FBI seeks information on bank robber nicknamed the ‘Quick-Change Bandit’

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is seeking information about a bank robber nicknamed the “Quick-Change Bandit.”

The unidentified bank robber is believed to have robbed at least two different banks within an hour on Monday, August 18 and changed his clothes between the two robberies. This quick clothing change led to his nickname. Investigators believe he may have also robbed a bank on Saturday, August 16.

The subject may be a black male in his late 20s or early 30s, around 6’0” tall, and of stocky build. He threatened tellers during the robberies.






The subject is wanted for his alleged involvement in at least three bank robberies:

  • Saturday, August 16, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m.—Chase Bank, on Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, Washington
  • Monday, August 18, 2014, approximately 11:40 a.m.—Bank of America, on 104th Avenue SE, Kent, Washington
  • Monday, August 18, 2014, approximately 12:30 p.m.—Chase Bank on A Street SE, Auburn, Washington

Anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspected robber should refrain from approaching him and is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.

Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force (SSSTF) includes members from the FBI, Bellevue Police Department, Auburn Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Seattle Police Department. The SSSTF is working with the Kent and Lakewood Police Departments to identify and apprehend this robber.

$11 million in grants from Ecology to help prevent flood damage upriver

OLYMPIA – Floods cause more damage than any other natural disasters in Washington. The Department of Ecology has awarded nearly $11 million in grants to recipients across the state to help prevent damage in flood-prone communities.


Grants reach from Silverdale on Kitsap Peninsula east to Yakima County and north from Deming to Skamokawa near the Columbia River and points in between. Projects will reduce flood hazards to people, property, critical facilities and transportation corridors while helping to restore habitat and water quality for fish and wildlife. In all, 13 projects are funded through the competitive flood management grant process.


For instance, in Whatcom County some $1.4 million in state funding will be used to complete construction of a new 800-foot-long levee setback from the Nooksack River to protect the town of Deming, school buildings and sewage lagoon from floodwaters. The levee will replace an earthen berm that frequently overtops from floodwaters.


The city of Auburn will leverage $532,000 in state funding in a $5 million project to improve flood protection along Mill Creek. The project will focus on improving floodplain connectivity to respond to high-flow events and create conditions to restore riparian cover to reduce water temperatures and improve water quality for fish rearing.


In Yakima County, $1.39 million will be used to relocate an existing auto wrecking yard and purchase floodway properties in a flood-prone area along the Naches River known as the Rambler’s Park levee setback project. Improvements, including reducing the size of an existing levee, will increase the floodplain by 9 acres and create channels to improve floodplain functions. Yakima County is also receiving another $1 million for other levee work along the Naches and Yakima rivers.


Using a grant of $1.3 million, the city of Ellensburg will reduce the magnitude and frequency of flood damage to structures in west Ellensburg along the Yakima River with the restoration of floodplain functions to Currier and Reecer creeks. At the same time, new instream spawning and rearing habitat for fish will be created and riparian and floodplain areas will be planted with native vegetation. That work will protect 100 homes and businesses.


Other grant recipients include:

Kitsap County – $2 million for floodplain restoration on Clear Creek in Silverdale

Chelan County – $780,616 for improvements to Nason Creek

Pierce County – $525,000 to acquire property in floodplain for improvement on Ball Creek, Puyallup River

Tulalip Tribe – $464,044 for the Qwuloolt floodplain restoration project along Ebey Slough

City of Yakima – $200,000 for work increasing flood conveyance under two bridges crossing Wide Hollow Creek

Wahkiakum County – $50,000 to dike and address flood hazards at Skamokawa


Harbor Manor in Hoquiam among statewide housing purchase

All of the properties are senior housing communities with the exception of two smaller family properties in King County. Four of the complexes are located in King County (147 units), one property is in Hoquiam (24 units), one is in Yakima (51 units), one is in Bremerton (30 units), and two are located in Wenatchee (85 total units). On Dec. 2, the acquisition of the four King County properties was completed. The non-King County buildings will close in separate transactions between the end of December and March 2014.

