REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - A Redmond firefighter was injured early yesterday after a water-saturated ceiling fell on his crew. Five firefighters were working to divert a water leak on the third floor of a building complex when the plaster board of the ceiling collapsed onto them. One crew member suffered injuries to his left shoulder and leg.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - One year after the auction of the former state liquor stores, dozens of small entrepreneurs say they are struggling to stay in business. The News-Tribune reports that 19 months after the auction, more than 60 percent of those who bought former state stores are out of business. Among those stores that remain open, many owe money to the state and their suppliers.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Washington residents are buying handguns too fast for police to keep up. The Daily Herald reports the state's firearms database is months behind. The Department of Licensing began November with a backlog of about 106,000 pistol transfers to enter into the database used by city, county and state authorities to find owners of handguns that turn up during investigations.
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) - Tukwila police say a gunfight with a robbery suspected ended with the man shot dead. KOMO-TV reports police were responding to reports of a robbery at a Cash and Carry store around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Investigators say officers were outside the store as the suspect was leaving and shots were fired.
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