Federal Way police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who fired a gun during an attempted robbery Saturday at an EconoLodge.
Police seek help in finding gunman
Federal Way police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who fired a gun during an attempted robbery Saturday at an EconoLodge.
The man, who is white and appears to be about 25 to 30 years old, entered the lobby at 1505 S. 328th St. and rang the bell at the counter, according to police.
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When a 51-year-old woman opened an adjacent door, the suspect pulled out a handgun and yelled, “Give me all the money,” said Cathy Schrock, Police Department spokeswoman.
The woman pulled the door closed and the suspect fired a shot, which struck the door, police said. The suspect then ran away. No one was injured and nothing was taken, Schrock said.
Police say the robbery was similar to some reported in Pierce County and South King County in the past month, but the suspect in those cases is a black man.
Jury acquits man in Mill Creek slaying
A Snohomish County jury on Monday acquitted a 23-year-old Seattle man in the slaying of another man during a Halloween party last year.
Bryce Fortier claimed that he shot Christopher Chandler, 18, in self-defense while he was being attacked outside of a Mill Creek-area home. Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies found Chandler, of Kirkland, dead on the sidewalk in the 3500 block of 164th Street Southeast.
Speaking after the jury verdict was announced today, Andrew Fortier said his son was confident that he would be acquitted.
“We felt horrible for the Chandler family, but it’s over,” Andrew Fortier said. “It’s a very scary thing to go through this process and put your trust in the justice system.”
Andrew Fortier said that his son was being attacked by Chandler and others when he opened fire.
He said that his son has been at their family home, on electronic-home monitoring, since shortly after the shooting.
Jurors deliberated for less than eight hours. They had the option of finding him guilty of second-degree murder or first- or second-degree manslaughter, said defense attorney Pete Mazzone.
Jurors were also asked to find whether the shooting was in self-defense — a decision that could determine whether the state would pick up the tab for Fortier’s legal fees and expert witnesses. Jury members did not find that the shooting was in self-defense.
Meeting set today on neighborhood issues
The City Neighborhood Council is holding a Seattle Neighborhood Summit today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event will include a keynote by Mayor Greg Nickels and breakout sessions that include topics such as community building, open government, transportation, public safety and parks. City Council members will also be available in a question-and-answer session.
Organizers hope this will bring neighborhood activists together to exchange ideas. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. for informal networking at Seattle City Hall. For more information, call 206-322-5463.
Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting
A Seattle man charged with fatally shooting another man at a homeless encampment in the Chinatown International District has pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder.
Hung Van Le, who also is known as “Big Al,” became agitated May 23, 2007, because the people who were waiting to buy crack cocaine from him were being too noisy, according to charging papers.
Le reportedly ordered everyone to leave his makeshift shelter on a steep ravine near Rainier Avenue South and South King Street, then pulled out a semiautomatic weapon and shot 53-year-old Paul Corgatelli when Corgatelli refused to move, court documents allege.
Le faces up to 33 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 16.
Coast Guard rescues injured climber
A Coast Guard helicopter rescued an injured climber near Snoqualmie Pass on Monday.
The Coast Guard said the copter was able to reach the climber early in the day after winds prevented an earlier try.
The climber reportedly was injured in a fall Sunday in the Snow Lakes area.
He was flown to Boeing Field, where an ambulance took him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Dog chaining gets closer examination
King County government will take a closer look at banning dog owners from “continuous” chaining of their animals.
The Metropolitan King County Council directed County Executive Ron Sims on Monday to report by Feb. 28 on the practicality of an ordinance directing the practice.
“Dogs are social pack animals, and forced isolation through continuous chaining is cruel and can make them aggressive or even vicious,” Councilmember Dow Constantine said in a statement.
Council Chairwoman Julia Patterson said chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs.
Auburn man dies from wreck injuries
A 33-year-old Auburn man, Larry V. Moses, died Monday from injuries he suffered three days earlier on Highway 164.
The State Patrol disclosed that Moses’ westbound car struck a deer, then overturned about 2 a.m.
He was admitted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he died, the Patrol reported.
Some devices make time switch early
Daylight-saving time doesn’t end until 2 a.m. Sunday, but some older electronics may have decided to “fall back” a week early.
Before 2007, daylight-saving time ended the last Sunday in October. Now it ends a week later.
Some electronic devices with older software automatically switched to Pacific Standard Time a week early, which not only confuses users, but can result in incorrect information on computer calendaring programs and cause VCRs to record the wrong shows.
The glitch also caused worry among health-care professionals that medical equipment would not function correctly, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put out a warning.
The FDA has not repeated the warning this year, but its 2007 recommendations can still be viewed on its Web site at www.fda.gov/cdrh/medicaldevicesafety/atp/030107-dst.html.
People can look forward to an extra hour of sleep when clocks are turned back one hour at 2 a.m. this coming Sunday.
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