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Gun foils home invasion Attempted entry mimics robbery 24 hours earlier BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
AGNEW — An attempted home invasion eerily similar to one closer to Port Angeles 24 hours before was thwarted early Sunday by a resident who shot at one of the bandits. The would-be robber fled
with two men in a dark modified car, witnesses told Clallam County sheriff’s deputies. It was not known if the man was hurt, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron said. Authorities said there is a good chance the three men
who tried to rob the home on the 300 block of South Barr Road between Port Angeles and Sequim early Sunday were the same men who invaded a Gales Addition home early Saturday and robbed a couple of money and jewelry. “We are advising the public to address [strangers] through locked doors,” Clallam County Sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Pieper said. If “anyone comes to their
door requesting any sort of assistance, they should call 9-1-1 if the person [or people] requesting assistance are not known,” Pieper said. One of the would-be home invaders knocked on the rear door of the Barr Road residence at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday to ask for help. Cameron said the man said he needed gas and asked to use a phone. TURN
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Emergency workers assist Amy Critchfield, who was struck by a car at U.S. Highway 101 and Bean
‘Rich man’s boat’ gets a job
Woman hit by car recovering PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES — A pedestrian struck by a car while crossing U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles on Monday morning was reportedly in satisfactory condition later in the day. The mishap happened at about 10 a.m. Monday, when Amy Critchfield, 32, of Port Angeles attempted to cross the highway at Bean Road, witnesses told Port Angeles police, who headed the investigation with assistance from the State Patrol. “Her injuries did not appear to be lifethreatening,” said Shane Martin, a Port Angeles police officer. A representative of Olympic Medical Center said that Critchfield was in satisfactory condition Monday afternoon. Critchfield was struck in the westbound lane of the highway, Martin said.
No charges pending
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Suva was designed for Northwest waters and has always sailed out of Puget Sound harbors. Once owned by a descendant of a Pratt & Whitney founder, it came to its present home in a roundabout way.
Suva now a day-tripper Owner had vowed he’d own a schooner ‘like that’ BY JENNIFER JACKSON FOR PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT TOWNSEND — When Lloyd Baldwin was growing up in the 1950s, his parents owned the Tides Inn on the waterfront on Sims Way. The family also lived at the motel, which for Lloyd, had two advantages: He could go sailing off the beach at his back door, and there were always interesting people coming through to talk to. His mother, Dorothy, ran a beauty salon at the motel. His dad, Dennis, used to take guests salmon fishing in the bay. Lloyd Baldwin still sails, and like his father, enjoys taking visitors out on the water — but in a much bigger boat. Baldwin is owner and captain of Suva, a 68-foot schooner built in 1925 for a phi-
lanthropist who had an estate on Whidbey Island, now part of Ebey’s Landing. Professionally maintained for 87 years, Suva was designed to take the philanthropist’s guests cruising on Puget Sound in the Gatsby era.
No murder charge for DUI driver BY ROB OLLIKAINEN PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
Day sails and charters Now, it takes people on day sails and charters out of Point Hudson, with Baldwin at the helm. “I’m the peasant who has stepped into a rich man’s boat,” Baldwin said. Named for the capital of Fiji, Suva was designed by yacht designer Ted Geary for a descendant of Francis Pratt, co-founder of Pratt & Whitney, now one of the big three aircraft-engine makers.
No charges are pending against the car’s driver, a 21-year-old Seattle resident, who was not identified. Port Angeles police and State Patrol closed both lanes of Highway 101 during the investigation, reopening it about 12:30 p.m.
Lloyd Baldwin talks with Lorilee Houston, left, at Point Hudson Marina in Port Townsend.
