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December 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Two men stole more than $600,000 worth of wine last week from a high-end wine shop/wine storage facility in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, according to Seattle police.
Police say the thieves tried to cover their tracks by painting over surveillance cameras and slashed gas lines in an attempt to start a fire at Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 Fourth Ave. S.
The suspects were identified through security-camera images as two men who previously had rented a storage locker at the business, according to Seattle police. Investigators learned the men’s names through staffers at Esquin who had taken the information down when the pair signed up to rent one of the temperature-controlled storage lockers.
According to police, the two men broke into Esquin on Nov. 27 and spray-painted the lenses of surveillance cameras and disabled motion sensors by placing plastic bags over them, police said. Then, after stealing more than 200 cases of wine in nine separate trips the next day, they tampered with two gas lines, releasing gas into the building in an attempt to cause an explosion, police said. The two hauled out more than 200 cases of wine, according to police. The stolen wine had an estimated value of $648,000. (more…)
November 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM
A Seattle police motorcycle officer who was seriously injured in a collision Monday morning in the Sodo neighborhood remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.
The officer was riding west on South Lander Street at Third Avenue South around 9 a.m. when the driver of a 2011 Subaru Forester made a U-turn in front of him, according to Seattle police said. The impact knocked the motorcycle over, injuring the officer.
A citizen ran over to the injured officer and used the officer’s radio to alert SPD dispatch to the accident, police said.
“His quick-thinking, and calm demeanor alerted officers to the situation and sped up emergency response,” police said in their online blog.
A Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the driver of the Subaru, but found no indications of any impairment, police said.
Police, on Wednesday, said the officer is a 25-year veteran of the force. His name has not been released.
“He’s hurt but the injuries are something he will recover from,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.
October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM
A 24-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash when he hit an SUV and was thrown from his bike in Sodo Tuesday afternoon, according to a police report.
The man was speeding and passing vehicles using the bicycle lane on southbound East Marginal Way South when he hit a green Isuzu Trooper SUV turning westbound onto South Spokane Street in front of him, the report said.
Seattle police and firefighters responded around 1 p.m., and medics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death.
October 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Seattle police homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the Sodo neighborhood on Saturday.
Medics were flagged down that morning by someone who found a person under a blanket in “an obscure location off the road,” said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
The man’s body was found near Fourth Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive South. The man’s identity and cause of death are likely to be released by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office today.
Anyone with information is asked to call Seattle police at 206-233-5000.
September 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM
A man in his 30s was shot in the 3100 block of Airport Way South tonight and Seattle police are searching for a suspect.
The department reported that the victim, a resident at an apartment complex there, was shot multiple times and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
A suspect — possibly two — is at-large, though there was no more information immediately available. Police were searching the complex room-by-room, though the shooter or shooters were thought to have left on foot, police said.
September 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM
UPDATE 4:40 p.m: The man who died after being stabbed near Pioneer Square Friday night was 46-year-old Troy Wolff, chair of the English department at Shoreline Community College, the college said Saturday.
Wolff and his partner, Kristin Ito, were walking near 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street after attending the Sounders soccer game at CenturyLink Field. Ito, who was also stabbed multiple times, was still in serious condition late Saturday afternoon, the Harborview nursing supervisor said.
“This is an unbelievably tragic loss,” said interim college president Daryl Campbell. “Troy was loved by students, loved by his fellow faculty members, loved by all who knew him.”
Kathie Hunt, Interim Dean of Humanities, said the loss will always be felt.
“A college is like a quilt, all the patches fitting together,” Hunt said. “Troy was a very big piece of our quilt. Eventually, we’ll figure out a way to mend it, but it will never be the same.”
Wolff started as part-time instructor at Shoreline in 1996 and became a full-time professor in 2001. During that time, he taught abroad in Costa Rica, Spain, Greece, and Turkey. Besides teaching, he is the author of Seattle and King County: Gateway to the Pacific Northwest, and Seattle: The Emerald City.
On RateMyProfessors.com, a website on which students rate their teachers on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score, Wolff received a 4.6 overall from 48 ratings.
One student said Wolff was one of the best teachers at Shoreline Community College.
“He is a great teacher, he makes you want to write interesting and thought out papers,” another student wrote. “He is informal enough to make class fun instead of intimidating.”
UPDATE 3:08 p.m: The male stabbing victim, a 46-year-old man, has died of his injuries, Seattle police say. The 30-year-old woman who was with him was also stabbed multiple times and remains hospitalized.
The attacker, a 44-year-old male, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder.
