NW today: TV thief wheels booty past cop shop
SEATTLE — King County prosecutors say a man was arrested when he was caught wheeling a 50-inch television past the Auburn Police Department in a shopping cart. Seattlepi.com reports that a bystander called 911 to report that she’d seen a man grab the TV out of the back of a delivery truck, load it in the cart and start pushing it away. An Auburn police officer heard dispatchers relay the call as he was pulling into the police station parking lot — and then he saw the man, dressed entirely in camouflage, walking by with the cart. Charging documents say that when the officer asked 22-year-old Johnathon D. Barnes what he was doing, he said he bought the TV from and friend. And then he ran off. The officer caught up and arrested him. Investigators said the TV had been stolen earlier in the day from Quality Rentals.
Florida man investigated for exposing self on airplane
LEWISTON — A 50-year-old Florida man has been arrested after an Idaho girl reported the man exposed himself during a flight from Salt Lake City to Lewiston. The 17-year-old girl says she switched seats when the man sitting next to her began masturbating aboard the Skywest flight. The Lewiston Tribune reports the girl told her father what happened and he reported it to the Transportation Security Administration. TSA officials notified Lewiston police, who arrested the Gulf Breeze, Fla., man while they investigate him on suspicion of misdemeanor indecent exposure. Police say the man told them he spilled Tabasco sauce on himself, which caused his crotch to burn and itch.
TriMet driver gets to keep rescued puppy
PORTLAND, Ore. — A TriMet driver who rescued a puppy from traffic last month gets to keep it, for free. The Oregonian reports that the driver stopped and scooped up the 8-week-old Chihuahua-dachshund mix from a busy street in Forest Grove and cradled the pup in his arms as he continued on his route. Afterwards he posted signs in Forest Grove and advertised on Craigslist to try to find its owner. Someone finally came forward last week — the manager of the Farm and Garden Store in Forest Grove. The manager, Garold Howe, said it escaped from a pen in his store, where it had been priced at $495. Howe says he’s happy to know the pup is safe and to let the driver keep it. The driver named the black-and-white dog Oreo.
Early temperature drop starts elk feeding early
BAKER CITY, Ore. — To keep the local elk herd from feeding on ranchers’ hay, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife intercepts the elk near Baker City with alfalfa. The Baker City Herald reports that when temperatures plunged in November, the feeding started early this year. The department’s Elkhorn Wildlife Area began in 1971. Now, it feeds about 1,500 elk and 300 deer per day. Elkhorn Wildlife Area manager Eddie Miguez says the early drop in temperature led local elk and deer to make their seasonal migration from the mountains to the valley earlier than usual. Miguez says the deer and elk have gone through 65 tons of alfalfa so far this year.
Police on hunt for suspect in bank robbery
KENNEWICK – Kennewick police are looking for a young man in his late teens or early 20s who robbed Sterling Savings Bank on Vista Way in Kennewick on Monday. The man walked into the bank at 1:40 p.m., told tellers he had a weapon and ran away with an undisclosed amount of money. No weapon was ever seen, police said. The man is described as being 6-foot, thin, with brownish-blond hair and acne scars. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded coat, gray T-shirt with red writing, dark jeans and black shoes with a white stripe.
FBI: Ore. bank manager surrenders in Los Angeles
PORTLAND — A former Coos Bay, Ore., bank manager accused of stealing as much as $1.2 million from customers has surrendered in Los Angeles. FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says Shawna Leimomi Moore-Saia walked into the FBI’s Los Angeles office on Monday, two months after a federal judge issued an arrest warrant. She is sought on charges of aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. The Oregonian reports Moore-Saia was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail. The woman worked at a Wells Fargo branch in Coos Bay from August 2006 until last August, rising to assistant store manager. She was fired after Wells Fargo officials said they discovered she had opened bank accounts for customers without their knowledge in order to obtain commissions for the new accounts. That led to an investigation.
Man fatally stabbed in Everett parking lot
EVERETT, Wash. — Everett police say a 37-year-old man was fatally stabbed Monday evening in the parking lot of an elementary school. Sgt. Robert Goetz says police responded to 911 calls about a man screaming for help. The Everett man was taken to a hospital, where he died from multiple stab wounds.
The victim was not immediately identified. Goetz says major crimes detectives are investigating. The Daily Herald says police don’t believe the stabbing had anything to do with Madison Elementary School.
Deputy wants Yakima prosecutor off his rape case
YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima County sheriff’s deputy who’s accused of rape, burglary and assault wants the prosecutor’s office thrown off his case. Deputy Sean Moore says Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty has a conflict of interest in part because he met with Moore before charges were filed to discuss Moore’s relationship with the woman he’s accused of raping. Moore’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lustick, says all eight Yakima County Superior Court judges have recused themselves from the case. A visiting judge from Kittitas County Superior Court scheduled a hearing Tuesday afternoon to hear arguments about whether the Yakima County prosecutor should be recused as well. Moore is being held at the Kittitas County Jail on $500,000 bail. He’s charged with raping a woman in October, as well as assaulting her and threatening her male friend at gunpoint.
