November 4, 2011 in Region

NW today: Man finds millions on fridge door

Compiled from wire reports
 
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Protesters from the Occupy Portland movement protest outside the Hilton hotel where JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was speaking to a lunchtime gathering of the Portland Business Alliance on Thursday in Portland.
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What’s news in the Northwest today:

SALEM, Ore. — A Portland man found an Oregon Lottery ticket worth $21.8 million hanging on his refrigerator door. It had been there for three months. Leland Hanson tells lottery officials he was about to pay his veterinarian when he noticed the lottery tickets on his fridge and decided to see if there was a little extra money there. He found the July 30 Megabucks jackpot-winning ticket that he brought to the Salem lottery office on Thursday. The lottery says Hanson chose the cash-out option and received a one-time payment of $10.9 million before state and federal taxes were withheld. He had purchased a $1 ticket at a north Portland convenience store.

Poachers kill 2 moose in Idaho, waste meat

COEUR D’ALENE — Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game say a poacher illegally killed two bull moose near Cataldo in northern Idaho, and left most of the meat to rot. Conservation officers found the two carcasses within 25 yards of each other. The animals were likely killed on Oct. 29. Whoever committed the crime took only the hind quarters of one moose, though both were field dressed, Fish and Game Department spokesman Phil Cooper told the Coeur d’Alene Press. Fish and Game officials are asking anyone with information to call the department, and say callers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Former Port Orchard cop convicted of assault

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — A former Port Orchard police officer convicted of pushing his girlfriend out a window faces more than 15 years in prison when he is sentenced next Thursday for assault. The Kitsap Sun reports a Kitsap County Superior Court jury convicted 49-year-old Dennis L. McCarthy on Thursday after a three-week trial. He said the woman fell out the second-floor window last November while hanging curtains.

Apparent fire-bombing injures man at Satsop home

SATSOP, Wash. — The Grays Harbor County sheriff’s department is investigating a possible fire-bombing that destroyed a trailer home at Satsop and sent a resident to a hospital with burns. KBKW reports the home was in flames about 10 p.m. Thursday when Fire District 5 firefighters arrived. The man was taken to Community Hospital in Aberdeen with second-degree burns to his face, head and hands. The sheriff’s department says search and arrest warrants are being issued as part of the investigation.

Redmond rejects red-light ticketing cameras

REDMOND, Wash. — A six-month test of red-light cameras at three intersections in Redmond found there were three more accidents than the same period a year ago. And two of those crashes were rear-end collisions caused when someone suddenly braked because they didn’t want to get a ticket. Major John Marchione told KIRO-FM the failure to improve safety was the reason the city council voted this week to get rid of the cameras. They camera system generated more than $500,000 in tickets.

Darted black bear eludes agents in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A black bear alarmed residents of a Lakewood neighborhood early today and then escaped from Washington wildlife agents even though it was tranquilized and tracked by a bear dog. Sgt. Ted Jackson told KOMO Radio the bear got away over backyard fences and may have found refuge in a greenbelt. The bear appears to be a couple of years old and could weigh several hundred pounds. It has been spotted over the past week in the Lakewood-Fort Lewis area. Agents responded to 911 calls and shot the bear with the tranquilizer dart about 6 a.m. today. That failed to slow it down, and it even eluded the agents’ Karelian bear dog. Police also were in the neighborhood helping watch for the bear as children headed to school.

Accused Olympia boy wants to go to dad’s funeral

OLYMPIA — A judge in Olympia will decide today whether a 13-year-old boy accused of killing his father will be allowed to attend his funeral Saturday. The boy’s family has posted $100,000 bail, but the judge still has to set terms of his release. Normally a defendant in a murder case would be barred from contacting possible witnesses, such as family members. The Olympian reports Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Graham opposes allowing the boy to attend the funeral. Defense lawyer James Dixon says the boy’s family believes the shooting of 39-year-old Jimmie Asher Jr. as he slept Oct. 23 was an accident.

