SPOKANE — Authorities say sheriff’s deputies used a Taser on an 11-year-old who refused to drop a knife.
SEATTLE — Seattle’s mayor and an investor have condemned sports fans’ sexist attacks against the mostly female City Council after its vote sidetracked a proposed arena project aimed at luring the NBA back to the city.
CHICAGO - A listeria outbreak that led to a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables is being investigated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the...
Date: 05/05/2016 | Business Wire
DRYDEN — Authorities have identified the man who died while rafting on the Wenatchee River.The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that the victim was Keith M. Thomas, 53, of Shelton.
LA CONNER — Washington anglers are protesting an unprecedented shutdown of the Puget Sound salmon fishing season.
SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle has ordered immigration officials to release a Somali teenager who was taken from his Oregon foster family and placed in an adult detention center in Tacoma.
A 64-year-old Aberdeen man allegedly admitted to stealing a pickup truck Monday because he “didn’t want to walk home,” according to Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers.
RICHLAND — Officials say the number of workers at Hanford Nuclear Reservation evaluated for chemical vapor exposure has climbed to 42, following reports last month that a tank had leaked several thousand gallons of radioactive waste.
BURIEN — A 17-year-old male is facing a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old female at a Burien apartment complex.The King County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls of a shooting at the Spring Creek Apartments at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.
SEATTLE — Two May Day demonstrators have been charged with assaulting police officers during the protest in downtown Seattle.
Two years ago, Washington state began an unprecedented policy experiment by allowing large-scale production and sale of recreational marijuana to the public. The effects on public health and safety and on the relationship of law enforcement to minority communities will take years to manifest fully,...
STARKVILLE, Miss. — A unit of Chicago-based Boeing Co. is opening an office in Starkville to work with Mississippi State University’s unmanned aircraft center.Insitu made the announcement Wednesday at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in New Orleans.
Date: 05/05/2016 | Business Wire
SHORELINE — Shoreline police say a homeowner shot a burglar who was smashing windows and trying to break into his house.KOMO-TV reported that the incident happened at about 2:50 a.m. Thursday.
Master Builders offers $30,000 scholarship for students in construction field The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties is offering $30,000 in scholarship funds to college, trade or technical school students who are sophomores, juniors...
Date: 05/05/2016 | Bizblog
SEATTLE — Seattle police say bicycle officers have saved three people from potentially fatal heroin overdoses since they started carrying an overdose reversal drug in mid-March.
KENT — The father of a 1-year-old baby girl killed in a drive-by shooting last year in Kent faces two counts of first-degree promoting prostitution for allegedly forcing an 18-year-old woman to give him all the money she made working as a prostitute in Seattle.
ELLENSBURG — Washington Supreme Court will be traveling to Ellensburg to hear cases at Central Washington University on Thursday.The three cases to be heard focus on tribal property taxes, staffing at Western State Hospital and Washington’s First Amendment
SEATTLE — The Seattle Office for Civil Rights has filed charges against 23 landlords after a series of sting operations revealed that they discriminated against people posed as prospective renters based on family status, disability and use of Section 8 rent vouchers.
BURIEN — A King County sheriff’s deputy has fatally shot a man armed with an assault rifle.KIRO-TV reported that the incident early Wednesday began as a domestic dispute in which shots were fired.
BECU, car dealerships raise money for Housing HopeBECU has partnered with 14 Snohomish County car dealerships to support local non-profit Housing Hope and their Generations of Hope Campaign. Throughout the month of May, participating dealerships will donate...
Date: 05/04/2016 | Bizblog
SEATTLE — State transportation officials say the tunneling machine known as Bertha is about a third of the way toward the 385 feet needed before the Alaskan Way Viaduct can reopen.KCPQ-TV reported that the machine had tunneled 131 feet by Tuesday evening.
SEATTLE — A Pasco company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people.One person from Maryland and one from Washington have died but health officials do not consider listeria to be the cause of death for either person.
