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7:45 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

Baker Lake will open for sockeye fishing

It’s been another robust sockeye salmon year at Baker Lake and sport fishing on the lake can begin this Saturday. This is the second consecutive summer Baker has seen a strong salmon run.

Last year's sockeye opener was the first ever on the 3,100-acre impoundment in Skagit County.

"We had 1,188 sockeye return (on Monday), and have met our escapement goal so everything else now goes into the lake for a fishery," Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, told The Seattle Times.

The sockeye fishery will be open until further notice, anglers will be allowed to keep three adult sockeye daily from Baker Dam to the mouth of the Baker River. Sockeye must be longer than 18 inches.

Pierce County sheriff's patrol boat sinks at dock

A Pierce County, Wash., sheriff's spokesman says a patrol boat has sunk while docked at a Tacoma marina.

The News Tribune says a family that dropped by the marina to get gas noticed The Reliance taking on water Monday afternoon and called for help.

Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the boat was out working Sunday and no problems were reported. The cause of the sinking was not immediately known.

The newspaper says sheriff's divers planned to deploy flotation devices beneath the boat to bring it to the surface while Tacoma firefighters help pump out the water.

The Reliance was built in 1994 and cost $500,000. It is the sheriff's department's only patrol boat for Puget Sound. The department's other boats are used on lakes.

– The Associated Press

Off the AP wire: Man found shot; cement truck kills girl

  • The Stevens County, Wash., sheriff says a 64-year-old man has been found shot to death near the northeastern Washington town of Colville. KCVL radio says the victim was not immediately identified.
  • A judge has set bail at $50,000 for a 36-year-old woman accused of trying to sell her 3-day-old baby at a Taco Bell restaurant in southwest Washington. Court papers say Heidi L. Knowles was arrested July 14 after a woman at the restaurant called police, saying she'd been offered the baby boy for a price between $500 and $5,000.
  • The Washington State Patrol says a cement truck blew a front tire and veered into oncoming traffic on State Highway 14, colliding with three passenger cars in a crash that killed an 18-year-old Vancouver woman. Kali B. Oberg was pronounced dead at the scene. The cement truck driver suffered a broken cheek bone.
  • Paramedics who stopped to check the welfare of a Snohomish County man found him dead with 40 dogs, six cats and six birds living in crates in the home. Investigators believe the dogs had been without food or water for about three days. They are now being cared for at the Everett Animal Shelter. The dogs and puppies are mostly miniature pinschers.
  • A former Mercer Island deputy city manager has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit with the Seattle suburb for $1 million. The Seattle Times reports Londi Lindell had claimed she was a victim of sexual harassment and was fired in an act of retaliation in 2008 by City Manager Rich Conrad. She had taken issue with his handling of a disciplinary matter involving the husband of the city's human resources director.

Prison inmate files $20M claim against Tacoma

A state prison inmate has filed a $20 million claim against the city of Tacoma, saying a police sergeant used excessive force when shooting him multiple times two years ago.

The News-Tribune reports two Tacoma attorneys filed the claim last week on behalf of 21-year-old Tyler R. McDonald. The claim comes before a possible lawsuit.

Sgt. Darren Kelly shot McDonald on July 2009 in a Tacoma house after being dispatched to investigate a distraught person who was a suspect in an earlier shooting. Tacoma police have released few details about the shooting. They say Kelly acted reasonably and within department guidelines.

City attorney Elizabeth Pauli declined to comment on the claim.

– The Associated Press

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