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May 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Morning Memo/Thursday: Tortilla tossing … Obit burglars … Drownings

Weather:  Ewww, weather chart says drizzle today. It sure was chilly this morning, and the temp isn’t expected to get out of the low 60s. In fact, we aren’t going to get out of the 60s until maybe next week. Welcome to Seattle. There was a TV report this morning (KIRO) that said we have gone 13 days without precipitation. That’s cool. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

Tortilla-tossing prowler: Criminals sometimes leave behind signs of their deeds, but this one takes the cake, er, tortilla. A prowler broke into a Jeep in the University District last week, took nada, but left a d0zen or so tortillas scattered on the floor. Police are warning car prowlers not to ” break in to something that’s nachos.” Buh-Dum-PSSH.

Derelict boat: If you haven’t been reading the stories on the derelict boat that caught fire and sank off Whidbey Island, have a look. State officials say it could cost a half-million dollars to bring the old boat up from the bottom of Penn Cove. The sunken vessel has already caused a bit of an environmental issue for the nearby shellfish farm.

Sources: ESRI, TeleAtlas U.S. Coast Guard (Map by Mark Nowlin / The Seattle Times)

Obituary burglaries: In the low petty criminal category… Three men have been busted for allegedly using obituary notices to take advantage of people in Snohomish County. For four months, people who were away attending funeral services came home to find someone had burgled their places. Classy work, fellas.

Another early season teen drowning: A 16-year-old boy disappeared while swimming in a gravel pit pond in Burlington, Skagit County, yesterday. The teen was swimming with friends when he went under and didn’t surface. Another 16-year-old boy drowned in the Chehalis River a couple of days ago while swimming with friends. His body was found yesterday. Everett City Council member Drew Nielsen, an experienced whitewater rafter, drowned in the Green River last weekend when his raft overturned. It’s fast, cold and unforgiving water out there this time of the year.

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