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April 19, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Dispatcher reprimand in Josh Powell case … Canoe capsizes

Weather: More of the same, we’re afraid: Cloudy and showers, cloudy, cloudy, drizzle. (Haven’t seen that word in a while.) Temperatures in the upper 50s again, too. Monday and Tuesday the lows drop into the 30s. In April.  The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Yikes, woman on fire: A woman who started a fire in the backseat of a Yakima police car has pleaded guilty to reckless burning and will spend 30 days in jail, according to a piece in the Yakima Herald-Republic. Police came upon the woman while checking into a report of a woman being chased by a man with a knife. She used a lighter to set her clothes ablaze.

Josh Powell, the fire and the 911 call. There was controversy over the way the 911 dispatcher handled the call from the social worker who dropped off Powell’s sons at a home in Graham and watched helplessly as the home erupted in fire. Well, that dispatcher has been reprimanded for the more than 20-minute delay in getting emergency crews to the scene, according to a story in the Salt Lake Tribune. Powell, who was long a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, set the fire in which he and his two young sons died.

There is not points to locate on the map

A canoe in Puget Sound can spell trouble. And it did for two men who were in one when it capsized Wednesday between Manchester and Blake Island. They were wet, of course, and  hypothermic, when they were pulled from the drink by police. Luckily, they were wearing life jackets. The Kitsap Sun has the story. (And exactly where is Manchester? It’s on the Kitsap Peninsula, across the Sound, due west of Des Moines, sorta. See the map)

Crooks and scams: We can’t stress enough how important it is for folks, especially the elderly, to be aware that there are crooks intent on scamming them out of their money. See staff writer Jennifer Sullivan’s piece: Eastside man loses $84K: Scammers steal from elderly by posing as their grandkids

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  4. Forest Service may blow up frozen cows
  5. Can Seattle support six pro-sports teams? |Politics Northwest

 

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