Seattle police are warning of an email regarding phony traffic tickets that has been send to hundreds of city employees. Police spokesman Sgt. Sean...

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Police warn of phony-ticket email

Seattle police are warning of an email regarding phony traffic tickets that has been send to hundreds of city employees.

Police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that the email may have been sent to others, too.

According to Whitcomb, the email looks something like this:


Seattle — Department of Motor Vehicles TRAFFIC TICKET SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT THE PERSON CHARGED AS FOLLOWS Time: 0:11 AM Date of Offense: 20/12/2011


Whitcomb said that Seattle does not have its own Department of Motor Vehicles nor does the Seattle Police Department send email notifications about traffic violations.

The city of Seattle is working with Microsoft to determine the origin of the email. Preliminary investigation indicates that the senders are overseas.


New site sought for homeless meals

The city of Seattle says it won’t shut down a popular outdoor meal service for the homeless until it can find a location that would allow meals to be served both outdoors and indoors.

Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat on Wednesday reported that the city planned to close Operation: Sack Lunch at the end of February. Officials said they wanted the meals moved inside and told providers that eating outside was “inhumane, disrespectful and undignified.”

On Thursday, Dannette Smith, director of the city Human Services Department, said that the city would work with providers over the next six months to open a centralized kitchen. See her full statement here:


EIS is needed on fishing case

A federal judge in Alaska has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service should have prepared an environmental-impact statement before moving ahead with fishery restrictions to protect endangered Steller sea lions.

But in his ruling released Thursday, Judge Timothy Burgess found NMFS did have sufficient evidence to justify the closures, and he did not grant a plaintiffs’ request to remove the restrictions.

The fishery restrictions closed down Atka mackerel and Pacific cod fishing grounds in the western Aleutian Islands that have been an important harvest area to a portion of the Washington-based fleet.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Alaska, fishing-industry groups hoped to gain a court order that would overturn the federal biological opinion,

In his ruling released Thursday, Burgess found that NMFS did violate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to complete an environmental-impact statement, and will require the agency to develop a full statement. But in the meantime, the harvest restrictions will remain in place.

Times staff and news services