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CHILD’S DENTAL DEATH

Health Department opens investigation into dental death

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Health has opened an investigation into the case of a 4-year-old southwest Washington boy who died after a dental procedure.

KGW-TV reported Friday the health department has 170 days to complete the investigation.

Paramedics were called to the dental office March 10 and Mykel Peterson of Vancouver was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office said the cause of death won’t be released until toxicology reports are finalized.

The boy’s mother says she brought him in for a routine visit and the dentist suggested repairing previous work. The boy was sedated by an anesthesiologist and later brought out to the waiting room, where he stopped breathing.

The dentists who run Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry said outside medical experts will review what happened, so it would be premature to comment.

OFFICER-USE OF FORCE

Ex-cop facing jail in attack of handcuffed man at hospital

(Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com)

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a year in jail for a former Tukwila and Snoqualmie police officer who pleaded guilty to pepper-spraying a handcuffed man at a Seattle hospital.

The Seattle Times reports that if a judge accepts the recommendation for Nick Hogan, it would be the first time in recent memory that a Washington officer was jailed for using excessive force on the job.

The incident happened after Hogan responded to a fight in 2011. Hogan shoved the man until he fell before using pepper spray on him while he was strapped to a gurney.

Hogan pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of violating the rights of a detained man.

Hogan’s attorney says Hogan doesn’t deserve more punishment because he lost his job and won’t be able to work in law enforcement.

His sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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TRUMP TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Seattle judge puts off ruling on travel ban

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle says he won’t rule on a request from Washington state to block President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban because two other judges have already halted it.

Judge James Robart said Friday the state could ask him to reconsider should circumstances change. Washington and other states had said the new version of the ban discriminates against Muslims.

On Wednesday a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the federal government from enforcing its ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries and its suspension of the nation’s refugee program. A Maryland judge only blocked the six-nation travel ban.

Last month, Robart granted a request by the state of Washington to halt the initial travel ban ordered by Trump.

WOLF POPULATION

Washington’s wolf population grew by 28 percent last year

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The population of wolves in Washington state grew by 28 percent last year, with at least two new packs.

That’s according to a report released Friday by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

At the end of 2016, the state was home to a minimum of 115 wolves, 20 packs, and 10 successful breeding pairs. Those findings draw on information gathered from aerial surveys, remote cameras, wolf tracks, and signals from radio-collared wolves.

That’s an increase of at least 25 wolves since 2015, despite the confirmed deaths of 14 wolves from various causes.

Wolves were all but eliminated from western states in the last century. But the animals started moving back into Washington from neighboring areas shortly after the turn of the century, sparking some conflicts with ranchers.

PULLMAN DEATHS

Recent deaths of 3 young men in Pullman ruled accidental

(Information from: The Moscow-Pullman Daily News, http://www.dnews.com)

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The deaths of three young men in Pullman in recent months have all been ruled accidental and tied to the use of narcotics.

In the latest case, Whitman County Coroner Peter Martin recently found that Washington State University student Nader Yaser Shihadeh died of an acute fentanyl overdose with respiratory failure.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News says the 25-year-old from Wilmette, Illinois, was found dead in his Pullman apartment on Nov. 27.

Earlier, Alex Russell Callaway of Auburn, Alabama, died of acute intoxication due to the combined effects of opiates and alprazolam. Callaway was found dead in his Pullman apartment Oct. 11.

Brock Lindberg of Wenatchee died of acute intoxication due to the combined effects of methadone and alprazolam. He was found in his bed on Oct. 24.

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SCOW-OIL TERMINAL

High court favors Vancouver port over lease for oil terminal

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Port of Vancouver over its lease for a controversial proposed oil terminal proposed along the Columbia River.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that environmental groups had argued that the agency skirted state law by agreeing to a lease before exploring alternatives through the environmental review process.

The high court sided with lower court decision saying the Port’s lease with Tesoro Corporation and Savage Companies followed Washington law.

The companies, operating as Vancouver Energy, want to build what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal. A state energy panel is currently reviewing the project. Gov. Inslee has the final say over whether the project is built.

The Port of Vancouver and project backers praised the court’s ruling issued Thursday.

Environmental advocates leading the fight against the project say the debate over the oil terminal is far from over.

FAKE PREGNANCY-BENEFITS

Bremerton woman accused of faking birth for state benefits

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

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A 42-year-old Bremerton woman is accused of lying about giving birth in order to get more than $3,000 worth of public benefits from the state.

The Kitsap Sun says the woman was charged Tuesday in Kitsap County Superior Court with first-degree theft and false public assistance verification.

An investigator with the state alleges the woman lied about being pregnant and giving birth on the roadside in the town of Gorst. The investigator’s report doesn’t indicate how investigators began to suspect the woman of fraud. Workers with the state Department of Social and Health Services couldn’t confirm information the woman provided.

The department said the woman received $3,210 in cash and food assistance which she knew she was not entitled to between December 2015 and September.

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IRELAND-ST PATRICK’S DAY

Mythic creatures dance through Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day

DUBLIN (AP) — Performers dressed as colorful creatures from Irish myth and legend have danced down the chilly streets of Dublin as Ireland commemorates its national saint in a St. Patrick’s Day parade witnessed by hundreds of thousands.

Tourists and Dublin families, many of them donning leprechaun costumes, braved gusty winds to pack the route for Friday’s hour-long parade, the focal point for a four-day festival that marks the start of Ireland’s tourist season.

Irish President Michael D. Higgins joined spectators for a parade that emphasized Ireland’s artistic flair and worldwide connections. It included bands from Germany, France, Switzerland, several U.S. states and even the Bahamas.

Higgins said Ireland’s centuries of emigration to every corner of the globe represent “a constant feature of the Irish experience, defining us as a people.”

FLOODING-YAKIMA

Mandatory evacuations ordered as floodwaters rise in Yakima

(Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com)

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say 40 units of a Yakima apartment building were being evacuated as floodwaters flow onto some city streets.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the Lake Aspen Apartments were being evacuated Thursday evening near Lake Aspen Business Park.

Yakima police were also asking people to avoid the nearby area of North 16th Avenue and River Road as water seeped onto the road, closing a lane of traffic.

Yakima police said the intersection at 40th and Fruitvale also remained closed Thursday due to water on the road.

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BUS TUNNEL BEATING

City, officers dismissed from bus tunnel beating case

(Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com)

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed all remaining claims against the city of Seattle and two Seattle police officers by a woman who was beaten in Seattle’s downtown bus tunnel in 2010 as two security guards watched.

The Seattle Times reports Therese Lavallee, the attorney for Aiesha Steward-Baker, agreed in a court filing in February “that there is a lack of evidence to sustain her claims” against the city of Seattle, the Seattle Police Department and several others. However, federal judge Barbara Rothstein also dismissed claims against two other officers who declined to walk her to the bus tunnel, ruling nothing the officers did either created or exposed Steward-Baker to a danger she would not otherwise have faced.

The attack by several teens on the then-15-year-old was caught on surveillance video, prompting a widespread outcry and changes in tunnel security.

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