Snoqualmie police crack down on car prowls

October 29, 2010

NEW — 11:07 a.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Snoqualmie police have been busy in recent weeks, investigating approximately 30 car prowls. Most of the incidents took place on Snoqualmie Ridge.

In every incident, the car had been left unlocked with valuable personal property left in plain view inside the vehicle, according to a news release from the city of Snoqualmie.

The crimes are ones of opportunity and can easily be prevented by locking unattended vehicles.

Responding to the calls takes police officers away from other duties, notes the release.

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Dino Rossi closes Patty Murray’s lead in U.S. Senate race

October 29, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Patty Murray are virtually neck and neck in their race for a U.S. Senate seat. Murray, the incumbent, had held a healthy lead as recently as a few weeks ago, but several recent polls show the two are running nearly even. 

The latest KCTS 9/KPLU/Washington Poll shows Murray with 49 percent of the vote to Rossi’s 45 percent. The margin of error is 4.3 percent percent.

However, Murray pulls slightly ahead among people most likely to vote, according to Matt Barreto, a political science professor and pollster at the University of Washington. 

Among people who voted in the last two elections, Murray leads with 51 percent of the vote to Rossi’s 45 percent.

A statewide poll by Rasmussen Reports conducted Oct. 27 found Rossi had 48 percent to Murray’s 47 percent. The margin of error is 4 percent.

Snoqualmie Valley expected to dodge major storm

October 29, 2010

NEW — 10:25 a.m. Oct. 29, 2010

A major storm could hit the Puget Sound region next week, dumping heavy rain on the area. The Snoqualmie River Basin is expected to miss the worst of it, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service.

The heaviest rain is expected to hit the Olympic and North Cascade mountains, said Dennis D’Amico, a Seattle-based meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A massive, moist low-pressure front is headed for the area from Asia following the traditional Pineapple Express path.

The source is a typhoon in Asia, according to Cliff Mass, a University of Washington meteorologist.

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