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Fri July 15, 2011
Friday morning's headlines
Making headlines around the Northwest
- Toddler falls out window, mom jumps for him
- Off the AP wire: Accident wounds cops; burglar was prolific
- Hundreds of union workers block grain train
- Vancouver still trying to understand the riots
- Everett School District in fracas over video cameras
A fire department official says a 2-year-old boy and his mother were injured when he tumbled out of a fifth floor apartment window and she jumped out in an attempt to rescue him.
North Highline Fire Battalion Chief Dave Malo says the boy landed Thursday on a fourth-floor balcony, as did his mother.
Malo tells KOMO the boy suffered a head injury but was conscious and alert when medics arrived. His mother suffered a possible broken ankle. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Malo says the falls happened at the Coronado Springs Apartments in White Center, south of Seattle.
– The Associated Press
- Auburn police say two officers were injured in an accidental shooting at a gun range. Cmdr. Mike Hirman said a Renton officer was hit in the leg yesterday and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in stable condition. A Tukwila officer was hit "superficially" in the abdomen, just below his vest and was taken to an Auburn hospital.
- The Snohomish County sheriff's office says one person was killed and seven injured in a head-on collision yesterday on U.S. Highway 2 near Gold Bar.
- More shots were fired last night in south Seattle, less than a block from where friends and relatives gathered in a candlelight vigil for a pregnant 19-year-old woman gunned down in her car. KING-TV reports no one was hit in the latest shooting. Police are still looking for a man they say shot four people late Wednesday night, including Tanaya Gilbert.
- The King County sheriff's office says prosecutors are asking for an exceptional 15-year prison sentence today for a prolific burglar accused of taking guns, gold and other property worth nearly $1 million. Thirty-four-year-old Keith Blair was convicted last month of 13 burglary and theft charges. The sheriff's office say he was responsible for a burglary spree in eight jurisdictions around Seattle, and the total number of homes hit could be in the dozens.
Hundreds of union workers managed to block a mile-long train from delivering grain to the new EGT terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash. The terminal wants to use non-union labor.
The train was rerouted to Vancouver after the Thursday morning standoff. Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says the blockade has prompted BNSF to indefinitely suspend train traffic to the grain terminal.
It's the third major protest this week in an increasingly volatile dispute between EGT and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21.
On June 20 the Province, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Police Board announced an independent review of the planning and activities that led up to and the violence that followed, the Stanley Cup final game June 15.
The review is led by two co-chairs: Douglas Keefe, former Nova Scotia deputy attorney general, and John Furlong, former head of the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC).
The co-chairs will report out to the Province, City and Police Board by August 31, 2011. The report will be made public.
KPLU stories on the riots:
- 'True' Vancouver cleans up after Stanley Cup riot
- Riots mar end to spectacular season for Vancouver Canucks
- Vancouver erupts into chaos after Canucks lose
In 2008 the district was embroiled in controversy over a surveillance camera hidden in the ceiling of a Cascade High School teacher's classroom. Now, a camera again is creating conflict, reports the Everett Herald, adding that the conflict has "a twist."
Jessica Olson was elected to the district board on promises of increased accountability. But she has angered some for strident advocacy of transparency, which she believes is necessary for healthy operation of the public district.
Board members disagree with her methods. As tensions have grown, Olson has taken to videotaping her interactions at the school district. She's openly recorded public school board meetings.
She recently videotaped a two-hour session at district headquarters. It documented her attempt to review district legal bills while being monitored, awkwardly, by another board member and the district staff. She posted the videos online.