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Demonstrators block train tracks in Everett

SEATTLE (AP) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe police have moved in to clear oil train protesters clogging tracks at a rail yard in Everett.

Spokesman Gus Melonas (mel-OWN'-us) says eight demonstrators left during the noon hour Tuesday at the request of police. Officers are in the process of arresting five others who refused to move.

One is sitting on a 20-foot tripod over the tracks and four are tied to the tripod legs with wire cables.

Melonas says the five will be taken to the Snohomish County Jail to face trespassing charges.


Body found in Puyallup home linked to bloody clues

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) - A body found Monday evening at a Puyallup home is believed to be the man police have been looking for since bloody carpeting was found burning Aug. 13 along an Auburn road.

Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says evidence suggests it's the body of 30-year-old Brandon Zomalt of Puyallup. His DNA was identified in the bloody items found on fire off Peasley Canyon Road. Troyer says carpeting and flooring missing from the Puyallup house matched the material in Auburn.

KOMO reports deputies were making a welfare check on the home when they found the body.

Confirmation of the identity awaits the autopsy by the Pierce County medical examiner's office.


Prostitution plea in barista sex case in Everett

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The owner of Java Juggs and Twin Peaks espresso stands pleaded guilty Tuesday in Everett to charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering.

Snohomish County prosecutors say baristas at five stands owned by Carmela Panico engaged in sex shows and prostitution to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in tips.

The 52-year-old could face up to a year in a jail when she's sentenced in March, but prosecutors are recommending a two-day jail sentence with credit for two days served.

The Daily Herald reports as part of a plea deal Panico agreed to surrender $250,000 deputies seized from her home in a 2013 raid. She also turns over the five coffee stands to the city of Everett. And she agreed to testify against others involved in her criminal activities.


State agency spent $600,000 on staff workshops

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A state agency is being criticized for spending $600,000 on workshops for more than 2,000 state employees.

The Olympian reports the three two-day events in Tacoma for the Community Services Division of the Department of Social and Health Services ended late last week.

The workshop invitations went out a day after the head of the agency, Kevin Quigley, told staffers about the need for potential budget cuts.

Agency officials say the workshops were the first time in more than five years the staff has been brought together on a large scale to learn about agency goals for the division that works in welfare and food stamp-related programs. The overall cost included $17,500 for a motivational speaker.

State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler blasted the spending, saying that traditional staff meetings or webcasting could have accomplished the agency's goals without the excessive cost.


Couple caught in Ocean Shores rip current

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. (AP) - A husband and wife from Spanaway survived a rip current at an Ocean Shores beach.

KBKW reports emergency responders answered a 911 call on Monday afternoon and found a 44-year-old man on the beach having difficulty breathing.

He said his wife was caught in a rip current and he went to help her, but got caught himself. The 43-year-old woman was still in the surf, about 300 feet off shore, beyond the breakers.

A 29-year-old Lynnwood man used his boogie board to reach her and bring her close to shore where they were met by medics.

The husband and wife were treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen for exhaustion and ingesting seawater.


Sheep moved away from wolves

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Stevens County sheep rancher has managed to move about 1,800 sheep to protect them from a pack of wolves that have killed at least two dozen of the animals this summer.

The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that Dave and Julie Dashiell decided to move their sheep to safety rather than wait for state wildlife officials to hunt and kill up to four wolves from the Huckleberry Pack, which hunts north of the Spokane Indian Reservation.

The ranchers tried numerous strategies to end the attacks, but none worked.

Wolves were killed off in Washington early in the last century. But starting in the early 2000s, they started moving back into the state from neighboring Idaho and Canada. The state estimates there are about 52 wolves in 13 packs.


Missing parrot found at Kittitas County Fair

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - A parrot that flew the coop from a show Friday at the Kittitas County Fair in Ellensburg wasn't gone for long.

Owner Chris Brio says he recovered the young scarlet macaw named Drago on Friday evening in a tree in the area where he had been searching.

The Daily Record reports that someone spotted the bird and told fair officials who called Brio.

Drago is part of the "Pirate's Parrot" show where fairgoers have their pictures taken and the trained birds swoop down and grab money held aloft.


Former Seahawk Ware arrested on suspicion of DUI

SEATTLE (AP) - Former Seattle Seahawks running back Spencer Ware has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.

Jail records show Ware was booked into jail in Kent, south of Seattle, at 3:21 a.m. Tuesday. KIRO-TV reports he hasn't been charged and the case was referred to the Maple Valley prosecutor's office.

The Seahawks waived Ware on Saturday as the team's roster was trimmed to 53. He played two games for Seattle in 2013 after skipping his final year of eligibility at Louisiana State University to enter the NFL draft.

This is Ware's second DUI arrest this year. He was arrested in January in Seattle, but that case was dismissed after a judge suppressed evidence gathered after he was stopped.

Ware is scheduled to appear in Maple Valley Municipal Court on Monday.

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