Sequim Agrees To Pay $35,000 To Man Punched By Police

SEQUIM, Wash. (AP) - The city of Sequim has agreed to pay a $35,000 settlement to a man who was punched by a police officer in 2013.

The Peninsula Daily News reports ( ) that the city and 48-year-old Morgan Weimer reached the settlement on Monday. The settlement prevents a federal lawsuit from proceeding to jury trial and does not hold the city liable for the attack.

Weimer's lawsuit was scheduled to go before a jury on Tuesday in Tacoma.

Video of the May 2013 incident shows an officer punching Weimer three times while two other officers hold him face-down and a fourth officer holds back onlookers.

After the incident, Weimer received a ticket for resisting arrest and fourth-degree assault. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Police officials say the officers were operating within the law.

October 8, 2015

Information from: Peninsula Daily News,

Massive Hanford Downwinders Case Is Closed

hanfordsiteRICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A long-running federal court lawsuit filed by Hanford downwinders has finally ended.

The final plaintiffs in the massive lawsuit filed 24 years ago have reached settlement agreements or dropped their claims.

About 15 years ago, there were as many as 5,000 people claiming their health was harmed by past radioactive releases from the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The Tri-City Herald reports that the majority of the claims advancing through the legal process were for thyroid cancer or other thyroid conditions.

The U.S. Department of Energy, which owns Hanford, said Wednesday it was pleased the matter had been resolved.

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in cleaning up the nation's largest collection of nuclear waste.

October 8, 2015

Information from: Tri-City Herald,

Washington State Asks China To Consider Loaning Pandas

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers are asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to consider loaning some pandas to the Pacific Northwest.

The News Tribune in Tacoma reports ( ) that about a third of the Legislature has signed a letter to Xi which was sent before the Chinese president's visit to Washington state last month.

So far, 12 state senators and 31 state House members have signed the letter asking the Chinese president to consider loaning the state pandas.

Four zoos across the country have pandas in residence, but none are in the Northwest. Pandas are at zoos in Atlanta, San Diego, Memphis and Washington, D.C.

Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, says if negotiations proceed with China it would take a year or more before bears arrive.

October 8, 2015

Information from: The News Tribune,

Deliberations Begin In Lakebay Man's Murder Trial

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Jurors are to begin deliberating in the trial of a Pierce County man charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of his fiancee.

The News Tribune reports ( ) that deliberations in William Grisso's trial begin Thursday.

The case against Grisso began in June 2014 after he reported his fiancee, 45-year-old Nancy Gardner, missing. Detectives later found the woman's body in a secluded area near Belfair with gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors had argued that Grisso killed his fiancee to be with another woman and had reported her missing to portray himself as a victim.

But Grisso's attorney said there was no direct evidence tying Grisso to the scene where Gardner's body was found.

October 8, 2015

Information from: The News Tribune,

Man Involved In Crash That Closed I-5 For Hours Dies

traffic fedwaycrashKENT, Wash. (AP) - A 19-year-old driver involved in a crash Monday afternoon that closed Interstate 5 near Federal Way has died. reports ( ) Misael Rosa Rosario died at a Seattle hospital Tuesday night.

No one else was injured in the collision.

Washington State Patrol officials say Rosario hit another car while driving south on I-5. He then lost control of his vehicle and traveled into the northbound lanes, hitting a pickup truck. Other vehicles heading north also hit Rosario's car.

The incident blocked the north lanes for nearly three hours Monday.

October 8, 2015

Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer,

Sheriff: Man Shoots Roommate After Mistaking Him For Raccoon

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) - Officials with the King County Sheriff's Office say a man shot his roommate after mistaking him for a raccoon at their home outside Seattle.

KOMO-TV reports ( ) a man was shot and wounded in the shoulder in the early morning hours Wednesday.

A man living at the home near Issaquah told deputies some sort of disturbance was causing his chickens to act up so he grabbed a flashlight and a gun and went outside to investigate.

He told police he then saw two eyes in the darkness and thinking it was a raccoon, he aimed his gun and fired.

Authorities say the victim first told them he had shot himself. Later the victim said his roommate had shot him.

The shooter has been arrested and authorities continue to investigate.

October 8, 2015

Haggen Puts Additional Northwest Stores On For-Sale List

haggenBELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Grocery chain Haggen has added six more stores in the Northwest to its list of those it would like to sell.

Three stores in Washington south of Seattle and three stores in Oregon have been tacked on to the 127 it wants to shed as part of a bankruptcy plan.

It would leave the Bellingham-based chain with just 31 stores after ridding itself of most of the stores it bought from Albertsons and Safeway in December.

Haggen struggled to convert many of the stores to their brand and filed for bankruptcy protection in September.

The grocer has said they've found buyers for 36 stores in California and Nevada. The company has also put into place a bid and auction process for some of the stores.

October 8, 2015