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November 14, 2013 at 9:38 AM
The Associated Press
MOUNT VERNON — A man accused of beating his girlfriend’s step-grandfather to death pleaded guilty Wednesday in Mount Vernon to first-degree murder.
The 33-year-old, Ashlee Smith, faces a minimum of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 27 in Skagit County Superior Court.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports Smith and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Ami Morin, clashed with 69-year-old Dean Jackson of Anacortes after he tried to kick them out of his home and restricted their use of his vehicles.
Morin is charged with second-degree murder. A friend who is accused of helping hide evidence, Phillip Jones, is charged with criminal assistance.
November 1, 2013 at 6:57 AM
ANACORTES (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a 17-year-old girl was killed and her 17-year-old sister and an 18-year-old girl injured in a collision on Highway 20 Thursday afternoon near Anacortes.
The patrol says all three teens are from Oak Harbor. The 17-year-old sister was driving the car with the other two teens as passengers. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition. The 18-year-old was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes in serious condition.
Troopers say their car was hit by a car driven by a 53-year-old Oak Harbor man that crossed the center line on a curve. He also was injured in the crash and taken to the Anacortes hospital.
May 31, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Tesoro Corp. has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle claims it failed to test or monitor the production of gasoline for harmful pollutants at oil refineries in Washington state, Utah, Alaska and North Dakota.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Tesoro violated requirements of the Clean Air Act at the refineries.
Tesoro, which has a refinery in Anacortes, says it’s resolving the problem and takes its environmental obligations seriously. EPA requires refineries to ensure that gasoline complies with fuel quality and performance standards.
The San Antonio, Texas-based company is being required to submit a plan to ensure it properly tests batches of gasoline at all seven of its western U.S. refineries.
April 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Two derelict vessels, each 125 feet long, are being removed from Guemes Channel near Anacortes by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), officials announced today.
A DNR news release said the former Canadian Navy vessels, the Port de la Reine and the Port Quebec, had began to pull away from the old Shannon Point Seafoods pier and posed a threat to the environment, to navigation and to the nearby Guemes Ferry Dock.
DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program had taken custody of the vessels April 1, after the ships’ owner failed to move then to a safer location as requested.
The vessels had been tied up for more than a decade at a dilapidated pier, the DNR said. They will be moved by Global Diving and Salvage to safer moorage at the Port of Seattle.
September 26, 2012 at 7:06 AM
Weather: Did we say it was feeling like fall? Well it is, but a very nice fall. Temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s and mostly clear skies. It might even reach the low 70s tomorrow. Typically, we’d have had more than an inch of rain so far this month, according to National Weather Service numbers. No rain in sight through next Tuesday. Gotta like that. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Police officer comes to the aid of his wife: In this case, though, the wife is an officer, too, and she was trying to arrest a combative man up on Capitol Hill. The husband, who was on duty elsewhere in the city, also got into it with the guy being arrested. When the dust cleared, the wife, who had been injured, was treated at the hospital. The arrestee was, too. And the husband was placed on administrative leave while the department looks into the whole incident.
Five million gallons a day, really? Now here’s something to get your arms around. A company is looking for approval from the city of Anacortes and Skagit County to build a water bottling plant up there, and if it got the go-ahead, it would use up to 5 million gallons of water a day. Is that a lot?
He’d been out of jail only an hour … A gang member arrested in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy in the Lower Yakima Valley last week had been out of jail just an hour before the shooting, the Yakima Herald-Republic is reporting this morning. The boy was shot in the head one week ago. It just makes you shake your head …
Those Mariners: With all the talk about the controversial win by the Seahawks Monday night, it’s easy to forget that the Ms are still playing. But maybe that’s OK. Twenty of them were fanned in the 5-4 loss to the Angels yesterday. Ouch.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Touchdown call on last throw sends Seahawks to 14-12 Monday night victory
- Wilson’s Hail Mary might help end NFL dispute with officials | Steve Kelley
- The Golden fleece: NFL today upholds Seahawks’ victory | Seahawks Blog
- Seahawks, Tate emerge with a signature win| Jerry Brewer
- State’s first case of ‘zombie bees’ reported in Kent
August 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM
A woman who rear-ended a motorcyclist last night in Anacortes called a tow truck for her damaged car but did not call 911 to get help for the man she struck, the State Patrol says.
The motorcyclist, identified as Michael J. McCurdy, 23, died this morning at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary tells KOMO-TV the crash happened about 9:45 p.m. on state Highway 20 near Fidalgo Bay Road. McCurdy was slowing down to avoid a collision ahead of him when he was hit from behind by a car driven by a 26-year-old Mount Vernon woman.
McCurdy was knocked off his motorcycle and was hit by another car. Leary said the driver of that vehicle stopped.
However, the woman who first struck McCurdy sped away, he tells KOMO. A license plate from her car was ripped off by the impact and found at the scene of the crash.
Troopers spotted her car a short time later as it was being towed in Anacortes.
The woman told troopers she fled from the crash because she was scared, according to Leary.
The woman was booked into the Skagit County Jail for investigation of hit and run and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
June 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Human remains found by a hiker in a remote area of Skagit County a few days ago have been identified as those of an Anacortes man who went missing 2 1/2 years ago, according to KOMO-TV.
Keith Anderson, 62, had been missing since Jan. 6, 2010, when his family believes he may have gone on a dump run in Snohomish County. The search was focused around a remote logging road in Skagit County, about 20 miles northwest of Darrington, where Anderson’s Ford pickup was found about two weeks after he disappeared.
Anderson had a history of medical problems, including depression and high blood pressure, the Anacortes American reported at the time of his disappearance. Police say he may have been depressed due to recent family problems.
Anderson’s son, Jake Anderson, is known to many TV viewers as a deck hand on the Seattle-based crab fishing vessel Northwestern, featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” according to KOMO.
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