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CID safety funding; Bolt Creek fire impacts; NTSB issues urgent safety inspection; Deputy Secretary of State visits Seattle; Unsolved murders in King County.

'It's scary': Chinatown-International District advocates ask for funding to improve public safety

Advocates for the Chinatown-International District (CID) are asking the city of Seattle and King County for millions of dollars to address public safety concerns.

Pink Gorilla Games, a video game store that's been in the heart of the CID for 17 years, has recently been hit with crime. The latest incident happened on Monday evening.

“Someone came in and pretended to go shopping, made a significant pile on the counter of things they intended to buy, then pulled out a gun and demanded other items including cash from the register and collectible cards,” said owner Cody Spencer. 

The robbery was one of the latest examples of why advocates in the district marched Tuesday and are asking officials to invest in the community as they work through next year’s budget. 

Advocates for the CID are asking for more than $4 million of the mayor’s proposed $88 million for the King County Regional Homelessness Authority and asking King County Council for $20 million. Read more

Business owners impacted by Bolt Creek Fire talk with lawmakers about relief, future safety measures

The smoke has cleared but the impacts of this summer's Bolt Creek Fire still hang heavy in the air along Highway 2.

Just as the wildfire season has subsided, winter is approaching quickly. Many residents are now concerned over winter landslides and flash floods precipitated by burn scars left behind by the 15,000-acre fire.

On Thursday, business owners met with federal lawmakers at Bubba's Roadhouse in Sultan to discuss ways to keep the community safe.

"It was just a recipe for disaster," said Duane "Bubba" Deach. "There was the dust, a dry climate and all the heat that was there."

The Bolt Creek wildfire burned for more than a month along Highway 2, charring trees that toppled into the road causing its two-week closure.

Some businesses reported a 75% loss of income. Read more

NTSB issues ‘urgent’ safety inspection for type of floatplane that crashed near Whidbey Island

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an "urgent aviation safety recommendation" Thursday upon its findings in the ongoing investigation into the floatplane crash that killed 10 people off Whidbey Island in September.

The NTSB said earlier this week that a lock that helps an aircraft control its pitch was not located when officials examined wreckage from the crashed floatplane, which could have led to the pilot's loss of control in the air.

The NTSB is now recommending the Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada require all operators of De Havilland Canada DHC-3 aircraft to inspect the "horizontal stabilizer actuator lock ring" and report their findings. The directive would apply to 68 planes in total across the U.S. Read more

U.S. deputy secretary of state visits Seattle to discuss technology, how it relates to foreign policy

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spent time in Seattle this week talking about technology and how it related to foreign policy.

Sherman was at the University of Washington when it was announced that next year Seattle will be the host city for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. It is an opportunity to welcome leaders from around the world. 

Seattle will be the prime venue for a summit that promotes sustainable economic growth, trade, and investment.

"I think this will be a tremendous partnership with the city of Seattle on so many levels,” said Sherman. "It's going to be a really phenomenal event where great minds will come together representing everybody's interests and try to address these challenges of the future.” Read more

Almost half of nearly 3,000 unsolved murder cases in Washington are in King County

Of the homicide cases in Washington from 1965 to 2019, 28% are currently unsolved. That is nearly 3,000 cases. Almost half of them are in King County.

This is a portion of the staggering number of unsolved cases in the United States. According to Project Cold Case, there are currently approximately 270,000 unsolved homicides.

There has also been a decline in the U.S. homicide clearance rate, according to Murder Accountability Project. That means the frequency of solving cold cases is trending downwards.

In 1965, the homicide clearance rate was 91%. In 2020, the rate was only 54%.

Missing person cases, murders and other mysteries are solvable. The Unsolved Northwest team will go through KING 5 archives and talk to victims' families and investigators to try to uncover the truth. 

Watch Unsolved Northwest on KING 5 every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Read more 

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