Tukwila Police Officers are on the scene of a shooting in the 14400 block of 34th Ave S. (map below) Monday night, Oct. 22.

Police say that a 39-year old adult male victim from Tukwila was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The victim’s condition is unknown at this time.

The suspect fled on foot, and a K9 track is underway.

Don’t miss Tukwila’s FREE Clean Up Event this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In partnership with Waste Management, the City of Tukwila’s Cleanup Event allows residents to dispose of electronic waste, scrap metal, large appliances, furniture, cardboard boxes, and yard waste.

It will be held in two locations in Tukwila, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.:

  • Church by the Side of the Road 3455 South 148th St.
  • Tukwila Community Center 12424 42nd Ave S.

Download a PDF flier here for more details.

The Tukwila Police Department announced Wednesday, Oct. 17 that it is proposing Red-Light Cameras, and they want feedback from the community.

The cameras are being proposed for three intersections:

  • Boeing Access at Martin Luther King Jr (Southbound and Eastbound)
  • Southcenter Parkway at Strander Blvd (Northbound and Westbound)
  • Grady at Interurban Ave South (Eastbound and Westbound)

“The department is faced with the challenge of ensuring the safety of our arterials and neighborhood roadways while traffic volumes continue to increase,” the department said in a statement. “Ongoing patrols by our officers can only accomplish so much, and it is important that we look at other tools that can help increase the safety of our roadways.

“Automated enforcement, commonly referred to as “Red-Light Cameras,” provides us an opportunity to reduce serious injury accidents at intersections with a history of high-frequency red light running violations. The Department has reviewed historical data at key intersections to better understand if this technology would improve safety with in the city of Tukwila. Indeed, the data clearly shows the need for these in multiple major arterial intersections.”

All are invited to please share their thoughts by emailing [email protected].

Here’s more from Tukwila P.D.:

The department is faced with the challenge of ensuring the safety of our arterials and neighborhood roadways while traffic volumes continue to increase. Ongoing patrols by our officers can only accomplish so much, and it is important that we look at other tools that can help increase the safety of our roadways.

Automated enforcement, commonly referred to as “Red-Light Cameras,” provides us an opportunity to reduce serious injury accidents at intersections with a history of high-frequency red light running violations. The Department has reviewed historical data at key intersections to better understand if this technology would improve safety with in the city of Tukwila. Indeed, the data clearly shows the need for these in multiple major arterial intersections.

These proposed intersections were chosen based on collision data and potential violations based on officers’ observations and experience:

  • Boeing Access at Martin Luther King Jr (Southbound and Eastbound)
  • Southcenter Parkway at Strander Blvd (Northbound and Westbound)
  • Grady at Interurban Ave South (Eastbound and Westbound)

The Police Department’s goal is to make these proposed locations well known before the cameras are installed in the hopes that everyone will increase their vigilance and drive more carefully, avoiding a ticket and or a terrible accident.

Automated enforcement is currently used in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Chelan counties. Here in King County there are programs in Bellevue, Des Moines, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Lake Forrest Park, Mercer Island, Renton, and Seattle.

Red light running nationally causes hundreds of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in property damage. A driver runs a red light about every 20 minutes and this happens more frequently during peak times. Studies show that automated safety cameras have reduced red light running, which in turn reduces the potential serious injury right angle collisions.

The camera systems will also assist with better tracking of intersection statistics such as traffic flows, number of vehicles, peak hours of the days, number of collisions, and tickets issued in these intersections.

As we seek to increase the safety of our roadway by incorporating this technology into our enforcement efforts, the Police Department is interested in hearing from the public on their thoughts on its use within the city of Tukwila.

Thank you for your interest and please share your thoughts at ([email protected]).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
AUTOMATED SPEED CAMERA ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

Q: Are Photo Safety Enforcement Programs effective?
A: Yes. Automated cameras have been proven to be effective in reducing red light running violations and right-angle collisions. Jurisdictions that use this system consistently report safer roads and intersections with fewer collisions.

Q: Why are cameras used?
A: According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red light running is a leading cause of urban vehicle accidents and often cause injury and death. Jurisdictions install the system to improve public safety by deterring red light running.

Q: Isn’t the main purpose of red light cameras to make money?
A: No. The goal of red-light camera enforcement systems is to improve public safety by reducing injuries and deaths caused by accidents. Drivers are advised of camera systems at each intersection that photo enforcement is in use by way of signage.

