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In brief: Small plane crashes into house, killing 1

SEATTLE – King County authorities say one man died and another was injured when a small plane crashed into a house near Woodinville.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Cindi West said a man was declared dead at the scene and the other was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. Both men were traveling in the plane.

No one on the ground was hurt, said West, who added it wasn’t known where the plane took off and where it was going.

A picture tweeted by the King County Sheriff’s Office shows a small plane on its side and partially inside a garage.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the fixed-wing single engine plane is registered in Redmond and seats four people.

52 pounds of meth seized in traffic stop

IDAHO FALLS – A traffic stop led to the seizure of 52 pounds of methamphetamine and 27 pounds of cocaine worth $2.2 million, according to troopers.

The traffic stop at about 2 a.m. Saturday on a vehicle that failed to maintain its lane led to the arrest of 29-year-old Sergio Javier Varela-Vallecillo, of Honduras, and the passenger, 28-year-old Felicia Inez Varela, of Texas, Idaho State Police said.

Police say the two denied ownership of the property in the U-Haul and a drug-sniffing dog was brought in.

Troopers said the K-9 picked up the scent of drugs in the U-Haul and a subsequent search found the meth and cocaine.

Varela-Vallecillo and Varela were arrested on suspicion of felony trafficking of meth and cocaine.

$1 million bond set in Seattle shooting

SEATTLE – A King County judge set a $1 million bail on Saturday for a woman accused of shooting a 65-year-old man inside a parks department building in Seattle.

Carolyn Piksa, 46, is accused of shooting co-worker 65-year-old Bill Keller in the chest at a Parks and Recreation Department maintenance building, then driving to a city community center to confront a co-worker with a handgun.

The co-worker was able to get away and Piksa left with the woman’s purse. Meanwhile, a wounded Keller called 911 for help, documents said.

The shooting sparked a citywide search. City officials ordered the lockdown of all community centers because Piksa had keys to many facilities.

The search ended at Piksa’s home, where she was arrested unarmed. Seattle police were able to track her to the home using her cellphone’s signal.

Authorities said Piksa was questioned after her arrest, and she acknowledged shooting Keller and confronting the woman.

Piksa worked as an assistant coordinator for community centers and has been a Parks and Recreation Department employee since 1986. Keller is the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council, a nonprofit group that works with Seattle Parks Department.

The motive for the shooting has not been determined.

Piksa is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

On Saturday, Keller’s condition improved from critical to serious, according to the nursing supervisor at Harborview Medical Center.

Boy, 14, allegedly shoots his parents

MOSES LAKE – A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly shooting his parents, according to Moses Lake police.

Officers responded to a call at a home where they found two adults with wounds, police said.

The Columbian Basin Herald identified the two adults as the boy’s parents. Both victims were transported to an out-of-area hospital for treatment.

Police didn’t provide further details on the incident.

According to school officials, the boy is a student at Moses Lake Christian Academy. A dance scheduled for Saturday was canceled because of the incident.

LDS leader backs immigration plan

SALT LAKE CITY – A Mormon church leader says the faith is in line with President Barack Obama on what needs to be included in a comprehensive immigration bill.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ governing First Presidency, joined 13 other faith leaders at a private meeting on the issue with Obama on Friday.

Uchtdorf told the Salt Lake Tribune that Obama talked about his principles concerning immigration and the president’s statements were “totally in line” with the faith’s values.

Obama expressed support for a bill that would streamline the legal immigration system and provide a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Uchtdorf said the government should respond with compassion to illegal immigrants who have a long history in the U.S.


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