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  • 2 Spokane massage parlors investigated for prostitution

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two Spokane-area massage parlors employing only Chinese workers are under investigation on suspicion of promoting prostitution, human trafficking, practicing without a license and money laundering. Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security and the Washington State Patrol contend that women who work at the two parlors speak little-to-no English and are […]
  • Primary voters in Ferry County will not have to pay postage

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — It turns out that voters in Washington state’s Ferry County will not have to buy their own stamps to mail in their primary ballots this year. Ferry County Auditor Dianna Galvan said Tuesday that she had overcome budget concerns that had prompted her to conclude the small county could not afford […]
  • Suspected driver in fatal hit-and-run turns herself in

    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A suspect in a hit-and-run that killed a 61-year-old Washington man has turned herself in. The Kitsap Sun reports Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson says Ali Rochelle Giannini is being held on $1 million bail in the Kitsap County Jail after turning herself in Monday. Giannini will be charged with […]
  • Woman turns herself in after fatal Kitsap hit-and-run

    BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A woman suspected of running over and killing a pedestrian on the Kitsap Peninsula over the weekend has turned herself in. The Kitsap Sun reports that 29-year-old Ali Rochelle Giannini is being held on $1 million bail. Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy Scott Wilson says she surrendered late Monday morning. Investigators say […]
  • Bellevue officer charged with assaulting woman, tampering

    BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — A Bellevue police officer has been charged with assault, witness tampering and violating a protection order in connection with incidents in which he allegedly punched a woman he was dating and then allegedly tried to get her to recant those allegations. reports Officer John Kivlin was charged last week. Charging […]
  • Feds: High-risk radioactive Hanford tunnel needs filling now

    RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy wants to start stabilizing a Hanford tunnel filled with radioactive waste that is at risk of collapse without waiting for more public comments. The Tri-City Herald reports the department has asked the Washington Department of Ecology if it can proceed with filling the nearly 1,700-foot-long storage tunnel […]
  • Police investigate break-in at state court office

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police are investigating a break-in and possible burglary at the Washington state Administrative Office of the Courts in Olympia. The Olympian reports Olympia police responded to a burglary call at the office’s Building 2 at about 5:30 a.m. Monday. Spokeswoman Lorrie Thompson says the building houses case management and data warehousing […]
  • ‘Deadliest Catch’ co-star pleads guilty to sexual assault

    SEATTLE (AP) — Reality-TV fisherman Edgar Hansen pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl but he’ll face no jail time under a plea deal reached with prosecutors. The Seattle Times reported Monday that the 47-year-old “Deadliest Catch” cast member received a 364-day suspended jail sentence last week and was ordered to undergo a sexual-deviancy […]
  • No abnormalities found in cougar that killed 1, injured 1

    SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say an examination of the cougar believed to have killed one mountain biker and injured another near North Bend found no abnormalities that might have contributed to the animal’s unusual behavior. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildfire on Monday released the report done by Washington State University on the cougar’s […]
  • Senate committee approves nonpartisan human resources hire

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Senate committee has approved the hiring of a nonpartisan human resources officer who can independently investigate complaints of harassment or discrimination in the chamber, though any disciplinary actions would still fall to Senate administrators. Monday’s unanimous vote by the Senate Facilities and Operations Committee came following the presentation of recommendations […]