5 things to know Thursday

Air quality in Seattle; Backlog of prisoners; Family remembers shooting victims; Landslide preparation is underway; Dogs are adopted.

Seattle’s air quality among the worst in the world due to wildfire smoke

Air quality around Seattle topped the world’s worst rankings on Wednesday due to wildfire smoke.

Air quality measured at 249 AQI just before 4:30 p.m.

The clean air agency Puget Sound urges people to stay indoors as data shows levels ranging from unhealthy to very unhealthy in King and Pierce counties.

The air quality warning will be in effect through Thursday evening, before the weather system will help starting Friday. Read more

There is a large number of mentally ill defendants awaiting treatment in prison

Washington State is going through a self-described “crisis” with the largest backlog in state history of mentally ill defendants sitting in prison awaiting access to court-ordered medical assistance. judgment.

Record wait times behind bars for people with severe mental illness – accused defendants are said to be unable to understand the charges against them – are creating chaos, suffering and a toll Huge financials are possible for the state.

KING 5 investigators found that failure to comply with court orders and state law to transfer defendants deemed incompetent to appear in court in a timely manner to state psychiatric hospitals could result in the Department’s Health and Social Services has to pay $300 million in fines that are currently on hold. Read more

‘She was a ray of sunshine’: Family remembers woman killed in US street shooting

Around 7:50 p.m. on October 15, Raelyn Davis was fatally shot in an alleged incident on the road along Highway 2, about 1 mile west of Stevens Pass near column 63, according to Washington. State Patrol.

Davis was driving as a passenger in a silver Kia Sorrento when a passenger in the dark SUV shot through the Kia’s rear passenger window, stunning Davis.

Her sister, Taryn Davis, said they are planning together for Taryn’s upcoming birthday.

“We’ll go shopping together and have lunch together,” said Taryn, crying. “Now, I can’t do that to her anymore.” Read more

Preparations for floods, landslides before rain returns to Western Washington

Much of western Washington is looking forward to the rain forecast for the weekend, hoping it will help ease the smoke.

However, the rain also marks the beginning of a season of potential flooding and landslides, which emergency managers are preparing for, especially in areas with a lot of fire.

Professor of Geomorphology David Montgomery of the University of Washington said: “Burning can actually change the nature of the subsoil so that less rain seeps into the soil. “More of it runs off and can accumulate downstream and cause erosion and help trigger debris flows and landslides in areas that have burned.” Read more

Over 100 dogs rescued in Skagit County are now available for adoption

More than 130 dogs rescued by the Humane Society of the Skagit Valley in September are now available for adoption.

The dogs were rescued from a property where they were living in “bad conditions” on September 2, forcing the Humane Society to close down to care for them. A total of 126 were initially rescued, and the Humane Society said some of the dogs were pregnant, thus increasing the total number of animals in their care. Read more

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Edmund DeMarche

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