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Seattle Chinatown community ‘left in the dark’ about homeless shelter expansion

  • A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods – Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square – has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state. 
  • Business owner Tanya Woo told KING 5 that she is frustrated by the lack of communication between King County and the Chinatown-International District community.
  • Woo and other community members reportedly heard about the project in July, but the King County council approved the expansion back in May.
  • Woo believes that leaving out the community from conversations about the recent expansion is a symptom of deeply rooted prejudice, saying, “The fact that we speak several different languages, that we don't want to make waves, that we are Asian – they are taking advantage of all those aspects to just bring this to the community without engaging us and I find that very racist.”
  • Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, who has also expressed his frustration with the King County Regional Homeless Authority, believes the agency is “working against” his efforts to combat homelessness.

A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state.

The expansion in Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square has reportedly prompted community members to declare that there is a “lack of transparency” within King County.

Armed man accused of threatening to kill Rep. Pramila Jayapal outside her Seattle home charged

  • Brett Forsell, the 49-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home, was charged with felony stalking on Wednesday.
  • Forsell was previously arrested on suspicion of a hate crime on July 9, but he was released when prosecutors did not file the alleged hate crime charges in time due to a lack of evidence.
  • Prosecutors noted that Forsell was armed with a deadly weapon and said that he stalked Jayapal because of her position as an elected official.
  • The man told police that he had driven past Jayapal’s house and directed profanities at her multiple times since late June.
  • A judge approved a bail amount of $500,000 for Forsell, according to prosecutors.

The armed man who allegedly threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home has been charged.

Brett Forsell, 49, was previously arrested on suspicion of a hate crime on July 9 after Jayapal reported unknown individuals in a vehicle yelling obscenities outside her home in the Arbor Heights neighborhood.  

Armed man accused of threatening to kill Rep. Pramila Jayapal outside her home released from jail

  • The 48-year-old armed man who allegedly threatened to kill the U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home was released from jail after prosecutors failed to file the hate crime charges in time.
  • The man was previously arrested on July 9 and detained in the King County Jail.
  • Jayapal told the dispatcher that her husband may have heard a pellet gun fired. One of her neighbors also told police she heard the man yell, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.”
  • However, police do not have evidence that the man had certainly threatened to kill Jayapal and told her to go back to India, according to King County prosecutors.
  • The investigation is currently ongoing. Prosecutors have not declined to file a case against the man. While the man was released from holding, he could still face charges.

The man who allegedly threatened to kill the U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home was released from jail. 

Seattle police previously arrested the man at 11:25 p.m. on July 9 after Jayapal reported unknown individuals in a vehicle yelling obscenities outside her house in the Arbor Heights neighborhood. 

Police arrest armed man who threatened to kill Rep. Pramila Jayapal outside her Seattle home

  • Seattle police arrested a 48-year-old armed man who appeared outside the house of U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) and threatened to kill her.
  • A neighbor told police she heard the man yell, “Go back to India, I’m going to kill you.”
  • The man, who reportedly lives about half a mile from Jayapal, was ordered by a judge on Monday to be jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.
  • He is currently detained in the King County Jail awaiting the prosecutor’s criminal charges on Wednesday. There is probable cause for the man to be charged with a hate crime.

Seattle police arrested an armed man suspected of a hate crime for appearing outside the house of U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) and threatening to kill her. 

The 56-year-old congresswoman called the police at 11:25 p.m. to report individuals in a vehicle yelling obscenities outside her home. 

Missing diver in Mukilteo identified as beloved Seattle-area chef Hans Korompis

  • Authorities identified the recreational diver who went missing in Mukilteo, Washington, on June 17 as beloved 33-year-old Seattle chef Hans Korompis, the director of restaurateur Shubert Ho’s Market restaurants.
  • Two divers reportedly entered the water during the morning of June 17, but only one of them – a 33-year-old Everett man — was found uninjured.
  • Over a week since he was reported missing, Korompis' body has yet to be found.
  • Korompis, who came to the United States from Singapore at the age of 20, began his career as a chef under renowned Seattle chef Tom Douglas.
  • He then worked for Ho’s Feedme Hospitality Restaurant Group in 2015 and later became the director of Ho’s restaurant Market, which now has four locations.
  • Korompis has left a legacy through the dishes he served at Market, which Ho built for the late chef in 2018.

The recreational diver who went missing in Mukilteo, Washington, earlier this month has been identified as beloved Seattle chef Hans Korompis.

The Mukilteo police and fire departments received a diver-in-distress call near Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo at around 9:15 a.m. on June 17. Nathan Fabia, a spokesperson for the Mukilteo police, said two divers had entered the water during the morning of the call, but only one of them – a 33-year-old Everett man – was found uninjured on the shore.

Seattle reporter of 20 years says he was fired for covering Proud Boys march

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  • Jonathan Choe, a journalist for more than 20 years, claims he was fired from his job at ABC affiliate KOMO News for live-tweeting about a Proud Boys march earlier this month.
  • In a Medium post, Choe said critics accused him of spreading “white supremacist propaganda” over one of the videos he had posted, which incidentally included parts of a “white nationalist” song.
  • The veteran journalist denied creating propaganda, saying he “wanted to simply capture a moment in time, with authentic visuals and sounds.”
  • Despite the odds he has faced, Choe vowed to continue his media work and urged supporters to “stay tuned.”
  • Choe was recently targeted by threatening tweets from alleged Antifa members who compared him to Andy Ngo, an Asian American journalist who has been physically assaulted by alleged Antifa members.

An Asian American journalist in Seattle claims he was fired from his local news station after being accused online of promoting “white supremacist propaganda” for covering a Proud Boys protest on his personal Twitter account.

Jonathan Choe, a journalist for more than 20 years, said ABC affiliate KOMO News fired him for live-tweeting about the march, which took place in the Washington state capital of Olympia on March 19.

Longtime activist cites history of cooperation between Asians, Black Americans after being targeted in hate attack

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Police brutality and social justice activist Rev. Harriett Walden was subject to an assault on Nov. 18 and has since spoken out about the increase of hate crimes against Black and Asian Americans.

The incident: Walden, a 75-year-old Seattle resident, was called slurs and hit with a bottle of motor oil while crossing Columbia Street at First Avenue in Seattle around 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, reported The Seattle Times.

Suspect Arrested After High School Teacher’s Nose, Teeth Damaged in Seattle Chinatown Attack

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A suspect who is accused of hitting a Japanese high school teacher in the face with a hard object inside a sock in Seattle Chinatown has been arrested.

Seattle police said Thursday that Sean Jeremy Holdip, 41, was arrested in connection with the assault and was being held at the King County Jail, KOMO News reported. It’s unclear if bond has been set.

High School Teacher’s Nose and Teeth Damaged After Being Attacked With a ‘Rock’ in Seattle Chinatown

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A Japanese American woman ended up with a fractured nose and chipped teeth after she was struck with a hard object in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District last week.

The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred while Noriko Nasu and her boyfriend, Michael Poffenbarger, were walking near 7th and King Streets around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 25.