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October 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM
The Associated Press
CENTRALIA — A Centralia homeowner keeps a clean yard and doesn’t know why rats have overrun the property this fall.
Joan Lankow and her husband have trapped many rats and their dog has killed a few — nearly two dozen in two months. They’ve never had a rat problem like this in 40 years at the home.
One of her dogs, a 1-year-old terrier named Reba, was bitten by a large rat in the garage. The vet counted 18 puncture wounds.
Lewis County Code Enforcement Supervisor Bill Teitzel told The Chronicle he’s puzzled by the onslaught. Exterminators say rats may be looking for a warm place as the weather turns cooler.
September 13, 2012 at 7:02 AM
Weather: Whoa! It’s going to be in the upper 70s today. You’d never know it if you were up early this morning when it was rather chilly. Don’t get too smug, though. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 70s and upper 60s starting tomorrow, although the skies will remain clear. The clear thing, we like that part. The National Weather Service forecast.
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Rats and cockroaches, oh, no! When digging starts on the tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, rats will skitter about looking for new abodes and something to eat, pest control folks tell the The Puget Sound Business Journal. And one pest control outfit is warning waterfront businesses that “Ratpocalypse is coming,” according to KOMO.
Dang it: Hiker breaks ankle 6 miles short of finishing Pacific Crest Trail. The question is, will he ever go back to finish the 2,663-mile trek?
Lakewood police officer fund embezzler busted again: Former Lakewood Officer Skeeter Manos was charged yesterday with forgery and identity theft for allegedly using an accountant’s name for a bogus audit of the Lakewood Police Guild when he was treasurer. Manos pleaded guilty in March for stealing more than $112,000 from the fund established for the families of the four Lakewood officers who were killed in 2009.
Deputy King County prosecutor quits amid an investigation involving a former UW basketball player. What exactly is behind the alleged connection between Leah Altaras and former player Doug Wrenn hasn’t been revealed, but Altaras has quietly resigned. Police won’t say if she’s under criminal investigation. She couldn’t be reached for comment.
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