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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Morning News: Drive-By Shooting in West Seattle Nearly Hits a Girl

Posted by on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 9:09 AM

In West Seattle last night, 15 to 20 shots were fired from a red car near 23rd Avenue SW and SW Juneau Street.
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  • In West Seattle last night, 15 to 20 shots were fired from a red car near 23rd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Juneau Street.

Drive-By Shooting in West Seattle: A drive-by shooting last night in West Seattle narrowly missed a little girl, reports KIRO. Police are hunting for the gunmen who fired from a car just before 8 p.m. near 23rd Avenue SW and SW Juneau Street. Neighbors say they heard 15 to 20 shots; the bullets hit two cars but no one was injured.

Ticket-Happy Cop Back on Patrol: The Seattle police officer who issued 80 percent of the city’s tickets for smoking pot in public—which were disproportionately handed out to low-income folks and people of color—is back on the streets bike-patrolling, reports KOMO News. Randy Jokela is still under investigation by the Office of Professional Accountability for his prolific writing of marijuana citations, but is no longer confined to desk duty. According to police chief Kathleen O’Toole, Jokela’s citations included notes reflecting his disdain for legalization, referring to Seattle City Attorney (and weed-buyer) Pete Holmes as “Petey Holmes” and calling Washington State’s new marijuana laws “silly.”

Pugel Gets a New Job: King County Sheriff John Urquhart has hired former interim chief of police Jim Pugel to be his chief deputy, it was announced yesterday. Stranger blogger Cienna Madrid called this fantastic news, as Pugel was one of the most progressive officers in the department and a strong advocate for police reform.

Jim Pugel has a new job.
  • Jim Pugel has a new job.

Teen in a Tree: A teenager on Bainbridge Island has hoisted herself 70 feet off the ground to protest the removal of some 830 trees to make way for a new development. Nineteen-year-old Chiara D’Angelo has been in a tree since Monday at 4 a.m., and dozens of protestors have come out to support her cause. The tree-climbing teen, a student at Western Washington University, has been given until today at 4 p.m. to get down, but D’Angelo says she has food, bedding, books, a guitar, and plans to stay in the tree "as long as possible."

Murder Suspect Alleges Victims Were Grooming Boys for Sex: A sex offender who is being held without bail for investigation of murdering his two roommates in Pierce County told investigators that the victims were grooming boys for sex, reports KOMO, citing court documents. Prosecutors say the 40-year-old suspect, Richard Atkisson, said that one of his roommates asked if he would bring his son to the home, which spawned the attack. Atkisson is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.

At least one of these in Washington State is carrying the West Nile Virus.
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  • At least one of these in Washington State is carrying the West Nile virus.

West Nile Virus Surfaces in Washington: For the first time in two years, a person has contracted West Nile virus in Washington State. According to King 5 News, a twentysomething man in Walla Walla County is in the hospital after contracting the virus, likely near his home. Officials recommend staying indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.

Big Money for Background Checks: Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is among the latest big donors to support Initiative 594, which would expand background checks on gun sales in Washington State, reports KOMO. Allen donated $500,000 to the initiative, which also has the support of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ($580,000) and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer ($400,000).

More Violence in Ferguson, as National Guard Called In: The National Guard was called in Monday—the latest in a series of changing police tactics to try to squelch protests. Missouri governor Jay Nixon said the Guard would have only a limited role, protecting the police command center, yet there was more tear gas and rubber bullets fired at protesters last night, in response to sporadic violence (two men were shot). Authorities say a small number of people are responsible for the violence—31 people were arrested.

Residents Clean Up After Protests:

Fox News Reporter Gets Cursed Out on Air: He called the protests “child’s play.”

Tibetan Monks Travel to Ferguson to Show Their Support: And are met with hugs, handshakes, smiles.

Teens Make a Yelp-Like App to Fight Police Brutality: Three Georgia teens, hoping to prevent more police shootings of unarmed young people, have developed an app called Five-O, reports Mother Jones. Users can grade cops on an A to F scale and add details such as whether they were verbally or physically abused, and see how police departments rate across the country.

These teens made an app to track police brutality.
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  • These teens made an app to track police brutality.


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Will in Seattle 1
You missed the pics of the Washington Redskins team doing the Hands Up - Don't Shoot! thing

Yes, I know ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
seatackled 2
Posted by seatackled on August 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM · Report this
An aerial pic of Alki Point to illustrate a shooting in Delridge? Not even close.

You guys really do need to get off Capitol Hill once in a while. There's a whole rest of the city to find out about.
Posted by RDPence on August 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM · Report this
JonnoN 4
"31 people were arrested"

since more than 0 were journalists, that number doesn't mean anything. How many others were arrested while exercising first amendment rights?

