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Sex offender moves into downtown

A sex offender has moved to downtown Spokane.

Paul Michael Johnson, 34, is a Level III sex offender, meaning police consider him to be at a high risk to re-offend, according to a Spokane Police Department press release.

Johnson has convictions for two different child molestation cases. In both instances, the victims were young girls, police said.

Johnson is supervised by the state Department of Corrections and is to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, police said.

Johnson is described by police as 5 feet 1 inch tall, 190 pounds, with receding brown hair and hazel eyes.

Johnson is not currently wanted by law enforcement.

Small quake recorded at Mount Hood

Portland A small earthquake rumbled beneath Mount Hood on Monday but it wasn’t related to Mount St. Helens’ venting of steam and ash, according to scientists.

“All these volcanoes have a common tectonic setting,” said Willie Scott, geologist with the United States Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory, in Vancouver, Wash. “But each system operates quite independently on their own plumbing system and own magma systems.”

Preliminary data at the Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network at the University of Washington in Seattle showed that the earthquake was about 2.7 in magnitude, said lab technician John Patrick.

Scott said it was just a coincidence that a quake shook Mount Hood as Mount St. Helens was belching steam and ash.

When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, a swarm of earthquakes shook Mount Hood. But the two events likely had different causes, say scientists.

Volcanic activity usually doesn’t cause earthquakes in other locations, said Carolyn Driedger, a geologist with the Cascade Observatory.

The quake on Mount Hood Monday morning was likely tectonic, she said, a result of rocks breaking up due to geologic plates sliding under North America.

Jobs for the disabled focus of conference

A free conference on employment opportunities for people with disabilities will be held Wednesday in the Lair Student Center, Building 6, at Spokane Community College.

The Pathways to Employment Conference will provide resources and employment information for people with disabilities and showcase agencies that provide services.

The conference is organized by the Washington Work Incentives Network, which includes staff from the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, other government agencies and community groups.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The conference will include speakers, a consumer panel and workshops on topics such as navigating the Social Security Administration system. The conference ends at 4:30 p.m.

Former head of KING in Seattle dead at 83

Seattle Ancil Payne, a pioneer of television journalism who ran KING Television from 1970 until the mid-1980s, has died at the age of 83.

Payne, who retired in 1987, died Saturday following a 22-year battle with cancer.

Under his leadership, KING-TV, the region’s first television station, was recognized for a bold, professional approach.

Payne had no broadcast experience when he was hired by KING in 1959 but helped build the company into a $400 million broadcasting and cable conglomerate.

He attended Willamette University and the University of Oregon, enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and rose to second lieutenant during World War II.

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