Northwest News

Cops: Naked drunken man drives into tree while having sex

LA GRANDE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man who was drunk, naked and having sex with a woman while driving south of Tacoma missed a curve and struck a tree.Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the crash happened at about 6 p.m. Wednesday on Mountain Highway East near La Grande.Bova says the woman, who was also naked, was hospitalized with broken bones. Bova says her 3-month-old child in the backseat was uninjured.

Police: Family of 3 killed in Bellingham murder-suicide

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say the three people found dead in a Bellingham home Monday died by homicide and suicide.The Bellingham Herald reports Bellingham Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Danette Beckley said Tuesday the victims are 43-year-old Tanya Rowe, her 5-year-old son Benton, and her husband and the boy's father, 45-year-old Kevin Rowe.Beckley hasn't said if a weapon was used or who was the killer.

Park Service extends comment period for proposed fee hike

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - The National Park Service is giving people more time to weigh in on a proposed fee increase at 17 of its most popular parks.Visitors would be charged $70 per vehicle, up from the current $30 fee, during the five busiest months of the year. At others, the hike is from $25 to $70.The comment period had been scheduled to end Thursday. The new deadline is Dec. 22.

Inmate dies from meth-laden kiss, girlfriend gets 2 years

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for drug conspiracy after her inmate boyfriend died from her meth-laden kiss.U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez also ordered Melissa Ann Blair to complete three years of post-release supervision and drug treatment and mental health programs.

Seattle budget includes money for safe-injection site

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has passed a 2018 budget that includes $1.3 million to create what could be the nation's first authorized safe-injection site for drug users.The Seattle Times reports that the $5.6 billion budget approved Monday also increases city spending on programs that address homelessness to $63 million, a nearly 40 percent jump over four years ago.