgun when officers found him in the 1400 block of Northwest 85th Street, according to an item posted in the Seattle Police Department blotter.
The student was reportedly en route to the Interagency Academy, an alternative school for troubled kids located in the 800 block of Third Avenue in downtown Seattle. Police locked down the school site for about 90 minutes as they searched for the student.
Initial reports did not indicate the student had threatened any of his classmates or teachers, police said.
The Seattle Times wrote about the Interagency Academy last year.
April 11, 2013 at 11:07 AM
COWICHE, Yakima County — A farmer taking potshots at rodents prompted a lockdown at an elementary school and a police response Wednesday morning.
Marcus Whitman Elementary School, part of the Highland School District, was locked down from about 9:45 until 10:40 a.m. while Yakima County sheriff’s deputies investigated reports of shots heard near the school’s east playground.
Students were in recess and on the playground when the report came in.
Yakima County sheriff’s Sgt. John Durand said a perimeter around the school was established with help from the Washington State Patrol, Tieton police and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. A security sweep determined all students and staff were accounted for.
Durand said deputies determined the source of the gunfire was a farmer shooting rodents in a field about three-quarters of a mile away.
“With the continuing concern over school violence and safety, citizens should be aware and use good judgment when making decisions to target-practice or shoot near a school — especially while school is in session,” Durand said in a statement.
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