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In brief: Pilot accused of stealing car

Tue., Nov. 6, 2012

SEATTLE – An airline pilot has been arrested in Seattle on accusations that he stole another man’s rental car.

King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said the 43-year-old pilot from charter airline Omni Air was arrested Saturday night for investigation of vehicle theft and DUI. She did not release his name.

West said the pilot from Tulsa, Okla., had been scheduled to fly to Tokyo on Sunday morning.

A 66-year-old man told police he got into his rental car at a hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and a stranger climbed into the back seat. West said after a scuffle and a chase around the car, the stranger managed to drive away in the vehicle.

Police found the pilot and the car in a nearby parking lot.

Man under house killed by gunshot

GARDEN CITY, Idaho – The Ada County coroner said a man whose body was found under a house in southwestern Idaho died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg identified the victim as 49-year-old Brian Barton Geddes, who was last seen alive on Oct. 16. Sonnenberg listed Geddes’ manner of death as homicide Monday after the autopsy was completed.

His remains were badly decomposing when police found his body on Friday after being called to the house to investigate a missing person report.

Garden City police arrested 21-year-old Jordan Marie Shaver on suspicion of second-degree murder in Geddes’ death. She was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

Driver says cat caused her to crash

PORT LUDLOW, Wash. – A driver blamed a cat for a collision Sunday near Port Ludlow.

The 22-year-old driver from Port Hadlock told the Washington State Patrol a cat she was transporting jumped on her, causing her to swerve into an oncoming car.

The Peninsula Daily News reports the other driver was injured and taken to a Bremerton hospital. The driver and a passenger in the car with the cat were checked at a Port Townsend hospital.

Hunter located; horse still missing

WHITE PASS, Wash. – A Yakima County sheriff’s spokesman said a Cashmere, Wash., hunter who had been missing with his horse since Saturday near White Pass has turned up and is in good condition. The man’s horse is missing.

Sgt. George Town said 49-year-old Lance Chipman turned up Monday at a camp several miles from Dumbbell Lake. Chipman told rescuers that darkness fell Saturday while he was still on the trail. He said he veered off the trail and at one point that night got off his horse – and the horse took off, leaving him stranded.

Chipman eventually found his way to the Soda Springs camp, where a fellow hunter gave him a ride Monday afternoon to the search camp.

The man’s hunting partner had reported him missing.


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