City of Spanaway? Some want to break away from county rule
Spanaway, Wash.—Fed up by crime and a growing population, the push is on to make Spanaway its own city. Right now Spanaway is considered a municipality that falls under the leadership of Pierce County. Now, a group of concerned citizens says its time for Spanaway to breakaway and control its own destiny.
Yusei Kikuchi is making adjustments and working toward his first Mariners start
The Mariners' new pitcher is still getting used to the different ball in MLB compared to Japan, not to mention the unseasonably cold and rainy weather in Arizona, but sources say he'll likely make his spring debut Monday.
Man shot while driving over Seattle's 1st Avenue South Bridge
SEATTLE - An 18-year-old man was shot in the leg early Friday as he was driving along State Route 509 over the 1st Avenue South Bridge - but police say they don't believe the shooting is related to several others that have struck vehicles along that stretch of highway in recent months. The victim approached officers at about 1:20 a. m. in the 2600 block of Holly Street and showed them a gunshot wound to his calf, said Detective Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police.
Light snow reported Friday morning in parts of Western Wash.
Light snow was reported Friday morning in many parts of Western Washington, but KOMO's Shannon O'Donnell says precipitation should quickly turn to rain in the lowlands. Among the locations reporting light snow or flurries around 6 or 7 a. m. were Olympia, Shelton, parts of the Tacoma area and south Snohomish County. The snow should turn to rain in the lowlands by mid-day Friday at the latest, but areas above 1,000 feet in elevation will likely see snow accumulations.
What people said at Seattle’s public hearing on neighborhood upzones
More than 100 people spoke at a public hearing on Seattle's plan to allow denser construction in more than two dozen neighborhoods while requiring developers to create affordable housing. Here are excerpts from some of their statements.
Walla Walla man sentenced for assaulting officer
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) - A Walla Walla man pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges, including assaulting a police officer, and was sentenced in Walla Walla County Superior Court. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reports 34-year-old Marco Martinez pleaded guilty to four counts including possession of alprazolam without a prescription, assault, theft and resisting arrest. In December, College Place police at Walmart tried to arrest Martinez, who had a warrant for stolen firearm and meth possession charges. During the arrest attempt, Martinez pushed the officer into a store display and ran. It took two Taser shots to take Martinez into custody.
Bellingham investigators looking to see if another fire is connected to pet store fire
Three days after a historic Bellingham building was gutted in a suspicious fire, investigators are looking to see if another early morning fire could be connected. Right now, fire investigators don't want jump to any conclusions, but there's similarities in the fires they said they can't ignore. On Thursday morning, the orange flames quickly engulfed two large recycling bins in an alley off 112 E. Holly Street.
Public hearing shows strong divisions over Seattle's upzone plans
SEATTLE – The city’s affordable housing debate is hitting high gear. On Thursday, city leaders sat through a long night of public testimony on their upzoning plans, which could transform nearly every neighborhood. If all the changes get pushed through, thousands of new affordable housing units could be the result. Others warned it could come at the cost of upending some neighborhoods. Seattle is nearly ready to adopt a framework for denser construction around the city.
Unidentified bank robbery suspects now armed with handguns, detectives say
SHORELINE, Wash. -- King County Sheriff's detectives are asking for your help to identify these two bank robbery suspects. They robbed the Shoreline U.S. Bank branch inside Safeway on Feb. 8. They gave the teller a note that said, "Give me money or I’ll f*** you up.” Both males appear in their 20's, white and/or Hispanic, both described being as short as 5’06” with thin to medium builds.
Police seek ID of Covington bank robber who fled in red truck
COVINGTON, Wash. -- Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound is offering a $1,000 cash reward if you can identify a bank robber at the Bank of America in Covington, or help detectives solve this case. The suspect gave the teller a note demanding cash and then escaped in a red 1998-2003 Chevy S-10 Pickup with an unknown license plate number.
Couple sought in Newcastle storage unit burglaries
NEWCASTLE, Wash. -- Newcastle Police are asking for the public's help to identify a couple who broke into Newcastle Heated Storage on 132nd Place SE on Tuesday. "While they were in there, they spent several hours going through about nine or 10 different storage units and stole several items from each unit. At least a few thousand dollars' worth of tools were stolen from one unit. Some heavy painting equipment and pressure washers, that sort of thing," said Chief Jason Houck.
