June 2, 2014 in Region

NW Today: Robbery suspect arrested after ‘friending’ victim on Facebook

Associated Press
 

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Authorities say that a 28-year-old man suspected of robbing a woman at a Washington ferry terminal sent her a ‘friend’ request on Facebook the next day.

The Kitsap Sun reported this weekend that Riley Allen Mullins was charged Friday in Kitsap District Court with second-degree robbery.

Authorities say a woman was sitting at the Bremerton ferry terminal on Tuesday using her headphones when she was struck on the head from behind. After being struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran. She didn’t recognize the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck.

The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend notification and recognized the sender as the man who robbed her.

Investigators confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins, and they noted a profile picture of Mullins showing the triangle neck tattoo.

Seattle council expected to OK $15 minimum wage

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage — the highest in the nation.

The ordinance passed a committee last week with a few changes. It would take effect next April and allow a sub-minimum wage for teens.

The ordinance was drafted by an advisory group of labor, business and nonprofit representatives convened by Mayor Ed Murray. It would phase in wage increases over three to seven years, depending on the size of the business and employee benefits.

Meanwhile, a group called 15 Now led by Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant (CHAH’-mah SAH’-want) is collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would create an immediate wage hike for large businesses and a three-year phase-in for small business.

Bear attacks hunter in southwestern Montana

BUTTE, Mont. — A bear attacked a 47-year-old man while he was bear hunting over the weekend in southwestern Montana, and seriously injuring him.

The Beaverhead County sheriff’s office says the Stevensville man and his father were hunting in the Centennial Valley when he was attacked by a bear Sunday afternoon. It’s unknown whether the animal was a black bear or a grizzly.

Sheriff Jay Hansen says the man was stabilized at the hospital in Dillon before being flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The man’s name and information on his condition were not immediately released.

State Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens are investigating.

Child with measles was at Seattle airport

SEATTLE — Health officials say a child who apparently contracted measles while overseas was infectious at the Seattle airport the evening of May 26.

The Seattle-King County health department says unvaccinated people could have been exposed to the contagious disease if they were at Sea-Tac Airport in Concourse A and baggage claim that day between 6:20 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Those people should call a health care provider if they develop a fever and rash in the next two weeks.

5-year-old Hoquiam boy fires shot at passer-by

HOQUIAM, Wash. — Police say a 5-year-old watching his neighbors play with unloaded BB guns in Hoquiam wanted to play along, so he found his parents’ loaded handgun.

Officer Cody Blodgett tells KBKW the boy fired a shot Sunday afternoon in the direction of a 21-year-old man who was walking by.

No one was hit.

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