June 29, 2013 in City

In brief: Fatal drive-by suspect arrested in Tacoma

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Issiah L. Schauman, 19, in the shooting death of a Spokane man.

Schauman turned himself in at the Pierce County Jail in Tacoma on Friday afternoon, according to the “Washington’s Most Wanted” website.

Schauman is believed to have shot 27-year-old Fabian McBride to death outside his home on the 7000 block of North Atlantic Street in north Spokane on June 12. Schauman evaded capture for more than two weeks.

Witnesses reported Schauman shot at McBride four times before fleeing.

Schauman is in custody at Pierce County Jail. He faces a charge of first-degree murder.

Alleged thief pleads not guilty to crime

A Pullman woman charged with stealing $13,910 from the Whitcom 911 Employee Guild pleaded not guilty Friday.

From June 2011 through August 2012, guild treasurer Emily M. Kirk, 30, is accused of signing checks to herself from the guild’s funds, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office. Kirk forged Guild President William Cory Brincken’s signature, the release said.

She also deposited guild dues checks into her own account and withdrew cash from other guild accounts, according to investigators.

Brincken noticed the transactions last August. Only Kirk and Brincken are allowed to handle guild funds.

Kirk faces charges of first-degree theft, money laundering and forgery.

Kirk’s trial is set for Sept. 16.

Man blows off hand, gets cited by police

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police in the southern Oregon city of Medford said a man had his hand blown off early Friday by an illegal firework.

Lt. Mike Budreau said 37-year-old David Jenkins, of Medford, tried to relight a device that had failed to ignite in the driveway of a home. The firework had only about a quarter-inch of fuse left and exploded in his hand.

The Medford Mail-Tribune said Budreau described it as “a devastating injury,” adding that “a majority of the hand is gone.”

Jenkins was flown to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. The Oregonian reported he was in fair condition.

Officers cited Jenkins for illegal possession of fireworks.

Oregon to leave whale to rot away on beach

BROOKINGS, Ore. – The decomposing carcass of a 40-foot sperm whale has washed up on a beach in southern Oregon.

Oregon Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel said it came in on the tide early Thursday near Chetco Point in Brookings.

He said the carcass is too far gone to try to haul it off, and the beach sand is too shallow to try to bury it, so it will just be left to rot.

People who go to look at the whale are advised to approach from upwind.

Governor threatens veto of mascot bill

SALEM – Gov. John Kitzhaber is threatening to veto a bill that would allow some Oregon schools to keep American Indian mascots, nicknames and logos.

The measure would reverse a decision by the Board of Education to outlaw Native American mascots beginning in 2017. Schools would be able to keep them if they reach a written agreement with the nearest Indian tribe.

Kitzhaber issued his veto threat in a letter last week to legislative leaders. He said he would support a more narrow exemption similar to one in college athletics.

Critics of Native American mascots say they reinforce stereotypes and promote hostility. Supporters say they’re a source of pride.

The measure passed the House on Friday. It goes back to the Senate, which has already approved it but must agree to changes made in the House.

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