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November 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM
What? No respect for an iconic Seattle bar?
As work started to return the Comet Tavern to its glory days, someone broke in through a window facing East Pike Street Tuesday and stole all those dollar bills pinned to the ceiling above the bar, says David Meinert, one of its new owners.
The bills – stuck to the ceiling with paper clips and pins – had been a longtime tradition at the bar, which had fallen on financial hard times and had closed in October.
Every once in a while, the bills were taken down and donated to Northwest Harvest.
“There’s a lot of construction equipment in there, including ladders,” said Meinert, assuming they were used to take the bills down.
He guessed the ceiling had $100 to $200 of dollar bills pinned.
“They were pretty dirty looking,” he said.
Among the comments on Meinert’s Facebook page was, “Pretty unbelievable actually. Sorry to hear it. That thief clearly does not have proper respect for history.”
October 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM
UPDATE: 10:20 a.m. | COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho family has sued a car dealership, saying a mix-up over a car they loaned from the dealership led to a harrowing incident in which they were detained by armed law-enforcement officers.
The Spokesman-Review reported this week that Casey and Sheree Bryntesen, who live just east of Coeur d’Alene, are seeking more than $2.2 million plus punitive damages from Lithia Motors and Camp Automotive in Spokane, Wash.
The Bryntesens say they were driving to a Bible study at a friend’s house in June with their two children and the family dog in a BMW sedan that had been loaned to them by Lithia because their own car was being repaired.
They say officers pointed weapons at them, barked rough, frightening commands that brought them to tears and impounded the vehicle.
More officers arrived and pointed rifles at the family, ordering each out of the car one by one and placing the parents in handcuffs, the lawsuit alleges. Deputies were “screaming and extremely agitated,” according to the family’s account.
Law enforcement officials say the incident arose when paperwork on the dealer’s car wasn’t properly filed and it was reported stolen.
“The employee filled out the rental paperwork but never filed it,” said Kootenai County Sheriff’s spokesman Stu Miller, adding he believes deputies acted appropriately. “As you know we have to go off the information presented to us to gauge the risk; generally stolen vehicles qualify as a high-risk stop”
Miller said the deputies likely were forceful.
“I’m sure the deputies gave clear, concise and loud commands,” he said. “I’m also sure that they had weapons drawn until the parties were detained.”
Dylan Jackson, a Seattle attorney representing Oregon-based Lithia and Camp Automotive, said the business made a “clerical error” and the company apologized to the family and offered them “substantial restitution, but they refused to take it.”
The Bryntesens allege false arrest, breach of contract, negligence, defamation, infliction of emotional distress and violation of the Idaho Consumer Protection Act. They also named three company employees and BMW of North America as defendants in their lawsuit.
July 23, 2013 at 6:05 AM
Police are looking for a man and woman who, in a stolen car, hit three parked cars and an occupied vehicle in the Ravenna area Monday.
According to Seattle police, a parking enforcement officer spotted the occupied stolen vehicle at about 8 p.m. near the corner of 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 52nd Street.
A patrol unit attempted to stop the vehicle in the 2300 block of Northwest 55th Street. The vehicle sped away, and officers turned off their emergency lights and siren.
The stolen vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed. After turning south on 25th Avenue Northeast, it his a northbound vehicle and three parked vehicles.
After heading south about 10 blocks, the stolen car hit a street sign and tree, and the man and woman inside the car fled on foot. Patrol officers and a K-9 unit were unable to find the suspects.
The man and woman in the vehicle that was struck were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
January 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM
Three people suffered life-threatening injuries in West Seattle Tuesday afternoon in a crash involving two cars — one of them stolen.
Seattle police said the collision occurred shortly after 4 p.m. near the intersection of Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Webster Street.
Police officers had been responding to the report of a burglary in the 4200 block of Southwest Graham Street when they saw the suspect fleeing in a green Mercedes sedan.
Officers did not pursue the vehicle as it sped away and shortly afterward collided with another vehicle.
Two people from that vehicle, and the burglary suspect, were taken by Seattle Fire Department medics to Harborview Medical Center, all with severe injuries.
October 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — The full-size Trailways bus stolen from the downtown Spokane bus station Monday morning wasn’t hard to spot.
A citizen who heard news reports about the stolen bus saw it and called police. Sheriff’s detectives stopped the bus just east of the city and arrested the driver.
Police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe says the stolen bus was on the road for over an hour. The unauthorized driver jumped in and drove off while it was waiting at the station.
September 17, 2012 at 10:00 AM
The Associated Press
POULSBO – The Kitsap County Sheriff’s office says thieves stole an urn that contained the ashes of a 66-year-old man’s wife.
The Kitsap Sun reports that the man called the sheriff’s office to report the burglary, which happened when he wasn’t home on Friday.
The man says thieves also took a rifle from the 1930s, $25 in change, several Seattle Mariners bobblehead dolls, and three handmade fishing poles.
June 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM
The Associated Press
DAYTON — A Clarkston woman whose medical marijuana was stolen can’t recover the loss under her renter’s insurance policy because no legal value for the drug can be established.
The Lewiston Tribune reports a judge in Dayton dismissed claims Tuesday against the insurance company that were brought by Thomas and Deborah McDonald. She has a Washington medical marijuana card for treatment of her brain cancer.
Ten plants were stolen from their home last spring. The couple filed a claim under a section of their insurance that covers trees, shrubs and lawn.
Court documents say the claim was rejected because there’s no fair market value for an illegal drug.
June 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The Associated Press
OCEAN SHORES — Bassist Lynn Sorensen’s stolen guitar has been recovered at Ocean Shores.
Police says a suspect was overheard bragging about it early Tuesday, and he surrendered it after officers contacted him.
KBKW reports the Ocean Shores man is cooperating with the investigation.
Sorensen’s $2,000 bass guitar was stolen from a vehicle over the weekend at an Ocean Shores motel after the former bassist with “Bad Company” and the “Paul Rodgers Band” had performed at a theater Saturday night with “Spike and the Impalers.”
December 27, 2011 at 9:17 AM
Seattle police were called to Warren G. Magnuson Park last night after a 911 caller reported see a fully submerged car in Lake Washington around 8 p.m.
The caller was unsure whether anyone was inside the vehicle. Patrol and harbor patrol officers, as well as Seattle firefighter/paramedics found an empty Toyota that had apparently been stolen and driven off the boat launch, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
No arrests have been made. Police did not release details about where the car had been stolen.
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