Regional News Feb. 7

WA Regional News 4.500Tenino Student Expelled for Airsoft Gun at School
A Tenino High School student has been expelled and will face criminal charges for allegedly bringing an Airsoft gun that was painted to look like a pistol, to school on Monday. Tenino’s Police Chief says they weren’t called to the school on Monday, but were made aware of the incident on Tuesday.

The teen, whose age and grade were not released, has been referred to the juvenile division of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office for possession of a weapon on a school campus. The boy showed the gun to students in his backpack, and someone reported it to school officials, who reacted quickly to ensure no one was in danger.

The 12th Man Steps Up for Pergola
The 12th Man has stepped up to raise the money needed to repair an iconic Seattle landmark. the historic Pergola in Pioneer Square was damaged Sunday night by fans celebrating the Seahawks’ Super Bowl title. It’s estimated that repairs and replacement of a number of glass panes that were broken will cost 25-thousand dollars. Plus there will be costs to remove graffiti. Fans started a GoFundMe account with a goal of raising 15-thousand dollars for repairs. That goal was met and surpassed within days! In fact, according to an update on the page, $25,000 was raised for the Seattle Parks. $10,000 of that was a donation made directly to them from a car dealership. To donate to the Seattle Parks Foundation, click HERE.

Lucha Libre Wrestlers Make Appeal to Lawmakers
Wrestlers were at the Capitol yesterday making their case to lawmakers to make changes to regulations for Lucha Libre wrestling. The Mexican wrestling style is growing in popularity in the Northwest, but in Washington, its considered a combative sport. The wrestlers told legislators that Lucha Libre shouldn’t be labeled as a combative sport because it’s really just entertaining simulations that rarely result in injury. The wrestlers argue that licensing their sport as combative is expensive because wrestlers have to get blood tests every year, and every event must have an ambulance with two paramedics — costs that make it difficult for them to put on more shows. The wrestlers want to be licensed as entertainers instead.

Van Carrying 11 Military Crashes, 1 Fatality
The Washington State Patrol says one man died and another was injured when a van carrying 11 active duty members of the military from Joint Base Lewis McChord crashed on Interstate 5 in the Tacoma suburb of Lakewood. The News Tribune reports the van was driven by a civilian contractor. Trooper Guy Gill says the driver lost control of the 24-seat vehicle yesterday afternoon and hit a concrete barrier, knocking over a light pole that blocked two northbound lanes. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Gill says there's no indication the driver was impaired. The 28-year-old man who died was not immediately identified. A second man was hospitalized in serious condition. With two northbound and two southbound lanes blocked, traffic backed up at least 7 miles in each direction.

Tacoma Teacher Accused Of Sex With Students
Police in Tacoma, Wash., have arrested a female high school teacher accused of having sex with students. The News-Tribune says the Lincoln High School teacher was arrested yesterday and booked into jail for investigation of third-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. She was expected to have a court appearance today. KIRO-TV identified the teacher as 24-year-old Meredith Powell. It was not clear late yesterday whether she was represented by a lawyer. School district spokesman Dan Voelpel said Lincoln officials received an anonymous tip Tuesday and notified police. He says the teacher was removed from the payroll after her arrest. She began teaching in Tacoma in 2012. Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool says police interviewed the woman and then took her to jail.

February 7, 2014/Source: AP