OLYMPIA — Washington state regulators have approved a new settlement agreement with a Seattle tour company involved in a deadly crash last year, increasing the penalty to $308,000 after saying a previous amount was inadequate.
TACOMA — Authorities say a 16-year-old boy suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound after trying to rob someone during a marijuana deal in Lakewood.
TACOMA — Officials say further testing at three Tacoma elementary schools that previously had high levels of lead in their drinking water indicates the water is now safe to drink.
BELLINGHAM — Attorneys for a Washington man on trial for vehicular homicide say a sleep disorder, not drowsy driving, led to the fatal crash.
LAKEWOOD — When a man accused of torturing a Lake Stevens woman to death broke out of Washington state's largest mental hospital with another patient in early April, officials called it a rare occurrence and cited only two other escapes in the past seven years.But a...
OAK HARBOR — An 18-year-old Coupeville woman was killed early Monday in a crash near Oak Harbor.
Date: 05/03/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — Faced with a growing heroin crisis and complaints about property crimes, some of Snohomish County's top elected leaders are planning to ask voters to approve a new criminal justice sales tax.The countywide proposal for a 0.2 percent increase would appear
Date: 05/03/2016 | Local News
SPOKANE — Authorities say a police officer responding to a domestic violence call shot a man outside a motel in Spokane.
SPOKANE — Authorities have identified the man stabbed to death at a Spokane motel on Friday.The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office says Robert Luis Hebert, 22, died of multiple stab wounds.
SEATTLE — A man has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter for allegedly throwing an 87-year-old man off balance and pushing him to the ground in Seattle.KIRO-TV reported that Brandon Graves-Benevides entered the plea in court Monday.
GRAHAM — Fire officials say a 63-year-old man died in a house fire in the Pierce County town of Graham.
SEATTLE — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say.
FERNDALE — Alcoa says it now plans to keep it an aluminum smelter in Ferndale open after reaching a power agreement with Bonneville Power Administration that keeps the facility competitive.
BELLINGHAM — Does the time ever come when a community stops remembering a murdered group of its own? In the case of Blaine, possibly not.Almost 34 years ago, a Blaine fishing family, including two children, and four young crewmen were killed aboard the Investor, a...
KENNEWICK — A Washington county has endorsed a largely volunteer effort to preserve an old control tower at Naval Air Station Pasco.
CHEHALIS — Fire officials are investigating a large blaze that burned about 2,000 gallons of oil stored at a Chehalis gas station.
TACOMA — Pierce County officials say homelessness in the county has reached a crisis level with more than 2,000 people on the streets in 2016.
SPOKANE — A federal judge has ordered a farm labor contractor to pay $7.6 million in damages for a pattern of subjecting Thai farmworkers in the state of Washington to a hostile work environment, harassment and discrimination.
SPOKANE — A Spokane police officer shot a man wielding a machete downtown early Sunday morning.The Spokesman-Review reported that the man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
TACOMA — Tacoma’s ethics board will discuss a complaint filed against Mayor Marilyn Strickland for her appearance in a promotional video for a proposed methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma.
YAKIMA — A new report says production of hops is up this year, putting the Washington-centered industry in a better position to respond to continuing growth of the craft beer industry.
SEATTLE — The three leading candidates to replace U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott are pushing to distinguish themselves in Washington’s deeply liberal 7th Congressional District.
Date: 05/02/2016 | Local News
WOODLAND — Katie Klaus’ junior history class just voted Hitler for U.S. president.Of course, they didn’t know they were voting for him.They thought they were voting for a man named Samuel Jones, a 42-year-old noncommissioned officer, twice decorated for bravery, The Daily News reported.
OLYMPIA — The Mason County Sheriff’s office says a man accused of shooting at a sheriff’s deputy last month has been accidently released from jail.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Police say they’ve arrested a 35-year-old man in the fatal stabbing of a man at a Spokane motel.Spokane police say they were called to a room at the West Wynn Motel Friday afternoon and found a man with a stab wound.
