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Investigators seek video of Lake Stevens drive-by

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Snohomish County sheriff's office says dispatchers made reverse-911 calls Thursday evening to nearly 4,000 phones, seeking information that could help catch the person who killed a 15-year-old girl in a drive-by shooting at Lake Stevens. Kevin Prentiss of the sheriff's office says the recorded calls were answered by nearly 1,500 phones; nearly 1,700 went to voice mail; and about 900 were not answered or disconnected.

New carrot processing plant at Pasco

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A new packing plant is under construction at Pasco to process carrots. KEPR reports ( ) the first phase of the construction should be complete in October and it could employ 60 workers by the end of the year.

20 arrested in task force raids in Grant County

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested 20 people this week in raids in Grant County. The raids at Othello, Soap Lake and Ephrata began Monday and wrapped up Thursday, using marshals, Moses Lake police and deputies from Grant, Benton and Spokane counties.

Suspect arrested after shootout in White Swan

WHITE SWAN, Wash. (AP) — A man who exchanged gunfire with a tribal police officer at White Swan was arrested Thursday after a four-hour standoff. KIMA reports ( the man shot at the officer when he responded to a report of a family fight. The officer wasn't hurt and fired back.

E. Washington rain boosts crops, prevents fires

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The rain that fell across Washington on the last day of spring was especially welcome in Eastern Washington, as rainfall in the Inland Northwest has been below normal. An assistant professor at the University of Idaho, John Abatzoglou, told The Spokesman-Review ( ) the showers came in the "nick of time" to nourish grain crops and dampen potential wildfires.

Boy, 12, arrested in fire that burned carport

SEATTLE (AP) — Police investigating an arson that destroyed three vehicles and a carport in Seattle have arrested a 12-year-old boy. Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says neighbors provided information that led to the boy in the city's Magnolia neighborhood.

Puyallup police find large fireworks cache

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — Puyallup, Wash., police and Puyallup tribal police converged on an apartment complex Thursday night, where they say they uncovered a large cache of fireworks. Puyallup police Capt. Ryan Portmann says tribal police recently received a tip that someone was in possession of and selling large amounts of fireworks.

Wash. state senator files complaint over colleague

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One Republican state senator from southwest Washington has filed a complaint against another, citing language used in two recent incidents. The Columbian reports ( that Sen. Don Benton of Vancouver said Thursday he has filed a legislative complaint with the secretary of the state Senate against Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center.

Doctor to pay $3M to settle health care claims

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle says a Lakewood, Wash., oncologist has agreed to pay the United States $3.1 million to settle accusations that he and his wife significantly overbilled federal health care programs. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said Thursday in a statement that the government contends Dr. Alfred Chan and his wife Judy Chan overbilled Medicare and other federal health care programs by more than $1 million for cancer treatment drugs.

Wash. campground closes to deter ‘garbage’ bear

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — North Cascades National Park in Washington is closing a campground for at least two weeks to discourage a bear that got what was described as "a substantial food reward" when it broke into a garbage can. Park spokesman Ken Hires says Tumwater Campground on the upper Stehekin Valley Road was closed Tuesday and will stay closed until at least July 3. The bear dined on the garbage Monday.

Seattle police: skateboarders beat up cyclist

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a group of downtown Seattle skateboarders beat up a passing bicyclist after one skateboarder caused the cyclist to crash. KOMO-TV reports ( ) that according to a police report, the male victim was riding north in a bike lane Sunday evening on Fourth Avenue when someone rolled a skateboard into his path. When the cyclist tried to confront the skateboarder, the group reportedly surrounded him and one person punched him in the face, knocking him down.

Lake Stevens, Wash., homicide victim ID’d

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. (AP) — The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says a woman found dead Monday in a house in Lake Stevens, Wash., died from stab wounds. The medical examiner identified the victim on Thursday as 20-year-old Phillipa Evans-Lopez.

WA: 83 people died from assisted suicide in 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — The state's annual assisted suicide report shows a 17 percent jump in the number of people requesting lethal prescriptions in 2012 when compared to the previous year. Covering the 2012 calendar year, the Death with Dignity Act report released Thursday shows that at least 83 people died after taking medication.

Feds approve 1.4B ton coal deal with Crow Tribe

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials have approved plans by a Montana Indian tribe to lease 1.4 billion tons of coal reserves to a Wyoming company that's moving aggressively to expand its exports to Asia. The deal between the Crow Tribe and Cloud Peak Energy involves more coal than the U.S. consumes annually.

Gun-rights initiative planned

SEATTLE (AP) — Facing a multimillion-dollar initiative campaign to expand background checks for gun sales, local Second Amendment activists are responding with their own ballot measure. A coalition of gun-rights groups on Wednesday unveiled Initiative 591, which would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws more restrictive than the federal standard.

Husband of slain Bothell woman arrested

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) — The husband of a woman who was killed in February at her Bothell home was arrested Thursday after he refused to give police his passport. Sgt. Cedric Collins says officers went to the home with a search warrant but were turned away by Allan Smith. Officers returned a short time later and found Smith at another location about a mile away and arrested him for obstruction.

Seattle police union head: Accept reforms

SEATTLE (AP) — The head of the Seattle police union is urging members to accept federally mandated reforms, saying it is time to put aside complaints and "move forward" with the changes. Sgt. Rich O'Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild, made the remarks in the current issue of the union's newspaper. O'Neil represents more than 1,220 officers and sergeants.

Without budget, state to send layoff notices soon

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of state employees will start receiving notice as early as Monday that they may be temporarily laid off on July 1 unless lawmakers move forward with a budget agreement over the weekend. Mary Alice Heuschel, Gov. Jay Inslee's chief of staff, on Thursday said that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget by June 30, when the current budget cycle ends, 34 agencies will be completely shut down, 24 will face partial shutdowns and 25 will remain open. The Office of Financial Management released ...

School group banned over hazing Kenmore student

KENMORE, Wash. (AP) — A hazing incident involving a Kenmore student has led the Northshore School District to ban a non-sanctioned group of Inglemoor High School seniors known as the "Naked Viks" who cheered at Viking football games. KIRO reports ( ) Snohomish County sheriff's detectives are investigating an incident where a junior who was invited to join the group was blindfolded and beaten Monday night at a park. Neighbors called police when they heard screaming.

Broker knocks Bremerton business climate

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The Windermere Real Estate office in Bremerton closed last month because the downtown building where it was located is being sold. Operations are being merged with a Windermere office in Silverdale and owner Carol Sue Rogers is glad to go. She told the Kitsap Sun ( clients had to put up with homeless people, drinking and drug deals. She says parking was another issue for customers who found tickets on their windshields. Rogers says that sent the message "Get out of Bremerton."