Kitsap County drafts temporary homeless camp ordinance

homelessPORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Kitsap County officials are drafting an emergency ordinance to help house homeless people in the area. If approved by county commissioners, the ordinance would allow homeless camps on religious and nonprofit property for six months, reported The Kitsap Sun (http://goo.gl/4YYGxV ). While the temporary ordinance was in place, officials say they would work on a permanent ordinance.

Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island have permanent ordinances for these types of homeless camps.

The emergency action comes as the county's homeless population has spiked 30 percent in the past year, growing to about 650 people from 500.

A public hearing on the emergency ordinance is slated for Feb. 22.

February 12, 2016

Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/

$8 million awarded to foster girls placed with sex offender

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A Whatcom County jury has awarded two girls $8 million after they were assaulted when placed in a foster home with a boy who had been accused of sex abuse.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://goo.gl/df3pVv ) that jurors awarded $4 million to each girl on Wednesday.

The then 12-year-old boy had been suspected of sexually abusing a 5-year-old family member in 2012. He was not charged in the incident. According to the lawsuit, the state Department of Social and Health Services did not take those accusations into account before placing a 3-year-old and a 6-year old girl into the foster home in 2003.

One of the girls reported the abuse they suffered in the home to police in 2013.

DSHS said in a statement that the agency continues to improve policies and practices to keep children safe.

February 12, 2016

Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

Coroner: Woman's body found in lake near Lacey

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. (AP) - Officials say the body of a 67-year-old woman was found in a lake near Lacey.

The Thurston County Coroner says a kayaker apparently discovered the woman in Chambers Lake Wednesday night.

The Olympian reports (http://goo.gl/qESSfK ) the woman is thought to have lived near the lake.

No other details were immediately available.

February 12, 2016

Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

Teens plead not guilty in Seattle homeless camp shooting

SEATTLE (AP) - Teenage brothers charged in a drug-related shooting that left two people dead and three wounded at a Seattle homeless camp have pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

The two boys, ages 16 and 17, each entered their pleas on murder and assault charges Thursday at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

They have been charged as adults in the killings that took place Jan. 26 at a longstanding encampment known as the Jungle, about a mile from downtown.

Their 13-year-old brother pleaded innocent to the same charges in juvenile court last week. All three remain in jail.

Police said they believe the shooting stemmed from a low-level drug deal and that the suspects and victims knew of each other.

The Associated Press typically does not name minors charged with crimes.

February 12, 2016

Rescuers locate missing snowmobiler in east Pierce County

ENUMCLAW, Wash. (AP) - Search and rescue crews have located a snowmobiler who was missing overnight.

The King County sheriff's office said Thursday that rescuers in a snowcat found the snowmobiler in the Greenwater area about 45 miles east of Tacoma. He was reported missing 6 p.m. Wednesday.

KIRO-TV reports (http://goo.gl/qPDMNE ) that the 19-year-old man was being treated for hypothermia Thursday after spending the night in the woods. Rescuers found him walking along a road.

His friends had spent the night searching for him without luck.

February 12, 2016

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Correctional officer attacked by inmate at Clallam Bay

FORKS, Wash. (AP) - A correctional officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center suffered a brain injury after being seriously attacked by an inmate.

Terry Breedlove was attacked Jan. 25, and suffered a brain injury and injuries to two vertebrae, the Peninsula Daily News reported last week (http://bit.ly/1PpGjep).

Investigators say Breedlove was attacked by 28-year-old inmate Abdinjib Ibraham of King County. Brian King, chief criminal deputy for the Clallam County Sheriff's Office said Ibrahim said "Allahu akbar," an Arabic phrase that means 'God is great,' twice, once when he hit the guard, and again after the attack.

Investigators say Ibraham had pried a round metal seat off a stool in a cell and repeatedly hit Breedlove over the head with it until other inmates stopped the attack.

Officials with the Department of Corrections, which had not sent out any public notification about the attack, said Thursday that Breedlove was hospitalized for several days. Ibraham was transferred to Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, according to DOC spokesman Jeremy Barclay.

February 12, 2016

Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

Key player in prisoners early release resigns state post

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - State officials say the assistant attorney general who advised Corrections officials they didn't need to recalculate prisoners' sentences after discovering a sentencing software error has stepped down.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Ronda Larson submitted her resignation Thursday. He says Larson will leave the office at the end of February.

The move comes during investigations into the error by Washington state's Department of Corrections that resulted in wrongly calculated sentences for about 3 percent of the prison population. That led to the early release of more than 3,000 prisoners in the state since 2002.

At least two deaths have been tied to the early releases.

Gov. Jay Inslee and DOC Secretary Dan Pacholke said they learned of the error in December. Pacholke said Saturday he would resign.

February 12, 2016