Q: Are motorists warned when they are approaching a Red-Light Camera Zone?
A: All locations where an automated traffic safety camera is used must be clearly marked at least thirty days prior to activation of the camera by placing signs in locations that clearly indicate to a driver that he or she is entering a zone where traffic laws are enforced by an automated traffic safety camera. Signs placed in automated traffic safety camera locations after June 7, 2012, must follow the specifications and guidelines under the manual of uniform traffic control devices for streets and highways as adopted by the department of transportation under chapter 47.36 RCW.

Q: Who receives the ticket?
A: Tickets are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

Q: Will “points” be assessed to my driving record?
A: This violation is considered a non-moving violation and no points will be assessed.

Q. If I am already in the intersection when a light turns red, will I get a violation?
A: No. Violations are only issued when a vehicle enters the intersection AFTER the light has turned red. If you enter the intersection on a green or yellow light you will not be photographed by the camera system.

Q: Is a penalty issued for making a right turn on red?
A: Tickets will also be issued if a driver makes a right turn on red—before failing to come to a complete stop and if pedestrians are crossing the street or at intersections posted “No right turn on red.”

Q: Will the red-light camera take a picture of the driver of the vehicle?
A: No. A violation is assessed against the registered owner of the vehicle; it is not a moving violation. Similar to a parking ticket, there is no need to identify the driver and therefore, no need to capture the image of the driver. This violation will NOT affect your driving privileges or insurance rates.

Q. Can I receive citations for other offenses as a result of my red light camera?
A: No. Drivers who receive photo enforcement citations are cited for Red Light Camera Violations only.

Q: How much is the fine?
A: The amount of the fine for a Red-Light Camera Violation is $139.00

Q. How can I dispute this violation?
A: THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO CONTEST THIS VIOLATION:

  1. Tickets may be contested through the Tukwila Municipal Court. The Police Department and the Court will communicate the specifics as the program is further developed.
  2. If the basis of a claim is that a vehicle/plate was stolen, or a ticket was received by a police officer, an affidavit indicating one of these issues may be completed.
  3. If the basis of the claim is that the registered owner was not driving the vehicle, he or she may complete an affidavit an any supporting documentation and forward to the court.

Nothing in this section prohibits a law enforcement officer from issuing a notice of traffic infraction to a person in control of a vehicle at the time a violation occurs under RCW 46.63.030(1) (a), (b), or (c).

Just before Noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16, Tukwila Police say that an adult male from Lynnwood with multiple felony warrants was observed by a patrol officer attempting to ram his girlfriend’s vehicle with his in the 14600 block of 42nd Ave S.

Police say the suspect fled the scene. Officers pursued him and attempted a PIT maneuver, which was unsuccessful.

The suspect backed up towards officers, almost hitting one of them and refusing to stop or obey verbal commands.

Another officer successfully deployed spike strips in the 11600 block of E. Marginal Way S. The suspect continued to flee from officers even after his front tires had been disabled.

The suspect stopped the vehicle in the 11300 blk of 26th Ave S. and fled on foot. Officers pursued him on foot and took him into custody nearby.

A firearm was recovered at the scene where the suspect was apprehended.

Police add that a patrol vehicle was damaged during the pursuit.

The Tukwila School District Board of Directors announced on Tuesday, Oct. 16 that it has selected three candidates for the Interim Superintendent position.

These three finalists will be interviewed today – Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018.

  • Michelle Curry, former Superintendent in the Orting School District and current mentor and coach with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
  • Dr. Lester “Flip” Herndon, former Superintendent in the Bremerton School District and current Associate Superintendent in the Seattle School District
  • Dr. Erin Prince, former Superintendent in the Corvallis School District and current Vice President of Education Policy with the Chalkboard Project

“The Board of Directors is confident that interviewing these highly qualified and experienced candidates will aid in the selection of an Interim Superintendent,” said Tracy Russell, Tukwila School District Board President. “This person will lead our district well as we begin our search for a permanent Superintendent.” she said.

The Interim Superintendent will be employed by the Board of Directors through June, 2019.

Friends of the Tukwila Library will be holding a Book Sale this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tukwila Library.

  • Great prices!
  • Wonderful selection!
  • Proceeds support programs at the Tukwila Library throughout the year.
  • Book donations gladly accepted.

Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday, 10am-9pm
  • Friday, 10am-6pm
  • Saturday, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, 11am-6pm

Website: kcls.org/tukwila

More info on the KCLS online calendar.

