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In brief: Search dog locates bodies of father, daughter after fire

FOX ISLAND, Wash. – A search dog used to locate disaster victims helped firefighters recover the body of a doctor who was trapped with his 8-year-old daughter when fire raced through their Fox Island, Wash., home.

Gig Harbor Fire Department spokesman Eric Waters said the body of Dr. Thomas Babson was found Friday afternoon in a part of the home that was very difficult to access because of structural instability.

Waters said the body of Babson’s 8-year-old daughter was found Thursday in a different part of the home.

The spokesman said fire investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire that started late Wednesday night.

Babson’s wife, June, escaped the fire with their 12-year-old daughter, and a neighbor rescued their 8-year-old son, a twin. They were all treated for smoke inhalation.

Fox Island is near Tacoma.

Oregon deputy shot, wounded after attempting traffic stop

SALEM – A Marion County sheriff’s deputy attempting to stop a vehicle near a tree farm outside Salem was wounded when the driver got out of the car and fled, then later fired on the deputy.

The deputy, who was not identified, was taken by air ambulance from the scene, a rural area composed of tree farms and fields.

“At some point after the stop, there was an exchange of gunfire,” Marion County sheriff’s spokesman Chris Baldridge said.

The suspect was shot by police responding to the scene. Baldridge said he didn’t know who fired first.

Baldridge said the deputy attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle on Friday when the suspect stopped his car and fled.

The deputy was taken to Oregon Health & Science University.

The suspect was taken by ground ambulance to a local hospital.

Marijuana license application deadline extended by one day

OLYMPIA – Aspiring marijuana entrepreneurs in Washington state have an extra day to get their business license applications in.

The state began accepting applications Nov. 18 from people seeking a license to grow, process or sell pot under the legal marijuana law approved by voters last year. The applications were previously due Dec. 19, but the Liquor Control Board announced that because of a legal technicality it will accept them until 5 p.m. Dec. 20.

As of Tuesday, the board had received 1,326 license applications.

Skagit River bridge over I-5 renamed to honor trooper

BURLINGTON, Wash. – The Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge has been named after Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O’Connell who died in a collision while detouring traffic.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, state lawmakers, Patrol Chief John Batiste, and members of O’Connell’s detachment and family attended a ceremony Friday on the Burlington side of the bridge.

O’Connell was killed when his motorcycle collided with a truck as he was detouring traffic about a week after a section of the bridge collapsed in the river.

Jail time ordered for man who stuck syringe in sausage pack

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – A man who left a syringe plunged into a package of sausage at a Wal-Mart store in Poulsbo was sentenced to three months in the Kitsap County Jail.

Daniel Oaks Thieman, 33, of Kingston, pleaded guilty to first-degree malicious mischief for the Oct. 25 incident and agreed to pay restitution, the Kitsap Sun reported.

Wal-Mart threw out $19,000 worth of meat as a safety precaution after a customer found the syringe in a package of Jimmy Dean sausage.

Thieman was identified through surveillance video.


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