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Crews recover body from Spokane River

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say emergency crews recovered a body from the Spokane River after a report that a person went into the water at Spokane Falls.

The Spokane Police Department said in a news release that officers and firefighters responded to a report Monday afternoon of a person going into the water from a footbridge to Canada Island.

A body was later located downstream in the river.

Police are investigating the death and what led to the person being in the water.

The person’s identity has not been released.

Police ask any witnesses who have not already been contacted to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.


Fire displaces more than 100 from Seattle apartment complex

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say a fire has displaced dozens of residents from an apartment complex in South Seattle.

The Seattle Fire Department says the electrical fire happened Monday afternoon in a complex in the 7300 block of Rainier Avenue South.

The American Red Cross said in a news release that 111 people have been displaced and that an emergency shelter has been set up at Blaine Memorial Church.

No further information was immediately available.


Gov. declares state of emergency for flooding in 20 counties

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an emergency proclamation to free up state resources should flooding or other damage happen because of rain and early snow melt in Eastern Washington.

The governor’s office said in a news release Monday that the weather is creating the potential for rising waters, landslides and damage to infrastructure including the power grid and transportation system.

Inslee says his proactive move ensures that state agencies can do everything reasonably possible to help communities recover quickly in the event major damage occurs.

The proclamation covers 20 counties including: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman, Walla Walla and Yakima.

Flood warnings were issued in over a dozen places over the weekend.


Bellevue investment adviser pleads guilty to fraud

SEATTLE (AP) — A Bellevue investment adviser has pleaded guilty to fraud and making false statements after investigators said he kept some of his clients’ money as his own.

Seattle U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says 44-year-old Chris Young Yoo promised to invest the money in funds he managed, but instead used it to pay his own living and business expenses. It cost 17 clients $3.7 million. He entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court.

Yoo ran Summit Asset Strategies from 2006 to 2015. Prosecutors said that in 2015, Yoo reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in which he agreed to pay restitution to some clients. But prosecutors say he continued to solicit investments that he used for his own purposes.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to recommend that Yoo face a little more than 6½ years in prison when he’s sentenced in June.


State fines Cascade Natural Gas $1M over safety violations

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Cascade Natural Gas has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it broke state and federal pipeline safety rules.

The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commission approved the settlement Monday. Under the agreement’s terms, the company could be fined an additional $1.5 million unless it completes a compliance plan, including validating the maximum pressure on its highest risk pipelines in Washington by the end of the year.

An investigation by commission staff last year found that Cascade could not provide required documentation for nearly 40 percent of its high-pressure pipelines.

Cascade is based in Kennewick and serves about 200,000 customers around the state. Its pipeline safety program will undergo a third-party audit as part of the settlement.


Bottle refund going to 10 cents in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Starting on April 1, Oregonians will be able to double the money they get back for recycling their old plastic water bottles, soda cans and beer bottles at redemption sites throughout the state.

A measure which requires payment of the 10-cent refund for covered beverage containers beginning the first of the month, regardless of refund value indicated on the container, was overwhelmingly approved by the Oregon Senate on Monday and heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

The Oregon Legislature set a trigger for the deposit to increase to 10 cents if the recycling rate fell below 80 percent for two consecutive years. Last year state officials said that had happened and the increased bottle rate was set in motion.

Oregon was the first state to adopt a bottle refund bill back in 1971 as a way to encourage recycling. Ten other states have similar laws, but only Michigan currently offers a 10-cent refund.


This article has been corrected to show that the measure specifies that 10-cent refund applied to containers beginning April 1, regardless of what it says on the container, and that increased rate had been decided previously.


Football coach at Spokane high school suspended

(Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — School officials in Spokane have suspended Ferris High School football coach Jim Sharkey as they investigate claims he exposed himself to players at a leadership camp last summer.

Sharkey strongly denies the allegations. His suspension is with pay.

The Spokesman-Review says the camp was last August along the Coeur d’Alene River near Cataldo, Idaho.

A couple of weeks after the camp, a Ferris player came forward and said that the 50-year-old coach exposed himself to players while he was working the grill.

The coach got a written reprimand and was allowed to coach this past fall.

But school officials placed him on administrative leave Feb. 1 after more players claimed to have seen the incident and other students brought up separate incidents of questionable behavior by the 11-year teacher.



Amazon to begin collecting sales taxes in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Amazon will begin collecting sales tax on purchases shipped to Maine addresses next month.

The online retailer has been working in recent months to reach agreements in a handful of remaining states where it doesn’t collect sales taxes.

The agreement in Maine, first reported by WMTW-TV, was confirmed by Amazon. Spokeswoman Jill Shatzen Kerr declined further comment Monday.

Commissioner George Gervais of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development said the decision will help level the playing field for Maine retailers who collect sales taxes. He also said it’ll increase revenue available to Gov. Paul LePage and lawmakers.

The collection of a 5.5 percent sales tax on items shipped to Maine begins April 1. Amazon also will begin collecting sales taxes in Hawaii, Idaho and New Mexico next month.


2 dead in Vancouver, Washington, shooting

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Police are investigating the deaths of two men in southwest Washington.

The Vancouver Police Department said in a statement that officers were dispatched to a northeast Vancouver neighborhood late Sunday afternoon on a report of shots fired.

When the officers arrived, they found the two men deceased.

Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said Monday that no arrests have been made, but a person of interest has been identified. She says detectives believe the victims knew the person who killed them.


Environmentalists warn about Trump Puget Sound budget

SEATTLE (AP) — State officials, environmental advocates and others are warning of dire environmental and economic consequences if President Donald Trump’s cuts to Puget Sound and other environmental programs go through as proposed.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s funding for Puget Sound — about $28 million last year — would be gutted under Trump’s budget blueprint released Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 50-year-old program that focuses on creating a healthy coastal environment and economy would also be axed.

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Washington state Democrat, called the cuts “completely irresponsible” and vowed to fight the president’s proposal.

Todd Myers with the Washington Policy Center said Puget Sound recovery should be a local priority and local funding will mean more local control.