PORT ANGELES — A Clallam County judge has dismissed a first-degree murder charge against a Port Angeles woman accused of being nearly three times over the legal limit for alcohol in a head-on wreck that killed a nurse in March 2011. But Superior Court Judge Ken Williams, saying that the allegations that remain against Amber D. Steim, 25, are “deplorable,” ruled that Steim must face three serious charges — vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and witness tampering — in the crash that killed Ellen Joan DeBondt on state Highway 112 west of Port Angeles. TURN
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Settlement reached by Cruise, Holmes TOM CRUISE AND Katie Holmes are officially no longer husband and wife. Less than two weeks after Holmes filed for divorce, the couple have settled on a divorce agreement, according to a statement issued by Jonathan W. Wolfe, an attorney for Holmes. “The case has been settled, and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life,” Wolfe said. Holmes filed for divorce June 29, and the couple would have had to appear in court on July 17 had they not come to an agreement before then. Cruise and Holmes, who were married five years, did not disclose any details about who would have custody of their daughter, Suri, or what financial arrangements were reached. Just prior to announcing that a settlement was reached, representatives for Holmes and Cruise issued a joint statement,
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Actors Katie Holmes, left, and Tom Cruise arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in Hollywood, Calif., in February. saying they were moving forward with Suri in mind. “We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri’s best interests,” the couple told E! News. “We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other’s commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other’s roles as parents.”
Newest Kardashian Kourtney Kardashian has given birth to a girl and she’s naming her Penelope. The reality TV star told
E! News that her second child with boyfriend Scott Disick was born early Kardashian Sunday at CedarsSinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Her full name is Penelope Scotland Disick. Kardashian representatives said mother and child were “resting comfortably.” She and Disick have a 2-year-old son named Mason. Both of her pregnancies were highly publicized.
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JOYCE D. MILLER, 84, an influential advocate for women who believed equality in the workplace could be best achieved through labor unions, and who championed that cause when she broke into the male-dominated leadership of the AFL-CIO, died of a stroke June 30 in Washington, D.C. Ms. Miller was an advocate for women in the workplace for decades. She was a founding member and later president of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, a national group that since 1974 has helped organize women into unions. In 1980, she became the first woman elected to the executive board of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. And in 1993, President Bill Clinton named her executive director of the Glass Ceiling Commission, created by the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to study the barriers to promotion that women and minority employees faced in large companies. When she was elected to the AFL-CIO board, she had been in union management for about 20 years and was accustomed to working in a ‘‘sea of men,’’ the Associated Press quoted her as saying. She was 52 at the time and divorced with
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________ LEONTINE T.C. KELLY, 92, a retired United Methodist bishop and the first African-American woman elected to the episcopacy by a major religious denomination, died June 28. The teacher, pastoral leader and activist was considered a pioneer for her ministry of more than two decades. Bishop Kelly Her death was reported by United Methodist News Service. Bishop Judith Craig, who was elected a Methodist bishop just hours after Bishop Kelly in 1984, recalled the pioneer’s “audacious” life.
A preacher’s daughter who vowed never to marry a minister but did, found herself called to become one. Trained as a public school teacher, Bishop Kelly made the ministry her second career when she started pastoring a Methodist church in Virginia in 1969 after her husband’s death. She was ordained a deacon in 1972 and an elder in 1977. In 1984, she was named the first African-American woman and the second woman elected bishop in the United Methodist Church. She was charged with heading the denomination’s Western Jurisdiction, which included California and Nevada. Bishop Kelly served in the San Francisco area from 1984 until her retirement in 1992.
