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November 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM
A vehicle accident on the border of SeaTac and Tukwila has killed one driver and sent the other driver to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident happened on the 13400 block of Military Road South at about 8:30 p.m. The King County’s Sheriff’s Office has not released additional information about what caused the accident or who the victims are.
We will update this post as more details become available.
October 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM
A guest was arrested at an America’s Best Value Inn in Tukwila when a maid discovered and reported a drug lab in the person’s room Friday afternoon, according to a news release.
Police and HAZMAT teams evacuated the motel, in the 14800 block of Interurban Avenue South, secured the area and determined that no one had been injured or exposed to harmful chemicals, the release said.
Teams from SeaTac, Burien, North Highline, Kent, King County Fire District 20, Zone 3 Fire Explorers and South King County Paramedics assisted Tukwila police.
Tukwila police are working with the Drug Enforcement Agency to process the chemicals at the scene, the release said.
September 19, 2013 at 8:05 AM
Weather: Nice today, in the mid-70s. The forecast for the next few days.
Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Mariners’ majority owner and the patriarch of Nintendo Corp. has died in Japan. He was 85. Yamauchi held a 55 percent stake in the baseball team he bought in 1992, along with a group of minority investors from the Seattle area. Read more from Seattle Times Mariners reporter Geoff Baker.
Starbucks asks that you leave the guns at home: The coffee giant says guns aren’t welcome in its stores, but isn’t banning them outright. The gun issue has hounded Starbucks since the company said in 2010 it adheres to laws in states where it operates — permitting guns in states with open-carry laws and prohibiting them where such laws don’t exist. Open-carry activists have staged “Starbucks Appreciation Days,” and those on the other side of the debate have staged Saturday boycotts. The company is running ads in some major newspapers today, explaining that Starbucks has been used as a political stage, and guns in stores make customers uneasy. Read about CEO Howard Schultz’s reasoning, and the reaction to the latest announcement.
Overnight shootings: A King County sheriff’s deputy is on leave after shooting and wounding a man who authorities say tried to hit her with a van in the Snoqualmie area. In Seatac, two men in a car were shot and seriously wounded. No arrests have been made, and the sheriff’s office says it is not known if the shooting was random or the men were targeted.
Sports: Mariners win with pitching — and hitting! — in Detroit, while the Seahawks work to reduce those pesky penalties as they prepare for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. Seriously, don’t gloat about the team yet. Seattle is 13th among 16 teams in the NFC and 23rd in the NFL in penalty yards per game at 330, writes Seahawks reporter Bob Condotta.
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September 19, 2013 at 6:08 AM
Two men were wounded when shots were fired into a car early Thursday in SeaTac. No arrests have been made.
After the shooting in the 16700 block of 31st Avenue South, just east of International Boulevard, the car crashed into several cars in an apartment parking lot, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. One man, in his 30s, made his way to a nearby bank, where he collapsed. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was in serious condition.
Another man who had been in the car left the scene for nearby Highline Medical Center. He also was seriously injured.
The sheriff’s office said it was not known whether the shooting was random or the men were targeted.
September 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM
UPDATE 5:35 P.M. | The woman found on the street with a gunshot wound to her torso was responsive before being taken to Harborview Medical Center, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman B.J. Myers.
Detectives are now unsure of whether she had been shot in the rented Infiniti FX the suspect used to flee from the crime scene, as first reported, Myers said. The suspect crashed the SUV into a front yard and then fled in a second vehicle toward the area where deputies found him.
Myers said the suspect shot himself in the chest after deputies started to close in on him in a wooded area he had ran into.
UPDATE 5:08 P.M.| The sheriff’s office is now reporting the suspected gunman shot himself in the chest and is now on his way to Harborview Medical Center.
ORIGINAL POST | The King County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are looking for the gunman who shot a woman in a car in SeaTac this afternoon.
The sheriff’s office says the gunman and victim were in a car together when she was shot at South 133rd Street and 24th Avenue South. The woman’s condition was not immediately known.
The gunman then fled in the car and crashed the vehicle. At about 4:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the suspect fled into a wooded area near South 128th Street and Military Road.
This post will be updated as more details become available.
September 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM
A 21-year-old man accused of stabbing his older sister to death last month pleaded not guilty this morning to a charge of first-degree murder, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Ahmed Zerfu remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail. His next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 at the King County Courthouse.
According to SeaTac police, Zerfu called police on the morning of Aug. 26 and told them his sister was “dead and they had stabbed her.” When police arrived at the apartment in the 3200 block of South 180th Street they found Zerfu bloody with multiple injuries and his sister, Medina Negato, 24, dead, police said.
Both appeared to have been stabbed numerous times, police said.
Police said investigators do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.
If Zerfu is convicted as charged, he faces a sentencing range of 264 to 344 months in prison.
September 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM
SeaTac voters will get the chance to decide whether the city should increase its minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 per hour, after a state appeals court today reversed a judge’s ruling from August that disqualified signatures needed to place the measure on November’s ballot.
Today’s order, issued by a three-judge panel of the Washington Court of Appeals, has yet to elaborate as to why King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas erred in her Aug. 26 ruling, which disqualified 61 signatures of registered SeaTac voters who signed more than one petition.
But the appeals panel reversed Darvas’ ruling, vacating her order and writ that otherwise would have prevented the ballot measure’s qualification.
“Without a writ, the measure is going to the ballot,” said Dmitri Iglitzin, the lawyer representing the SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs, a citizens’ group supporting the measure.
Harry Korrell, a Seattle lawyer representing Alaska Airlines and other opponents to the measure, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment about the ruling.
Even if opponents’ appeal the ruling, they cannot prevent Proposition One, the so-called “Good Jobs Initiative,” from going to SeaTac voters in November.
August 30, 2013 at 7:14 AM
SEATAC (AP) — Fifty people were displaced from their homes Thursday after a SeaTac apartment complex flooded following heavy rains.
Fire department officials say the apartments were undergoing a roof replacement when the storm began. Despite having plastic sheeting covering the building, rain managed to get through.
Officials say 13 units were affected. The apartment management and the American Red Cross helped residents find temporary shelter.
August 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM
The petition to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in SeaTac was halted Monday when a King County Superior Court judge ruled that it did not have the adequate number of signatures to be on the general election ballot in November, according to a report in the SeaTac Blog.
The petition had been signed more than once by 61 of its supporters, Judge Andrea Darvas said, and once the repeat names were stricken, the petition did not have enough signatures, according to the report.
Darvas’ ruling on Monday reversed an earlier statement from the SeaTac city clerk that the petition was sufficient to put the minimum-wage measure before voters.
Where the ordinance goes from here isn’t clear — nor is whether sponsors will be allowed to go back out to get more signatures, the blog report says.
Darvas said SeaTac and the SeaTac city clerk “are prohibited, and must desist and refrain, from sending the initiative measure to King County,” the SeaTac Blog reported.
June 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM
A Burien man told Washington State patrol troopers he jumped from his burning car while it was traveling about 60 miles an hour on Highway 518 near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport early today.
The car kept going, traveled off the roadway and burst into flames.
The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was reported in serious condition.
WSP Trooper Julie Judson said it’s not clear what caused the car to catch on fire in the 1:30 a.m. incident.
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