Tukwila Library is located at 14380 Tukwila Intl. Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98168 • 206.242.1640:

The four young Kent men killed in a fatal crash early Sunday on SR 518 in Tukwila have been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office:

  • Myron Singh, 22
  • Anthony Perez, 22
  • Luis Perez, 21
  • Juan Carrasco-Rodriguez, 18

All of the victims died from multiple blunt force injuries, and their deaths were ruled an accident.

The Seattle Times reports that the 22-year old driver – who was ejected from the crash and survived – had been previously arrested for DUI and reckless endangerment, and pleaded guilty in May to reckless endangerment in Kent Municipal Court.

“Though he was ordered not to consume alcohol or use any drugs, including marijuana, for two years, he was twice sentenced to jail time for violating the conditions of his suspended sentence, the records say,” the Times reports.

Everyone at South King Media sends out their deepest sympathies to all who knew these young men.

From Advertiser Re-elect Sen. Karen Keiser:

I love the job of being your state Senator in Olympia.

As Confucius observed:

Do the job you love and you will never have to work a day of your life.

What a huge gift it is to have your trust to represent you!

One of the most rewarding parts of the job is to advocate for you. When you have a problem with a state agency, whether it’s a dispute over worker’s comp. or a complaint about your local school, we can look into the problem and try and sort out a solution. If you see a person dumping waste into Puget Sound, we can contact the right people to shut it down. If you need help for an ageing parent or to find quality child care for your three-year old daughter, we can search out and refer you to licensed local resources.

Every two years, we update and distribute a community Resource Guide that lists all the public agencies in our communities that provide services to our citizens and residents. From health care to public safety, the agencies of your local and state government open their doors every day to provide help and assistance. This year’s Resource Guide will come out in November.

Too often, all we hear about are the negative stories about government. It’s a good old American habit to criticize government, but nowadays it seems there’s hardly anyone who has a good thing to say. So let me share a few stories about how we can work together to make our communities a better place for our families.

Last summer, we got a phone call reporting that someone was dumping fish waste at Redondo into Puget Sound. We reached out to the Washington Department of Ecology and the Department of Natural Resources. They investigated the complaint and found the culprit, and enforced the law. There are no more late-night pollution dumps at Redondo now.

When employers used a box on their employment applications asking everyone to check the box if they had ever been convicted or even arrested, we heard from dozens of people who were shut out of ever getting even a job interview, much less a job. We were able to pass the Fair Chance Law this year that gives every job applicant at least a first step forward in the job application process.

The #MeToo movement exposed rampant sexual harassment, and when we found out about the toxic work environment in our own Department of Fish and Wildlife, where several sex harassment cases were ignored, and one woman was even raped, we knew we had to act. This year we took action to protect employees from retribution and from “gag” orders about sexual harassment. We still have more work to do!

When the Supreme Court ruled that the state wasn’t fully funding basic education, it was a huge challenge to come up with a way to find the money without creating big new tax burdens. It took four years but we came together to find $8 billion dollars more to provide for decent teacher salaries and better schools for our kids. The Court agreed that we did our job to fully fund public education. And this year, teachers in our local school districts finally got decent raises.

Those are just some of the stories about why I love my job. Government sometimes fails to do a good job, but I hope you can understand that dedicated, hard-working state employees, teachers, police and firefighters try to make our lives safer, healthier and happier every day. And they love their jobs too.

Be sure to vote by Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018!

https://karenkeiser.org

Four people were killed early Sunday morning (Oct. 7) when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a concrete bridge pillar where SR 518 goes under I-5 in Tukwila.

The Washington State Patrol says the single-vehicle accident happened around 2:17 a.m.

Troopers say that the vehicle – with five young men between the ages of 18–22 in it – was traveling eastbound on SR 518 at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road. It then rotated and struck a concrete bridge pillar before coming to rest behind a guardrail on the right side of the road.

The 22-year old driver was ejected from the vehicle, and landed on the right shoulder. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The four other passengers were killed in the horrific crash. Three were identified as Kent residents, but their names have not yet been released.

Police say that drugs and alcohol were likely involved.

The roadway was blocked for over eight hours.

Early Sunday morning (Oct. 7), a fire burned an abandoned barn or house – firefighters were not sure – in the 14300 block of Military Road South in Tukwila (map below).

Firefighters were also unsure whether the building was occupied or not.

Puget Sound Fire doused the blaze, but did not enter the building “due to collapse potential.”

No word yet on the cause.