UPDATE: 11:00 a.m.: Two people stabbed in an unprovoked and apparently random attack near Pioneer Square Friday night remain hospitalized with what police have called life-threatening injuries. Their attacker is in police custody.
At approximately 10:32 p.m. Friday, Seattle Police said SWAT and Gang unit officers responded to a 911 call of two people stabbed near 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street. The preliminary investigation indicates that the man and woman were walking together in the 300 block of South Jackson Street when an adult male suddenly confronted the pair with a small knife and began stabbing the woman repeatedly in the torso.
“The man she had been walking with attempted to intervene and the suspect turned on him and began stabbing the male victim repeatedly in the neck and torso,” the police report states.
When police arrived on the scene, the attacker was standing near the victims still holding the knife. He dropped the knife and was taken into custody without further incident.
Fire department medics transported both victims to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, where they remain under treatment at the hospital.
Police said they believe there are no other suspects involved. They said the suspect is a stranger to the victims and that the attacks were unprovoked. ”There are indications that the suspect was operating at a diminished mental capacity,” the police report states.
An investigation continues.
PREVIOUS POST: Seattle police are reporting a double stabbing at Second Avenue Extension South and South Jackson Street in Sodo.
The victims were a man and a woman, both with life-threatening injuries, and the suspect in the incident has been arrested, the department tweeted.
July 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Seattle Tunnel Partners has been fined $2,000 because a concrete slurry spilled into city storm drains in Sodo last November.
The state Department of Ecology issued the penalty notice, dated June 27, and contractors have 30 days to pay it or to appeal. From the notice:
Ecology spokesman Larry Altose said the drains flow directly into Elliott Bay. In this case, the contractors released “Controlled Density Fill” because they wanted to seal off drains that were no longer needed — but some of the slurry went beyond the target. None of it reached the bay, according to KaDeena Yerkan, a tunnel spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation. The four-page Ecology notice is linked here.
Construction teams typically inject CDF into soft soil, to prevent voids or slides that can damage nearby buildings. Another common use is to create a hard slab within wet or fill soils — so that a tunnel drill has a stable surface to grind through, as the cutting head moves forward under precise control.
July 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM
Seattle police are reporting that a woman’s body was found early this morning on a stretch of railroad tracks near Sodo. She did not appear to have been struck by a train.
Police were dispatched to the scene near Fifth Avenue South and South Spokane Street at 5:22 a.m. after a train engineer reported seeing the body on the tracks.
SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson said the woman did not appear to have been struck by a train. He called the situation “suspicious,” adding that homicide detectives are investigating.
Train service near the scene has been suspended. SPD said it is working with railroad officials to get the tracks open quickly.
June 17, 2013 at 6:15 PM
A barbecue caught fire and spread to the surrounding deck on the fifth floor of a Sodo apartment building Monday evening, injuring one woman, causing about $35,000 of damage and triggering a spectacle just outside of Century Link Field.
The fire started just after 6 p.m. as the woman was grilling alone, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. Onlookers reported flames shooting as high as 20 feet into the air.
Firefighters quickly batted down the fire, but not before it charred the deck and an adjacent commercial building.
The woman, who is in her 60′s, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with 1st degree burn injuries, Moore said. She was reportedly in stable condition.
One building resident, Sharon Weise, called the fire a scary experience.
“It’s always scary when you smell smoke, especially when it’s in your building,” Weise said.
Moore advised those hosting summer barbecues to be sure to keep grills at least 10 feet from the home, check propane tanks often and never leave anything unattended.
June 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM
The Washington State Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a challenge to the Sodo location for a new sports arena brought by the local Longshore Workers Union. The hearing is set for July 15 in Seattle, an unusually speedy turnaround for a civil matter, said attorney Peter Goldman, who represents Local 19 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
“They went through some internal process and decided it was important and that time was of the essence,” Goldman said today. Oral arguments will be held in Seattle.
The union had asked the court for an expedited review of the agreement among Seattle, King County and investor Chris Hansen to make Sodo the preferred location for a new $490 million sports and entertainment venue.
The union argues that the agreement reached with Hansen in October 2012 violates state environmental laws by naming a preferred site rather than first conducting environmental assessments of alternate locations. The agreement has set in motion a quest for an NBA team, design of an arena at the Sodo location and city permits for the new complex, creating unstoppable momentum for Hansen’s preferred location, the union argues.
A King County Superior Court judge ruled in February that the final agreements to go forward with the arena project had not been approved by the city and county councils and that the agreement with Hansen specifically reserved the final decision until after environmental reviews had been completed.
Some of the urgency to build the new arena was removed by the NBA decision in May to not relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.
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