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October 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM
UPDATE AT 11:26 A.M.: The lockdowns at the two schools have been lifted.
ORIGINAL POST: Two Federal Way schools are under external lockdown due to a threat received by both schools, the school district is reporting.
The nature of the threat has not been disclosed.
Additional security is at Sacajawea Middle School and Todd Beamer High School, the school district said on its website. All students and staff are safe, the district says.
Classes are being conducted as normal and parents are asked not to pick up their children early.
Updates will be posted on the district’s website and the district’s Facebook page: facebook.com/fwps210.
March 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM
An email threatening a “hostage take-over and blood bath” at Kentwood High School has prompted authorities to advise school officials to send students home at 10:15 a.m. Friday while the school is searched, according to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Early information indicates a former student hacked into another former student’s email account to send the threatening message, West said. Sheriff’s deputies are working with Kent police to locate the suspect. Sheriff’s K-9 units are being used to assist deputies in searching the Covington school, she said.
A message from Kentwood High School was sent to parents, informing them of the voluntary early dismissal. Parents are asked to pick up their children from the senior parking lot while students who ride buses to school will be dropped at their normal stops.
February 7, 2013 at 8:44 AM
BELLINGHAM (AP) — A sheriff’s officer says a Washington man accused of pointing a bow and arrow at his girlfriend and trying to light his home on fire with a burning blanket has been arrested.
Chris Larsen, 54, had been arguing with the woman on Monday and by evening he was intoxicated, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. The two live together in a Birch Bay house northwest of Bellingham.
Parks says the woman called 911 from a neighbor’s home to tell officers her boyfriend had shot arrows into some of her belongings and also aimed the loaded bow at her.
The undersheriff says Larsen refused to come out when deputies arrived but they could see him dip a blanket in oil and try to ignite it with a lighter.
Deputies moved in and arrested Larsen early Tuesday for investigation of attempted arson and domestic violence assault. The Bellingham Herald reports that only the blanket burned.
Bail was later set at $500,000.
October 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — A man serving more than eight years in prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill a Thurston County judge allegedly sent the judge another letter threatening to kill her.
The Olympian reports (http://is.gd/yaGogZ) 28-year-old James Randall Burnett faces charges of intimidating a judge and felony harassment later this month.
The letter was mailed to Thurston County District Court Judge Kalo Wilcox from the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla on Dec. 9, 2011, two months after Burnett was sentenced for trying to hire a cellmate at the Nisqually Jail to kill her.
Deputy prosecutor James Powers said Friday the letter was reported to authorities last year. Several factors contributed to the long investigation, including that Burnett is not a danger as long as he is in prison and his mail is monitored.
September 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM
Investigators with the King County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI reached a dead end when trying to trace the IP address of a person who posted an online threat that closed Skyline High School in Sammamish on Thursday.
The school was closed after someone posted a threat about bringing a gun to school, firing it and then committing suicide. The threat circulated on social-media sites on Wednesday.
The school district issued a statement Wednesday night saying it was closing the school Thursday out of an abundance of caution for the safety of students and staff.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said on Friday that detectives have followed every tip and lead, conducted interviews and traced the IP address. They reached a dead end, said Sgt. Jessica Sullivan, when the IP address was traced to a proxy server in Sweden.
Proxy servers are commonly used to disguise true IP addresses, she said.
Sullivan said detectives were not able to verify that the threat came from a student or anyone in the area. She said there have been no additional threats to Skyline or any other local school.
She also recommended a video on a social-media site in which a Skyline student urges his fellow schoolmates to handle the situation by “being nice” to others.
Anyone with information about the threat is urged to call the King County Sheriff’s Office call center at 206-296-3311.
September 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM
UPDATE 2:49 P.M.:King County Sheriff Steve Strachan said that the FBI is assisting deputies in searching for the person who issued an online threat to open fire at Skyline High School in Sammamish.
The school was closed today while deputies investigated the threat posted last night on 4chan, an online bulletin board. Officials at 4chan told investigators that the threat traced back to a server in Sweden, Strachan said.
“Apparently that can be a proxy server used to cover up or keep someone from revealing their idenity,” Strachan said.
