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August 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Woman gets mental evaluation for naked pole climb

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Police say they’ve sent a 34-year-old woman to the hospital for a mental evaluation after she made a naked flagpole climb on the roof of a downtown Portland office building. Police said she stripped about midnight Wednesday, hauled down the flag and then wrapped herself in it, brandishing a lighter and fire…

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August 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Suspect in Kent slayings once threatened driver with handgun

Update at 3:59 p.m.: One of the victims of Wednesday’s double homicide in Kent was identified Thursday as David Christianson, 52. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has classified his death as a homicide. Ariff Gulamani, the owner of the Kent gas station/Wendy’s, said Christianson was the manager of the store and had worked for him for…

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August 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

State Supreme Court expands convicts’ access to DNA testing

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court is expanding convicts’ access to DNA testing that could prove their innocence. In a 6-3 ruling Thursday, the justices ordered DNA testing for Lindsey Crumpton, who was convicted of repeatedly raping a 75-year-old Bremerton woman in 1993. Crumpton was arrested running near the woman’s house, carrying bedding smeared with…

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August 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Teen sentenced for carving swastika in boy’s forehead

The Associated Press PORTLAND  — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen’s forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. In a Portland courtroom Thursday, 16-year-old Blue Kalmbach told the victim in a quiet voice that he was sorry for his actions. Kalmbach was the last of…

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August 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Settlement pays teacher in Wenatchee drowning case

The Associated Press WENATCHEE — The teacher who was in charge of a Wenatchee High School gym class when a student drowned will be paid for two more years to remain on leave. A settlement was reached this month with Ed Knaggs who was fired over the 2011 drowning but won reinstatement. The Wenatchee World reports he’ll be…

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August 21, 2014 at 6:18 AM

Thursday Memo: Wolf kill OK’d … School sexual assault … Smart grizzlies

Wolf kill OK’d for sheep rancher: The Fish and Wildlife folks have given the Stevens County rancher the go ahead to kill wolves after 16 of his sheep were killed by the predators. Seattle Schools sexual assault policies getting scrutinized: This is after a boy allegedly raped a girl in November 2012…

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August 21, 2014 at 5:48 AM

Washington allowing sheep rancher to kill wolves

OLYMPIA (AP) — The state Fish and Wildlife Department has authorized a rancher to shoot wolves that approach his flock of sheep in Stevens County in Northeast Washington. The department said Wednesday that state wildlife agents also may kill wolves to help Dave Dashiell of Hunters as he tries to move his flock of 1,800 sheep…

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August 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Man, 29, arrested in connection with Kent slayings

Update 8:25 a.m. A  29-year-old man was booked into the King County Jail just after midnight for investigation of two counts of homicide in the slayings of two gas station employees Wednesday morning. Kent police Cmdr. Jarod Kasner said investigators questioned a second man for several hours, but released him. Kasner said the investigation is continuing, he didn’t rule out the possibility…

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August 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Blind mom sues Seattle schools over website accessibility

A blind mother whose three children attend Seattle Public Schools is suing the district, saying its website and math software aren’t compatible with technology that blind people use to access the Internet. Noel Nightingale filed the discrimination lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. She says that from 2005 until 2012, she was able to use the Seattle…

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August 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Victim of forklift accident at Lynnwood Goodwill is identified

The man who died after a forklift accident at a Goodwill store in Lynnwood earlier this week has been identified. Chuck K. Lee, 69, of Bothell, died of blunt-force injuries to the head and torso, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Lee was walking through the Goodwill parking lot in Monday morning when a forklift…

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