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November 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM
More than 30 suspected drug dealers and gang members were arrested this week following a months-long undercover operation run by Seattle police and the King County Sheriff’s Office in the area around Westlake Mall, according to law enforcement officials.
Seattle police said the investigation, dubbed “Operation Happy Holidays,” was initiated after receiving numerous reports of drug-dealing and gang activity near the Third Avenue corridor. During the sting, police purchased crack cocaine, powder cocaine, pills, and marijuana in the downtown core and developed cases against 40 people, according to police.
“We were specifically targeting gang members and dealers in this operation,” says SPD Gang Unit Sgt. Steve Jandoc, “we didn’t go after addicts.”
Police said the months long investigation resulted in the recovery of a handgun and evidence of crack cocaine manufacturing at a Georgetown motel. They say it was complicated by savvy street dealers..
“Dealers will sell marijuana,” Jandoc said in a news release, “but they like to get to know their customers before they’ll sell other drugs.”
The operation was led by Seattle police and the King County Sheriff’s Office. Other partners included the state Department of Corrections, King County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“This operation was about helping downtown businesses and their customers as well as Metro Employees and transit riders downtown,” said sheriff’s Sgt Thomas Flanagan.
August 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Seattle Fire Department medics took a 6-year-old girl to Seattle Children’s Hospital after she nearly drowned in the deep end of a swimming pool located at 2000 Westlake Ave. this morning. The girl was reported in stable condition.
According to the Fire Department, firefighters and paramedics were called about 9:30 a.m. when the girl was out of the water and the staff were performing CPR on her. When firefighters arrived, the girl was breathing and alert and had a good pulse.
The incident occurred at Safe N Sound Swimming, which offers lessons and classes in an indoor swimming pool below the China Harbor restaurant.
It’s not known how long the girl was under water.
July 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM
A boat fire Wednesday night at a Lake Union marina was caused by an electrical or mechanical failure in the engine compartment, Seattle fire officials said.
No one was injured.
At 7:13 p.m., 911 calls reported smoke pouring from a boat under a covered moorage in the 2400 block of Westlake Avenue North. Crews found heavy black smoke coming from the back engine compartment. The Seattle Police Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit poured water from the Lake Union side while firefighters took on the fire from land, according to the fire department.
Within 15 minutes, the fire was under control and it was extinguished within 45 minutes.
Ninety firefighters responded to the fire.
July 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Monique Hendrix says Trayvon Martin could have been her child. After George Zimmerman’s acquittal on Saturday evening, she decided to go and protest.
Hendrix and her daughter, Ava, 5, went to the Dollar Store to get posters then walked to Westlake Center, where a group of about 50 people gathered shortly after the verdict was announced. As people around her chanted “Justice for Trayvon” and “Zimmerman was guilty,” Ava held a sign: “I am Trayvon.” Her mother wrote “No justice for African-Americans” on another poster.
“I have trust in the justice system, but this was unreal,” said Hendrix, who lives in North Seattle. “This is a humanitarian thing, not a race thing. It’s an injustice.”
“We Are All Trayvon Martin” rallies were held across the nation by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, according to Orpheus Reed, a staff member at Revolution Books, one of the local endorsers of the protest. The group had planned in advance to protest the verdict and spread the word through Facebook.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, was acquitted of all charges Saturday in connection with the shooting death of Martin, an unarmed black teenager.
“We expected a not-guilty verdict, because of the way Trayvon was being portrayed,” Reed said. “Still, it’s hard to take. We wanted to show this happens everywhere. People like Trayvon have a right to justice”
Many people walking by didn’t know about the verdict, according to Cynthia Whetsell, an organizer for October 22 Coalition, a national group concerned about police brutality and a local rally endorser. She said some were in shock.
“What happened to Trayvon was a modern-day lynching,” Whetsell said. “People need to take a stand for our youth. We are here to say that this was not an isolated incident.”
Around 9 p.m., a group started started parading out of Westlake Center to neighboring streets. A woman with a megaphone yelled “Are you going to forget Trayvon?” The group responded “no, we are all Trayvon.”
“I’m just one voice, a regular person, but I knew we had to come,” Hendrix said.
Reed said the group planned to meet again Sunday for another rally.
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