Investigators are looking into a similar threat issued against Meadowdale High School, in Lynnwood, in April. Meadowdale was closed on April 13 after the Edmonds School District received information about an online threat.
“This is not a teenage prank. This is an extremely serious crime. After Columbine something like this is something we take extremely seriously,” Strachan said.
Skyline High School will reopen tomorrow.
ORIGINAL POST: Authorities continue to search this morning for the person who posted an online threat to open fire at Skyline High School in Sammamish.
The school is shut down after police and school officials learned of the threat yesterday.
The threat said, “I am going to open fire on the people in the commons in the morning until I am either taken down by our school’s police officer, or until I run out of mags.” A picture of the gun, which the writer described as his father’s Erma sub-machine gun, was posted next to the threat.
The threat, which was posted by an anonymous person on the web bulletin board, 4chan, said the primary shooting targets would be “jocks” and people who “use their wealth and social status to act superior to others.” The writer expected to die while carrying out the shooting.
Someone reposted the threat on Facebook and word spread fast, authorities said. The person who issued the threat has not been identified, said King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jessica Sullivan. The threat has since been removed from the site.
Around 9 p.m. last night, 911 dispatchers received several calls locally, as well as from all over the country and Canada, about the threat, Sullivan said.
Sara Niegowski, spokeswoman for the Issaquah School District, said that school officials were contacted by Sammamish police, a contract police department run by the sheriff’s office, around 10 p.m. last night.
Niegowski said that with Skyline being a school of 2,000 students, 120 teachers and 100 staff news about the threat “spread fast.”
“Of course we started checking it out. We worked with the police to find out if they could verify the credibility of the threat,” Niegowski said.
After a long night and no confirmation one way or another about the safety of students, school officials decided to shut down the campus today as a precautionary measure.
April 23, 2012 at 9:07 AM
A 22-year-old man was arrested near Alki Beach last night after he reportedly struck a motorcycle with his car and then threatened the motorcyclist with a gun.
According to police, an officer working a special patrol emphasis at the beach was flagged down by a motorcyclist at Alki Avenue Southwest and Marine Avenue Southwest just before 7 p.m. The motorcyclist said that moments earlier a man driving a white Hyundai had “intentionally struck his motorcycle,” according to police spokesman Mark Jamieson.
After striking the motorcycle, the Hyundai driver got out of his car, went to the trunk and pulled out a backpack. When the motorcyclist asked the man why he struck his motorcycle, the suspect pulled a handgun out of the backpack, police said. The motorcyclist said that he asked the suspect, “Do you really want to go there with your gun?” to which the suspect replied, “Yes, I do.”
The motorcyclist, who was not hurt, took off and contacted police. While police were talking to him, the Hyundai drove by; the motorcyclist pointed out the suspect’s car to the officer.
The 22-year-old driver was stopped by police. He told officers he owns a gun, but refused to answer any questions, according to Jamieson.
The man’s car was impounded and he was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of harassment and investigation of assault. A female passenger in the Hyundai was questioned and released.
April 13, 2012 at 6:55 AM
UPDATE | 3:52 p.m.: Lynnwood police have released a bit more information about the threat that closed Meadowdale High School in the Edmonds School District today.
At about 9:30 Thursday night, Lynnwood police received information that somebody claiming to be a Meadowdale student was threatening, via the Internet, to bring a gun to school and shoot people, according to police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions.
The police received several more tips from across the U.S. from people who had seen the “single anonymous threat,” Sessions says in a news release. Police notified the school district and the decision was made to cancel school for the day.
Sessions said her department has reached out to federal agencies for help identifying the person behind the threats and continues to investigate. Anybody who has information about the case should contact Detective Scott Dilworth at 425-670-5619.
The Associated Press
Classes at a high school in Lynnwood have been canceled following threats to student safety.
The Edmonds School District said it received information from Lynnwood police late Thursday and decided to cancel classes Friday at Meadowdale High. Police say an Internet posting mentioned threats to students. Police are investigating to determine whether the threats were credible.
The school district notified families and staff of the closure via voicemail early Friday morning and said it would provide more information when it was available.
Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions would not discuss the nature of the threat other than to say, “The person indicated they wanted to harm students.” She said the department is not disclosing more information because the investigation is “active and ongoing.”
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