Around the Sound 9/17

aroundthesoundliteRidgway Says More Green River Victims Out There
Serial killer Gary Ridgway says he might be able to locate the bodies of some of his Green River victims who were never found. Ridgway told KOMO the Green River Task Force mostly kept him in a van in 2003 when he directed them to sites in the Seattle area where he dumped bodies in the 1980s. He'd like to revisit every site on foot and says he could have had as many as 80 victims.

King County sheriff's Sgt. Katie Larson, who was a member of the task force, says Ridgway is a pathological liar who likes notoriety. She says it's possible he killed more than the 49 women for which he was convicted. But, investigators are confident they did everything possible to recover all the victims.

 

Drilling At Seattle Tunnel Project To Resume
Gov. Jay Inslee says that longshoreman picketing the site of Seattle's $2 billion tunnel project have agreed to allow work at the site to proceed while they continue to seek resolution with the contractor in a dispute over jobs.

Inslee said Tuesday that the president of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19 has agreed to dismantle the picket line that has been up since Aug. 20, and that the boring machine could be running within the next few days.

Boring at the tunnel project began at the end of July, as the world's largest tunneling machine started digging a pathway that will ultimately carry vehicles under downtown. The longshoremen, who view the waterfront positions as their territory, are upset about four jobs that involve loading excavated dirt onto a barge. They believe a contract signed earlier this year gives them the barge-loading jobs.

 

Wash. AG To Have Full-Time Open Gov't Ombudsman
Washington state's attorney general is hiring a new open government ombudsman who will do the work full time.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he is investing in the full-time position in the interest of promoting open, transparent government. The assistant attorney general in the position is tasked with answering questions about open government issues and helping resolve disputes.

The position created in 2005 was moved to a half-time role in 2011 due to budget challenges. Former ombudsman Tim Ford left the position recently to work for a Senate committee.

Ferguson says he is seeking to fill the position as soon as possible.

September 17, 2013/AP