Paine Field will start flight services March 4
History will be made at Paine Field on March 4, when the first commercial plane with passengers will take flight. The new Paine Field Passenger Terminal offers travelers another option to fly out of the Puget Sound region. Alaska Airlines starts service on March 4 and United Airlines will begin their flights on March 31. “I’ve lived in Everett 35 years and I’m pumped for this,” said Jeff Bennett who plans to use the new terminal. Passenger service at Paine Field has been years in the making.
Viaduct demolition brings out curiosity, emotions
SEATTLE--We`re wrapping up the first week week of demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The tear down has become a spectator sport, bringing out all sorts of emotions and anticipation. Woody Macleod and his wife Candy of North Bend wanted to see it for themselves. They've lived in the Pacific Northwest for 37 years. Today, they drove to Seattle to take in the old elevated highway, for what may be the last time.
Serial burglary suspect sought in Edmonds
EDMONDS, Wash. -- Edmonds Police are working to track down a serial burglary suspect after getting reports of more than a dozen burglaries near Woodway High School since January. Bob Cunningham and his wife went out to dinner Wednesday night only to return and find their Edmonds home was much different from how they left it.
Morgan, Brown help Seattle break 4-game skid, top UMKC 69-64
SEATTLE (AP) - Terrell Brown scored 21 points, Morgan Means 18 and neither missed from the free throw line in the last 24 seconds as Seattle held off UMKC 69-64 in a game that saw 10 ties and 11 lead changes Thursday night. Riley Grigsby scored 12, including all three of his 3-pointers, Myles Carter added 10 points and Mattia Da Campo eight points and 10 rebounds for Seattle (14-12, 2-9 Western Athletic Conference), which halted a four-game losing streak. UMKC never led after the score was 53-52 but didn't let Seattle get more than two points ahead and tied four times down the final 6:34.
Edmonds police search for serial burglar; asking homeowners to check security cameras
Police are asking for help following a series of home burglaries in Edmonds. Five burglaries happened Wednesday night. Neighbors told KOMO they're nervous about the news. After so many break-ins last month and last night, police still don’t have description of the thief. “We have a serial burglar on our hand,” said Sgt. Shane Hawley. Edmonds police needs help finding a burglar that hit a dozen homes in Woodway High School neighborhood last month.
WA Pendleton OR Zone Forecast
WA Pendleton OR Zone Forecast for Thursday, February 21, 2019 _____ 301 FPUS56 KPDT 211922 ZFPPDT Zone Forecast Product for Northeast Oregon and South Central Washington National Weather Service Pendleton OR 1122 AM PST Thu Feb 21 2019 This is an automatically generated product that contains an area forecast using an average of the gridded forecast data for each zone. The forecast may not be representative of the exact location that you are interested in. For a more site-specific forecast...please visit www.weather.gov/pendleton WAZ026-220015- Kittitas Valley- Including the cities of Ellensburg and Thorp 1122 AM PST Thu Feb 21 2019 .REST OF TODAY...Sunny. Highs 33 to 38. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. .TONIGHT...
WSP: 22 arrested in Thurston Co. child sex crime sting
THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. -- Authorities say 22 people have been arrested after a recent child sex crime sting in Thurston County. The operation by Washington State Patrol and other agencies happened Feb. 15 to Feb. 20. Officials say in a release that undercover officers used various websites to communicate with people who were allegedly trying to have sex with children.
WSP: 22 arrested after Net Nanny Operation; 3 from JBLM
Washington State Patrol conducted another Net Nanny Operation that lead to the arrest of 22 people, according to WSP press release. "Twenty-two dangerous sexual predators who targeted children in Thurston County were removed from the streets, thanks to a multi-day operation run by the Washington State Patrol (WSP) and several partner agencies," the press release says. Those arrested include one 17-year-old from Olympia and three from Joint Base Lewis McChord.
Former Husky Braden Bishop moving up in the world at Mariners spring training
With the Mariners' plan of a stepback in 2019 and a focus on building a young core of players for 2020 and 2021, the former UW standout has become a factor in that plan. “This is a different spring for...
