Police have made three arrests, and say more are likely, in a series of cases in which phones or other electronic gear were snatched out of the hands of Link light-rail passengers.

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3 arrested in thefts from Link riders

Police have made three arrests, and say more are likely, in a series of cases in which phones or other electronic gear were snatched out of the hands of Link light-rail passengers.

Ten incidents were reported in January under similar circumstances, with items being grabbed from passengers as the trains arrived at station platforms. Sound Transit Police have been working with Metro Transit Police and Seattle Police to track down suspects.

Most of the incidents occurred in Rainier Valley and involved teenage suspects, police said.


Boeing worker run over by 787

A Boeing worker was seriously injured Friday after being run over by a 787 Dreamliner at Paine Field.

KING-TV reported that dozens of paramedics and firefighters rushed to Paine Field after 6 p.m., working quickly to free the man from under right-wing landing gear, which was being towed at the time.

He was extricated and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center, where he was reported in serious condition.

A statement released Friday night by Boeing spokesman Larry Wilson acknowledged that “an industrial accident” had occurred, but offered little information about what happened.

“We will not speculate on the cause or circumstances around the incident until a full investigation has been conducted,” Wilson said. “Our deepest concern and focus right now is for the welfare of the injured employee and his family. We are in contact with them and are offering whatever assistance they may need.”

He said once the cause of the mishap is known, Boeing “will implement the necessary changes to avoid a future reoccurrence.”

King County

Fund started for family of deputy

A memorial fund has been set up for the family of King County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Chapin.

Chapin, 61, who died Monday night, was the school resource officer at Eastlake High School and Inglewood Junior High School. He wore a Sammamish Police Department uniform as part of the city’s contract for police services with the Sheriff’s Office.

Anybody wishing to contribute to the memorial fund may donate to the “Stan Chapin Memorial Fund” at any Washington Federal.


Shipyard worker dies after falling

A worker died in a fall at a Harbor Island shipyard shortly after noon Friday.

Steve Hirsh of Vigor Industrial said the man was working on a project to add environmental upgrades to a Kulluk arctic drilling rig.

Hirsh said he did not know the man’s identity or how long he had been with the shipyard, but believes he had been an employee of Todd Shipyard, before Vigor purchased it early last year.

“It’s a tragedy. Our people are hugely important to us,” Hirsh said. He said work at the shipyard was shut down after the accident.

Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department said firefighters were told the man had been working on scaffolding and fell 70-100 feet.

Moore said shipyard workers were performing CPR on the man when aid crews arrived, and that medics performed five rounds of CPR, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators from The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


Guard finds big stolen propeller

A big, stainless-steel propeller stolen Tuesday before it could be installed in a Seattle park was recovered in Kent early Friday morning.

A security guard at the Northwest Corporate Park found the 1,200-pound propeller attached by a tow strap to a tree. He’d heard about the theft on the news and called Kent police, according to the Seattle Parks Department.

The University District Community Council and Philip Thiel, a naval architect and University of Washington professor emeritus, were preparing to donate the propeller to North Passage Point Park along the ship canal when the propeller was stolen.


Gunman sought in fatal car shooting

Tukwila police are searching for the person who fatally shot a 19-year-old woman Thursday night.

The woman, who was originally identified as a 25-year-old, was a passenger in a car driven by a man believed to be her boyfriend on Tukwila International Boulevard when a car pulled up and opened fire into the passenger side of the vehicle. The woman was reportedly shot in the head.

“We don’t know who the target was since we don’t know who the shooters were. They only hit her,” said police spokesman Mike Murphy.

The man driving with the victim then headed north on Interstate 5 in search of a hospital. Medics met the vehicle near The Dearborn Street exit in Seattle and took the woman to Harborview Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, Murphy said.

Police questioned the driver and released him, Murphy said.

Anyone with information should call Tukwila Police; the anonymous tip line is 206-431-3689.

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