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December 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM
After an unusual end to the work week that included snow on the ocean beaches, drier – and chillier – conditions are expected for the rest of the weekend for Western Washington, said Chris Burke of the National Weather Service.
Cold north winds drove down temperatures across the region late Friday afternoon, and Burke said that on Friday night into Saturday morning the reading could dip to 19 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 10 degrees lower than the previous night. Other lows: 18 at Everett, 19 at Tacoma and 19 at Olympia.
And Saturday night could be even a few degrees colder, Burke said.
The best chance of snow in the Puget Sound area could come as moisture moves back into the area Monday, but large accumulations are not expected. Warmer air will arrive by Tuesday, with highs of about 39 forecast in the Seattle area, and overnight lows that stay above the freezing level.
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October 17, 2013 at 3:17 PM
VICTORIA, B.C. — Two scuba divers who died Friday near Nanaimo, British Columbia, have been identified by the BC Coroners Service as Washington men, 60-year-old Robert Scott Young of Olympia and 38-year-old Harold John Burkholder of Kent.
The service says they were attempting a deep technical dive in an area known as “the wall” at Snake Island, just east of Nanaimo Harbour.
Young returned to the surface but collapsed and could not be resuscitated. Burkholder didn’t surface. His body was found Sunday by a commercial diver at a depth of about 250 feet.
The diver was assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which is investigating what went wrong.
September 27, 2013 at 11:01 AM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — The second victim in stabbings earlier this week at Lacey has died, and prosecutors have filed two counts of first-degree murder against 30-year-old Tyler Lewis.
The Lacey man is accused of stabbing his 59-year-old mother to death Monday in the garage of her home. Frankie Johnson was killed with a screwdriver.
Lewis also is accused of using a screwdriver to fatally stab a former neighbor, 67-year-old Charles “Wes” Simpson, at his home. He died Thursday in a hospital.
The Olympian newspaper reports Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Toynbee filed the murder charges Thursday.
Lewis is being held on $2 million bail in the Thurston County Jail, where he was awaiting a mental evaluation.
He’s also charged with robbery in the theft of a ring from his mother, and animal cruelty in the death of her dog.
September 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM
An 82-year-old Olympia woman was killed Saturday afternoon in a rollover collision on Interstate 90 near the Snoqualmie Pass summit.
The accident occurred at 12:34 p.m., just west of Milepost 52. The State Patrol said the woman, Dorothy M. Johnson, was headed west on I-90 in a Toyota Corolla when she drove off the roadway on the righthand side. The car hit an embankment, rolled over and landed on the roof on the right shoulder.
Johnson was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, which is under investigation.
July 25, 2013 at 6:36 AM
The man suspected of the July 18 robbery of a bank in downtown Olympia has turned himself in, according to Olympia police.
Daniel Scot Stone turned himself in Wednesday to authorities in Mukiliteo, Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa said.
Olympia police identified Stone as a suspect in the Timberland Bank robbery based on bank surveillance footage.
During the robbery, the suspect brandished a knife, then ran off with an undisclosed sum of cash.
May 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open for now the 149 control towers at small airports that had been slated to close as the result of governmentwide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress, the Transportation Department said Friday.
Five of those towers are in Washington state: Olympia Regional Airport, Renton Municipal Airport, Felts Field in Spokane, Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor and Yakima Air Terminal, McAllister Field.
The towers, which are operated by contractors for the FAA at low-traffic airports, had been scheduled to close June 15. They will now remain open at least through Sept. 30, the end of the federal budget year, the department said in a statement.
A bill hastily passed by Congress last month to end air traffic controller furloughs also makes enough money available to keep the towers open, the statement said. The bill gave the FAA authority to shift $253 million from accounts with unspent funds to keep controllers on the job. The furloughs at all FAA-operated airport towers and air traffic control facilities caused widespread flight delays across the country for nearly a week before Congress stepped in.
FAA officials have previously said they needed at least $200 million to eliminate the need for furloughs. The bill didn’t require the FAA to spend the remaining funds on keeping towers at small airports open, but lawmakers said they anticipated the agency would use the money that way.
While the decision gives the small airports a temporary reprieve, FAA officials will still be under pressure to find ways to further cut spending in next year’s budget. (more…)
March 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA – About 200 people have attended a pro-gun rally at the Washington state Capitol.
Event organizer “2nd Enforcers” had said it was expecting more than 2,000 at the Saturday event.
