Northwest NEWS

March 27, 2000

Local News


Deputy shoots Kingsgate man with rifle

   Woodinville resident Kenneth Parker was shot as he allegedly pointed a rifle at a King County Sheriff's deputy in the parking lot of the Kingsgate Ridge Condominiums, shortly after 5 a.m. on Mar. 23. Deputies were dispatched after a neighbor reported that a man with a rifle fired one round in the complex's parking lot.

   The first deputy arrived within three minutes, and was immediately confronted by Parker, who advanced on the deputy. Taking cover behind a parked car, the deputy said he fired three times when Parker leveled the rifle at him. A second deputy, Mike Janasz, also an EMT, arrived two minutes later and administered first aid until medics came and transported Parker to Harborview Hospital.

   Parker fired the shot through a bedroom window of the condo that his ex-wife is renting. The bullet continued through interior walls, narrowly missing one of the woman's three daughters, that include a 9-year-old girl and 13-year-old twin girls.

   Parker was about to be charged for another domestic violence incident, said John Urquhart of the Sheriff's Dept. The 30-year-old deputy who shot Parker has five years' experience. He has been put on a standard administrative leave during investigation of the case.

Woodinville man critically injures pedestrian

   At press time, the condition of Luella F. Longmore, a 48-year-old Redmond resident, had been upgraded from "critical" to "serious" with internal injuries at Harborview Hospital after being struck by a Jeep Wrangler driven by a 33-year-old Woodinville man on Mar. 18 at 11:36 p.m. Longmore was crossing Avondale Road at the intersection of NE 116th St. The driver was arrested for investigation of Vehicular Assault/DUI. His blood sample was sent to the lab for formal testing. Witnesses are still being interviewed to determine who had the right-of-way, said Officer Brian Coats of the Redmond Police Dept.

Locke signs Ruderman's tax reform bill

   Gov. Gary Locke signed HB-2493, tax legislation written by Rep. Laura Ruderman, D-Kirkland, that will streamline and simplify how businesses deal with sales taxes. The bill helps businesses access the state's computer software that lists all local sales taxes and rates. It also limits changes in tax rates to the beginning of each quarter rather than monthly, with local governments required to notify the state 75 days in advance. The bill also allows annexation changes to tax rates only at the beginning of each quarter.

Census workers still needed

   Census workers are still needed for door-to-door work, office staff, and other positions. Bilingual workers are especially needed. Door-to-door work begins April 1. For information, call (425) 451-0204.

Lane closure

   The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Mill Creek area of the single lane closure to through traffic at approximately 16631 North Road. This closure will be from Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 28, between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 425-388-6433. Emergency vehicles will have access at all times.