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He said he endured taunts of “get a horse” and About 250 delegates are “get that thing out of the attending a convention of way” as he tooled along the Puget Sound District Council of the Lumber and highways at an average of 35 mph, except when he hit Sawmill Workers union at a grade of any consethe Elks Temple in Port quence. Angeles. Although a sign on the Atop the agenda is a side of the Buick said “To proposal for the union to World’s Fair-Seattle,” Raber affiliate with the Committee for Industrial Organiza- said he doesn’t have plans to take the old car to the tion, or CIO. fair until this fall — after The union now has an affiliation with the Carpen- he has rested up from all ters & Joiners union, which the radiator boil-overs and flat tires endured during is a member of the rival the trip. American Federation of Labor, or AFL. 1987 (25 years ago) The AFL affiliation brings unionism “from the Petitions saying “No to stump to the carpenter’s Big Mac” are being circusaw,” one union official lated in Port Townsend declared. against a planned McDonLaugh Lines Seen Around A referendum vote ald’s restaurant near the Peninsula snapshots might be declared to join entrance to the city’s hisTHE DEMOCRATIC the CIO instead. toric district. SALESCLERK IN A CONVENTION is $27 milThe sale of property Peninsula grocery store lion in debt. They had to 1962 (50 years ago) next to Safeway and bortelling the inquiring cuscancel the kickoff event at dering the new Kah Tai tomer that the onions the the Charlotte Motor SpeedA 2,100-mile trip from Lagoon Nature Park is not customer is buying were way. Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Port final. grown in Walla Walla, A speedway is the perAngeles in a 1918 Baby Nevertheless, the proCalif. . . . fect place for the DemoBuick ended successfully test is being led by a group cratic Convention. You go for Woodie Raber. WANTED! “Seen Around” around in circles, turn left “Considering its age, the of eight businessmen. items. Send them to PDN News They say the McDonald’s car rides pretty well,” Desk, P.O. Box 1330, Port Angeles every few seconds, and you end up right where you Raber said as he pulled up would detract from the WA 98362; fax 360-417-3521; or started. unusual beauty and charm to the front of his shop at email news@peninsuladailynews. com. Jay Leno 315 E. First St. of the Victorian seaport.
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TODAY IS TUESDAY, July 10, the 192nd day of 2012. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: ■ On July 10, 1962, AT&T’s Telstar 1 communications satellite, capable of relaying television signals and telephone calls, was launched by NASA from Cape Canaveral. On this date: ■ In 1509, theologian John Calvin, a key figure of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Noyon, Picardy, France. ■ In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state. ■ In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the
Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification. However, the Senate rejected it. ■ In 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air. The Royal Air Force was ultimately victorious. ■ In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began at Kaesong. ■ In 1961, Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,” was paroled from a federal prison in West Virginia after serving 11 years for treason for her propaganda broadcasts from Nazi Germany during World War II. ■ In 1982, Pope John Paul II
named Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin of Cincinnati to succeed the late Cardinal John Cody as head of the Archdiocese of Chicago. ■ In 1985, the Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk with explosives in Auckland, New Zealand, by French intelligence agents; one activist was killed. ■ In 1991, President George H.W. Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa. ■ In 1992, a New York jury found Pan Am guilty of willful misconduct and responsible for allowing a terrorist bomb to destroy Flight 103 in 1988, killing 270 people, opening the way for civil lawsuits.
■ Ten years ago: The House approved, 310-113, a measure to allow airline pilots to carry guns in the cockpit to defend their planes against terrorists. President George W. Bush later signed the measure into law. ■ Five years ago: A judge in Los Angeles sentenced pizza deliveryman Chester Turner to death for murdering 10 women and a fetus during the 1980s and ’90s. ■ One year ago: Britain’s best-selling Sunday tabloid the News of the World, brought down by a phone-hacking scandal, signed off with a simple front page message: “THANK YOU & GOODBYE.”
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A3 Briefly: Nation U.S. buries airmen killed in 1965 crash ARLINGTON, Va. — Nearly 47 years after their plane went down during a combat mission over Laos, six airmen received a burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of the six airmen — identified not through DNA matches but through dental records, personal items and other circumstantial evidence — were buried in a single casket. The remains are representative of six Air Force servicemen: Col. Joseph Christiano of Rochester, N.Y.; Col. Derrell B. Jeffords of Florence, S.C.; Lt. Col. Dennis L. Eilers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chief Master Sgt. William K. Colwell of Glen Cove, N.Y.; Chief Master Sgt. Arden K. Hassenger of Lebanon, Ore.; and Chief Master Sgt. Larry C. Thornton of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Hassenger’s daughter, Robin Hobson, who was 8 when her father was deployed, said she takes comfort in the fact that the remains were found near the plane, which she takes as evidence that the men died quickly and did not suffer.
