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December 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM
Robbery suspect killed: An armed man was killed by gunfire after Tukwila police responded to a call of a robbery in progress and surrounded a convenience store at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. An employee of the Cash & Carry store called 911 to report that a masked man armed with a pistol was inside attempting to rob the store. Officers arrived quickly and surrounded the store. As the man came out, still armed with a gun, shots were fired. The suspect was hit by gunfire; no officers or bystanders were injured. Medics declared the man dead at the scene. Involved officers will be on administrative leave until cleared to return to duty.
Snow Monday? The National Weather Service says there is a chance of snow in the Seattle area on Monday night. Whether it comes as snow or rain, it looks like a wet week ahead as the area emerges from several days of temperatures hovering around freezing for daytime highs. Expect highs in the low 40s and nighttime lows in the mid to high 30s throughout the week.
Pot NIMBY: The Redmond Ridge community is rallying this morning at 11 a.m. against plans for a marijuana processing facility on 231st Way Northeast. The gathering will be at the Goddard School, 10611 Redmond Ridge Drive NE, near the county’s large baseball park at the center of a controversial buffer-zone dispute. The group maintains that the pot processor would not meet minimum requirements set by the Washington State Liquor Control Board and would be in a densely populated area dominated by children and seniors. The Redmond council is expected to decide on the facility Monday night.
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December 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM
The Associated Press
The Washington State Patrol says a man on foot was struck and killed in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 about 5 a.m. Monday near Tukwila.
The man died at the scene.
KOMO Radio reports the man was struck by a taxi that could not stop in time or swerve out of the way. The man did not carry identification and authorities hope to identify him through fingerprints.
November 1, 2013 at 9:05 PM
A vehicle accident on the border of SeaTac and Tukwila has killed one driver and sent the other driver to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The accident happened on the 13400 block of Military Road South at about 8:30 p.m. The King County’s Sheriff’s Office has not released additional information about what caused the accident or who the victims are.
We will update this post as more details become available.
October 29, 2013 at 6:52 PM
Two drivers traded shots this afternoon in a Tukwila road-rage incident that sent one man to Harborview Medical Center with a serious gunshot wound.
Tukwila police say that just before 5 p.m., one driver, who was upset that a car had pulled over in the 10700 block of 47th Avenue South, left his vehicle and banged on the window of the other car with a gun in his hand.
The driver in the parked car also had a gun and, after a verbal confrontation, the drivers shot at each other and then fled.
Police responding to reports of gunfire found one driver not far from the shooting scene with a gunshot wound to the shoulder, which was initially reported by KING 5 as life-threatening. That driver has since been stabilized at Harborview Medical Center, according to the Tukwila Police Department.
Police say they have contacted both parties and that everyone is cooperating with an ongoing investigation.
October 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM
The 22-year-old woman was in intense labor on her way to Swedish Medical Center when medics were alerted at 7:47 a.m. , said Tukwila Fire Department Battalion Chief Lavern Peterson. A unit from Tri-Med Ambulance and a Tukwila fire crew assisted with getting the woman to the hospital.
Peterson said the woman made it to Swedish in time to have her baby.
The State Patrol had reported earlier that the woman delivered the baby on I-5 and that the mother and child were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
October 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Two owners and managers of crime-plagued Tukwila motels pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to maintain drug-involved premises, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In their plea agreements, Jaspal Singh, 37, and Kulwinder Saroya, 42, both of SeaTac, admitted they profited from drug dealing they allowed at the Travelers Choice Motel and Great Bear Motor Inn, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Singh and Saroya admitted they would collect or would direct their staff to collect a $10 entry fee for people who came to their motels seeking drugs or sexual services. The men would take the money and direct the customer to rooms to purchase drugs or sex.
Under the plea agreement, Singh and Saroya agreed to forfeit the two motels, their home in SeaTac, more than $265,000 seized from their home and bank accounts and a 2007 Mercedes-Benz.
Last week, the manager of a third Tukwila motel, The Boulevard Motel, also pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug-involved premises. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Lakhvir Pawar, 41, of Burien, will forfeit his interest in the motel and about $90,000 seized in August when the motel and the two others were raided and shut down by federal authorities.
A federal criminal complaint unsealed after the raids charged the three men with distribution and attempted distribution of crack cocaine. According to the charges, a paid undercover informant purchased cocaine in deals set up with motel residents by the motel managers.
Tukwila police said that during the past two years, the motels — within two blocks of one another — accounted for nearly one in six calls for service to the police department. The motels have been the scenes of rapes, assaults, drug dealing, prostitution and at least three overdose deaths in recent years, according to court documents.
“Since we shut these motels, the number of police calls to the immediate area has dropped by one-third,” U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said today in a news release.
October 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM
A guest was arrested at an America’s Best Value Inn in Tukwila when a maid discovered and reported a drug lab in the person’s room Friday afternoon, according to a news release.
Police and HAZMAT teams evacuated the motel, in the 14800 block of Interurban Avenue South, secured the area and determined that no one had been injured or exposed to harmful chemicals, the release said.
