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In brief: Whirlwind sends Seattle swap items flying

Sun., May 9, 2010

The folks at a bike swap in Seattle’s Rainier Valley got a bit of a surprise at midday Saturday when a tiny twister blew through Genessee Playfield.

No one was injured when the whirlwind came down and broke apart two tents, tossed around several bicycles and pieces of equipment shortly before noon.

At least one man dropped to cover a small child to protect the youngster from flying debris.

One man said the incident was “one of the (most) freakish things ever.”

Another witness said it could have been really bad because someone could have been hit with all the stuff that was flying around.

According to witnesses, the funnel cloud came across the field from the northwest to the southeast and was gone quickly.

Probe in cards over psychic fees

PORTLAND – Claims that a Portland psychic scammed $150,000 from a man by telling him that she could get rid of “negative energy” has led to an investigation into a potential fraud conspiracy.

Portland police raided both the psychic shop and the residence of Cathy Stevens in January. But aggravated theft charges were dropped pending more investigation.

Since then, a police detective has identified three other victims.

Stevens’ attorney says she is the victim of religious persecution.

Her lawyer is now asking the city to return her financial records and other property, including tarot cards.

Saks presses salon to change name

OLYMPIA – National retailer Saks Fifth Avenue wants Olympia’s Salon Fifth Avenue to change its name.

The New York City-based company says the longtime downtown Olympia business has a name that falsely implies the salon is affiliated with its retail company. The salon has also been told in a “cease-and-desist” letter that the retailer has an issue with its logo.

Saks Fifth Avenue doesn’t operate a store in Washington.

Salon operator Elaine McConkey says she thinks it’s ridiculous that such a large business is picking on such a small one.

Salon Fifth Avenue has been in downtown Olympia for about 30 years. It was on Fifth Avenue for years before moving to Capitol Way.


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