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October 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM
ROCHESTER, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a hitchhiker was killed Friday morning when he was hit by a semi-truck on Highway 12 near Rochester.
Trooper Guy Gill told KOMO a car had stopped to offer the hitchhiker a ride when he stepped onto the highway and was hit by the truck.
The truck carrying a load of wood chips tried to avoid hitting the man but could not.
Rochester is in Thurston County, southwest of Olympia and just west of I-5.
September 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Federal wildlife agents are investigating the death of an endangered gray wolf in Okanogan County in north-central Washington state.
The adult female wolf was shot and killed during a big game hunt in the area, Doug Zimmer, a spokesman with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, said Monday. Hunters were in the field hunting elk or deer in the Pasayten Wilderness and reported to state wildlife officials on Sept. 20 that they had shot and killed a wolf.
It’s not legal to hunt wolves in Washington state. Gray wolves are federally protected as endangered in the western two-thirds of Washington.
Zimmer said federal wildlife officers are working with state officials to determine whether the shooting was a legitimate accident or whether the wolf was killed under other circumstances, such as self-defense or in defense of others. It would be up to federal prosecutors to decide whether to prosecute.
The wolf that was killed was not collared and it’s unclear whether she belonged to a known pack, he said.
A spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife referred questions about the wolf to the federal agency. A state wildlife report notes that officials “have not previously verified wolf activity in this portion of the wilderness area and don’t know if the animal is part of an active pack or a solo wanderer.”
Wolves have been a controversial topic ever since the predators returned to the state much faster than expected in recent years. In 2008, there were only a handful of wolves. As of March, there is an estimated 50 to 100 animals in 10 confirmed packs, all in central and eastern Washington.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has proposed lifting most remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, including Washington and Oregon. Three public hearings are scheduled across the country this week to discuss the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal.
September 17, 2013 at 7:46 AM
PORT ANGELES (AP) — The 18 dead geese laid out on a beach at a Dungeness-area county park on the north Olympic Peninsula probably were legally hunted, says a Washington Fish and Wildlife official.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that Mike Cenci says photos show that breast meat was harvested from the carcasses and there were no obvious signs of illegal activity.
He says it was “very poor form” to dump the carcasses on a public beach, and there could be some legal issues with that.
Still, he says goose season was open and breast meat is the only useful meat on a wild goose.
The geese were found and reported last weekend by retired Port Angeles Police Detective Ken Fox.
August 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM
A 1-year-old girl was killed this evening in Everett when she was run over by a car backing down a driveway.
A police news release said the driver was a man, but officers don’t know what relationship, if any, he had with the child. It’s unclear whether the child lived at the home on First Place West where the incident happened.
Officers’ attempts to resuscitate the child at the scene were unsuccessful. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death.
Detectives say the man did not appear impaired. They will continue to investigate.
More details will be provided as they become available.
April 26, 2013 at 6:05 AM
YAKIMA (AP) — The mother of a Fort Drum Army helicopter pilot who grew up in Washington says he was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.
Laura Schactler of Selah told the Yakima Herald-Republic that 32-year-old Aaron Blanchard and another soldier were killed at a forward operating base by missile fire. He had been in Afghanistan about a week before he was killed.
The deaths have not been officially announced by the Defense Department.
Blanchard leaves a wife and two young children in New York state and his parents and brothers in Washington.
A 1999 graduate of Selah High School, Blanchard served two combat tours in Iraq as a Marine before becoming an Army pilot to fly an Apache Longbow. He was based at Fort Drum in New York in 2011.
November 12, 2012 at 7:04 AM
The Associated Press
The Department of Defense says a 26-year-old soldier on his third deployment to Afghanistan has been killed by an explosive.
The News Tribune says Kenneth Wade Bennett, of Glendora, Calif., was killed Saturday in the Sperwan Gar area of Kandahar province. The military announced his death Sunday night.
Bennett was assigned to the 53rd Ordnance Company of the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
He joined the Army in 2004 and trained to become an explosive ordnance technician in 2006. He has been assigned to Lewis-McChord since 2009.
He is the 32nd Lewis-McChord soldier to die in Afghanistan this year.
October 2, 2012 at 9:14 PM
An insurgent suicide bomber killed Staff Sgt. Orion N. Sparks, 29, in Afghanistan last week according to the Department of Defense.
Sgt. Sparks was born in Tacoma and raised for most of his life in Gig Harbor, according to The News Tribune. He wanted to return to Gig Harbor after serving his third deployment, his mother told the newspaper.
Sgt. Sparks and Sgt. Jonathon A. Gollnitz, 28, were killed when an insurgent wearing a suicide vest detonated the device near their patrol on Sept. 26 in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, said a Department of Defense release. Both were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team based in Schweinfurt, Germany.
September 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM
The Associated Press
LONGVIEW — A Kelso woman was struck and killed by a car as she was coming home from her regular run, according to the Cowlitz County coroner.
Julia M. Smith, 56, died Thursday morning not far from her home, Coroner Tim Davidson told The Daily News.
The driver was interviewed and released while the investigation continues, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.
September 6, 2012 at 9:12 AM
KING5: One person was killed Thursday when two vehicles crashed head-on on Highway 2 outside Snohomish.
August 1, 2012 at 5:27 AM
A 19-year-old man was shot and killed early Wednesday inside a Skyway apartment, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to the apartment in the 13400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. WaySouth around 12:30 a.m. and found the victim with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.
When deputies also found four other adults in the apartment trying to help the victim, West said. Four children, ages 2 to 7, who were inside the apartment slept through the shooting, West said.
A neighbor told deputies that she reported seeing two men run from the building shortly after hearing the gun shot, West said.
Detectives continue to investigate. No arrests have been made.
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