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In brief: Parole revoked for murderer, 78

From Wire Reports

DEER LODGE, Mont. – The state Board of Pardons and Parole has revoked the parole of a 78-year-old convicted murderer who skipped out on supervision 38 years ago.

The board decided Friday to hold Frank Dryman at the Montana State Prison. He can seek another parole hearing in five years.

Dryman was arrested March 23 in Arizona City, Ariz., where he was living under the name Victor H. Houston, running a wedding chapel and working as a notary public.

He was convicted of killing Clarence Pellett, who had picked up Dryman as a 19-year-old drifter caught in a snowstorm outside Shelby in northern Montana. Dryman was paroled in 1969 after serving 15 years in prison, and three years later, he disappeared.

The grandson of the victim tracked Dryman down.

Work farm inmate kills trapped deer

WALLA WALLA – The Washington State Penitentiary said an inmate on a work crew killed and butchered a deer that was entangled in netting at the prison’s pheasant farm near Walla Walla.

Spokeswoman Shari Hall said the minimum-security prisoner killed the deer last Saturday using a box cutter that the crew is allowed to use. Investigators acting on a tip Tuesday found about 15 pounds of venison in garbage bags in the farm’s break room.

Hall said she didn’t know what the inmate intended to do with the meat. The break room has no cooking equipment, and no campfires are allowed on the farm.

The inmate, who is a former butcher, lost work crew privileges and could face other punishment. He is incarcerated on a drug conviction and is scheduled to be released in December 2012.

Hawaii trash will come to East Side

LONGVIEW, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved plans for a Seattle company to ship garbage from Honolulu to a landfill in Eastern Washington, the Roosevelt landfill in Klickitat County.

The Daily News of Longview reports the first shipment is expected in June and about a barge a month will be arriving at Longview’s port on the Columbia River.

The Hawaiian Waste Systems company plan had been delayed months, waiting for federal approval. A USDA filing Thursday in the Federal Register said the project will not pose a significant risk to the environment.

Tons of plastic-wrapped bales of waste have been piling up in Honolulu because the shipments were expected to start in October.

Chinook pass open to drivers

OLYMPIA – The Washington Transportation Department said Chinook Pass opened as scheduled at noon Friday, clearing the National Scenic Byway for drivers on the east side of Mount Rainier.

The 5,430-foot pass on Highway 410 was closed for the winter season Nov. 8 because of the avalanche risk.

Crews began work April 12 removing snow more than 10 feet deep. On Tuesday, crews from the east and west sides met at the summit.

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