Fallen trees cause extensive damage to bridge on popular Kirkland hiking trail
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- A portion of a popular hiking trail in Kirkland will likely be closed for months because of extensive damage several trees caused to a bridge. The trees along the Big Finn Hill - Denny Creek Trail likely came down during the region's recent string of winter storms, county leaders told KOMO News. Pierre Geurts comes to the trail not far from the shores of Lake Washington just about everyday to find peace and squeeze in a good workout.
Slog PM: Dubious DNA Usage in China, Snow in Los Angeles, Dead Cows in Washington
Former Sen. Joe Fain had some heavy-hitting support in getting new gig: Fain served for two terms as a Washington state senator. He lost his election bid this November amidst rape allegations against him. He was recently hired as the CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Two of the people who were contacted as references on his behalf? Former Washington state governor Christine Gregoire and Ana Mari Cauce, the current president of the University...
Woman who fled from Kent police succumbs to crash injuries
A woman who fled from Kent police Saturday has died from the injuries she sustained. Kent officers were called to Safeway where the woman was attempting to use a stolen I. D. and cash a fraudulent check. As officers arrived, the woman drove away. Officers were able to locate her and attempted to pull her over. She accelerated and a police pursuit started.
All-Metro League boys basketball team
Most Valuable Player: Marjon Beauchamp, Rainier Beach Coach of the Year: Brent Merritt, Eastside Catholic Defensive Player of the Year: Micah Monroe, Rainier Beach Team Sportsmanship: Lakeside First Team Paolo Banchero, O'Dea Maurice Barnett, Franklin Shane Nowell, Eastside Catholic Mitchell Saxon,...
Lakewood SCHI: Deputy attorney general makes closing statements
Deputy Attorney General Anthony Robinson makes his closing statements during the trial for Rabbi Osher Eisemann, founder of Lakewood's School for Children with Hidden Intelligence, who is charged with using nearly $1 million public dollars for his personal interests.
Police: King County Metro employee raped, prostituted babysitter
A King County Metro Transit employee was arrested in connection with raping and sex trafficking a woman, starting when she was a teenager. Mark Norton, head of King County Metro Transit security, was booked into Snohomish County Jail Tuesday, for investigation of trafficking, the King County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Cliff Mass: 'Seattle should buy more snowplows'
Seattle should boost its force of snowplows from 36 to 100, argues popular University of Washington atmospheric sciences professor Cliff Mass. "Can you imagine how popular Mayor Durkan would be if she got the additional plows and the city was nearly snow free during the next 'snow event'?" Mass asks. "She would be mayor for LIFE."
BJ's Restaurants: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ BJ's Restaurants Inc. (BJRI) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $10.7 million. The Huntington Beach, California-based company said it had profit of 49 cents per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. The restaurant chain posted revenue of $280.5 million in the period, beating Street forecasts. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $278.3 million. For the year, the company reported profit of $50.8 million, or $2.35 per share. Revenue was reported as $1.12 billion. BJ's Restaurants shares have climbed nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.
All officers hurt in Aurora shooting released from hospital
AURORA, Ill. (AP) - Police say all five of the officers who were wounded last week in a deadly shooting at a warehouse in suburban Chicago have been released from the hospital. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that four of the officers hurt were released by Sunday, and the fifth was released Thursday. The officers were injured Friday in an exchange of gunfire with a man who had been fired from Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora. Five employees were killed . The gunman, 45-year-old Gary Martin, died in the shootout. The officers' names haven't been released. They suffered gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries and ranged in age from 24 to 53. Aurora police said Thursday that they're "hoping for a swift and full recovery for all.
Idaho teen says he made $35k in 4 days plowing Seattle
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho teen says he made $35,000 in four days by charging as much as $750 an hour to plow during the early-February snowstorms in Seattle. Eighteen-year-old David Holston owns a landscaping and snow plowing company in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He was visiting his mom in the Seattle area for her birthday, and he brought along his plowing equipment thanks to a friend's suggestion. Holston says he put an ad on Craigslist when the storm started, and his phone rang constantly. By comparison, most websites like Homeadvisor.com put the average snow removal hourly cost at about $110, ranging from as low as $30 an hour to as high as $400 an hour.
