VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Police say they've made an arrest after a man pepper-sprayed an area around the lobby of a Vancouver, Wash., medical clinic. The Columbian reports that police arrived yesterday at a PeaceHealth Medical Group clinic to find several patients and staff members complaining of respiratory irritation. Police say 28-year-old Christopher Briggs was booked into jail for investigation of fourth-degree assault.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee said yesterday he hopes lawmakers can come to an agreement on the state's teacher-evaluation system before the Legislature adjourns next week. If they don't, Washington's public school system stands to lose control of about $40 million in federal funds. His proposed law change would likely extend a waiver from the federal government from requirements of the No Child Left Behind Law.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Legislature has passed a measure that would allow a person under a restraining order for domestic violence to be ordered to surrender all firearms. The bill allows the person to be required to give up his or her guns after a hearing if a judge rules that person is a credible threat. Sen. Mike Padden says it complies with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
KELSO, Wash. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for strangling his stepfather in September. The Daily News of Longview reports that 57-year-old Bruce Wayne Albee of Kelso was sentenced yesterday to nearly 23 years in prison. Albee gave conflicting explanations but told Judge Marilyn Haan that 81-year-old Charles Rees made him angry.
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