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November 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM
The Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. — The investigation into the death of an Alaska man on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana continues, but officials are charging a Washington state woman with striking the man’s remains in the road and washing them off at a carwash 40 miles away.
Wyran V. Young, 31, of Oak Harbor, was charged with failure to remain at the scene of a fatal accident in Sweet Grass County, and tampering with evidence, alleging she washed the man’s remains off the pickup in Livingston, which is in Park County. Her father, Westley L. Young, 50, was charged in Park County with tampering with evidence for his role in helping his daughter wash his pickup truck.
Park County Attorney Brett Linneweber said the charges were filed Friday and the Youngs were served with the charges Tuesday. They were ordered to appear in District Court in Big Timber on Dec. 10 for an initial appearance and arraignment.
There is no phone listing for Westley or Wyran Young in Oak Harbor and Linneweber said he did not know if they have an attorney who could comment.
Officials are still investigating the cause of death for Elgie Bedford, 81, of Wasilla, Alaska.
Charging documents say Bedford’s badly damaged body was found on the roadway Sept. 30 and it appeared he had been struck by several vehicles. That same day, a Livingston resident reported finding a body part at a carwash.
The Montana Highway Patrol investigated both reports and linked the body part found at the carwash to the remains on the highway, court records said. Investigators found other remains at the carwash.
Investigators spoke with a clerk at a gas station just south of Livingston who said a black pickup truck pulling a trailer pulled in to the gas station early Sept. 30 and she overheard the female driver tell a male passenger, “I think I ran over some furniture, there is material hanging beneath the truck.”
The man asked the clerk where the nearest carwash was, and the clerk directed then to the one where the body part was found later in the day. A credit card purchase at the gas station was made by Wyran Young and the clerk identified her from her driver’s license photograph, court records said. Surveillance video captured the license plate of the truck, which was registered to Westley Young, court records said.
When Island County authorities arrived to question the Youngs on Oct. 6, Wyran Young ran into the house and yelled, “Mom, dad, the police are here about Montana!” court records said.
A few moments later, Westley Young said, “The semi ahead of us hit the guy first.”
Westley Young’s pickup was seized, and officials with the Washington State Patrol said the undercarriage showed clear evidence of human tissue, bones and DNA, court records said.
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.
June 7, 2013 at 6:31 AM
The Washington State Patrol says speed was likely a factor in an accident yesterday that killed a motorcyclist east of Oak Harbor.
The 33-year-old Oak Harbor woman was heading north on North Reservation Road, just north of East Hersig Road, at 4:44 p.m. when she lost control of her motorcycle and left the road, the State Patrol says. The motorcycle hit two posts before ending up about 75 feet from the road.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the State Patrol said.
It was the region’s fourth fatal motorcycle accident since last Friday. The State Patrol is urging motorcyclists to be careful on the road.
“As soon as the weather turns nice, you see a lot of people out on their bikes, for obvious reasons,” Patrol spokesman Dan Coon said earlier this week.
February 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM
REI CEO to head Department of Interior: A job once rumored to be Chris Gregoire’s goes to Seattle-native and REI head Sally Jewell. Jewell has been a busy woman: Currently, she serves as the president and CEO of REI and as a University of Washington regent; in the past, she worked as an engineer for Mobil Oil and as a commercial banker. President Obama’s official announcement is expected later today. After that, she faces Senate confirmation process.
Postal Service cutting Saturday mail: “Neither snow, nor rain … ” will stop the mail, according to the U.S. Postal Service’s unofficial motto — but money problems sure will. The financially strained agency plans to quit first-class mail deliver on Saturdays. The change would start in August, and could save $2 billion each year.
Weather: Look forward to Friday. Off-and-on showers today and tomorrow — but after a quick bit of fog on Friday, we’re in for what sounds like a stunning day for February. Expect a high of 45 and mostly sunny and calm. No complaints here.
Huskies, Cougars fans, rejoice. National Signing Day is here: The wait is over to see who will be joining the Dawgs and Cougs next season. High -school seniors will put pen to paper today and commit to their future college football teams. Then football fans can all stop worrying about the whims of 17- and 18-year-olds. Our live blog has all the latest.
A city hall filled with guns: At least a dozen people, with guns on their mind and on their belts, attended a meeting of the Oak Harbor City Council last night. They were there to see the City Council unanimously repeal an ordinance banning guns from city parks and the marina.
February 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM
The Associated Press
OAK HARBOR — A full audience is expected at tonight’s City Council meeting in Oak Harbor and many of the people likely will be armed.
The council is considering a repeal of its ban on guns in city parks, but the issue became more heated at a Jan. 15 hearing when Councilman Rick Almberg tried to ban guns in the council chamber and Mayor Scott Dudley apologized to a military veteran speaker who was carrying a gun with a permit.
Gun-rights groups called on supporters to turn out at Tuesday night’s meeting.
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