The four properties acquired by KCHA are: Bellevue Manor in Bellevue (66 units), Patricia Harris Manor in Redmond (41 units), Northwood Square in Auburn (24 units), and Vashon Terrace in Vashon Island (16 units). They are home to 107 seniors, more than 80 percent of whom are aged 70 or older, and 40 families with children.

KCHA is acting as lead purchaser on behalf of the other local housing authorities for the five properties situated outside of King County. The combined purchase price for all nine developments is $28.7 million. At closing, KCHA’s interest in these purchase agreements will be assigned to the appropriate respective local housing authority.

The preservation of these complexes is important because of the populations they serve, their highly desirable locations, and the federal funding they leverage.

The average annual income of residents in the seven senior communities is approximately $10,000. The average annual income of residents in the two family communities is around $14,000. Statewide, the demand for housing affordable to low-income households greatly surpasses the supply and the need is growing, especially for seniors.

Each of the complexes is well-sited, located within walking distance of transportation, shopping and other amenities. The Bellevue site is one-half block off Old Main Street.

The Section 8 contracts that will be preserved through these acquisitions provide about $2.3 million in annual rent subsidies for these units, keeping them affordable.

Between 1965 and 1990, the federal government subsidized private developers to build and operate rental housing for low-income families and disabled and elderly households living on fixed incomes. These developers executed long-term rental subsidy agreements under the Section 8 program. The initial contracts on each of the nine properties in this portfolio have already expired; subsequent short-term contract renewals are due to expire soon. A number of these sites, if bought by private developers, could quickly be demolished or redeveloped as condominiums or high-end rentals.

KCHA purchased the four King County properties using a tax-exempt loan. These properties will continue to be managed by Westwood Management, the current property manager of the complexes.

King County provided $1 million for high priority safety and structural repairs for the four King County properties. These improvements are expected to begin in early December.

“This is an important opportunity to preserve 147 units of federally subsidized low-income housing in King County,” said Joe McDermott, chair of the King County budget and fiscal management committee. “The purchase of these properties will provide a long-term source of affordable housing for low-income seniors and families with children, for which there is a dire need.”

The state legislature provided a $4.5 million housing preservation grant from the Housing Trust Fund to assist with the acquisition of the five non-King County properties.

“This will help seniors live with dignity,” said state Rep. Hans Dunshee, chair of the House capital budget committee, which approved the expenditure. “If they lost their housing because it got too expensive, they couldn’t take a second job to pencil it out. Now they can sleep at night in a safe, stable place to live, which is what anybody would want for their mom or dad, grandma or grandpa.”


Fact Sheet


King County Properties

Property     Address     City     Units     Type
Bellevue Manor     143 Bellevue Way     Bellevue     66     senior
Vashon Terrace

17206 97th Pl. SW

Vashon Island

16 family
Northwood Square 518 8th St. NE Auburn 24 family
Patricia Harris Manor 16304 NE 81st St. Redmond 41 senior

Non-King County Properties

Property     Address     City     Units     Type
Charter House 1307 Wheaton Way Bremerton 30 senior
Harbor Manor 411 10th St. Hoquiam 24 senior
Emerson Manor 702 N. Emerson Wenatchee 35 senior
Wenatchee House 22 S. Buchanan Wenatchee 50 senior
Naches House 314 Naches Ave. Yakima 51 senior

Three more Haagan stores closing, Aberdeen Top Food & Drug not among them

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Haggen grocery chain is closing three more stores in Washington, but the Aberdeen location will remain open. The Bellingham company announced this week that they are closing” TOP Food & Drug” stores in Kent, Auburn and Yakima.
Earlier this year Haggen announced plans to close stores in Tacoma, Lacey, Federal Way, Bellevue and Shoreline. The company says the closures are part of a long-term plan to improve competitiveness. They currently operate more than 20 stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug names.

Cantwell Announces $37.7M for Washington State Homelessness Programs


Projects receiving award funding are listed below; some projects received multiple awards.   