Justice charges 5 TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities made a rare disclosure Monday linked to the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, revealing the identities of four men accused of involve-
ment in the shooting death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Operation Fast and Furious was launched in 2009 to catch trafficking kingpins, but federal agents lost track of many weapons they were trying to trace. This marked the first time all five people accused of being involved in the shooting were named by authorities. The FBI said it is seeking information related to fugitives Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga, Ivan Soto Barraza, Heraclio Osorio Arellanes and Lionel Portillo Meza.
FBI aids in yacht probe OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — A team of FBI divers was brought in Monday to assist Long Island police officials investigating the July Fourth capsizing of a yacht that sank, killing three children. Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said divers were using sonar and video equipment to assess the site. The vessel is about 60 feet below the surface of Oyster Bay. Officials said they expect the boat to be retrieved today. The 34-foot Kandi Won had 27 people aboard —10 children and 17 adults — when it capsized following an Independence Day fireworks display. Killed were David Aureliano, 12, his cousin, Harley Treanor, 11, and a family friend, Victoria Gaines, who would have turned 8 on July 6. No serious injuries were reported by the 24 passengers who were rescued from the water, mostly by fellow boaters. The Associated Press
Briefly: World Annan reaches agreement with Syria’s Assad DAMASCUS, Syria — International envoy Kofi Annan tried to breathe new life Monday into his moribund peace efforts in Syria, saying he has reached a new framework with President Bashar Assad and would discuss it soon with rebel leaders. Opposition activists raised the death toll in the conflict to more than 17,000. Annan, the architect of the primary international plan to end Syria’s 16-month-old crisis, arrived in Iran on Monday for Annan talks with leaders there. With the violence in Syria growing increasingly chaotic and diplomatic efforts faltering, Annan has said Iran, a staunch Syrian ally, must be a part of a solution to the conflict. “We agreed on an approach which I will share with the armed opposition,” Annan told reporters following a two-hour meeting with Assad, which he described as “candid and constructive” Monday.
Arafat to be exhumed RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given final approval
to dig up Yasser Arafat’s remains and is pressing for an international probe into his predecessor’s mysterious 2004 death, a top aide said Monday. The decision came after a Swiss lab detected traces of a lethal radioactive agent on clothing said to be Arafat’s. Testing Arafat’s bones could offer the last chance to get to the bottom of Palestinian claims that their leader was poisoned. Several Palestinian officials have charged that Israel poisoned Arafat. The French doctors who treated Arafat in his final days did not present a clear cause of death, while Israel emphatically denied it killed the Palestinian leader. Arafat, who died at age 75, is buried in a mausoleum in the walled government compound in the West Bank.
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President Barack Obama lays out his middle-class tax-cut plan in the East Room of the White House on Monday. Behind him are taxpayers he said would benefit from his plan.
Obama would extend middle-class tax cuts Election-year appeal designed to contrast president, Romney BY JULIE PACE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, eager to shift election-year attention away from the nation’s lackluster jobs market, called on Congress Monday to extend tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year while allowing taxes to rise for households making more. “Let’s not hold the vast majority of Americans and our economy hostage while we debate the merits of another tax cut for the wealthy,” said Obama, flanked by a dozen people the White House said would benefit from the tax cut extension. Obama wants Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 before they expire at the end of the year.
He said the outcome of his election contest with Republican rival Mitt Romney would then determine the fate of the tax cuts for higher income earners. “My opponent will fight to keep them in place. I will fight to end them,” he said. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama “would not sign” a bill that extended the whole range of tax cuts in full.