Enjoy the sunshine in Seattle before next rainy, breezy storm system moves in Friday
Thursday morning commuters woke up to cold and freezing fog in some areas around Seattle, but the sun and blue skies came out later in the morning and promised to stay out for most of the day. That will all change come Friday.
Stanford track team's charter bus fire damaged I-5 overpass
SEATTLE (AP) — The Columbian Way overpass of Interstate 5 was damaged in a spectacular charter-bus fire in January that forced the Stanford University track team to run for the roadside. The Seattle Times reports that intense heat melted a steel maintenance hatch and small amounts of concrete flaked away, leaving three rods of steel rebar exposed. Black char marks remain on the bottom and sides of the overpass.
Charter bus fire damaged I-5 overpass
SEATTLE (AP) - The Columbian Way overpass of Interstate 5 was damaged in a spectacular charter-bus fire in January that forced the Stanford University track team to run for the roadside. The Seattle Times reports that intense heat melted a steel maintenance hatch and small amounts of concrete flaked away, leaving three rods of steel rebar exposed. Black char marks remain on the bottom and sides of the overpass. Damage is limited to a single span in the southbound off-ramp that curves toward Beacon Hill - directly over the right northbound lane of mainline I-5. Bridge inspectors say the ramp is safe to drive. About 5,300 vehicles a day use the overpass.
Suspected drunk driver crashes into hair salon
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The entrance to a business in Everett was destroyed when a suspected drunk driver crashed into it. KOMO-TV reports that Everett police say the driver crashed into Anne's Hair Salon at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. The force of the impact shattered glass, ripped out the entrance door frame and smashed fixtures in the interior of the salon. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The vehicle has since been towed away. Owners of the business say they will perform an accurate inventory of the damage after daylight. ___ Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/
UW holds Utah to 18 2nd-half points, wins 62-45
SEATTLE (AP) — Utah entered Wednesday's matchup with Washington knowing it was going to be difficult to score against the Huskies' heralded 2-3 zone defense. Washington held Utah to just five second-half field goals, outscoring the Utes 29-18 after halftime on way to a 62-45 victory. "The second half was one of the best periods, 16 or 17 minutes, that we've played all season," Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. "We were active. We were talking.
Trooper injured as suspected DUI driver slams car door on him, then flees
EVERETT, Wash. - A state trooper was injured overnight when a suspected DUI driver slammed the car door on him during a traffic stop in Everett, the Washington State Patrol reports. The incident unfolded at about 12:30 a. m. Thursday when the trooper pulled over a driver at Broadway and Hewitt Avenue in Everett. Th driver got out of his car so the trooper could conduct a field sobriety test. But sometime during the test, the driver jumped back into his car and drove off.
Ever wander by these little cottages in the heart of Belltown? Stop in for an art class sometime soon
Ever wonder who owns this trio of little houses at Vine Street and Elliott Avenue in the heart of Belltown? Well, they're operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation. But, what should they be used for? Any ideas?
Downtown Seattle transit tunnel will close to buses in March
Buckle up because we’re quickly approaching what local transportation leaders are calling the second stop on the Seattle Squeeze. On March 23 the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel will close to buses for good. About 37,000 people board and exit buses in the tunnel daily. The 830 buses that service seven routes that use the tunnel will begin operating on city streets.
Citizens accuse Seattle police of backtracking on reforms
SEATTLE (AP) - A citizen-advisory panel accuses the city of Seattle of backtracking on federally-mandated police reforms after enacting a labor agreement with the city's rank-and-file union that doesn't improve transparency. The Seattle Times reports the group, in a court filing, urged a federal judge to direct the city to fix flaws in the agreement with the Seattle Police Officers Guild. The Community Police Commission said to U.S. District Judge James Robart that the city "bargained away critical reforms . crafted carefully and deliberately, drawing on hard lessons over many years with the existing system.
Bonds lifts Houston Baptist past Northwestern St. 92-54
HOUSTON (AP) — Braxton Bonds had 13 points to lead five Houston Baptist players in double figures as the Huskies easily defeated Northwestern State 92-54 on Wednesday night. Oliver Lynch-Daniels, Edward Hardt, Ty Dalton and Stephen O'Suji added 10 points...