Grant Type


Archdiocesan Housing Authority



Auburn Youth Resources



Bellingham Housing Authority



Benton and Franklin Counties Department of Human Services



Benton Franklin Community Action Committee



Blue Mountain Action Council



Building Changes



Catholic Community Services



Child Care Resources



Church Council of Greater Seattle



City of Bremerton



City of Seattle Human Services Department



City of Spokane



City of Spokane



Columbia River Mental Health Services



Community Action Center



Community Psychiatric Clinic



Community Services Northwest



Community Youth Services



Compass Health



Compass Housing Alliance



Council for the Homeless



Development Association of the Goodwill Baptist Church



El Centro de la Raza



Friends of Youth






Housing Authority City of Kelso



Housing Authority of Island County



Housing Authority of Snohomish County



Housing Authority of the City of Bremerton



Housing Authority of the City of Tacoma



Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver



Housing Authority of Thurston County



Housing Hope



Joint City of Republic-Ferry County Housing Authority



Kent Youth and Family Services



King County Department of Community and Human Services



King, County of



King, County of



Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority



Lewis County



Low Income Housing Institute



Mason County Shelter



Multi-Service Center



Next Step Housing



Northwest Youth Services



Olympic Community Action Programs



Opportunity Council



Pierce County



Pierce County



Seattle Housing Authority



Second Step Housing



Serenity House of Clallam County






Skagit County Community Action Agency



Snohomish, County of



Solid Ground Washington



Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners



Sun Community Service



The Family Support Center of South Sound



The Salvation Army



Triumph Treatment Services



United Indians of All Tribes Foundation



Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program



WA State Department of Commerce



Walla Walla County



Washington Gorge Action Programs



Womens Resource Center of North Central Washington



Yakima County






YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County



NorthWest Wingless Sprint Tour at Grays Harbor Raceway

After two early season rainouts the NorthWest Wingless Tour (NWWT) will see its first point’s race of the season at Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday Night. Local drivers that will be hand to do battle, include veteran Sprint Car driver Dan Dunlap from Renton and 2008 Grays Harbor Raceway Ford Focus Midget Champion Jeff Bell from Marysville, Rookie Sprint car driver Jonathan Jorgenson from Auburn will also be on hand, Jorgensen finished second in last year’s Ford Focus Midget point standings. Other Washington drivers scheduled to compete include, Arlington’s Brandon Skeeter and Doug Kamerzell, Yakima’s Doug Peters, Dylan Olsen from Kelso, and Mike Romig from Vancouver. Oregon driver’s include Cory Estaban from Gaston, Estaban was the 2009 Dwarf Car Champion, Nick Tomlinson from Newburg, Mark Herz from Sandy, Theo McCarty from Hillsboro, Mark Nichols from Eagle Creek, Kyle Mehner from Clakamas, Salem driver’s Sterling Kane and Roy Crouch.

The Pacific Hardtop Racing Association Dwarf Cars will make their first of two stops at Grays Harbor Raceway this Saturday Night. These 5/8’s scale replica cars from the 30’s with Yamaha motorcycle engines always put on a great show at Grays Harbor, you can expect upwards of 20 of these fast little machines to be in action on Saturday. Hillsboro Oregon driver David Cantu leads the point standings with 870 points followed by Ronnie Gilmore from Aloha, Oregon with 850, Clay Goben is in third position with 841. A father and son duo of Henry Corbin II and Henry Corbin III from Malalla round out the top five positions with 835 and 790 points respectively.
Aberdeen’s Zack Simpson is once again the points leader in the Cut Rate Hobby Stock division after scoring his fourth feature win of the year, coupled that with Cosmopolis driver Tom Sweatman’s failing to finish last week’s feature, Simpson leads the standings by 19 points 444 to 425 over Sweatman. Gig Harbor’s Derek Junell and Olympia’s Eddie Blood are tied for third with 413 points closely followed by Jack Parshall with 390 points. Rookie Tom Hecker from Spanaway is sixth with 368 points.
In the Hornet division Olympia’s Brian Izzi will be looking to make it two wins in a row after beating opening night winner and fellow Olympian Rory Clevenger last weekend. Last Saturday featured the largest Hornet field ever as there 18 cars that competed. Onalaska’s Jake Mills finished third followed by Zach Dalrymple from Olympia and Rodney West from Parkland.
For more information please go to www.graysharborraceway.com or call the Raceway office at 360 482- 4374

