ext weath jan2015 large

ext weath jan15m

 
Fair

40°F

Shelton, WA

Fair
Humidity: 89%
  • State Funds New Signage For County Rail Crossings

    cones asphaltState regulators today approved nearly $1,000 in safety upgrades for 14 railroad crossings in Mason County. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grant at the request of Simpson Lumber. Simpson Lumber will receive… Read More +

  • 1
  • Governors Announce Super Bowl Food Bank Donations

    fbaae8008dThe Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots Super Bowl matchup is bringing cross-country donations into the food banks of each team's home state. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Thursday morning they're each… Read More +

  • 1
  1. Daybreak
  2. Legislative Linkup
  • Seattle Storm Trade

    seatte stormThe Seattle Storm have traded Camille Little and Shekinna Stricklen to the Connecticut Sun for the third and 15th picks in the upcoming WNBA draft and Renee Montgomery. The Storm already have the No. 1 pick. Connecticut is trying to regroup from the loss of rookie of the year Chiney Ogwumike, who is sidelined for at least six months after having microfracture surgery

    Read More
  • 1

Woman Settles With Chicago Over $100,000 Parking Fine

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_b3677e7e06.jpgJerome Favre/Bloomberg via Getty Images (CHICAGO) -- A Chicago woman has settled with the city of Chicago after she was left with more than $100,000 in parking fines. Jennifer Fitzgerald initially owed the city of Chicago $105,000 after a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo – a used car that was bought for $600 and registered in her name – was parked at O’Hare Airport for three years starting in November 2009.

It was parked there by Fitzgerald’s ex, Brandon Preveau, according to a civil suit Fitzgerald filed. According to DNA Info Chicago the city agreed to drop $100,000 in ticket fines against Fitzgerald leaving her with a final bill of $4,470.

Preveau has to pay the initial down payment of $1,600 and Fitzgerald will pay an additional $78 per month until the fine is paid off. The settlement brings to an end a lengthy battle for the single mother after she was left with the biggest parking fine in the city’s history.

In a suit, filed against Preveau, United Airlines, and the city of Chicago, Fitzgerald contended that she should not be liable for the tickets. According to the court papers, first obtained by the Chicago website, The Expired Meter, Fitzgerald “was never the owner of the [automobile]… had no control over the [automobile] when the parking tickets were issued… [and] is not responsible for the parking tickets issued on the [automobile].”

Drew said it is the city’s understanding that the car was parked in the United Airlines’ lot at O’Hare Airport. Preveau works for United Airlines.

“The operator of the vehicle was a badged employee for United Airlines and therefore had authorization to park there while working,” Drew said. “It is also our understanding that the employee moved this vehicle a number of times in this United lot and that tickets being affixed to the vehicle were periodically removed. Therefore, a stack of tickets was not accruing on the vehicle.”

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, posted signs at the O’Hare lots note that if a vehicle is in a lot for more than 30 days without the lot operators being notified, then the company will attempt to contact the owner, but if the owner cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be towed to another lot before eventually being towed to the city impound lot as an abandoned vehicle.

According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by ABC News, Fitzgerald and Preveau dated for several years and had a daughter, named Zoe, together. While the couple was dating, Preveau in early 2008 purchased the purple Monte Carlo from Fitzgerald’s uncle Patrick Fitzgerald, using his 2007 income tax refund to pay $600 for the car.

Although Preveau was the car’s “principal driver,” he signed the title of the car to Jennifer. Sometime in November 2009, Preveau – no longer dating Fitzgerald – parked the car in United’s lot at O’Hare and the car that day started racking up tickets, marked as “hazardous” and “dilapidated” and, eventually, for being left in the lot for over 30 days.

In December 2009, Fitzgerald said she started receiving notices about the tickets and, unable to move the car since it was in a secure airport lot, she pleaded with her ex-boyfriend to move it. According to the lawsuit, on “occasions too numerous to list… Jennifer and members of Jennifer’s family have asked Brandon to move the [automobile].”

After Fitzgerald was hit with a fine of more than $105,000, she landed on the city’s Department of Revenue “Top 100 Scofflaw List,” and was told that she might have her driver’s license revoked.

According to the lawsuit, Fitzgerald believes United and the city of Chicago should have towed the car and junked it back in November 2009, rather than continuing to ticket it.

Copyright 2013 ABC New Radio

  1. Environment
  2. Recreation

Tweets

Nmann9
Nmann9 - Woohoo. Flying from Australia for Opening day... Doesn't get much better! @Mariners @MLB pic.twitter.com/CkctPPw1dO

Retweeted 2 hours ago

USCGPacificNW
USCGPacificNW - Coast Guard crews assisted local agencies in a rescue near Newport, Monday. youtu.be/mgIMd3zZquY For more info: goo.gl/nQOR12

4 hours ago

MasonWebTV
MasonWebTV - New: Green Diamond Seeking Scholarship Applicants - masonwebtv.com/?p=14220

Retweeted 4 hours ago

OlySportsBlog
OlySportsBlog - Final at Marcus Pavilion: Seattle Pacific 84, Saint Martin's 52. Falcons shot 19-25 from the floor in the second half. Two misses in mop up.

5 hours ago

Public Notices