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November 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM
A man who was traveling in a bike lane in a motorized wheelchair was struck by a car this morning in Shoreline.
King County sheriff’s deputy Charlie Akers said the accident happened around 9 a.m. at North 155th Street and Densmore Avenue North. The man in the wheelchair suffered a compound fracture to his leg and was taken to a local hospital.
The driver of the car was not hurt, Akers said.
Akers did indicate the cause of the crash.
“It is all under investigation. It is unknown whether charges will filed,” Akers said.
November 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM
A woman hit and killed by a car Thursday night in Shoreline has been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office as Mavva Gazarbekova, 76.
Gazarbekova was killed instantly around 7:30 p.m. Thursday as she was crossing Northwest Richmond Beach Road. King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cindi West said Gazarbekova was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk.
West said no drugs, alcohol or a speeding vehicle were suspected.
September 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM
It appears a man fatally stabbed himself this morning in Shoreline, says the King County Sheriff’s Office
At 9:23 a.m., a caller phoned 911 to report that a man may have taken a pair of sunglasses from his truck in Shoreline. The caller said he approached the man, who then pulled out a knife, the Sheriff’s Office said.
When deputies arrived, they found the man on the ground, suffering from several knife wounds. They also found a knife near him.
The sheriff’s office says it appears the wounds were self-inflicted. The man died at the scene.
The sheriff’s office provides police services to the city under contract, although officers wear Shoreline uniforms and drive patrol cars marked “Shoreline police.”
September 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM
The Associated Press
WINTHROP, Okanogan County — A 76-year-old Shoreline man died while swimming northeast of Winthrop.
Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says Charles J. Covello had gone for a short dip Saturday afternoon in Pearrygin Lake when a witness saw him struggle and go under water.
Rogers says a diver and a snorkeler at the lake retrieved Covello after he had been under water 5 or 10 minutes.
The Wenatchee World reports two vacationing emergency medical technicians who happened to be at the lake performed CPR immediately but were unable to revive him.
September 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM
According to deputies: A 16-year-old girl was walking in the 17900 block of Linden Avenue North at 7:30 a.m. when a stranger who had been yelling at her from his car got out of the running vehicle and grabbed her. The teen managed to break free and ran toward the high school.
The suspect is described as a white male, around 60, about 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. The man has white hair and is balding, with a mustache and several days of beard growth.
He was dressed in a blue long-sleeved dress shirt, khaki trousers and was driving an older blue four-door sedan with paint peeling. The girl told deputies that the man’s car was full of dirty clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 206-296-3311.
August 20, 2013 at 3:06 PM
A King County District Court pro-tem judge this afternoon found probable cause to hold a former King County sheriff’s deputy for investigation of theft, possession of stolen property, tampering with evidence and drug possession. Bail for Mitch Wright was set at $250,000.
Wright, a 33-year-old Bothell resident, was arrested Monday. He was a 10-year veteran of the sheriff’s office before he resigned last month when threatened with termination, according to the sheriff’s office.
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against Wright, he was assigned to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) narcotics taskforce from 2009 to and February of this year. Drugs seized during investigations that aren’t federally prosecuted are turned over to individual officers, who are then to enter the drugs into their own agency’s evidence system, the statement says.
Wright, who was working undercover, is accused of failing to enter any of the drugs released to him by the DEA into evidence with the sheriff’s office, the statement says. The street value of the drugs Wright allegedly stole is estimated at between $36,500 and $52,490, according to the statement.
Wright was named “Shoreline Police Officer of the Year” for 2006, when he made more than 150 arrests. The sheriff’s office provides police services to Shoreline under contract, although officers wear Shoreline uniforms and drive patrol cars marked “Shoreline police.”
During today’s bail hearing at the King County Jail, Wright’s father, a longtime agent with the DEA, spoke on his son’s behalf, asking the judge to release him on personal recognizance.
July 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM
Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for a 38-year-old Shoreline man who is suspected of starting a fire inside a Sears department store earlier this month that has cost the retailer nearly $2 million in damage and lost business, according to the statement of probable cause outlining the police case against the man.
The man was arrested at the police station in Shoreline on Monday and booked into the King County Jail on investigation of first-degree arson, according to the statement and jail records.