Grays Harbor Raceway is proud to be partnered with so many great partners that include Crown Distributing, Coors and Miller, Harbor Pacific Bottling, Pepsi and Mountain Dew, Hoosier Racing Tires, Triple X Race Co, Shipwreck Beads, Little Creek Casino and Resort, Cut Rate Auto Parts, Industrial Hydraulics, Our Community Credit Union, MASCO Petroleum, Turbo Blue, Bulldog Trailers, Lucky Eagle Casino Microtel Inn & Suites, Toads Deli, Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union, Sideline Auto Wrecking, Speedmart and Little Nickel.

Grays Harbor County Listed to Receive Grant Funding for Shoreline Policies and Development Regulations

"From the San Juans to the Sound’s southern tip, 120 of the 130 local governments in the Puget Sound region are still using largely the same shoreline master programs they adopted in the 1970s," said Ecology’s Gordon White, who oversees statewide shorelands activities. "Yet in the past 30 years, the area’s population has ballooned by nearly 60 percent. If we hope to restore, protect and preserve the Sound, we’ve got to start by managing our shoreline areas wisely."

White said in a budget-cutting year, the 2009 Legislature added $3 million more than in the last state budget cycle to help local communities revise their shoreline master programs. The additional money was targeted to specifically help Puget Sound cities and counties update their shoreline policies and regulations.

The $6.3 million will be divided among six counties and 64 cities based on factors such as miles of shoreline, number of shoreline types, population and growth rates. The money will protect and restore more than 3,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines throughout Puget Sound.


"This joint state-local effort to revise the region’s shoreline programs is one of the top priorities of the Partnership’s Action Agenda to help salmon recovery and restore and protect Puget Sound," said Puget Sound Partnership Executive Director David Dicks. "The old master programs have lead to the unsustainable development of Puget Sound shorelines and an outdated set of standards for shoreline land owners to work through. Updating our shoreline programs also will improve Puget Sound water quality and keep our beaches clean and available for our citizens to use and enjoy."

The $6.3 million is part of a broader multi-year effort to help all Washington’s 266 cities and counties with shorelines update their shoreline regulations by December 2014. A schedule for specific counties and cities to revise their shoreline master programs is set by statute under the state Shoreline Management Act.

During the 2007-09 state budget cycle, Ecology provided $4.5 million to 46 cities and counties across the state to help update their shoreline master programs.


State law requires jurisdictions to periodically review and revise their shoreline regulations. More than 70 cities and counties, including others in the Puget Sound, are currently updating their programs.

Ecology adopted new shoreline program guidelines in 2003 that establish the basic requirements for updating local programs. The guidelines were resulted from a negotiated settlement between business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology, and the courts.

The state guidelines allow each city and county flexibility to customize the regulations to fit their local land-use circumstances and vision of local waterfront development. The process is designed to bring diverse local interests to the table to work collaboratively including waterfront property owners, builders, farmers, environmental and conservation interests, recreation users, local governments, tribes and state agencies. The guidelines also require local jurisdictions and the state to ensure the regulations do not infringe on private property rights.

Every community starts their update with a thorough inventory of existing land-use patterns and environmental conditions. Once completed, shoreline master programs combine local plans for future shoreline development and preservation with new shoreline development ordinances and permitting requirements.

So far, 10 Puget Sound jurisdictions completed their updates using Ecology’s 2003 guidelines including Whatcom County as well as Auburn, Coupeville, Darrington, Ferndale, Marysville, Monroe, Orting, Port Townsend and Sultan.

Ecology has final approval authority for each city and county shoreline program, which becomes part of the statewide shoreline master program.

