SEATTLE CAMPUS SHOOTING
Seattle Police release full report on SPU shooting
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle police department has just released more than 300 pages of detailed reports on the June 5 shooting at Seattle Pacific University.
The reports, obtained by KOMO-TV with a public information request, give a detailed look at the shooting that left one student dead and two others wounded.
The documents tell the story of, in one officer's words, a scene of chaos and confusion.
Individual officers describe the scene and their search for victims and potential other shooters.
Punctured truck tank spills 80 gallons of diesel
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say a commercial truck that punctured its fuel tank sent 80 gallons of diesel fuel onto streets near Harbor Island during the Tuesday evening commute.
Responding officers found nearby streets made slick by the fuel as far as a mile away.
Detective Patrick Michaud says police found the disabled truck at the Alaskan Way on-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge, in a 3-inch-deep pool of fuel.
The Seattle Fire Department began sopping up the fuel and the Coast Guard was called to help prevent the diesel from reaching the Duwamish Waterway.
Michaud says it's not known what damage the fuel may have caused.
Four other vehicles were damaged in collisions related to the fuel spill.
Extent of 'psychiatric boarding' problem unknown
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington hospitals support a Supreme Court decision to consider a 120-day delay of a ban on sending psychiatric patients to emergency rooms but a spokeswoman says no one knows the extent of the problem that everyone is trying to solve.
Mary Kay Clunies-Ross says the actual number of "psychiatric boarded" patients is not known because no one collects that data.
When the state told the high court that 200 patients were currently held, it was a "best guess," according to Victoria Roberts with the state behavioral health agency.
The Supreme Court ruled on August 7 that psychiatric boarding can't be used to deal with over-crowded treatment facilities. It gave the state until Wednesday to move those patients to appropriate centers. The attorney general's office asked for time and the court said Monday it would consider that request next week.
GRAIN LABOR DISPUTE
Workers approve Northwest grain contract
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Employees who had been embroiled in a lengthy and sometimes violent labor dispute have voted to return to work Wednesday for three Northwest grain merchants - in time for the wheat harvest.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said 88 percent of its members voted to ratify a contract running through May 2018. It includes work rule changes and raises.
The grain handlers association says the agreement is fair and would allow the companies to remain competitive.
Louis Dreyfus Commodities, United Grain and Columbia Grain operate grain terminals in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Washington. More than a quarter of all U.S. grain exports move through nine terminals on the Columbia River and Puget Sound.
Two years of negotiations, lockouts and occasional violence centered on the companies' efforts to get management-friendly work rules to match those at other area terminals.
Weyerhaeuser relocating HQ to Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) - Weyerhaeuser says it's relocating its headquarters to Seattle from its longtime home in the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way.
President and CEO Doyle Simons said Tuesday that the existing 430-acre campus is costly and too large for company needs. He adds that the move will give the company "access to a larger talent pool" to meet future recruiting needs.
The move will happen in 2016 when construction of a new building in Seattle's Pioneer Square area is complete.
The News Tribune reports that the new building will be about 165,000 square feet; the current headquarters is more than twice as large.
The company says it will market its Federal Way land and buildings.
The Seattle Times reports that the 800 employees in the current corporate office building will relocate to the new Seattle facility, while 120 research-and-development employees at a nearby technology building will stay in Federal Way.
Weyerhaeuser is one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands and one of the largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fibers products. Founded in Tacoma in 1900, it moved its headquarters to Federal Way in 1971.
SMALL PLANE CRASH
Small plane crashes near Chehalis airport, 1 dead
CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) - The police chief of the southwest Washington city of Chehalis confirms that one person has died in the crash of a small plane.
Chief Glenn Schaffer says the pilot was alone in the plane when it crashed Tuesday evening in the parking lot of an auto body collision center about a quarter mile from the Chehalis-Centralia Airport. He says no one on the ground was hurt.
The chief says the plane "pretty much disintegrated" and he didn't immediately know what type of plane it was.
Schaffer says the plane took off from the airport and made it across Interstate 5 before crashing next to some vehicles in the parking lot. Those vehicles caught fire but firefighters extinguished the flames.
No information was immediately available on the pilot.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says both the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate.
Tougher than usual for K-9 to get his man
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - It was tougher than usual for a Spokane Valley sheriff's K-9 to get his man.
Not only did K-9 Laslo and his partner, Deputy Jeff Thurman, fall into a culvert during a chase in the early morning darkness, the deputy landed on top of the German Shepherd.
Undeterred, Laslo scrambled out of the culvert and caught up with the man a short distance away, holding him until other deputies took him into custody.
A sheriff's spokesman says the deputy had pursued a speeding motorcycle early Monday morning, watching it blow through several stop signs before the driver stopped the bike and ran. A female passenger stayed with the bike.
The deputy suffered minor injuries from the fall; the dog was unhurt. The motorcycle was stolen.
A 51-year-old man was booked on three felony warrants as well as attempting to elude, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.
Stillaguamish tribe gets 64 acre reservation
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Twenty-eight years after beginning the process, the Stillaguamish Tribe finally has a reservation.
The Daily Herald reports it's been 38 years since the tribe gain federal recognition, which does not require a subsequent grant of a reservation. But the Stillaguamish have been trying for nearly 30 years to take that next step.
Their first attempt was rejected by the U.S. government because one of the properties did not meet all the requirements. The tribe of nearly 300 members has been trying ever since then to make it happen.
A reservation is an area recognized by the U.S. government as a permanent homeland for a Native American tribe.
The Stillaguamish's new reservation includes its Angel of the Winds Casino that was built on tribal land.
2 boys injured in separate Seattle collisions
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Police say two boys were injured in separate collisions at the same Seattle intersection on Monday.
First, an 8-year-old boy was hit by a car as he rode his bike across Airport Way South. He suffered minor scrapes but was not seriously injured.
Then a 12-year-old, who witnessed the collision, began riding across the street to help his friend. He was hit by a second car and thrown from his bicycle.
Detective Patrick Michaud says the 8-year-old was treated at the scene and the 12-year-old was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be checked out.
Police: man died of self-inflicted knife wound
PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) - Police in Puyallup, Washington, say their preliminary investigation indicates that a man found dead in a parking lot at the Washington State Fair grounds died of a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest.
Capt. Scott Engle says police had access to surveillance camera images of the area and don't believe the death was accidental. They also don't believe anyone else was involved.
A large knife was found Sunday under the 27-year-old Puyallup man's body.
Police Chief Bryan Jeter said police had interacted with the man several times on Sunday after reports that he had been intoxicated and disorderly at local businesses.
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