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November 23, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Tornado warning issued for Pacific County

Update at 9:45 a.m.: The National Weather Service says the tornado warning for west-central Pacific County and northwest Wahkiakum County has expired as the storm has weakened. Update at 9:33 a.m.: The tornado warning has been extended until 9:45 a.m. and now includes northwestern Wahkiakum County. Original post: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for…

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Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: National Weather Service, Pacific County, tornado warning

November 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Seattle U.S. attorney collects $6.9 million in cases

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors in Seattle say they collected $6.9 million in criminal and civil cases in the 2014 fiscal year. Annette Hayes, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, says federal authorities took in an additional $12.2 million in forfeited assets related to criminal activity. She says the collections show…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Annette Hayes, Federal Aviation Administration

November 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

5 girls hospitalized after taking drugs at school

The Associated Press CHEHALIS  — Authorities say five girls were hospitalized after taking prescription drugs at a Lewis County high school. Chief Deputy Stacy Brown of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday a 16-year-old brought the medication to Onalaska High School and shared it with four other girls. They were taken to a hospital for observation…

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Comments | More in Education, The Blotter | Topics: Lewis County sheriff's office, Onalaska High School

November 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Seagull with dart in neck surviving in Wenatchee

The Associated Press WENATCHEE — A seagull with a dart through its neck is surviving at a park in Wenatchee. The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society has been receiving calls about the bird at Walla Walla Point Park for two months. The Wenatchee World reports it’s able to fly. Attempts to catch it have been unsuccessful. The Humane Society’s Jody White…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: animal cruelty, seagull, Wenatchee

November 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Vehicular homicide charges filed in crash that killed 4 in Auburn

The driver of a car that crashed in Auburn last month, killing four passengers, has been charged with four counts of vehicular homicide, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said Friday. Auburn police say a car driven by Nicholas W. Anderson, 38, was heading north in the 3700 block of Auburn Way South about 2…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Auburn, fatal crash, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

November 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Prison sentence for stealing Aussie couple’s bikes

The Associated Press MOUNT VERNON — A 24-year-old man was sentenced to prison Thursday for stealing bicycles from an Australian couple when they stopped in Mount Vernon last summer on a cross-continent trek. The Skagit Valley Herald reports Danial Frank Osburn of Mount Vernon pleaded guilty to theft and an unrelated heroin charge. He was sentenced in Skagit County…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Australia, Skagit County Superior Court, theft

November 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

JBLM soldier demoted for threatening reporter’s wife

The Associated Press JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — A soldier who threatened a reporter’s wife was demoted by an Army judge Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera was demoted one rank to staff sergeant. The News Tribune reports the ruling means the 33-year-old can stay in the Army or soon be eligible for early retirement. Barbera once…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: communicating a threat, demotion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

November 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

SPD: Everett firefighter arrested during underage sex sting

Seattle police on Thursday released additional information on the arrest of an off-duty Everett firefighter during a prostitution sting. A detective with the department’s  Vice/High-Risk Victims Unit had exchanged messages with the 60-year-old firefighter during an online sting targeting men looking for sex with underage girls, according to police. Police say the suspect showed up for a meeting…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: commercial sexual abuse of a minor, Everett Fire Department, Seattle Police Department

November 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Suspect arrested in fatal Lakewood home invasion

The Associated Press LAKEWOOD — Police have arrested one suspect in a violent home invasion in Lakewood where they believe another suspect was fatally wounded. Lakewood police say they’re still looking for a third masked man who forced his way inside Tuesday night, pistol whipped a man and cut his wife with a knife. The homeowner was able…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: home-invasion robbery, homicide, Lakewood

November 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Oregon quarterback Mariota ticketed for speeding

The Associated Press EUGENE, Ore. — University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was ticketed by Oregon State Police for speeding 80 mph in a 55 mph zone on a highway about 12 miles west of Eugene. It happened at 12:46 a.m. Nov. 12 on Highway 126W near Veneta. The Register-Guard reports the Heisman Trophy contender could avoid going…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Marcus Mariota, speeding, University of Oregon

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