Detectives Investigating After Fireworks Placed at Construction Site

A construction worker in the 8000 block of 35 Avenue Northeast called 911 Monday morning after his co-workers discovered consumer fireworks placed within their job site.

The foreman of a construction project in the Wedgwood neighborhood arrived at work Monday morning and was approached by some of his co-workers.

The workers were checking their heavy equipment before starting work for the day and spotted consumer fireworks that had been placed there. The workers removed the fireworks and called the police.

Detectives from the Arson and Bomb Squad are now investigating and asking anyone with information to please call the non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011 and speak with an officer.

Chief Best Nominated for SPD Chief, #LipsyncChallenge Reps the 206

Chief Carmen Best nominated for Seattle Police Chief

Walking the beat with Chief Best and Mayor Durkan

Stepping up for safe gun storage

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Paddle Safe Week Launches Today

July 20 through 28 is Paddle Safe Week and the Seattle Police Department will be supporting efforts to promote safe paddling practices.

According to the U.S Coast Guard, in 2017, 138 people died while kayaking or canoeing, and 90 percent of those fatalities were due to drowning. In many incidents, life jackets were onboard but not worn. Since 2012, close to half of all boating fatalities in Washington state involved paddlecraft. The top factors contributing to fatal accidents were failure to wear a life jacket, operator inattention and inexperience, alcohol and drug use, hazardous waters, weather conditions and navigation rule violations.

The following safety tips are recommended for paddlers.

Get educated
Know the laws and keep yourself and others safe. At a minimum, take a course to increase your knowledge of paddlesport safety, emergency procedures, and navigational rules. You can find classes through local clubs and outfitters, city and county parks and recreation departments and online.

Always wear a life jacket
State law requires all vessels, including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards, to have at least one properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person on board. And all children, age 12 and younger, are required to wear life jackets at all times. Modern, comfortable life jackets are tailored specifically for paddlesports. No matter your age and skill level, you’re encouraged to wear a life jacket every time you go out on the water.

Carry essential gear

You should carry essentials for safety, emergency communications, and comfort. State law requires carrying a sound producing device, such as a whistle – even on a stand-up paddleboard. Professional paddlers recommend carrying a cell phone (in a waterproof bag) and, on coastal waters, a VHF marine radio. In addition to items required by law, you should wear sun protection and bring a headlamp with extra batteries, an extra paddle and bilge pump (tool to bail out water if needed), dry bag and hydrating fluids. Other essentials depend on the type of waterway and length of trip and should be researched in advance.

Avoid alcohol and drugs
Situational awareness is key for safety on the water. That means staying alert at all times. Operating any vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including marijuana, is not only unsafe—it’s illegal. Washington state’s Boating Under the Influence (BUI) law applies to all boats including kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, rowboats and inflatable fishing rafts.

Check and understand the weather
Check the weather frequently before and during your trip, keeping an eye on current conditions and forecasts. Check warnings, weather conditions, wind and wave forecasts, tides and current conditions or river flows. It’s also important to understand how each of these elements affects your ability to operate your vessel. Seek information from locals in the know, heed any warnings and avoid navigating in unsafe areas. The National Weather Service (NOAA Weather Radio) broadcasts are marine band and standalone weather radios.

Protect against cold-water shock

Falling into water under 60 degrees is dangerous, and many of Washington’s waters remain below 60 degrees all year — including lakes and rivers — even during hot weather. The biggest risk is not hypothermia but cold-water shock, which occurs in the first stage of immersion. Paddlecraft have a higher risk of capsizing. Avoid cotton, and wear synthetic materials when a wet or dry suit is not available. Be prepared and always wear a life jacket.

Be visible to other boaters
Paddlecraft sit low on the water, making them difficult for other boaters to see. Paddle to be seen: Wear bright neon and contrasting colors, put highly reflective tape on paddles, use a flagpole and carry a bright light.

File a float plan
Before you head out, study your intended route and let someone know your plans. Include the four W’s — who, where, when, what to do — the names of everyone going, the planned route, what time you’re going and returning and what to do if you don’t return when expected. Make this a routine every time you go out on the water.

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Ballard Homeowner Fires Gun at Burglar. Gunshot Victim Shows up at Hospital Ten Minutes Later

A homeowner reported that he fired a gun at someone breaking into his house.  Ten minutes later, a 35-year-old man showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound.

On Sunday, July 15th, at approximately 4:15 am, a Ballard resident was at home sleeping in the 6700 block of 25th Avenue NW when he heard what sounded like someone breaking into this house.  The resident armed himself with a handgun and discovered the burglar had already broken into an enclosed mudroom and was attempting to break into the main house. The homeowner fired a shot through the door window and into the mudroom.  The homeowner then called 911 and officers responded.

A neighbor reported seeing a dark-colored station wagon drive away from the victim’s house.  Ten minutes later, a man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen was dropped off at Swedish Hospital in Ballard.  Officers were dispatched to the hospital.  The man was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.

Officers located a dark-colored station wagon several blocks away with a man and woman standing nearby.  Officers observed fresh blood on the inside and outside of the vehicle. The car also appeared to have stolen property inside. The two individuals were detained and interviewed. The male had an outstanding warrant and was arrested. The female was the sister of the man who was shot and was interviewed and released from the scene.

Officers impounded the vehicle pending a search warrant. This remains an active and on-going investigation and North Precinct burglary detectives will handle the follow-up investigation.

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Special Olympics 2018 Games

Let the games begin!!! @specialolympicswashington @specialolympicsusagames #USAGAMES2018

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