No bail for Kalispell double homicide suspect
KALISPELL, Mont. — A 34-year-old Kalispell man suspected of shooting and killing his former girlfriend and her 15-year-old daughter has been ordered jailed without bail. Tyler Michael Miller made an initial appearance before District Judge Stewart Stadler Monday on two counts of deliberate homicide for the Saturday shooting deaths of 35-year-old Jaimi Hurlbert and Alyssa Burkett. Stadler scheduled an arraignment for Jan. 13. Court records say Miller had threatened Hurlbert and her family beginning on Friday morning and confronted her at work. Butch Hurlbert tells the Daily Inter Lake that the shooting took place as his daughter and granddaughter arrived at the home of Miller’s mother to pick up the 17-month-old daughter of Miller and Jaimi Hurlbert.
Portland police shoot and wound man with machete
PORTLAND — Police shot and wounded a 34-year-old man armed with a machete Monday night after first firing a stun gun and a beanbag gun at him, a police spokesman said. The man was expected to survive, Sgt. Pete Simpson said. He was taken by ambulance to a Portland hospital. His name was not released. No officers were injured, Simpson said. Police responded to a 911 call that a man was threatening relatives with a machete, Simpson said. A mother and father reported their adult son was outside, carrying a machete and pacing back and forth, and had broken windows in their home. They told dispatchers their son had a history of being suicidal and had threatened to commit “suicide by cop.”
Former GOP activist, ex-girlfriend settle suit
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — A civil lawsuit filed against former state and national Republican Party activist Blake Hall last year by his former girlfriend has been settled out of court. Hall, an Idaho Falls attorney and the Republican National Committee’s former chief lawyer, pleaded guilty in November 2009 to stalking Allison Chambers and spent 15 days in jail. Chambers filed a civil lawsuit against Hall a month later, claiming he caused her emotional distress. She also accused Hall of trespass, assault and engaging in civil conspiracy against her. Hall denied the allegations.
Man charged with holding family hostage
HELENA, Mont. — A 27-year-old Helena man is accused of using a hammer to hold family members hostage over the weekend. The Independent Record reports Adam M. Wilson faces three charges of felony assault with a weapon. Justice of the Peace Karen Bryson set Wilson’s bail at $100,000 on Monday. Prosecutors allege Wilson threatened to kill two women and a 16-year-old boy early Sunday. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the boy was able to escape and call 911 at about 1:20 a.m.
Wilson drove away in a pickup truck. Dutton says Wilson led officers on a chase through town, running several red lights. The pickup stopped on the railroad tracks west of Helena when its tires blew out. Deputies called Montana Rail Link to stop an oncoming train. Wilson is also charged with drunken driving.
Fire destroys Seaside grocery store
SEASIDE, Ore. — A Seaside grocery store was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning. KGW-TV reports the fire at the 12th Avenue Grocery Store & Market broke out at about 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters say they arrived on scene to find flames shooting from the roof of the store. It took them one hour to get the blaze under control. No one was injured. According to a business profile, the grocery store is a single-location business employing between five to nine people and has been in business for 27 years.
No confirmation yet for Oregon U.S. attorney nominee
PORTLAND — The Senate adjourned without confirming President Barack Obama’s nominee for the top federal prosecutor in Oregon. Obama nominated Amanda Marshall last month to be the Portland U.S. attorney. The Senate Judiciary Committee returned the nomination to the White House, which means Obama will have to nominate her again when the Senate reconvenes. A spokeswoman for Sen. Jeff Merkley tells The Oregonian it’s not certain whether Marshall will get a second nomination in January, but the failure to confirm her was the result of the Senate being slow rather than any problem with her nomination.
Two prerelease walkaways injured in pickup crash
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Two men who walked away from a Billings halfway house on Christmas Eve were seriously injured in a rollover crash in Jefferson County after fleeing from a Gallatin County deputy who pulled them over near Bozeman. The Alpha House men’s prerelease center reported 24-year-old Carl Tibbetts and 21-year-old James G. Aldrich walked away from the center on Friday night. Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Kloster says a deputy stopped a pickup at 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 90 near Bozeman. When the deputy got out of his vehicle, the driver took off, starting a pursuit that covered about 50 miles at speeds of up to 100 mph.
Jackie O half sibling spends Christmas in jail
MEDFORD, Ore. — The half brother of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spent Christmas in jail in Medford, Ore. The program manager for the Jackson County Community Justice sex offender unit says James Auchincloss is being investigated for a possible probation violation. Nate Gaoiran told the Medford Mail Tribune the arrest and jailing is standard for a suspected probation violation. He declined to provide any details. In August, the 63-year-old Auchincloss pleaded guilty to two felony counts of encouraging child sex abuse for having computer images of naked boys. A judge ordered him to serve 30 days in jail as part of three years of supervised probation. The Ashland man was arrested Dec. 22 and held without bail at the Jackson County Jail. He is scheduled to be released Jan. 21. As a boy, Auchincloss carried the wedding train of his half sister Jackie up the aisle as she married John F. Kennedy.