Seattle Public Schools won’t close for the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday, according to the district, which released a statement late Monday afternoon from superintendent José Banda: Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team,…More
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Three days after a King County jury acquitted a 30-year-old Eastern Washington man of assaulting a nurse at Virginia Mason hospital, he was arrested by Seattle police for allegedly stealing a Seahawks sweatshirt and attacking a loss-prevention officer with a knife. Patrick Page waived his first court appearance on Monday, when a judge found probable cause to…More
The Associated Press BELLINGHAM— When Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made the game-winning play to send Seattle to the Super Bowl, a Bellingham resident celebrated the “Legion of Boom” defense by firing a shotgun into the air. Police responded to neighbors’ complaints Sunday and found five shotgun shells in the yard of a 60-year-old man who admitted he was…More
Sidelined Seattle Seahawk Spencer Ware said he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel when he was pulled over at 12:38 a.m. Sunday for suspected DUI, according to the Washington State Patrol. However, he told a trooper he was driving friends to the clubs as he was the least intoxicated among them. In the arrest report released Monday, the Patrol…More
A Bellevue police officer who was disciplined for his drunken off-duty behavior at Seattle Seahawks game in September 2012 has been charged with misdemeanor drunk driving in an incident in which a fellow Bellevue officer stopped him for erratic driving and then allowed him to go home with a relative.
The officer who was pulled over has been identified as Andrew Hanke.
Bellevue police say on Nov. 20, an unidentified off-duty Bellevue police officer was driving home in his patrol car when he stopped a car on Interstate 90 near Issaquah to investigate the driver for possible DUI. The driver of the vehicle that was pulled over was Hanke, according to Bellevue city Prosecutor Lynn Moberly, who filed the DUI charge Thursday in King County District Court in Issaquah.
The off-duty officer did not arrest Hanke and instead allowed him to be driven home by a relative, police said.
The investigating officer notified a supervisor of the incident.
The following morning, Bellevue police Chief Linda Pillo was notified of the incident and Hanke was immediately placed on administrative leave, said Bellevue police public information Officer Seth Tyler. The department has also opened an internal investigation into the officer who stopped Hanke but did not arrest him.
“While officers are allowed some discretion during a traffic stop, the officer’s decision in this case not to make an arrest is undergoing a thorough and objective internal investigation. That investigation will determine whether the on-duty officer used poor judgment and/or failed to perform their duties,” police said in a news release.More
A Kent man has been charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly sucker-punched a Minnesota Vikings fan during a game last November at CenturyLink Field. William D. Van Meveren, 34, was arrested after the Nov. 4 incident, but was released pending further investigation. He was charged last week, according to charging documents filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The…More
Sunny through at least Saturday: Enough said? Hate crime charges in Capitol Hill beating: Five men, none of whom have ties to Seattle, were charged with hate crimes by King County prosecutors. The men are accused of yelling racial and homophobic slurs at a 20-year-old man and then beating him with their fists, feet…More
Cold and clear: A cold, dry air mass over Western Washington means frostier-than-normal temperatures this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Beware of icy roads and sidewalks — they’re slippery! Fan-tastic display of Russell Wilson buddies: If you didn’t get a paper yesterday, never fear — you still have ways to print and build your…More
Take Our Poll Two Bellevue police officers have been disciplined – one demoted, the other suspended for 30 days – for their off-duty behavior at a September Seattle Seahawks game in which they confronted and verbally abused a Seattle police officer who stopped them for littering and then got into a confrontation with a…More
Bellevue police have completed an administrative investigation into allegations that three off-duty Bellevue officers behaved inappropriately during a Seahawks game in September. The findings are now being reviewed by the department’s command staff, which expects to present its recommendations to police Chief Linda Pillo by Friday, according to a news release issued today. Pillo will then decide if there were any…More