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Sirens & Gavels

Noteworthy from the Pacific Northwest

From a Little League coach with questionable parenting skills to gang-bangers in Yakima with disasterously bad aim, click through to the full post for today's roundup of noteworthy crime and public safety news from across the Pacific Northwest.

Would this be considered team-building?

ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- An Arlington Little League coach is accused of using some of his players to help in a break-in.

Snohomish County prosecutors charged 31-year-old George Spady Jr. on Monday with burglary. Court documents say he took his son, a nephew and another player from the team when he broke into a vacant Arlington shop and took overhead lights and other items.

One boy told his stepfather who called deputies. The Everett Herald reports the boys are not expected to be charged.

Call it a bakeover

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- Lynnwood police say a bank robber may be using costume makeup to disguise himself as a burn victim.

KCPQ reports a robber with a badly scarred face hit the All City Credit Union Monday and a Wells Fargo bank branch on May 30. He wore sun glasses and a cap but video of his face showed the scarring.

Neighbor got honked off

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Being honked off doesn't give you a right to honk on.

That's the ruling from a Snohomish County Superior Court judge in the case of a woman who expressed her anger at a neighbor by leaning on her car horn at 6 a.m.

Helen Immelt, of Monroe, got in a dispute with the neighbor in 2006, after she learned that he had filed a complaint with their homeowners association about her chickens. She responded by parking in front of his house at 5:50 a.m. the next day and leaning on her horn for 10 minutes straight.

After he called the police, she returned for a second round of honking two hours later. Immelt was cited for a noise violation and appealed her conviction to the superior court, saying her honking was free speech.

But Judge Richard J. Thorpe ruled Monday, "Horn honking which is done to annoy or harass others is not speech."

Body parts probe continues

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- Kitsap County sheriff's investigators are waiting to find out if bones dug up at a Port Orchard construction site Monday night come from the same body as a severed foot found there Saturday in a boot.

Deputy Scott Wilson says the bones have been turned over to forensics experts with the King County medical examiner's office. He says no more digging is planned Tuesday, but officials continue to search the area for possible evidence.

Wilson says if forensics experts can provide a gender and general age for the bones, detectives will have more to go on. He says there are no immediate missing person cases that seem to match.

Bystanders wounded in gang shootouts

YAKIMA (AP) -- Two gang shootings in Yakima in a week have wounded innocent bystanders.

Police Capt. Greg Copeland told The Yakima Herald-Republic it's disturbing and unusual.

On Sunday a 23-year-old Michigan woman visiting her grandmother was hit in the leg by shots apparently fired at people in another yard. Six days earlier, a 13-year-old girl in the same neighborhood was hit by a shot that went through the wall of a home.

Since April, there have been at least nine gang shootings in the Yakima Valley, including a fatal shooting last month in Yakima.

David Wasson oversees coverage of politics and state and local government and assists with editing on the City Desk.

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