The removal of taxpayers’ sensitive personal identification from tax records held by King County has been made official.
The County Council this week formally accepted a committee’s recommendations for keeping information such as Social Security numbers out of the general public’s hands.
Proposed cutbacks to King County’s budget to make up for a nearly $70 million shortfall in 2009 will likely cause a ripple effect throughout the county if court services, sheriff deputies and prosecutors are reduced as proposed.
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Police began the annual Party Patrol began last Friday evening with the goal of curtailing drinking and driving by teenagers.
The patrol, operating from the department’s Maple Valley precinct, will continue for at least several weeks, officials said – and with good results, if past years are an indication. Since the patrols began in 1998, there have been no deaths or serious injury accidents involving juveniles and alcohol in the patrol’s area, a Sheriff Department spokesman said.
Authorities were investigating the cause of a house fire that claimed one life last Friday.
The fire, in the 39000 block of 258th Avenue Southeast, was reported at 2:53 p.m. While battling the two-alarm blaze inside the single-story dwelling, firefighters found the body of a female in the kitchen. They removed her from the home but weren’t able to revive her, according to Kyle Ohashi, a spokesman for Fire District 37/Kent Fire Department.
Seattle School District teacher Nicole Johnson, 27, doesn’t want teens to make the mistake she made in high school — the mistake of staying silent.
Those years for Johnson were shrouded by an abusive relationship, she told a group of Kent School District students May 30, and its effects stayed with her for years after.