Gary Horcher, KIRO 7

Gary Horcher


Seattle, WA, United States

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Past articles by Gary:

Couple attacked, man killed while retrieving stolen items from Seattle homeless encampment

A man was killed in a chaotic altercation between an angry group of people from a South Lake Union homeless encampment, and a Seattle couple who had gone to the encampment to locate items stolen from them in a recent burglary, according to King County prosecutors. → Read More

Thieves disable six vans for adult students with disabilities

The repairs will cost the district about $30,000, and the parts have become incredibly hard to find. → Read More

Victim reacts after axe-wielding suspect seen breaking into apartment is freed with no charges

SEATTLE — A 46-year-old man was arrested for breaking into an occupied Capitol Hill apartment armed with an axe, a hatchet and a spiked glove was released from jail without charges Monday — after state case workers concluded he is incompetent and unable to defend himself in court. Stanley Dion Red, 46, who has a long criminal history, and a history of treatment for mental illnesses, was captured… → Read More

Raspberries burned, damaged from last week’s heat wave could ruin family farms

LYNDEN, Wash. — The raspberries growing high on the rows of vines Rolf Haugen has cultivated on his Lynden farm for 41 years should not look like this on July 5. “They’re sunburned and shriveled,” said Haugen, who says he has never seen such damage from the heat of a single day — June 28, when temperatures reached 108 degrees on his farm — and the highest in recorded history for Lynden. Haugen,… → Read More

‘There’s poop in the water’: King County officials close three beaches for high bacteria counts

High levels of bacteria forced King County public health officials to close three public beaches just before the Independence Day weekend. The closures are expected to last for at least the next several days. → Read More

‘This is history’: Officer killing two years ago now test case for police accountability law

When 26-year-old Jesse Sarey was shot and killed by an Auburn police officer on May 31, 2019, Sarey’s Cambodian refugee family and his foster mother never imagined the unprecedented impact the case would have on our state’s justice system. “This is history being made in Washington state,” said Elaine Simons, who added she served as Sarey’s foster parent for several years before he aged out of… → Read More

‘My body just ate itself’: KIRO Radio’s Chris Sullivan reveals serious battle with COVID-19

Morning commuters know KIRO-Radio’s Chris Sullivan well as “Sully, the traffic chokepoint guru.” But when he contracted COVID-19 two-and-a-half weeks ago, he said he wondered if he would survive. After losing more than 20 pounds, and making three trips to Evergreen Health in Kirkland for IV fluids, he said only now is he feeling the beginning of recovery. → Read More

Driver seen cruising freeways in reverse leaves onlooker, troopers in disbelief

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — When a driver from Gig Harbor saw traffic slowing on State Route 16 during a commute last week, he did a double-take at the car causing the distraction in the right lane. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” the witness, Mark (no last name given) was overheard saying while recording the spectacle, laughing in disbelief at a fellow driver going 45 miles per hour in reverse. He… → Read More

Man’s stabbing death was “unprovoked” and “random” say witnesses

Some witnesses told KIRO 7 the sudden violent attack appeared unprovoked. → Read More

Couple suspected of stealing wallet from dying man released by King County judge

KENT, Wash. — King County prosecutors say a handyman and his girlfriend--who police say admitted to stealing cash from a 60-year-old man while he lay bleeding and unconscious on the floor of his garage, have been freed from jail and have not been charged with a crime. Kuldip Singh’s family says they and their community are outraged and believe the couple should not have been released with no… → Read More

“I can’t believe he survived this”: Homeowner buried in his own living room by speeding hit-and-run driver

A man was injured Monday morning when a Mustang crashed into his home, knocking a wall down on top of him and trapping him in the living room. → Read More

High school football is back. ‘Friday Night Lights at the end of the tunnel’

Since 1978, over storied decades of Friday night lights in Gig Harbor, the energy and tradition of the annual Fish Bowl crosstown high school rivalry is unique in the entire state. → Read More

State does not keep track of ‘wasted’ COVID-19 doses

With an unpredictable supply of vaccines heading to Washington State, every single dose delivered is counted by the Department of Health as a potential precious lifesaver. → Read More

Seattle police arrest man in connection with kicking attacks on two women

SEATTLE — Seattle police detectives have arrested a man in connection with the attacks on two women in the Belltown and University District neighborhoods a day apart. Investigators identified the suspect as a 19-year-old man. Police said on Wednesday that he was arrested and will be booked into the King County Jail on suspicion of assault. According to investigators, in both attacks the man was… → Read More

Rain-soaked hillsides collapsing into Whidbey Island homes, coastal floods batter the opposite side

CLINTON, Wash. — A massive rain-triggered mudslide, which began days before Christmas, continued to move into waterfront homes in Clinton that had already been pummeled by high coastal floodwaters. Eugene Elfrank watched the landslide tear through the back of his home daily since Dec. 21, when tons of heavy earth brought down trees, boulders, and steel culverts designed to control stormwater.… → Read More

Bloody road rage brawl, shooting in Bonney Lake captured on video

Bonney Lake police arrested three men in connection with a bloody road rage brawl Friday afternoon which included a shooting in a crowded Walmart parking lot. → Read More

Neighbors say there’s no help with encampments ‘trashing’ protected wetland

SEATTLE — Neighbors who live near North Seattle’s Victory Creek Park, which is part of the Thornton Creek Watershed, have been trying to alert every city department about the growing number of encampments they see trashing and polluting what is supposed to be a protected fragile wetland. But with the recent defunding of the city’s homeless Navigation Team, they may be left with no real options… → Read More

‘Scary situation’: Massive cyberattack leaves 400 US hospitals in the grip of ransomware

Healthcare giant Universal Health Services, a for-profit corporation that runs 400 hospitals and clinics with 90,000 employees in 45 states, confirmed Monday that it was the target of cyberhackers who infected its internal computer network with ransomware. → Read More

Rain brings new concern for Pierce County wildfire-scorched hillsides: Landslides

During the Sumner Grade fire, which burned thousands of green wooded acres, a good soaking rain would have been regarded as a blessing. → Read More

SPD: Rioters tried to trap officers inside burning precinct using rebar and concrete

Seattle police officers were forced to kick their way out of an East Precinct exit door Monday night, after rioters jammed it with boards and rebar, and attempted to seal the door closed with quick-dry cement. → Read More