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November 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM
A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing a car and crashing it broadside into another vehicle around 5:40 p.m. today in South Seattle, critically injuring a 12-year-old girl and sending her, two other children and a 31-year-old man to the hospital.
The owner of the stolen car had left his his vehicle running to warm it up near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street, when the suspect jumped in, Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt wrote in the department’s online blotter. When the owner confronted the suspect, the 25-year-old threatened the owner with his own gun, which had been left inside the car, Witt said.
The 25-year-old sped north on Rainier Avenue with the car’s owner chasing him in another vehicle, Witt said. A Seattle police officer saw the stolen vehicle near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street and also began following it, she said in the blotter post.
The driver of the stolen vehicle turned onto South Grand Street, drove through the intersection with 23rd Avenue South and slammed into a southbound vehicle occupied by a man and three children, according to Witt.
When firefighters arrived at the crash scene, a 12-year-old girl was unconscious and unresponsive and was trapped under a door of the car, which had flipped onto its side, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. She was quickly extricated and taken to Harborview in critical condition with injuries considered life-threatening, he said. By 9 p.m., Moore said the girl’s condition had stabilized.
An 8-year-old boy was found on the grass near the vehicle and suffered a leg fracture, said Moore. According to Witt, the boy had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
It took firefighters about 10 minutes to cut the driver and a 6-year-old girl from the vehicle: The 31-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition, while the 6-year-old was in stable condition with minor injuries, said Moore.
The 25-year-old was also injured and was to be booked into the King County Jail on investigation of vehicular assault and auto theft once he’s released from the hospital, Witt said.
The Seattle Police Department’s Traffic Collision Investigation unit is investigating the crash.
November 27, 2013 at 2:41 PM
It’s not the holiday season in Seattle until the Space Needle tree lights up.
Made up of 1,200 lights and perched 560 feet above the ground (600 at the top), the tree will illuminate the skyline through New Year’s, according to the Space Needle website.
This video from Manuel Valdes of The Associated Press features the crew installing the lights. “We prefer cold over wet,” a technician says.
November 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM
The man who allegedly stabbed three men in Seattle’s City Hall Park Monday night assaulted a man in a wheelchair exactly a year ago in an attack that started the same way.
Witnesses of both Nov. 11 attacks said Adan Yusuf, 35, was argumentative and asking for cigarettes before he began his assaults, according to police and court documents.
All three men stabbed around 9:45 p.m. Monday night were lucky the weapon Yusuf allegedly used was only a small folding knife, said Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt. All three were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses told police that Yusuf had been walking around the park asking people for a cigarette. When one man didn’t offer him a cigarette, Yusuf allegedly started stabbing him.
Two others who tried to subdue Yusuf were also stabbed, one of them several times before he was sent to Harborview in serious condition. Others jumped in to restrain Yusuf until police arrived and arrested him.
“Luckily, people stepped forward and subdued him,” said Witt.
Yusuf also suffered minor cuts to his hands and was treated at the scene, Witt said. He was booked into jail for investigation of assault.
Court records show that a King County District Court Judge found probable cause to hold Yusuf in custody on $300,000 bail in connection with the Monday night attacks.
Yusuf pleaded guilty earlier this year to third-degree assault for the Nov. 11, 2012, attack. In that case, he beat two men including a disabled man in the International District outside of Jones Bar & Grill at 500 South King Street, according to court documents.
The man who uses a wheelchair told police that after Yusuf asked another man for a cigarette and that man refused, Yusuf argued with him and knocked the man to the ground. The man in the wheelchair then tried to position himself between them to stop the fight, but Yusuf ended up dumping him out of the chair into the street, where he kicked him in the head and knocked his teeth loose.
A King County judge ordered that Yusuf pay restitution and issued a five-year restraining order to keep Yusuf away from the two victims. Less than a month after sentencing and his Feb. 25 release from jail, Yusuf was also charged with malicious mischief and possession of stolen property in Lynnwood.
