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Wed July 13, 2011
Wednesday morning's headlines
Making headlines around the Northwest:
- Jilted Detroit woman sues Kennewick man
- Aberdeen embezzler sentenced to carry guilty sign
- Off the wire: Fleeing driver shot; brass knuckles identified
- Last chance to see infamous ‘Starvation Heights’
- Pierce County adopts controversial elections map
A suburban Detroit woman is suing a Washington state man for more than $8,000 in damages after a failed Facebook romance.
Fifty-year-old Cheryl Gray filed the civil lawsuit in May against 35-year-old Wylie Iwan of Kennewick, claiming misrepresentation, defamation of character and other charges. Gray says she bought a plane ticket to visit him but a week before the planned trip he sent a message saying he met someone else.
Iwan's attorney tells The Associated Press he's filed a motion to dismiss the case.
– The Associated Press
GIG HARBOR – It’s the 100-year anniversary of the Olalla site known as “Starvation Heights,” where Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard performed her infamous fasting cures on unsuspecting clients.
Hazzard called the place Wilderness Heights, but locals soon gave it the more ominous nom de plume.
On Saturday, July 16, to commemorate the centennial, Olalla author Gregg Olsen will conduct a private tour of the site,the Kitsap Sun reports.
“We’re calling it the Last Gasp tour, because this will probably be the last opportunity the public will ever have to see the place,” Olsen said.
- The Tacoma City Council has voted against renewing City Manager Eric Anderson's contract. The 6-2 vote Tuesday effectively ends Anderson's six-year tenure. The council said the city needed new leadership.
- Police in Olympia say they've arrested a 23-year-old woman accused of abandoning a newborn baby boy in a restroom trash can at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Hospital staff found the baby about 5 a.m. Tuesday. It appears the baby will survive.
- The estranged husband of a Bellingham woman found shot to death in her apartment has been arrested.
- A Washington State Patrol chase has ended with a trooper shooting the fleeing driver in a potato field near Burlington. Troopers say the wounded man is expected to recover.
- Forty-four spikes were removed from train tracks in Bellingham, but railroad officials say they discovered the vandalism before any trains could derail.
- A man accused of child sex crimes is allowed to view child pornography in the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma. The sheriff and the prosecutor don't like it. But Weldon Gilbert is acting as his own lawyer in the case and that means he's allowed to review the evidence.
- The word "fame" is engraved on a set of brass knuckles that Longview police say a 22-year-old man used in March to beat a man in tavern parking lot. Police say the victim suffered a broken cheekbone and the outline of the letter "A'' was visible on his cheek. Investigators say the "A'' is a match from "fame." Prosecutors have issued a summons for the Castle Rock man to appear in court to face an assault charge.
A Pierce County committee narrowly adopted a controversial redistricting map Tuesday night, The Tacoma News Tribune reports, despite an outcry from residents of suburban and rural areas.
People from the Gig Harbor peninsula, University Place and Parkland blasted the final map, saying it unfairly divided communities and instead mixed rural and urban areas.
The map will chart Pierce County’s political future for the next 10 years.
A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $10,000 from the Aberdeen High School music boosters group has been sentenced to spend 10 days at a downtown intersection holding a sign saying, "I stole from kids."
Sixty-four--year-old Charlotte A. Button also was sentenced last week to two months in jail.
The Daily World reports her lawyer is appealing the part of the sentence that requires her to stand on the corner with the sign.
– The Associated Press