PASCO — Officials say an island in the Columbia River near the Tri-Cities has been trashed repeatedly by visitors and will close permanently.
SEATTLE — King County health officials are distributing special cardboard boxes for babies to sleep in. The program is aimed at reducing infant deaths.KING-TV reported that they are being given to low-income parents who do not have a crib and have to share a full-size bed with their newborn
SPOKANE — A 14-month-old bloodhound named Daisy is the newest member of the Spokane police department’s K9 unit. She was brought into the department to track missing children and vulnerable adults with her handler, Sg. Jason Reynolds, who supervises the unit.
MOUNT VERNON — Officials say an early Sunday morning fire has destroyed two businesses in Mount Vernon.Mount Vernon Fire Chief Roy Hari told the Skagit Valley Herald that no one was injured in the blaze, and the cause is still under investigation.
SEATTLE — Tacoma schools officials say ongoing reviews of old water quality tests have revealed another elementary school with unsafe levels of lead in certain sources of drinking water.
TACOMA — Tacoma’s proposed disposable bag ban is moving forward with allowances to keep low-income households from being nickeled every time they go to the grocery store.
SEATTLE — King County Executive Dow Constantine has ordered an inquest into the February fatal shooting of a man by two Seattle police officers.
NEW YORK — Dunkin’ Donuts is going after Starbucks’ coveted customers by more aggressively featuring espresso drinks like lattes and macchiatos.
Date: 04/29/2016 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — Washington state biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was strangely found in the driveway of a cattle ranch about 50 miles from the ocean.
SEATTLE — Tacoma school officials says a review of previous water quality tests has found six more public elementary schools with unsafe amounts of lead in scattered sources of drinking water.
OLYMPIA — Two health care systems have submitted separate plans to open psychiatric hospitals in Thurston County.
SEATTLE — Officials say a Dallas-bound American Airlines flight returned to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after takeoff after a bird strike left a large dent on the jetliner's nose.Sea-Tac Airport officials said that the flight with 150 passengers...
TACOMA — A Tacoma lawyer has been accused of having sex with an inmate and bringing drugs for others while visiting Pierce County Jail.
SEATTLE — An effort in Seattle to stop residents from tossing food scraps and other compost into the trash was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a judge who said trash collectors poking through people’s garbage violates privacy rights.
SEATTLE — Seattle commuters are bracing for a two-week closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct by adjusting work schedules or making plans to bike, bus or take other transportation to work.
SPOKANE — A second giant tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons may be leaking on the sprawling Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham man will get a new trial months after a jury convicted him of felony assault for shooting his neighbor.
SEATTLE — A man accused of killing and dismembering a mother in her suburban home then dumping her remains in a Seattle recycling bin pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and theft charges.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the process for returning to a tribe for burial one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America.
TACOMA — The first Washington state official indicted in 35 years escaped conviction at his five-week federal fraud trial, but that doesn't mean others in state government are any happier that he remains in office."Unfortunately, the people of Washington state do...
SEATTLE — The Metropolitan King County Council has imposed an emergency moratorium on pot businesses in unincorporated areas.
SPOKANE — Officials for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are trying to determine if a second giant underground tank containing radioactive waste from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons is leaking, the U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Tuesday.
RENTON — Police are investigating after a man found skeletal remains in a wooded area near his property in Renton.
SEATTLE — Tacoma Public Schools announced Tuesday that tests performed last May found high levels of lead in the drinking water at four additional schools.
YAKIMA — The Catholic Diocese of Yakima will not publish the names of local clergy accused of sexual abuse on its website.The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that the church’s lay advisory board discussed listing priests’ names last month but took no action.
KALAMA — Officials at a Washington cemetery say they’ll challenge a federal decision approving a natural gas pipeline that could encroach on the cemetery.