Labrador pitches bill to end energy subsidies

BOISE — Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador says it’s time for the federal government to get out of the business of subsidizing energy projects. The Republican announced Thursday he is co-sponsoring legislation that would get rid of all energy subsidy programs, including tax incentives for renewable projects. Labrador says instead of tapping taxpayers to subsidy dollars, he would rather let the free market determine and guide the nation’s energy development. The measure calls for eliminating $90 million in energy tax subsidies over the next 10 years and reduce the corporate tax rate by the same amount. The bill also has the backing of groups like Americans for Tax Reform and Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by oil billionaire David Koch and lobbies for lower taxes and less government regulation.

Oregon vet settles for $45,000 in Lowe’s job dispute

PORTLAND — Lowe’s has agreed to pay $45,000 to an Army National Guard soldier to settle allegations he was improperly fired from a distribution center at Albany after returning from the Iraq War. Government lawyers represented Matthew King and won the settlement filed in federal court in Portland. The hardware store chain hired King in 2008. He was deployed to Iraq and returned in 2010. After being honorably discharged he sought, but didn’t receive, unemployment benefits. Then, he returned to work at Lowe’s. The company fired him after it learned he had applied for unemployment. The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service determined he was wrongfully terminated.

Liberian man charged in Billings party stabbings

BILLINGS, Mont. — A 23-year-old man who is listed as a witness in an attempted murder case in Billings is charged with stabbing six people after he was kicked out of a Halloween party. Samuel Pape Bettie was charged Thursday with four counts of felony aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and criminal possession of drugs with intent to distribute. He also was wanted on a misdemeanor theft warrant. Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez set Bettie’s bail at $150,000 after a prosecutor told the judge that Bettie is from Libeira, has few ties to Billings and was a witness in a July shooting. Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Julie Pierce says two stabbing victims suffered serious abdominal injuries, one was stabbed in the lung, another in the shoulder and one in the back.

Burlington man accused of raping disabled boy

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A man accused of raping a developmentally disabled boy at the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club pleaded not guilty Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court. The 22-year-old, Eduardo Martinez of Burlington, worked at the club. The Skagit Valley Herald reports he was first accused in June when the 13-year-old boy told his foster mother he had been raped at the club. A police investigation led to additional charges of immoral communication with a minor for incidents involving four other boys. Martinez was arrested at his home Sept. 24 and booked into the Skagit County Jail. He has no prior criminal history.

Overturned truckload of tuna rolls blocks Oregon road

McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Oregon State Police say a big rig hauling 22 tons of valuable tuna rolls overturned, blocking a highway southwest of Portland for six hours. The refrigerator truck rolled onto its side Thursday morning as driver Mark Siroshton of Vancouver, Wash., was making a turn from Oregon Highway 18 onto northbound Highway 99W in McMinnville. Police said he was driving for Portland-based Aladdin Transportation. He was not injured. The Columbian reports that Lt. Gregg Hastings said the cold load of tuna was bound for Seattle, and then for Japan. Heavy equipment was brought in to lift the tractor and trailer back onto their wheels. Officials say the refrigerator system kept running to keep the tuna fresh.

Missing Bellingham woman found dead

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The body of a Bellingham woman who had been reported missing by her husband Oct. 30 was found Thursday by searchers in a ravine in the city. Police say there was no obvious cause of death, but Lisa M. Larson had health issues. Investigators are waiting for autopsy results.

Dog, not cougar, suspected of killing Prosser pigs

PROSSER, Wash. — A Fish and Wildlife officer believes it was a large dog that recently killed seven pigs in Prosser. Sgt. Mike Jewell says people first they thought a cougar was killing pigs in a fenced enclosure at Mid Valley Milling. But a worker shot and killed a large dog Monday night near the pen. Some people who live and work in the area remain vigilant because they still think there may be a cougar nearby.


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