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November 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Body found in Lake Washington was missing Mercer Island man

A body recovered from Lake Washington has been identified as that of a Mercer Island man who went missing after he went out on his boat more than two years ago. Richard Sweezey, 67, drowned on July 20, 2012, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner of death is classified as…

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September 10, 2014 at 5:20 PM

DA won’t prosecute man over warning signs at Oregon lake

The Associated Press PORTLAND — The Washington County District Attorney has dropped charges against a local activist who was cited and fined for bolting homemade warning signs into posts and trees at Henry Hagg Lake where four members of a family drowned last month. The District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday it won’t prosecute 66-year-old Michael Medill of…

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September 8, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Swimming now barred where Oregon family drowned

The Associated Press Update at 10:35 a.m.: PORTLAND — The area of an Oregon lake where four members of a family drowned last month has been closed to swimming for the rest of the year. Washington County sheriff’s deputies put crime-scene tape along that dangerous spot of Henry Hagg Lake on Monday, and temporary signs are being…

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September 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Southern Oregon girl found dead in bathtub

The Associated Press WINSTON, Ore. — Authorities in Douglas County say an 11-year-old-girl has apparently drowned in a bathtub. Winston Police Chief Scott Gugel told the Roseburg News-Review the girl was found about 8 p.m. Tuesday and was unresponsive. Authorities did not immediately release her name. An autopsy is planned. Winston is south of Roseburg.

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August 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

The Associated Press Update at 2:35 p.m.: GASTON, Ore. — Divers recovered the bodies of a 40-year-old mother and her two children who apparently drowned in a popular lake west of Portland on Tuesday, a day after finding another family member — a 3-year-old grandson — drowned in the lake. The family — who lived together in nearby Hillsboro…

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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 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Green Lake drowning victims identified

UPDATED  2:47 P.M. The young men who died after being pulled from Seattle’s Green Lake late Thursday have been identified as Abeney Getachew, 23, of Snohomish County, and Euel Desta, 21, of Shoreline, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s office. They were in a group of six people who were playing soccer in the park, then decided to…

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August 11, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Teen drowns in Columbia River near East Wenatchee

The Associated Press EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. — Police say a Wenatchee 18-year-old who couldn’t swim waded into water over his head and drowned. The Tri-City Herald reports Eduardo Felipe-Escalante was with friends who also couldn’t swim when he stumbled Saturday afternoon at Porter’s Pond, a Columbia River cove in East Wenatchee. He was found by fire department divers…

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August 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

1 man drowned Thursday night in Green Lake, 2nd man critical

UPDATE 5:50 a.m. Friday: One young man has died and a second remains in critical condition after divers found them unconscious Thursday night in Green Lake in Seattle. KIRO reports  fire department rescuers took them to Harborview Medical Center. One had reportedly been underwater for 30 minutes and the other 45. ORIGINAL POST: Two young men were…

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