Teams from SeaTac, Burien, North Highline, Kent, King County Fire District 20, Zone 3 Fire Explorers and South King County Paramedics assisted Tukwila police.
Tukwila police are working with the Drug Enforcement Agency to process the chemicals at the scene, the release said.
September 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Police have arrested a 21-year-old in connection with the Friday night stabbing of a 16-year-old male at Second Avenue and Pine Street.
The arrest was made in Tukwila.
Seattle police responded to the stabbing just before 8 p.m. Friday. The victim, who had been hanging out with a group of friends, was stabbed five times in the back. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries that were considered life-threatening, according to a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman.
Police reported the victim knew his attackers and that witnesses were suspected gang members and uncooperative in the investigation.
Later, a female approached a Tukwila police officer at a light-rail station, Seattle police said today. She pointed out two people and told Tukwila police that they had been involved in a Seattle stabbing, police said. Tukwila officers detained the two and Seattle gang-unit detectives came to interview them. A 21-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.
August 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM
UPDATED: 1:55 p.m. | At a news conference in Tukwila this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Tukwila Police Department Assistant Chief Bruce Linton said that the three hotels at the center of the investigation have accounted for 17 percent of all calls for police services in the past year.
Despite intense efforts to educate and work with the owners, the properties remained a huge drain on police and a blight on the city , said Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton.
Durkan said investigators believe the owners actively profited from criminal activity and that residents were involved. Typically, she said, the owners would direct potential customers to certain rooms for drugs and sexual services and take a cut of the profits.
Durkan said this is not only a “new day for a part of the city of Tukwila,” but also a warning to other owners of similar hotels and properties.
In addition, she said, this demonstrates how the US Attorney’s office will not only prosecute criminal activity but will actively use the tools of forfeitures and seizures to force compliance with the law
Federal and state law-enforcement officers poured into Tukwila along Highway 99 this morning seizing three motels whose operators are suspected of participating in illegal drugs and prostitution.
The operation involved about 200 officers at the scene and another 200 who helped develop the case during a year-long investigation that culminated in this morning’s raid, according to Tukwila Police Commander Eric Drever.
A federal criminal complaint, filed last week and unsealed today, charges seven people –including the managers and owners of the three motels — with attempted distribution and distribution of crack cocaine. According to the charges, a paid undercover informant purchased cocaine in deals set up with hotel residents by the hotel managers during the past month.
The complaint identified three of the defendants as Jaspal Singh, Lakhvir Pawar and Kulwinder Saroya, who federal prosecutors say ran and owned the hotels: the Great Bear Motor Inn, The Boulevard Motel and the Traveler’s Choice
In addition, a detailed, 48-page civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court seeks to forfeit the properties as proceeds from illegal transactions, including drug dealing and money laundering.
The complaint says that the hotels have been the focus of an inordinate amount of crime and calls for police. It states that the problems date back several years, however during 2011 and 2012, almost one of every six calls for service to Tukwila Police Department were to those three motels. “The crimes for which police responded to the Target Motels include, among others: rape, robbery, assault, drug transaction, gun crimes, prostitution and stolen property,” the civil complaint says.
“The investigation revealed that the owners of the properties are engaged in, encouraging and making significant cash profits from criminal activity at the Target Motels,” wrote Special Agent Joe Miller of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in a sworn affidavit.
A federal warrant authorizing this morning’s raid was unsealed this morning. Several people have been taken into federal custody. Some individuals were picked up by local authorities on other outstanding warrants.
June 24, 2013 at 3:06 PM
Sound Transit held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning at the site of a $46 million Tukwila Station improvement project on Longacres Road, where new walkways, parking slots, electric-vehicle charging and other features should be done by fall 2014.
It’s not all that easy to find.
At the event Monday morning, State Rep. Steve Bergquist, D-Renton, recounted the time he needed to get his aunt to the station in a downpour three years ago, but mistakenly headed to the Tukwila International Boulevard light-rail station north of the airport. He eventually found the right station for her trip, this station in the Green River Valley.
“I had no idea this even existed. This is a train station, but not really,” he said.
Federal Rail Administrator Joe Szabo, whose agency provided $14 million, also spoke, before making a visit to mudslide-prone portions of the regional train line in Mukilteo.
Each weekday, an average of 1,340 people a day get on or off a train here. More people commute into Tukwila (409) than leave it (257) each morning. A Boeing campus is nearby, and local governments plan to add housing and bike ways. The existing 208 park-and-ride spaces will nearly double to 390 slots, there will be storage for 76 bicycles, and the station will be along King County Metro’s RapidRide F Line.
Besides serving Sounder commuter trains, this is also a stop for the four round-trip Amtrak Cascades trains between Seattle and Portland.
Barbara Olson, waiting for a train to Seattle and Bellingham, said she would appreciate smoother ramps to roll her luggage up to the platforms, instead of the existing wood promenade and patchy asphalt. “It looks like a little bus stop,” she said.
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