The man is suspected of lighting mattress covers on fire in the home-fashions department at the Sears store in Shoreline on July 18, the statement says. While the fire “was held in check” when three overhead sprinklers were activated, smoke and water damage to the building, as well as lost business and merchandise “is approaching $2 million,” it says. It appears the man used cologne as an accelerant to start the fire.
Store security officers identified the arson suspect from store video surveillance footage and previous contacts in which he allegedly shoplifted “fragrances, CDs and DVDs,” the statement says. The day after the fire, a loss prevention officer reviewed footage and observed the man take two boxes of men’s fragrance and carry them into the home fashions department, and the fire started in that area several minutes later, it says.
Another employee later found the two discarded men’s fragrance boxes, hidden behind some bedding merchandise, while clearing out damaged stock, the statement says.
The man is developmentally disabled and “exhibits dangers patterns for firesetting,” says the statement, which notes that he “may not be suitable for general population” while in custody at the jail.
July 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM
The FBI is seeking information about a serial bank robber nicknamed the “Elephant Man Bandit” who is linked to three July bank robberies in the Seattle area.
The man is nicknamed for the material he wears over his head, covering his head with a shirt or other material with two small eye holes. He implies to victims he has a gun and flees the scene in a car.
He is wanted in at least three bank robberies. The first occurred on July 5 at Whidbey Island Bank in Bothell and the second happened a week later at Banner Bank in Woodinville. Both robberies occurred around closing time. The most recent robbery was at Whidbey Island Bank in Shoreline shortly before 3:30 p.m. July 17.
The robber is described as a white male in his late 40s or early 50s, 5-foot-10 or 6-feet tall, with graying hair and scar texture on his face. Surveillance photos show him wearing black slacks, black dress shoes and a long-sleeved collared shirt in blue or white.
He is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Seattle Safe Streets Task Force. Anyone with information about him is advised not to approach the suspect, but to immediately call the FBI at 206-622-0460 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and charge of the person involved.
May 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM
King County sheriff’s deputies arrested six people at a Shoreline house Thursday and seized black-tar heroin, methamphetamine, firearms, stolen property, a pipe bomb and $5,000 in cash, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
Deputies served a search warrant early Thursday in the 1300 block of North 169th Street after neighbors complained of suspicious activity at the rental house, including vehicles making short visits, said Sgt. Katie Larson.
The pipe bomb was determined to be unstable for transport and was detonated at the scene, Larson said.
Two firearms — a shotgun and handgun — were recovered, as were homemade blasting caps, she said.
The stolen property included computers, power tools, computers and musical instruments and equipment, all valued at more than $100,000, according to Larson.
Investigators believe the six suspects — three men and three women — traded drugs for items taken in car prowls and burglaries in the Seattle area. But they also were looking into whether the suspects stole items, Larson said.
Deputies previously served a search warrant on the house in August and arrested tenants with ties to white supremacist activities, Larson said. In that case, deputies seized drugs, weapons, body armor and possible blasting caps, she said.
Other people were arrested Thursday, although one might be from the previous group, Larson said.
The house was cleaned up and the landlord rented it again, but it returned to “right back to where it was,” Larson said.
May 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM
An activist group that failed in January to collect enough signatures to put Seattle’s plastic bag ban on the ballot, and then announced in March it was taking on a similar ban in Issaquah, is now taking the fight to Shoreline.
Save Our Choice, founded by West Seattle resident Craig Keller, announced Monday night it was joining with a group of Shoreline residents to collect signatures for a referendum petition.
The city passed its ban last week; it takes effect next February.
“We are a band of volunteer citizens dedicated to fiercely defending consumer and merchant choice and to questioning the authority of utopians,” Keller wrote in a news release.
Shoreline resident Tom Jamieson, who is co-organizing the petition drive, added that Ordinance No. 653 “unjustifiably restrains trade, punishes customers, provides no provable benefit to the environment, and includes no method for measuring reductions in waste or litter.”
The petition, posted on the Save Our Choice website, quotes Thomas Jefferson at one point: “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.”
The group said they have until May 29 to collect the signatures.
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