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    Firefighters holding their own against state’s largest wildfire

    CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Officials say firefighters are holding their own against the largest wildfire on record in Washington, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames. The National Weather Service had issued a red-flag warning Thursday for the fires near Okanogan, saying the weather conditions had the potential to spread the flames. But fire spokesman Bernie Pineda says fire lines are holding and portions of the 450-square-mile fire were actually burning back on itself because of winds. […]

  • City, ferry system set for big crowds, congestion in Seattle tonight (VIDEO)

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    Tax hike plan in the works to fix Tacoma’s ‘historic problem’

    TACOMA — Travelling through Tacoma can be a bumpy ride. Drivers like Patty Cowan say potholes are becoming an epidemic. “Roads are getting pretty bad,” said Cowan. “They really need to be looked at.” City leaders say they already spend $11 million a year on the pothole problem, and it’s still not enough. “I think we’ve got an historic problem with the roads across the city,” said City Councilor Robert Thoms,  “The problem is real and it’s acute and it […]

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    Jimi Hendrix’s boyhood love affair with hydroplanes during Seafair

    SEATTLE — You may know Jimi Hendrix grew up in Seattle. But with the Seafair weekend upon us, did you know Jimi loved hydroplanes? His sister, Jainie Hendrix, says he fell in love with hydros in the 1950s when the family first began camping out on the shores of Lake Washington and watching the races during Seafair. “It’s definitely part of our history and legacy in Seattle,” said Jainie Hendrix. “This has always been an exciting time. Seafair is a […]

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    Special patrols target drunken boaters on Seafair weekend

    SEATTLE — By land, and by boat, thousands are trekking to Seafair this weekend. During the annual summer event, hydroplanes push the limits on Lake Washington. Not far off shore, there is also a contingent of boats on the water watching for other boat operators who may be over the legal alcohol limit. “It’s super important the boat operators aren’t drinking any alcoholic beverages,” said Leslie Burns, of the Mercer Island Police Department. Several agencies make up the special emphasis […]

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    Cop killer sentenced to life; victim’s family, defiant Monfort speak

    SEATTLE – Christopher Monfort, the man convicted of ambushing and killing Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night six years ago, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday. Monfort was found guilty of aggravated murder and attempted murder in June. The jury later came to the decision of life in prison for Monfort, instead of death, after deliberating for only an hour. At Monfort’s sentencing hearing Thursday, family members of Brenton spoke to the court. […]

  • Morgan Scherer, a local cargo rider, says, “I could load up vaccines, or any kind of medical supplies.”

    Cargo bikers to come to the rescue if the Big One hits Seattle

    SEATTLE — Many around the Northwest are still on edge over a New Yorker magazine article that described the devastating damage Seattle and the surrounding communities might see if and when a major earthquake hits. A Federal Emergency Management Agency official was quoted in the article as saying that everything west of I-5 would be “toast,” if a magnitude 8.0 or higher struck. Scientists predict many people would be trapped without access to supplies. “Mostly people are going to be […]

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    Who killed Seattle community leader Donnie Chin … and why?

    SEATTLE — Gregory Rossmeier traveled from Sea-Tac to Seattle, set aside his cane, and took a knee at the memorial next to the spot where Donnie Chin was gunned down. “I just wanted to pay my respect,” said Rossmeier.  “Because this hurts. It’s just senseless.” Seattle Police are still looking for the shooter, or shooters, who killed Chin early Thursday morning. They are  investigating whether Chin, who responded to emergencies around the International District, may have been rushing to a […]

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    Community hero dies from wounds in International District shooting

    SEATTLE — A man described by many as a community hero in Seattle’s International District was shot and killed in the ID early Thursday morning. Police were called to 8th Avenue South and South Lane Street at about 3 a.m. with reports of multiple shots fired. Donnie Chin, the director of the International District Emergency Center, was found at the scene with critical wounds. Chin later died at Harborview. A witness told Q13 FOX News they heard as many as 10 shots […]

  • Christoper Monfort has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of a Seattle police officer. The jury in the trial will now decide if he spends the rest of his life in prison or is put to death.

    Life or death: Jurors deciding fate of convicted cop killer Christopher Monfort

    SEATTLE — On Wednesday, during closing arguments in the penalty phase hearing for Christopher Monfort, jurors thought they might hear directly from the convicted cop killer. Though he never testified during his murder trial, Monfort’s lawyers insinuated he might be willing to speak on his behalf before jurors decide whether he receives the death penalty or life in prison. Ultimately, Monfort decided not to talk Wednesday. Still, prosecutors used his own words in court when they began arguing for the […]