NW Today: 10-year sentence in fatal Spokane drive-by
SPOKANE — A 19-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for a fatal drive-by shooting in Spokane.
Issiah Schauman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting last June of 27-year-old Fabian McBride, news reports said.
Police say McBride was shot in a confrontation as he approached Schauman’s car outside a home in north Spokane. Schauman was arrested later that month in Pierce County. He’s also accused in a string of Craigslist robberies in the spring of 2013.
Spokane repeat offender arrested for car prowl
SPOKANE — A man suspected of breaking into a car and taking a debit card in Spokane is well-known to authorities.
Police say 41-year-old Ryan P. Graham is a repeat offender. His arrest this week for identity theft in the car prowling case adds to a criminal history of 22 felony convictions and 31 misdemeanor convictions.
Graham is jailed with bail set at $200,000.
Victoria sewage fouls Washington-BC relationship
SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine have asked British Columbia Premier Christy Clark to ensure that a stalled sewage treatment project for Victoria moves forward.
In a letter Tuesday the Washington political leaders said they were “dismayed” that Victoria still lacks any treatment beyond screening and that the raw sewage flows into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which connects to Puget Sound.
The letter reminds Clark of a tourism boycott in 1993 over the issue. There was an agreement to have sewage treatment in place by 2013.
Plans were delayed and last week a deal for a treatment plant fell apart.
Hundreds at vigil for Troutdale shooting victim
PORTLAND — About 200 people attended a Wednesday night vigil at a Portland area church to remember 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, the Reynolds High School freshman killed in Tuesday’s shooting at the school in Troutdale.
The Oregonian reports the vigil was connected to a fundraising campaign for the Hoffman family. The goal of $2,000 was quickly passed and almost $8,000 was raised.
Those at the vigil sang songs and lit candles during a slideshow of Tuesday’s events.
Man gets 2 1/3 years for bulldozer rampage
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A Washington man who used a bulldozer to destroy or damage four of his neighbors’ homes in a May 2013 rampage has been sentenced to 2 1/3 years in prison.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that 52-year-old Barry Swegle apologized Wednesday as he was sentenced in Clallam County Superior Court.
Swegle earlier pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree malicious mischief and three counts of gross misdemeanor reckless endangerment.
Deputy Prosecutor John Troberg estimates the damage at $400,000.
Swegle was accused of destroying or damaging four homes in a subdivision near Port Angeles, as well as a tractor, a boat, a pickup truck and several outbuildings.
A dispute with a neighbor over a fence reportedly triggered the rampage.
Inmates in SW Idaho prison face smuggling charges
BOISE — Two more inmates at the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise are accused of attempting to smuggle iPods and a cellphone into the prison.
KTVB-TV reports that 37-year-old Jason Lee Johnson and 30-year-old Troy Daniel McClure face a felony charge of introducing major contraband into a jail.
Authorities moved them to the Ada County Jail on Tuesday.
A third inmate, Devon Elmore, was charged late last month.
Also last month, 31-year-old Danielle A. Pennington of Caldwell turned herself in to face similar charges after authorities say a guard found illegal communication devices in a package with a false bottom.
Electrician loses $27M lawsuit against Nike
PORTLAND — An electrician who claimed he was fired by Nike because he complained about safety violations at the Beaverton campus has lost a $27 million lawsuit against the company.
A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury ruled Wednesday in favor of Nike, which denied it was retaliating in January 2013 when it fired Douglas Ossanna.
The Oregonian reports the 56-year-old was fired because he broke Nike’s trust by sneaking his son and two other men into a fitness center to let them shoot hoops on an unfinished court. The surface was still drying and sustained some minor scuffing.
143 Oregon prison inmates helping fight wildfire
PORTLAND — Among those fighting the 10-square mile wildfire near Bend are 143 prison inmates.
The Oregon Department of Corrections put the minimum security inmates on the fire lines and expects they’ll work through the weekend. The prisoners are accompanied by 15 staffers
The Oregonian reports Oregon prison inmates have a tradition of fighting wildfires and replanting forests going back to the 1940s.
Last year, more than 800 inmates from nine prisons served time on the lines at 36 fires across Oregon.
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