New Seattle police unit tasked with tackling tough issues downtown The Seattle Police Department's newest unit, called the "Neighborhood Response Team," has been working to clean up some of the worst problem areas downtown. The group of six officers and a sergeant are tasked with tackling the chronic street disorder that plagues areas like Westlake Park and Pike Place Market. KIRO Radio's Brandi Kruse tagged along with the unit and says, above all, the officers are dedicated to finding help for those who call the streets home.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Cargo ships linger in Puget Sound as port slowdowns continue As slowdowns continue at ports across the West Coast, massive cargo ships are forced to sit at anchor for days or weeks at a time. KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse boarded the Hyundai Global as it sat for 17 days in the waters near Seattle. She takes us, “On Assignment.”
Monday, December 15, 2014
'We’re always happy to put someone in handcuffs for their cause' Many protesters arrested during demonstrations in Seattle will never be charged with a crime, based on guidelines set forth by the City Attorney’s Office. It means peaceful protesters arrested in recent years have been given a free pass from prosecution. KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse takes us, “On Assignment.”
'Every container has a story' Washington-grown Christmas trees bound for Hong Kong are stuck at the Port of Tacoma, where union workers are accused of deliberately slowing down commerce. John and Carol Tillman, who have been Christmas tree farmers all their lives, say the shipment accounts for 20 percent of their income for the entire year. Brandi Kruse reports from Mossyrock, Washington, for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
King Co. Sheriff John Urquhart on controversial use-of-force tactic Following public backlash, King County Sheriff John Urquhart announced he would no longer train his deputies in a controversial use-of-force tactic known as the Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR). Sheriff Urquhart tells KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse he thinks the tool is valuable, but that he can’t convince the public it is worthwhile.
King Co. deputy accuses sheriff of caving to 'political pressure' As part of an “On Assignment” investigation into a controversial use-of-force tactic called a Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint (LVNR), KIRO Radio’s Brandi Kruse spoke to a King County sheriff’s deputy who accused his boss, Sheriff John Urquhart, of caving to political pressure when he decided not to train deputies in the technique. Note: The deputy’s voice has been disguised.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Few in number, Washington Hells Angels just 'trying to survive' Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club rallied at a Seattle bar late into the night Tuesday, a gathering that was closely monitored by Seattle police detectives who are working to determine the organization's current membership. As Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment," the outlaw motorcycle club is just a shadow of it's former self.
Gang detective on why the Hells Angels are a threat A Seattle police gang detective was reduced to tears during an interview with KIRO Radio "On Assignment." The detective, who has tracked outlaw biker gangs for years, told reporter Brandi Kruse about a heinous crime committed by an associate of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1977.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Few in number, Washington Hells Angels 'trying to survive' Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club will meet at a Seattle bar Tuesday, a gathering that could help attract new recruits at a time when the notorious biker gang desperately needs them. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."
Eastside couple arrested in massive mortgage fraud Douglas White is accused of stealing the identity of a licensed real estate appraiser and using it to conduct hundreds of fraudulent home appraisals around Puget Sound. Brandi Kruse reports for KIRO Radio "On Assignment."