WA MV Wenatchee Ferry Chief Engineer Sean Wall Dies On Vessel Following ‘Health Emergency’

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA. (THECOUNT) — Sean Wall, Washington State Ferries Wenatchee chief engineer, died suddenly while on-duty Wednesday, the company said.

Wall experienced some kind of a “health emergency” while on watch at about 11:30 a.m. and that crew and first responders attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful, say officials.

Wall’s cause of death is being investigated, according to kitsapsun.

Wall had been employed with Washington State Ferries for almost 35 years.


Geo quick facts: Bainbridge Island is a small city in western Washington state. It’s connected to Seattle by ferry. The forested Bloedel Reserve has landscaped gardens and trails. Nearby, coastal Fay Bainbridge Park and Campground features an east-facing beach with views of the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, in an eco-friendly building, offers rotating exhibitions by contemporary local artists – wikipedia.

WA Teen Involved In Murder Of Tacoma Handy Corner Store Owner Soon Ja Nam Washes Up Shot Dead On Puget Sound

TACOMA, WA. (THECOUNT) — Franklin Thuo, of Federal Way, has been identified as the teenage boy who washed up dead in Tacoma after allegedly killing a 79-year-old Handy Corner Store owner, Soon Ja Nam, by shooting her in the back.

Thuo, 16, died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Thuo’s body was discovered after it washed up along Marine View Drive Monday morning. Officials said he had been in the water for several hours.

His death has been ruled a homicide, reports TheNewsTribune.

Investigators arrested a second teenaged suspect Wednesday in a parking lot in Northeast Tacoma.

Investigators believe the other 16-year-old boy in custody may have killed Thuo after the two held up the Handy Corner Store Saturday and fatally shot Nam in the back.

Thuo’s alleged accomplice is being held without bail at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Prosecutors said the teen will likely be charged as an adult.

Nam, beloved in the neighborhood and known for giving snacks to those who couldn’t afford them, died at the scene.


Geo quick facts: Tacoma is a city in Washington state, on the banks of Puget Sound, south of Seattle. It’s known for the Museum of Glass, which has works by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly among its exhibits. These include installations on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. The Tacoma Art Museum has a strong Northwest regional focus. The Washington State History Museum features hands-on exhibits, plus a vast model railroad – wikipedia.

Seattle Tragedy As Construction Crane Collapse Kills 4 Smashing Vehicle Below Saturday

SEATTLE, WA. (THECOUNT) — A large crane collapsed near the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday in Seattle, Washington.

Four people were killed and three wounded after a construction crane collapsed near Interstate 5 Saturday in downtown Seattle, pinning five cars underneath.

The four were dead by the time firefighters got to the scene, the Seattle Fire Department said. Three people were transported to the hospital, reports WWAYTV.

“It was terrifying,” Esther Nelson, a biotech researcher who was working in a building nearby, told The Seattle Times .

“The wind was blowing really strong,” she said, and added that the crane appeared to break in half.

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The crane was atop an office building under construction in a densely populated area.

Tweets from the scene showed the crane collapsed on the street, with vehicles stopped in the vicinity.

All lanes were closed, and motorists were told to avoid the area.

With Amazon and other tech companies increasing their hiring in Seattle, the city has dozens of construction cranes building office towers and apartment buildings. As of January, there were about 60 construction cranes in Seattle, more than any other American city, reports WWAYTV.

‘Very Young’ WA Child Struck And Killed By Vehicle In Kirkland Safeway Parking Lot Thursday

KIRKLAND, WA. (THECOUNT) — A “very young” child was struck and killed by a vehicle while in the Safeway parking lot in Kirkland, Washington Thursday afternoon, Kirkland Police said.

Details are few, but the tragic incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. at the Safeway supermarket, located at 10020 NE 137th St, in Kirkland, WA.

The vehicle was traveling slowly when it hit the child.

Police did not say how old the child was, just that he was very young, reports Q13Fox.

Geo quick facts: Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United States. A suburb east of Seattle, its population was 88,630 in a 2017 census estimate, which made it the sixth largest city in the county and the twelfth largest in the state – Wikipedia.