November 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM
A King County juror has found a 24-year-old Seattle man guilty of shooting three people outside a South Lake Union nightclub in January 2012.
Jurors had been deliberating since Tuesday afternoon before finding Kevin Hubbard guilty of three counts of attempted first-degree murder. Each count carries a firearms enhancement that will lengthen his sentence.
No sentencing date has been set.
The shootings followed a fight that erupted on Jan. 28, 2012, inside the Citrus Lounge in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. According to testimony during Hubbard’s trial, the melee began after a group of men began flashing money around while Hubbard was at the club with James Henderson.
As bottles and chairs began flying, bouncers began pushing people outside and an unidentified man in a red leather jacket, believed to be a friend of the men who had been flashing money, took a swing at Hubbard, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Julie Kline told jurors.
Once outside, jurors were told, Hubbard retrieved a semi-automatic assault rifle from the trunk of his car, drove across the street and waited for the other men to return to their vehicle in the parking lot of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Hubbard opened fire, wounding three men: Zealand Adams, now 28; Rommie Bone, now 30; and Daniel Wilson, now 28.
As a result of the shooting, Wilson’s right leg was amputated above the knee and Bone’s colon removed, the jury heard.
During closing arguments yesterday, Hubbard’s defense attorney, George Sjursen, told jurors the state was desperate to link the shooting to his client. He said the case was based on weak forensic evidence and a key witness with a personal interest in shifting blame away from himself.
“The evidence the state has presented to you … is very weak forensically and it’s very weak when it comes to motive. It’s so weak,” Sjursen said.
November 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM
The Seattle area held onto the distinction of having the nation’s fourth most congested roadways, in the latest edition of the Tom Tom Traffic Index.
The leaders are Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu, according to the list released Wednesday. The rest of the top 10 are San Jose, Washington, D.C., New York, Portland (which broke into the elite after placing No. 12 last year), Boston and Chicago.
Motorists at the peak times in Seattle are languishing in traffic slowdowns for 38 minutes per hour driven, the city-by-city breakdowns say. The ratings were derived from on-board navigation systems in millions of vehicles, for second quarter of 2013.
Kirkland-based INRIX compiles its own Traffic Scorecard, in which Seattle currently ranks No. 8, while I-5 in North Seattle was the nation’s 11th most crowded highway corridor, as of this September.
Using the prospect of Boeing 777X manufacturing jobs as leverage, Gov. Jay Inslee has called for a special session of the Legislature to start this week, to include a highway-expansion plan that could cost $10 billion or more, in gas taxes and fees. Previous versions of the plan focused on widening clogged I-405 on the Eastside, improving the ferry system, and extending freight corridors on Highways 509 and 167 south of Seattle, while offering little if any help for I-5 within Seattle. King County Metro Transit, serving around 400,000 passenger trips per weekday, faces potentially severe cuts next year, officials say, without new or revived tax sources.
November 5, 2013 at 1:24 PM
UPDATE AT 4:52 P.M.: Seattle fire says the cause of the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials. Fire is being labeled an accident. Damge estimated at $150,000.
ORIGINAL POST: Seattle Fire Department medics were able to revive an elderly woman who was critically injured in a house fire in North Seattle this afternoon, said department spokesman Kyle Moore.
The woman, who was unconscious when she was rescued by firefighters from the bathtub of a first-floor bathroom, suffered second-degree burns to her face and hands, he said. Medics performed ongoing CPR and by the time they arrived at Harborview Medical Center, the woman had a heart beat and pulse, Moore said.
Her husband — who made it out of the house on his own, but then ran back inside the burning structure after firefighters arrived on the scene — was also taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said. Both are in their 80s.
A neighbor called 911 at 12:07 p.m. and reported seeing flames coming from the front porch of the home in the 11700 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast, Moore said. Firefighters saw a “huge column of black smoke” and flames shooting from the porch and front room as they arrived at 12:13 p.m.
