$1.5M grant to help communities hurt by Oso slide
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - A $1.5 million grant is on the way to help communities recover from the devastating Oso landslide in March.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing the money, and Snohomish County is putting together a plan for spending it. County spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says plans call for using the money to help buy out properties hit by the mudslide or ensuing floodwaters.
Sen. Patty Murray says the money will help Oso, Darrington and Arlington on the long road to recovery.
The mudslide took out four dozen homes and killed 43 people when it came down on March 22.
BANK ROBBERY ATTEMPT
Police: suspect shot in head in Wash. bank rob try
LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) - Police in the Tacoma, Washington, suburb of Lakewood say an armored car guard shot and wounded a man who tried to rob a Bank of America branch. The suspect managed to flee in a waiting car - without any cash. He's believed to be the same man who soon turned up at a local hospital and underwent surgery.
No one else was hurt Monday afternoon.
The News Tribune reports that Lt. Chris Lawler says the wounded man is expected to survive. He was believed to be wounded in the head and possibly the leg.
Lawler says the robber walked through one set of double doors at the bank and pointed what appeared to be a gun at the guard, who shot the man.
The spokesman says a woman was driving the getaway car. Hospital surveillance footage shows a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car. Lawler said the vehicle dropped the man off and left. Police continued to search for the car and driver.
Lawler says about 30 people were in the bank.
UW criticizes med school study
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The University of Washington is criticizing as deeply flawed a study released last week that supports the creation of a new medical school in Spokane by rival Washington State University.
A press release from the Seattle university on Monday says the study released last week contained "faulty assumptions, omissions and erroneous data.
Officials for Washington State University contend a big shortage of doctors outside the Seattle metropolitan area justifies creation of a public medical school in Spokane. The Legislature would have to provide funding for the project, which would compete with Washington's multi-state WWAMI program for students and funding.
Snohomish council asks Inslee to fill House seat
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The Snohomish County Council couldn't decide on a nominee to replace State Rep. Mike Hope, so it is asking Gov. Jay Inslee to do it.
The Herald reports the council on Monday could not muster majority support for one of three nominees submitted by Republicans precinct officers of the 44th Legislative District.
Hope, a Mill Creek Republican, resigned the House seat in July following the revelation that he had been registered to vote in two states since last summer.
The Snohomish County Council is made up of four Democrats and one Republican.
Inslee, a Democrat, will have 30 days to make an appointment after he receives the County Council's request.
The appointee will represent the district until results of the Nov. 4 election are certified.
POT SHOP POACHING
Man tries to poach customers from Seattle pot shop
SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a man dealing marijuana out of the back of his Buick has been trying to poach customers from Seattle's only licensed recreational pot shop.
Staff at Cannabis City called officers on Saturday night after they said the man threatened to "stomp" a worker who confronted him. Employees told the officers they had seen the man several times before, giving out business cards to customers waiting in line to buy legal, taxed cannabis at the store.
The police department said on its online blotter Monday that the man left before officers arrived. They didn't find him or his vehicle.
The state's voters legalized marijuana possession by adults over 21 in 2012, but it remains illegal to sell it without a state license.
MILITARY BASE FIRE
Fire burns 40 acres at Wash. base training area
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Officials at a Washington state military base near Tacoma say a wildfire that appears to have been started by military training burned about 40 acres of a training area.
The News Tribune reports that firefighters contained the Monday afternoon blaze that started at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Family pet shot with hunting arrow, survives
RAYMOND, Wash. (AP) - The Raymond, Washington, owners of a Husky mix dog say someone shot a hunting arrow into their dog's head.
A veterinarian who treated Sampson says it's amazing that the dog is still alive after the arrow went straight in through an eye socket.
KOMO-TV reports that dog owner Laura Bowerman says her two dogs roam free on 30 acres just east of Raymond along the Willapa River. On Sept. 7, the family found Sampson collapsed at the end of their driveway.
An X-Ray showed the arrow went straight back under his brain. In Tacoma, a veterinary neurosurgeon was able to successfully remove it.
Bowerman says it's bow hunting season for deer and elk and even though "no trespassing" signs are posted, the area behind their property is prime for hunting. But she's still amazed that someone would shoot a non-aggressive dog.
First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition.
The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment. But sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says they haven't been able to interview her because of her medical condition.
The Pierce County medical examiner's office has identified the dead man as 53-year-old Leon Shaw.
The sheriff's office says the man and his date hadn't known each other for more than a few hours before they visited the home of one of Shaw's friends last weekend. The couple reportedly had been drinking.
The woman reportedly asked the friend, a tattoo artist, to tattoo her chest. Troyer says she and Shaw apparently got into a fight over her contact with the tattoo artist. Wearing only a T-shirt, the woman fled the house and started Shaw's truck. Troyer says Shaw ran outside to see what she was doing. When Shaw's friend came outside moments later, Troyer says Shaw was dead in the driveway.
Hop growers face worker shortage
HARRAH, Wash. (AP) - Normally, Joel Cervantes would be plowing hop yards, repairing equipment or watering down the dusty roadways of Double R Hop Ranches in the Yakima Valley.
But with seasonal workers scarce, Cervantes last week had to unload hop vines by hand into the picking machine, an exhausting, dusty, entry-level task.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the scarcity of agricultural workers, many years a headache for the apple industry, now is affecting the Yakima Valley's hop harvest.
To keep up with the surging growth of a national craft beer industry that opens a brewery a day, Washington growers have boosted their hop acreage by 7 percent and expect the largest crop in five years. That means more vines to cut and cones to process.
Man's body recovered from SW Wash. lake
MOSSYROCK, Wash. (AP) - A Lewis County sheriff's officer says the Thurston County sheriff's dive team has helped recover the body of a 51-year-old Winlock man from a southwest Washington lake. The man was swimming with a friend when he disappeared Sept. 2.
Chief Deputy Stacy Brown said Monday that dive team members used a submersible device with a camera to locate the body in 65 feet of water in Mayfield Lake in the Mossyrock area. The man's body was found between a cliff wall and a log, about 25 feet away from where he was last seen. He had been jumping off a 30-foot cliff into the water.
Brown says there's no sign of foul play. The man's name has not yet been released.
The witness told officers he heard his friend hit the water, but when he turned around, he couldn't see the man. A water rescue team and firefighters searched unsuccessfully.
NEW WOLF PACK
Wash. reports new wolf pack found
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Wildlife officials are reporting that a new wolf pack has been discovered in northeast Washington's Ferry County near Profanity Peak.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says the range of the Profanity Peak pack is east of the town of Curlew. Remote cameras show the pack includes at least three adults and three pups.
The Diamond M livestock operation, grazing on U.S. Forest Service land, reported finding wolf-killed cattle in the vicinity of the pack last Friday.
Fish and Wildlife staff have confirmed that a cow and calf had been killed by wolves.
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