@3 maybe it's already been removed... i see no pic
Posted by JonnoN on August 19, 2014 at 9:55 AM · Report this
JonnoN 5
@3/@4 oh, the pic is there after I hit refresh. The location of the shooting IS in the pic, maybe you should find something more worthwhile to complain about.
Posted by JonnoN on August 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM · Report this
"near-missed" not "nearly missed"
Better still, "narrowly missed," "barely missed," or "nearly hit."

Something that nearly misses ultimately achieves its target/aim. "I nearly missed my bus."
Posted by Bored@School on August 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 7

You beat me to it. It took me a second to figure out the girl *wasn't* hit.
Posted by keshmeshi on August 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM · Report this
On the financial fraud front (especially important given the recent illegal foreclosure or fraudclosure by Chase on that disabled vet, then their illegal eviction and the King County Police, acting as agents for the bank rather than agents of the law, illegally (albeit for a short period) arrested the disabled vet and his family):

Once again, bank lobbyist, Paul Krugman, is proven to be a complete and total idiot, knowing nothing about economics and finance, regardless of what that sleazy Swedish central bank claims in awarding Krugman their prize in economical sciences (wrongly referred to as a “Nobel prize”).

From the site article below:…

Two weeks ago, Paul Krugman used some expensive media real estate to write a propaganda piece on the unsupportable proposition that the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in 2010 is “a success story” and that its bank wind-down program known as Ordinary Liquidation Authority has put an end to “bailing out the bankers.”

By late in the afternoon of August 5, Krugman had a reality smack-down on his Dodd-Frank success fairy tale by two Federal regulators. Every major media outlet was running with the news that eleven of the biggest banks in the country, including the mega Wall Street banks, had just had their wind-down plans (known as living wills) rejected by the Federal Reserve and FDIC for not being credible or rational. The eleven banks are: Bank of America, Bank of New York Mellon, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, State Street and UBS.

Yesterday, Krugman’s Dodd-Frank fantasy lost further credibility when Senator Elizabeth Warren released a letter that she and eleven of her Congressional colleagues had sent to the Federal Reserve, warning that one of its Dodd-Frank proposed rules “invites the same sort of backdoor bailout we witnessed five years ago.”

My remarks now (sgt_doom): To repeat, Krugman has long been a member of the international bank lobbyist group, the Group of Thirty (
Posted by sgt_doom on August 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM · Report this
every day is tin foil hat day for Corporal Crazee @8

Posted by have tin foil hat, will travel on August 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
According to police chief Kathleen O’Toole, Jokela’s citations included notes reflecting his disdain for legalization, referring to Seattle City Attorney (and weed-buyer) Pete Holmes as “Petey Holmes” and calling Washington State’s new marijuana laws “silly.”

So, are you saying that we have at least one police officer on the job who has expressed a disrespect for the rule of law? I think that needs to be followed up on.
Posted by Jenkitty on August 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
@10, whose comments I fully agree with.

This cop, and his attitude, is exactly why so much money is paid out on a yearly basis due to legal actions and lawsuits involving the activities of the SPD.

Years ago, Mike the Mover, the dude that Dan Savage loves to make fun of, actually showed the initiative to do something no Seattle newsy ever did, study the yearly Seattle budget to see where the money was going, and he discovered that on a yearly basis, millions was paid out due to the actions of the SPD, such as this copy is demonstrative of.

[And for the record, I despise the smell of pot.]
Posted by sgt_doom on August 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM · Report this
@5, please googlemap SW Juneau & 23rd Ave SW, and you will see how far it is from Alki Point.
Posted by RDPence on August 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM · Report this
@5: Actually, I am pretty sure it's on the other side of the hill, and therefore not visible in that picture. Can you see the West Seattle Golf Course? It's PAST that.…

The above shot is pretty close to an east facing shot from due west of Alki Point.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on August 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM · Report this

Another article by Stamper on police and reform.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on August 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM · Report this
JonnoN 15
Whatever, west seattle is fake seattle anyway.
Posted by JonnoN on August 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 16
@15 - At least it was years ago when ECB got on the wrong bus and whined about it being so on slog.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on August 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this

Ya....not of loser piece of shits like you live in west seattle for it to be considered seattle proper.

take the cock out your mouth...maybe then you will think clearer.
Posted by JoannoN on August 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Pugel, yet another discard from the City of Seattle whose worth is recognized by King County. What a difference between the two political entities.
Posted by sarah91 on August 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM · Report this

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