Most of those present were armed with long guns slung over shoulders or holstered handguns. Many carried signs critical of President Obama and defending gun ownership. One held aloft an upside-down American flag.
Rally attendees cheered speeches telling of a “progressive conspiracy,” warning against allowing children to become “slaves of the government” and citing Nazi Germany and contemporary Australia as cautionary tales of a disarmed citizenry.
Multiple speakers encouraged those assembled to keep posting pro-gun sentiments on Facebook even if people unfriend them.
The rally anticipates a looming House vote on requiring background checks on all gun purchases in the state.
February 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM
OLYMPIA — People filing for divorce in Washington state must now wait 90 days before it can become final.
But under a bill heard Friday in the state Senate Law and Justice Committee, that waiting period would be extended to one year.
Bill supporters say it would give couples more time to reconcile and could result in fewer divorces. In addition, they assert, because divorce is correlated with higher rates of poverty and juvenile delinquency, the measure would save the state money in social services.
“Increasing the waiting time for dissolution will be beneficial to families of our state and certainly will be beneficial to taxpayers of our state,” said Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, the bill’s sponsor.
Opponents say the measure, Senate Bill 5614, is unduly paternalistic.
“We’re talking about adults here,” said Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle. “They have the opportunity for counseling without us having to force it on them.”
The measure, which supporters call the Family Second Chance Act, would allow for speedier divorces in cases when one partner has been convicted of a violent or sexual felony against the other or against a child, as well as in cases in which a court has issued a final civil protection order against one of the parties stemming from threats of violence.
Advocates for domestic violence say those exceptions are too narrow. Sen. Mike Padden, a Spokane Valley Republican who chairs the committee, said he was open to amending the measure to allow for more victims of domestic violence to have their divorces expedited.
Waiting periods for divorces to become final vary by state. While 28 states have no waiting periods, two have mandatory waits of one year and one state, Arkansas, requires that couples wait 18 months before completing a divorce.
The bill would also change a court-issued handbook for divorcing couples to include the benefits of reconciliation and make it required reading for both parties.
Padden said he wasn’t sure whether the measure had the votes to make it out of committee. Policy-related bills face a Feb. 22 deadline to be passed out of their committees.
February 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM
Supporters of gun rights in Washington state turned out in force Friday at the state Capitol, carrying guns and signs while decrying efforts to control firearms.
Jason Dupea of Tacoma, one of hundreds of people at the rally, suggested it would be better for lawmakers to eliminate “gun-free” zones or strengthen punishments for those who commit crimes with firearms.
Dupea said he’s a longtime supporter of gun rights but only recently began joining rallies. He’s optimistic that gun owners can block the restrictions being considered by lawmakers.
“I think there’s more momentum with the people for their rights than there is with the government for legislation,” Dupea said while carrying his M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle. “Eventually, the government has to capitulate to the will of the people.”
State lawmakers have proposed a variety of ways to combat gun violence, including an expansion of background checks and allowing teachers to carry weapons.
Supporters of new restrictions are optimistic that some legislation can pass the Legislature this year as lawmakers respond to the mass killing at an elementary school in Connecticut.
Gun advocates argued that new restrictions on gun sales and magazine capacities would infringe on Second Amendment rights.
Many speakers at the rally Friday focused on President Barack Obama and federal efforts to control gun violence. Some shouted to impeach Obama and accused him of committing treason.
Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, encouraged people to make their voices heard and remain politically active to defend gun rights. She said afterward that she’d like to see the state focus on mental health issues and make sure people with mental problems are getting treatment.
“These are the ones who commit the crimes,” Roach said. “We’ve done nothing but make it easier for people with mental health issues to walk among us, untreated, and get around firearms.”
Roach said mentally ill people don’t own firearms but get them from family members or steal them. She encouraged people to make sure their guns are stored with a lock.
Supporters of new gun restrictions have long pushed to background checks to cover all sales, including deals between private parties.
Ralph Fascitelli, president of Washington Ceasefire, said he was encouraged by support of the idea in the Legislature this year, including that of Republican Rep. Mike Hope, a police officer.
AP Writer Mike Baker can be reached on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/HiPpEV
February 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM
OLYMPIA (AP) — A jogger was struck and killed Friday morning in an Olympia intersection.
Police Lt. Paul Lower told The Olympian the man died at the scene.
The car driver remained to talk with police.
Lower say investigators also had several witnesses to interview.
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