Packing heat? Some businesses may not let you shop at their store

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 9:53 AM
Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 7:41 PM

Mayor Mike McGinn and Washington Ceasefire Board President Ralph Fascitelli launched the Seattle Gun Free Zone program Monday morning at Oddfellows Cafe & Bar on Capitol Hill.

>>> Essex Porter attended the official launch of the Gun Free Zone Program and will be asking McGinn and Fascitelli about the program. Watch KIRO 7 Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. for a full report.

Several businesses have signed up for the voluntary program: 5 Point Café, Barboza, Big Mario's Pizza, Brenthaven, Bus Stop Espresso, Café Paloma, Café Racer, Century Ballroom, Elliott Bay Books, First United Methodist Church, Fish Fry, Freddy's Junior, Havana, Linda's, Lost Lake Café & Lounge, Manhattan Seattle, Moe Bar, all six locations of Molly Moons, Neumo's, Nube Green, Oddfellows, Office Nomads, Platinum Records, Quinn's, Smith, Southern Street Kids, Sweatbox Yoga, The Saint, Totokaelo and Zoe.

Cities in Washington can't pre-empt state gun laws, but businesses can prohibit guns.

Businesses can opt into the program by visiting washingtonceasefire.org, signing the pledge to participate, and placing a "Gun Free Zone" decal in their window.

Fascitelli said that every business that Ceasefire has approached about the program has been positive about it.

The program is designed to address "the culture of violence," said Fascitelli, who likened Ceasefire's "cultural war" to the war MADD has fought against drinking and driving.

"Businesses have a right, as private proprietors," to disallow guns, Fascitelli said.

McGinn said that the program mirrored the values of Seattle residents.

Banning guns from individual businesses is a hot-button topic, especially with a controversial policy at Starbucks that allows customers to openly display their guns.

Gun rights advocates say the program won't reduce gun violence and will only alienate customers.

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Man hit by car during argument in Trotwood

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 8:10 AM

Trotwood crews are responding to a reported pedestrian strike in Trotwood. 

Crews were dispatched to the 4400 block of Shorham Court around 7:55 a.m. 

A male caller told dispatchers his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend assaulted him before hitting him with a car. 

Initial reports indicate the man hit by the car refused medical treatment at the scene. 

The victim's condition, as well as what instigated the fight, remain unknown.

Firefighters find body at Harrison Twp. house fire

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a house fire where one person was found dead this morning in Harrison Twp.

The fire was reported by a witness shortly before 7 a.m.

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When crews arrived, they encountered heavy flames coming from a bedroom in the rear of the brick ranch-style home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters started dousing the flames and did a search inside the home where they found one person deceased, according to the chief.

It was not immediately known whether the body is that of a male or female, the chief said.

The body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where the victim’s identity as well as the cause and manner of death will be determined.

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UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.

Authorities in Harrison Twp. are investigating after a body was found in a home that caught fire early this morning.

A man who spotted the fire called 9-1-1 at 6:57 a.m.

"I'm here at Maple Leaf and Ark and there's a house on fire," the caller told the dispatcher.

The caller did not know whether anyone was inside.

We’re working to gather more details.

UPDATE @ 7:49 a.m.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office has been requested to the scene of a Harrison Twp. house fire, according to regional dispatchers.

UPDATE @ 7:40 a.m.

Flames are now out at the scene of a house fire in Harrison Twp. and a person is believed to still be inside the home, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said no one was evacuated front the home when fire crews arrived just before 7 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a large amount of smoke has filled the home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue. 

A fire investigator is responding to the scene, according to scanner traffic.

We are working to learn the condition of the person previously trapped in the home as well as what caused the fire.

INITIAL REPORT

A person is reportedly trapped in a burning home on Ark Avenue in Harrison Twp. 

Fire crews were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ark Avenue around 7 a.m. on a report of a house fire. 

Initial reports indicate a person may be trapped in the house. 

Our newsroom is working to confirm details in this developing story.

Man accused of killing father, leaving corpse on couch for weeks

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

Arrested man in handcuffs with handcuffed hands behind back (stock photo).
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Arrested man in handcuffs with handcuffed hands behind back (stock photo).(BrianAJackson/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Tyler Swantek, 24, was already in custody on drug charges when police tacked on a first-degree murder charge.

Police said he killed his father, Todd Swantek, and left the corpse on the couch for weeks. The Standard-Speaker reported that Swantek allegedly shot his father in the head with a rifle.

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Police reportedly were called to the scene in Frackville, Pennsylvania, in late May by a friend of Todd Swantek’s, who had not heard from the father for a month. When police entered the house, they found a gruesome scene: The badly decomposed body was on the couch, covered in blankets and a sleeping bag, the Standard-Speaker reported. Police said they searched the house and found the rifle, which they believe to be the murder weapon, in Tyler Swantek’s bedroom.

There were a number of candles and air fresheners in the house, apparently put out in an attempt to mask the smell, the Standard-Speaker reported. Police said that when they interviewed Tyler Swantek about his father’s death, he showed no emotion. An autopsy report suggested that the body may have been on the couch for months before it was discovered. Swantek appeared in court where he asked for reduced bail for drug charges, but the judge didn’t agree to the deal. The judge reportedly said, “He’s a danger to himself and society.”

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