The husband, his face covered in soot, reported that his wife was still inside and a rescue crew went to find her, said Moore. The husband then “went around the back of the house and back in through the basement,” prompting a second crew to go inside to rescue him, he said.
Firefighters had the blaze knocked down within five minutes. The home sustained significant smoke damage, according to Moore.
A fire investigator was working to identify the cause of the fire and determine a damage estimate.
Two teenage boys at the scene told fire officials they attempted to rescue the elderly couple, but investigators — noting the boys didn’t have soot on their clothes or bodies and didn’t smell of smoke — didn’t believe their story, Moore said.
October 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM
Janitors who work inside the Bank of America building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle are expected to join dozens of other immigrants and advocates Friday in a rally outside the bank building.
They are hoping to pressure Bank of America and other large corporations, which they say are major contributors to key Republicans in Congress, into demanding action from those leaders on immigration reform.
On Thursday, President Obama renewed his call for Congress to pass an immigration bill, that among other things would provide a legal path to millions in the country unlawfully.
Months after the Senate passed a sweeping immigration measure in June, action has stalled in the House, where Republicans balked at the measure’s generosity.
House Democrats, including Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene, introduced a measure similar to the Senate version at the start of the recent government shutdown.
Friday’s rally is sponsored by OneAmerica, the state’s largest immigrant-advocacy group and the Service Employees International Union Local 6, which represents a large number of immigrant workers.
October 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Oily rags that caught fire caused roughly $30,000 damage at an auto shop in South Park Monday night, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
The department said in a news release that the fire was accidental.
Twenty firefighting teams, including an air-response team, were called to the building, in the 7200 block of Second Avenue South, after the first call came in around 6:30 p.m.
The business was locked, so firefighters had to force their way into the door, the release said. Once they got in, they contained the fire to one corner of the shop and put it out in roughly 30 minutes.
They’ll stay at the auto shop keeping watch until midnight to put out any embers that could flare up, the release said.
No damage was done to any of the vehicles inside, and no one was inside the building when the fire broke out.
October 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM
A march during Tuesday’s National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality is expected to clog some Seattle streets.
More than 100 participants are expected for for an hour-long rally that begins 5:30 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College.
At 6:30 p.m., the protesters will march from the college and head south on Broadway to East Pike Street. The march will then head east on Pike to 12th Avenue, south on 12th to East Union Street and east on Union to 13th Avenue.
The march will then head north on 13th to East Pine, west on Pine to 12th Avenue and north on 12th to East Olive. The march will head west on Olive to 11th Avenue, head south on 11th to East Pike , west on East Pike to 1oth Avenue. Marchers will turn north on 1oth and head to East Pine, where they will march west on Pine back to Seattle Central Community College.
Seattle police will escort the marchers. Motorists should anticipate possible traffic delays especially on Pine, Pike and 12th Avenue, according to the City of Seattle.
October 17, 2013 at 4:20 PM
A man threw a temper tantrum and stabbed an employee at a pizza restaurant near Green Lake Wednesday evening when he was denied a free pizza, a police report said.
The man walked into the restaurant, near the 7600 block of Aurora Avenue North, around 6:15 p.m. and told employees he would “scatter trash throughout the restaurant and throw their garbage cans into the road,” the report said. He said he was picking up a pizza for another man who lives nearby and apparently is given free pizza on occasion, the report said.
When an employee went to talk to the man who supposedly would get the free pizza, the man stabbed the employee in the back and left, the report said. The employee was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police arrested the suspect on Aurora, where they recovered four knives, the report said.
This is the third incident in a week of food-related crime in Seattle. On Monday, a man flew into a rage at a Ballard Jack in the Box after being told he’d have to pay for a third tub of ranch dressing; then last night a man was arrested at a downtown Chipotle, where he is alleged to have attacked an employee with a bottle of hot sauce.
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