Rare Exotic Cat On The Loose In WA Gig Harbor Owner Warns ’40 MPH For Sustained Distances’

GIG HARBOR, WA. (THECOUNT) — A rare exotic cat got loose from his home in Gig Harbor and his owners are asking for help to bring him home.

Tango is 6-years-old and familiar with dogs, his owner said. And he can run fast, very fast.

The African serval is declawed and submissive to people, according to his owner Salan Weier. She said Tango will likely run away if approached, and can reach up to 40 mph for sustained distances.

“More than likely, he’s going to run away from everybody. He’s afraid of everything,” said Weier. “He’s used to dogs, so dogs don’t bother him. He’s not gonna harm a dog.”

Weier said Tango escaped Sunday morning and was spotted near a YMCA in Gig Harbor, and again near the pond at Heron’s Key retirement home, reports KING5.

Active in the day as well as at night, servals tend to be solitary with minimal social interaction. Both sexes establish highly overlapping home ranges of 10 to 32 km2 (4–12 sq mi), and mark them with feces and saliva. Servals are carnivores – they prey on rodents (particularly vlei rats), small birds, frogs, insects, and reptiles. The serval uses its sense of hearing to locate the prey; to kill small prey, it leaps over 6 ft 7 in above the ground to land on the prey on its forefeet, and finally kills it with a bite on the neck or the head. Mating takes place at different times of the year in different parts of their range, but typically once or twice a year in an area. After a gestation period of two to three months, a litter of one to four is born. Weaning occurs at one month, and kittens begin hunting on their own at six months. The juveniles leave their mother at 12 months, according to wikipedia.

Call the Gig Harbor Police Department if you see Tango so his owners can narrow down their search for the large cat. The tip line is 253-851-2236.

Geo quick facts: Gig Harbor is the name of both a bay on Puget Sound and a city on its shore in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 7,126 at the 2010 census. Gig Harbor is one of several cities and towns that claim to be “the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula,” – Wikipedia.

WA Officer Shot Dead Marks Cowlitz County First Line-Of-Duty Death Since Middle 19th Century Founding

KALAMA, WA. (THECOUNT) — A Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputy shot in the line of duty Saturday night has died at an area hospital of gunshot injuries. Investigators say they have located a person of interest in the shooting, the sheriff’s office confirmed Sunday morning.

The fatal shooting is believed to be the first in-line-of-duty death in the agency’s history, which stretches back to the middle of the 19th century, A department official said.

The deputy, who has not been identified, passed away at PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver shortly after being transported via medical helicopter.

The shooting occurred near the 100 block of Fallert Road, near Kalama River Road, shortly after 10 p.m. The area where the shooting occurred is currently closed with the exception to local traffic only on Fallert Road. Investigators are asking the public to avoid the area unless absolutely necessary. There is no timeline currently available for reopening, TDN is reporting.

The deputy was dispatched to a disabled vehicle blocking the roadway on Fallert Road. A short time after arriving he was shot.

“Life-saving efforts were made at the scene by responding officers. The deputy was transported by LifeFlight but regrettably, the deputy succumbed to his injuries a short time after arriving,” according to a sheriff’s press release.

“It is devastating for all of us,” Sheriff Brad Thurman told The Daily News Sunday morning.

He said all sheriff’s personnel were sent home, except for those investigating the shooting, and other law enforcement agencies are covering the county during this period of grief.

The Clark County Major Crimes Unit is investigating the case, he said. The person of interest was found in the area of the shooting, Thurman said, but no other information was made public.

Clark County Authorities are asking anyone with information relating to this shooting to please call Sergeant Todd Barsness with the Clark County Major Crimes Unit at 360-397-2020 or todd.barsness@clark.wa.gov.

Geo quick facts: Kalama is a city in Cowlitz County, Washington, United States. It is part of the Longview, Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,500, according to the Washington State Office of Financial Management – Wikipedia.

Kent WA Couple Killed After BMW SUV Plunged Off DuPont Cliff ID’d As Gary & Mary Duke

DUPONT, WA. (THECOUNT) — Gary Duke and his wife Mary, from Kent, have been identified as the couple killed Tuesday after their SUV careened off a cliff near DuPont on Tuesday.

Duke, 78, was operating a BMW SUV in the 19900 block of Nisqually Road Southwest when he reportedly suffered a medical event.

