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October 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Morning Memo: 10 local stories to read this Tuesday

1. $400,000 Lynnwood restaurant fire was arson; reward offered

There’s a $10,000 reward from the Arson Alarm Foundation for information that convicts the person responsible for starting the Sunday night fire at the LaTaqueria Mexicana restaurant.

2.  Mushroom picker missing since Sunday near Randle

The search is continuing Tuesday for a 79-year-old Tacoma man who became separated from his family Sunday while picking mushrooms off a Forest Service road near Randle.

Eddie Johnson (Photo by Jordan Stead)

3. Sounders FC blog: Eddie Johnson one of 24 players called up by U.S. national team

The Sounders FC forward jumped the gun and tweeted as much Friday night, which might not have been the wisest move, suggests the folks at ProSoccerTalk. Johnson declined to comment on the potential call-up after Sunday’s game.

4. Kitsap Sun: At age 90, time to say goodbye to public life for Lee Caldwell

Lee Caldwell, an elected commissioner for Kitsap Public Utility District the past 28 years, has announced his retirement from public life, which included 11 years on the Port Orchard City Council, one year as mayor and 35 years as a volunteer firefighter

5. Deer hunt? Round zips past Ore. cemetery worker

A shot apparently fired by a man trying to hunt a deer went zipping over the head of a man working at a Bend, Ore., cemetery and funeral home, says the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. No one was hurt, but the “hunter” was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangering, disorderly conduct and hunting during prohibited hours. 

Top local stories this morning on

1. 3 homes damaged in Laurelhurst blaze

An explosion at a lakefront home under construction in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood caused a massive fire that spread to other homes in the neighborhood.

2. Missing Seattle man, 79, found dead in Oregon

Authorities say a missing 79-year-old Seattle man has been found dead on a logging road near the Douglas-Lane county line in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

3. Seattle tourism officials fight back against crime

Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched an effort called “See It, Send It” that asks businesses and tourism professionals to send descriptions and photos to elected officials of activity that they say makes both visitors and locals feel unsafe.

4. Tacoma police officer dragged by suspect’s car during traffic stop

Tacoma police are looking for a driver who dragged a police officer a short distance during a traffic stop late Monday night.

5.  Metro will tweak crowded Issaquah Highlands, West Seattle bus lines

King County Metro Transit has announced a plan to fix some of the most severe crowding caused by last week’s huge service change. Route 218, from the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to Issaquah Highlands, was so full that last Monday, a driver waved riders aboard without paying to avoid delaying buses and trains behind.



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