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DEPUTY SHOOTS MAN
Pierce County deputy fatally shoots man outside Fife motel
(Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com)
FIFE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an undercover sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man outside a motel south of Seattle in Fife after the man allegedly drove into another deputy.
The News Tribune reports the incident happened Tuesday when a special investigations unit went to the motel to look for a 36-year-old felon wanted for multiple burglaries.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ed Troyer says deputies located the man in a vehicle and blocked him in an unmarked patrol car.
Troyer says deputies took a woman in the car into custody on an arrest warrant but that the man then drove over a curb and backed into a patrol car.
Troyer says the man did it again, hitting and knocking down a deputy. Troyer says then the other deputy fired and the man died at the scene.
The hit deputy suffered minor injuries.
TRUMP TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS
US government says new travel ban ‘substantially different’
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal lawyers say President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is “substantially different” from the original and a judge shouldn’t apply a previous restraining order to the new version.
Justice Department lawyers filed documents in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday, two days before the executive order is set to go into effect.
Washington and several other states are trying to block the revised ban affecting six mostly Muslim nations, saying it’s unconstitutional and hurts universities and businesses.
Government lawyers say the new version removed provisions that “purportedly drew religious distinctions — erasing any doubt that national security, not religion, is the focus.”
They made their filings with Judge James Robart, who blocked the original ban last month. Washington state wants him to apply that decision to the new order.
Judge denies DOJ request to dismiss Seattle ‘dreamer’ case
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal magistrate has recommended that the case of a Mexican man who was picked up by immigration agents near Seattle despite participating in a federal program for those brought to the country illegally as children remain in federal court and not in immigration court. He also decided not to immediate release 24-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina while the case continues.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue in his recommendation Tuesday denied the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the case brought by Ramirez, saying arguments that his constitutional rights were violated deserve to be heard in U.S. District Court.
Attorneys for Ramirez said in a statement they’re pleased the court rejected the government’s efforts to dismiss the case but plan to file an objection to the judge’s denial of Ramirez’s immediate release.
Donohue’s recommendations will next go before Chief District Judge Ricardo Martinez for consideration.
Speaker Chopp to pay $6,470 for campaign finance violations
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — House Speaker Frank Chopp will pay $6,470 in penalties and attorneys’ fees related to campaign finance violations.
The attorney general’s office announced Tuesday that the Seattle Democrat has been assessed $3,480 in penalties, of which half is suspended as long as he doesn’t have any additional violations over the next four years. Chopp also must pay $4,729.78 in attorneys’ fees, court costs and costs of investigation.
The office says that Chopp was late in disclosing contributions and expenditures, including debt. He also was late in returning contributions that went above the allowed limit.
Chopp said Tuesday that the violations were unintentional.
GAS PUMP EXPLOSION
Fiery explosion after Uber vehicle strikes Seattle gas pump
SEATTLE (AP) — A gas pump burst into flames after being struck by a vehicle in Seattle – a fiery explosion that was caught on surveillance video.
KOMO reports the Monday night crash involved an Uber driver carrying a fare. The driver apparently tried to break and lost control. A 40-year-old woman who was the passenger was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the sport utility vehicle was evaluated at the scene for signs of impairment. He was taken to a hospital where a sample of his blood was taken after a warrant was obtained.
Uber spokesperson Tracey Breeden said the man has been removed as a driver for the service and the company is working with Seattle Police.
City says drugmaker knowingly let pills flood black market
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A city in Washington state is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of the pain medication OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market and into the city.
The city of Everett, north of Seattle, wants the drugmaker to pay for damages to the community. Officials say Everett has spent millions combating OxyContin and heroin abuse and expects the tab to rise.
The lawsuit, now in federal court in Seattle, contends Purdue Pharma enabled or failed to prevent the flood of pills into the black market in the city of about 108,000, despite a company program to track suspicious flows.
Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma says the lawsuit paints a flawed picture of the events that led to the crisis in Everett. It said in a statement that it looks forward to presenting the facts in court.
SEATTLE-SHOT BY POLICE
No charges against Seattle officers who fatally shot man
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state prosecutor says he will not file criminal charges against two Seattle police officers who fatally shot a 46-year-old African-American man last year.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said at a news conference Tuesday that the officers, who are white, reasonably believed their lives were in danger when they shot Che Taylor in February 2016. He says “their use of deadly force at that moment was authorized by law.”
Taylor’s family protested the decision in a statement released before the prosecutor’s announcement. The family called the killing unjust and said police should be held accountable.
A King County inquest jury last month found that the officers had reason to fear for their lives.
The officers shot Taylor while trying to arrest him as a felon in unlawful possession of a firearm.
HEDGE FUND FRAUD CHARGES
Embattled Bellevue hedge fund adviser accused of fraud
(Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://www.seattlepi.com/)
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged the former head of a Bellevue wealth management firm accused of running a Ponzi scheme with wire fraud and making false statements to the United States.
Seattlepi.com reports charges against Summit Asset Strategies CEO Chris Young Yoo were unsealed Monday.
Yoo’s attorney Michelle Peterson says her client will be pleading guilty as part of a plea deal.
The charges are related to claims that he misled his firm’s clients while using new investments to cover old losses and enrich himself.
Yoo previously reached a $1 million civil settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission related to the fraud, which began in 2006 and ended with Yoo’s clients losing about $3.5 million.
The fraud was discovered in 2015. Yoo filed for bankruptcy in January 2016. That matter remains in litigation.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-STATE COSTS
GOP health overhaul puts pressure on state governments
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The Republican health care plan means less money for states and gives them a tough choice.
They can either find cash to make up the difference or let coverage lapse for millions of lower-income Americans.
Most states have not released estimates of the consequences for them based on the plan proposed by Republicans in the U.S. House and supported by President Donald Trump.
A Congressional Budget Office analysis says it would lead to 24 million Americans being without health insurance over the next decade.
Washington state is one of the few to produce some firm numbers: It would have to come up with $1.5 billion a year starting in 2020 to keep coverage for 600,000 residents who are covered through expanded Medicaid.
Even some Republican governors are calling for a new approach from Congress.
Seattle homeless shelter told to leave for new shelter
(Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/)
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle homeless shelter is trying to figure out alternative sleeping arrangements for 75 men who will be displaced once the city takes over the building and puts a new homeless shelter there.
KOMO-TV reported Tuesday that Operation Nightwatch offers men a place to stay overnight in the lobby of a building in Seattle’s international district.
The organization has received notice that it must stop using the building by May 10 to make way for the Navigation Center, the city’s new 24/7 homeless shelter.
Rev. Rick Reynolds with Operation Nightwatch says he’s been told the city will help them find a new spot, but he’s not sure whether the group will be able to afford it.
The city’s Human Services Department said in a statement it wants to ensure Operation Nightwatch can continue its services uninterrupted.