Duke and his wife, Mary, were able to summons help around 12:25 p.m. utilizing the vehicle’s OnStar system.

Moments later, the system notified BMW that the SUV’s airbags had deployed, reports TheNewsTribune.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and discovered the BMW crash several hundred feet below the road.

The SUV came to a rest after striking a tree.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are looking into the crash, and sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said there were no skid marks or other indications that Duke attempted to slow down before veering off the road.


Geo quick facts: Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle–Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma – Wikipedia.

Four Shot In Seattle Including Metro Bus Driver Wednesday In Lake City

SEATTLE, WA. (THECOUNT) — Police say four people, including a Metro bus driver, have been shot in North Seattle and that one person has been detained. Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told the Seattle Times that four people were shot and that one of them was killed.

Seattle Police said officers were on the scene with multiple victims in the Lake City neighborhood.

A bus driver on the Metro Route 75 was hit in the torso, but able to walk to a gurney to be taken to a hospital by paramedics, according to Kenneth Price, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587.

Price says it’s unclear whether the driver was targeted, reports KARE11.

The Seattle Department of Transportation says all lanes were blocked on Sand Point Way NE at NE 115th Street and at Lake City Way and 125th Street.

Geo quick facts: Lake City is the northeast region of Seattle, centered along Lake City Way NE, 7–8 miles northeast of downtown. A broader definition of the Lake City area includes all the land between 15th Avenue NE and Lake Washington, and between NE 95th and 98th streets to the Seattle city limits at NE 145th Street – Wikipedia.

Juan Manuel Flores Del Of Mexico ID’d In WA Police-Involved Shooting That Killed Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy

ELLENSBURG, WA. (THECOUNT) — Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, of Mexico, has been identified as the man who died as a result of an Ellensburg, WA shootout, in which Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy Ryan Thompson was also shot and killed.

The federal government confirmed Del Toro, 29, who also wounded a Kittitas police officer in the central Washington state shootout, was in the United States illegally on a work visa overstay. Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the shooting and is now recovering from a gunshot that fractured his femur.

The agency says it has no record of Flores Del Toro leaving the country or extending his visa.

The agency says he entered the U.S. in 2014 at Laredo, Texas, on a temporary agricultural worker visa.

Del Toro resided in Ellensburg, Washington, reports Q13Fox.

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Geo quick facts: Ellensburg is a city in and county seat of Kittitas County, Washington, United States. The population was 20,326 in a 2017 census estimate. Located just east of the Cascade Range on Interstate 90, Ellensburg is the most centrally located city in the state, and is the home of Central Washington University – Wikipedia.

Eastern Washington U Dean Mutschler ID’d As Victim In Sunday Fatal Cheney 3-Vehicle Head-On Crash

SPOKANE COUNTY, WA. (THECOUNT) — Charles Mutschler, Eastern Washington University Interim Dean of Libraries, has been identified as the victim in a fatal three-car crash near Cheney, WA on Sunday night.

Mutschler was operating a vehicle, when for unknown reasons, crossed centerlines and into opposing traffic, striking one vehicle from behind before colliding with another head-on.

The driver of the second vehicle, Kathryn M. Sinn, 21, of Newman Lake was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

Her current condition was not provided by officials.

The other driver involved in the crash was not injured.

Mutschler was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

WSP troopers continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

They say speed, drugs nor alcohol were factors in the violent fatal crash.

University President Mary Cullinan announced the sad news that Mutschler, 63, had died in a vehicle crash in a letter to the campus community on Monday.

Cullinan wrote in part:

“Charlie was a beloved member of our Eastern family and contributed greatly to ensuring that our libraries flourish at the heart of our academic community. Charlie knew and lived EWU’s history, and he was delighted to share his knowledge and love for this university.” source KREM.

Before Mutschler’s time as Interim Dean of Libraries, he served as a university archivist. He also received his master’s degree from Eastern Washington University and a doctorate from Washington State University.

According to Washington State Patrol, Mutschler was traveling in the westbound lanes of Highway 905 near 5th Street. This is five miles east of Cheney.

Geo quick facts: Cheney is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States. The full-time resident population was 10,590 as of 2010 census. Eastern Washington University is located in Cheney, and its population grows to approximately 17,600 people on a temporary basis when classes at Eastern Washington University are in session – Wikipedia.