Mountain Dew/AMP Energy 50 Warriors Of Dirt Invade Grays Harbor Raceway

Montesano’s Josh Muller holds a slim 3 point lead 1200 to 1197 over Shelton’s Scott Miller, in the Shipwreck Beads Modified point standings.  Miller made up 20 points on Muller last week by winning his third main event of the year.  Seabeck driver James Wolfard  sits in third position with 1104 points, followed by Aberdeen’s Joe Germain with 1062 and former Hobby Stock Champion Jim Oien Jr. with 1035. 
In the Triple X Ford Focus Midget division Auburn’s Jonathan Jorgenson jumped back to the top of the standings by the slimmest of leads.  Jorgenson leads last week’s points leader Brandon Daniel from McCleary by 1 point 1149 to 1148.  In fact the top four are only separated by only 24 points, last week’s winner Seth Hespe from Snohomish sits 17 points behind at 1132 points.  Allison Journey from Springfield, Oregon is 24 points back at 1125  points.  Montesano’s Jeremy Miller rounds out the top five with 1042 points.
In the Cut Rate Hobby Stocks, Zack Simpson from Aberdeen holds a 102 point lead  1354 to 1252 over Bremerton’s Keith Knowlton.  Shelton’s Alan Muenchow Jr. sit in third with 1164 followed by  Gig Harbor’s Derek Junell with 1129 points,  last year’s Hornet Champion Eddie Blood from Olympia rounds out the top five with 1024 points.
The front gate will open at 4:30 pm on Saturday Night, with racing to start at 7:00 pm.
Next weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway it is the Big E Weekend, featuring three big nights of racing highlighted by the World of Outlaws on Monday September 7th along with the Triple X Ford Focus Midgets, On Sunday September 6th the ASCS Northwest Region 360 Sprint Cars and the NPP Late Models will be in action.  The weekend will kick off Saturday September 5th with the Northwest Wingless Sprint Car Tour and the NPP Late Models. This will be the first time ever that the wingless Sprint Cars will compete at Grays Harbor Raceway and by the interest there should be a great car count.

Toads/Microtel Night at the Races

In the Shipwreck Beads Modified division Montesano’s Josh Muller continues to lead the point standings by  23 points,  1102 to 1079 over Shelton’s Scott Miller. Muller won for the fourth time last week as Miller overcame a flat tire late in the race and charged all the way back to third place behind Seabeck’s Craig Moore.  Seabeck’s James Wolfard sits in third with 1005 points followed by Joe German from Aberdeen with 974 points.   McCleary’s Jim Oien Jr. rounds out the top five with 956 points.
The Triple X Ford Focus Midget division will see their first action in more than a month, since running both nights of the Fred Brownfield Memorial. After the Brownfield Memorial, McCleary’s Brandon Daniel sits on top of the points standings by a slim 6 point margin 1054 to 1048 over Jonathan Jorgenson from Auburn.  Jorgenson had lead the point standings from the first race. Allison Journey from Springfield, Oregon moved into third with 1024 points, followed by Seth Hespe from Snohomish with 1012 points.  Montesano’s Jeremy Miller rounds out the top five with 940 points.  Hoquim’s 14 year old teenager Ariel Biggs is looking to move into the top five in points as she only 18 points out of fifth with 922 points.
In the HiLine Homes Hornet division Elma’s Kevin Krentz holds a 4 point lead over Oylmpia’s Rory Clevenger 575 to 571,  Aberdeen’s Cliff Gill is only 30 markers back at 545 followed by Brian Izzi from Olympia who won the last Hornet race with 407.  Travis Blood rounds out the top five with 359 points.
The team of Dana Austin and James Hinkley lead over James Atkinson and Mike Clinger,  the team of Travis and Brian Brearty are  third by Tad Smith and Russ Haskell.   Louis and Nathan Zoren round out the top five.
The front gate will open at 4:30 pm on Saturday Night , with racing to start at 7:00 pm.
For more information please go to www.graysharborracewayway.com or call the Raceway

Local Revitalization Financing Project Application Now Online

The maximum individual grant is $500,000 per year for up to 25 years.  That means the $2.5 million available could finance as few as five projects, depending on the size of the requests.  The first-come, first-served provision is in the law.

The legislation also provided another $2.25 million annually to seven demonstration projects in Bremerton, Auburn, University Place, Spokane, Whitman County, Tacoma, and Vancouver.