Woman shot near Issaquah; suspect connected to Renton shooting

October 27, 2012

UPDATED — 9:15 p.m. Oct. 27, 2012

Police said a woman was shot just outside Issaquah city limits on Saturday afternoon and transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.

The man suspected in the shooting and another shooting in Renton, John L. McKay, was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound later Saturday in the Skyway area.

King County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 13400 block of 209th Avenue Southeast near Issaquah, just outside the southwest city limits off of Southeast May Valley Road, after the woman was shot.

Police said the incident could be connected to a shooting later in the day near Renton.

Investigators said the woman’s former son-in-law was the shooter.

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Washington tops United States for seatbelt use

October 23, 2012

Washington topped the United States for seatbelt use last year, according to a recent federal report.

The report said 97.5 percent of Washingtonians buckled up in 2011. The release marked the seventh consecutive year the state’s seatbelt use rate exceeded 95 percent.

The national average for seatbelt use last year reached 84 percent.

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center estimates wearing lap-and-shoulder restraints reduces a vehicle passenger’s risk of dying in a crash by 61 percent.

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Issaquah motorist is injured in Interstate 90 crash

October 23, 2012

Police said a 45-year-old Issaquah woman sustained minor injuries in a major crash Oct. 19 along Interstate 90 near the Interstate 405 interchange.

Washington State Patrol investigators said a 57-year-old Renton woman speeding in a Mazda caused the accident on westbound I-90 in Bellevue.

The state patrol said she crashed into the back of a Toyota at about 5:30 p.m., sending the Toyota into the adjacent lane, where a pickup truck driven by the Issaquah woman struck the vehicle.

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Police capture offenders after Echo Glen Children’s Center assault, escape

September 25, 2012

Police captured six teenage offenders early Sept. 23 after the boys assaulted a guard and escaped from the Echo Glen Children’s Center, a juvenile detention facility in Snoqualmie.

The boys, ages 14 and 15, assaulted a female staff member and knocked her unconscious at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 22. The boys then stole her keys and radio, locked her in a room and fled from the medium/maximum security facility.

Echo Glen is not fenced and is surrounded by forest and wetlands.

(Though the facility is administered by the state Department of Social and Health Services, the facility is in the Issaquah School District.)

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Issaquah man injured in Pierce County crash

September 11, 2012

Pierce County firefighters rescued a 76-year-old Issaquah man Sept. 6, after his Chevrolet Suburban plunged into a ravine about eight miles north of Mount Rainier National Park.

Washington State Patrol troopers said motorist Charles Huffaker attempted to turn around near the Fairfax Bridge on state Route 165 at about 1 p.m. He then mistook the gas pedal for the brake and the Suburban slid off the road and about 20 feet down a steep embankment toward the Carbon River. He then attempted to climb back to the road, but lost his footing and fell about 100 feet down the ravine.

Off-duty law enforcement officers noticed the vehicle and stopped to investigate at about 4 p.m.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue crews later freed Huffaker, and medics airlifted him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with nonlife-threatening injuries.

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Wall collapse injures Issaquah Highlands construction crew

August 28, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals the early afternoon of Aug. 24 after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast, at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers. The workers were attempting to lift the prefabricated wall into place.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center.

Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment of less-serious injuries.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions Aug. 24.

EFR sent aid cars and a fire truck to the scene, and the Bellevue Fire Department dispatched a medic unit.

The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident, per standard procedure.

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Wall falls on workers at Issaquah Highlands construction site

August 24, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. Aug. 24, 2012

Medics transported four construction workers to area hospitals early Friday afternoon after a wall at a residential construction site in the Issaquah Highlands fell and injured the men.

Eastside Fire & Rescue and Bellevue Fire Department crews responded to the 900 block of Third Court Northeast, a highlands neighborhood west of Highlands Drive Northeast at about 1:15 p.m., after a wooden wall measuring about 16 feet by 20 feet collapsed onto the construction workers.

EFR Battalion Chief Glenn Huffman said one man sustained “significant injuries” and had to be transported to Harborview Medical Center. Medics transported the other men to nearby Swedish/Issaquah and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Huffman did not have additional information about the workers’ conditions.

The state Department of Labor & Industries intends to investigate the accident, per standard procedure.

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Sammamish motorcycle crash closes road, injures man

July 24, 2012

Police said a 42-year-old Sammamish man sustained serious injuries in a July 14 motorcycle accident along Southeast Duthie Hill Road.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said the man fell from the motorcycle in the 27700 block of Southeast Duthie Hill Road near Trossachs Boulevard Southeast at about 9:30 p.m.

Police closed the road for several hours as officers and emergency medical technicians tended to the man.

Sullivan said police do not believe the crash involved other vehicles, but said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

Sullivan said the man was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center and was expected to make a full recovery as of July 18.

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High credit rating saves county more than $16 million

July 24, 2012

Solid credit ratings helped King County lower borrowing costs to fund health and safety improvements.

The county sold $94.6 million in bonds July 16 to refinance outstanding general obligation bonds related to Harborview Medical Center. The facility is owned by King County and operated by the University of Washington.

The county issued the Harborview bonds initially in 2004 to fund seismic improvements to the hospital. The county’s AAA credit rating led to favorable bids for the bond refinancing.

The top bids for the bonds came from J.P. Morgan Securities at a 1.7 percent interest rate. The low interest rate means the county should save $16.4 million through the bonds’ maturity date in 2023.

Officials said the savings in debt service payments can then be passed on to taxpayers in the form of lower levy amounts for voter-approved bonds.

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King County child injury deaths drop by 62 percent

July 17, 2012

King County public health officials attributed a drop in injury deaths of children and teenagers in recent years to better education, policies, research and law enforcement.

The rate of death from injuries for children and teenagers 19 and younger declined by 62 percent from 2000 to 2009, Public Health – Seattle & King County announced June 18.

Countywide, 22 children died from injuries in 2009, down from 55 in 2000. The improvements in King County surpassed a national trend of fewer child injury deaths. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said child deaths from injuries declined 29 percent from 2000 to 2009.

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