OLYMPIA — Authorities say they plan to file new charges against a 19-year-old driver following the death of a pedestrian.
LONGVIEW — Officials at a Longview hospital say testing on nearly 200 patients believed to have been exposed to hepatitis or HIV at the facility has revealed that no one has contracted the diseases.
YAKIMA — Yakima is set to open a resource center meant to serve as a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths.
PORT ANGELES — Authorities have named a 45-year-old female as a suspect in the homicide of Native American master carver George C. David of Neah Bay.
SEATTLE — Two public elementary schools in Tacoma found high levels of lead in their drinking water in May, but the Tacoma Public School District only announced the results and informed parents Monday.
VANCOUVER — Citizens in Vancouver and Spokane are working to undo pay raises recently approved for elected leaders in their cities.
TACOMA — A Washington state agency has hired New Jersey consultants to prepare an economic market study on gambling in the state.
Date: 04/25/2016 | Business Wire
GRAHAM — A man who police say killed his wife and then shot himself in their Pierce County home has died.The Pierce County Medical Examiner says 36-year-old Kerry Anderson died Sunday. His wife, 32-year-old Jessica Anderson, died at the scene Saturday.
SEATTLE — The new State Route 520 floating bridge has opened to traffic in both directions.The span over Lake Washington opened to eastbound traffic at 1:30 a.m. Monday. Westbound drivers have been able to use the new bridge since April 11.
SEATTLE — Officials with Seattle Public Utilities say testing at several homes has determined that the water is safe to drink following concerns over high lead levels.
KENNEWICK — Health officials investigating a possible case of plague in the Tri-Cities say tests results have come back negative.The Benton-Franklin Health District said Saturday that tests results from the state found the resident does not have pneumonic plague.
SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes nearly $720,000 for alleged safety violations.The EPA said last week it filed a complaint seeking penalties for violations found during two facility inspections in 2011.
GRAHAM — A woman is dead and her husband is in critical condition in a hospital after authorities say he killed her and then shot himself.
BELLINGHAM — Bellingham officials are working to expand shelter options for people as it again begins to clean up homeless camps.The Bellingham Herald reported that a Homeless Outreach Team is tasked with connecting people with services ahead of enforcement.
LONGVIEW — A hydrogen peroxide manufacturer in Longview is starting a $22 million expansion.
SEATTLE — Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct is set to close for two weeks starting Friday and transportation officials are urging commuters to plan ahead.The closure is expected to cause widespread traffic throughout the region.
SEATTLE — Seattle police are increasing patrols after two shootings early Saturday morning left four people injured, including one person with serious injuries.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A Port Angeles, Washington, woman who died in 2015 from a measles infection was the first to have a fatal case of the virus in the U.S. since 2003.
SYCAMORE, Ill. — A judge formally dismissed a murder case Friday against a retired Washington state police officer who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the 1957 killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl, but he put off a decision on whether to appoint a special prosecutor.
Date: 04/22/2016 | Nation & World
RICHLAND — Workers have succeeded in their first attempt to remove leaked waste from between the shells of the oldest double-shell tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
WOODLAND — Authorities say one person was killed and two were injured after a small plane ran off the runway at an airport <URL destination="http://goo.gl/wnZV06">in Woodland.
BIRCH BAY — Authorities say a man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping after his girlfriend accused him of threatening to kill her and intentionally crashed a vehicle into the wall of a Birch Bay gas station to escape from him.
SEATTLE — Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego to finish rehabilitation.
SEATTLE — A Seattle judge has sentenced a woman to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing six of her family members on Christmas Eve 2007.
BELLINGHAM — Whatcom County sheriff deputies say a woman intentionally crashed her car into a building to escape her new boyfriend who had kidnapped her and threatened further violence.
SPOKANE — The Spokane County sheriff will send the governor a bill for about $12,000 to cover the cost of searching for an escapee from Washington’s largest state psychiatric hospital.