Lackluster jobs report The president’s shift to the tax debate follows Friday’s lackluster jobs report showing the nation’s unemployment rate stuck at 8.2 percent. And it comes as Democrats embark on a coordinated attack on Romney, calling on him to explain offshore bank accounts. “We have to continue to grow our economy. We have to grow it
from the middle class out,” Robert Gibbs, an Obama campaign adviser, said Monday in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show. “But for millionaires and billionaires, they don’t need a tax cut,” he added. Gibbs said, “We’re going to have to make some tough choices in this country.” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Obama’s proposal amounted to a “massive tax increase,” adding, “It just proves again that the president doesn’t have a clue how to get America working again.” Romney hasn’t shirked from his wealth in the face of renewed Democratic criticism. The Republican candidate, whose personal net worth is about $250 million, held a $50,000-perperson fundraiser Sunday in New York’s exclusive Hamptons. Romney aides announced that the campaign and the Republican National Committee raised a combined $106 million in June. The Obama campaign said it raised $71 million that month.
On malware ‘doomsday,’ FBI finds 42,000 computers hit
Russia arms sale halts
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MOSCOW — Russia on Monday signaled that it would not sign new weapons contracts with Syria until the situation there calms down. The country will continue with previously agreed exports but won’t sell new arms to Syria, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy chief of the Russian military and technical cooperation agency, said. Russia has been providing Syria’s army with spare parts and assistance in repairs of the weapons supplied earlier, Dzirkaln said. He insisted that Russia does not sell helicopters or fighter planes to Syria. The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Internet users across the U.S. and beyond waited too long or simply didn’t believe warnings that they would lose access to the Internet just after midnight because of malware that took over computers around the world more than a year ago. At 12:01 a.m. Monday, the FBI turned off Internet servers that have functioned as a temporary safety net to keep infected computers online for the past eight months. A court order the agency had gotten to keep the servers running has expired. FBI officials have been tracking the number of computers they believe still may be infected by
The company added that it has the malware. As of Sunday night, they numbered about 41,800 in notified affected customers. The problem began when the U.S., down from 45,600 on July 4. Worldwide, the total is international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take roughly 211,000 infected. control of more than 570,000 computers around the world. When ‘Small percentage’ affected the FBI took down the hackers, AT&T said only a “small per- agents realized that if they turned centage” of its customers were off the malicious servers, the vicaffected. But the company will tims would lose Internet access. maintain Internet servers for In a highly unusual move, the them through the end of the year. FBI brought in a private company This, said spokesman Mark to install two clean Internet servSiegel, gives people “adequate ers to take over for the malicious time” to remove the virus from servers so that people would not their computers. suddenly lose their Internet. Verizon Communications Inc. And they arranged for a websaid it will “continue to provide site, http://www.dcwg.org, to extended support to our custom- help people determine whether their computer was infected. ers during the month of July.”
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West: Fishing boat leaking ammonia in Alaska harbor
Nation: Monument repairs to require huge scaffolding
World: Baby discovered in couple’s carry-on bag
World: Three more gored by bulls in Pamplona, Spain
THREE PEOPLE WERE treated for inhalation of ammonia vapors leaking from a Seattle-based fishing vessel as it was docked in Alaska’s Dutch Harbor, responders said Sunday. The leak was believed to be coming from a tank holding up to 5,000 pounds of ammonia, said Coast Guard Lt. Jim Fothergill. The cooling system on the 353-foot Excellence contains 20,500 pounds of ammonia. The three people treated for inhalation of the vapors were on board the vessel. Two were taken in stable condition for further treatment in Anchorage, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. One per-
REPAIRS TO THE Washington Monument will necessitate massive scaffolding to be built around the 555foot obelisk and may keep it closed until 2014 after it was damaged by an earthquake last year. National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson said Monday that a damage assessment found scaffolding is necessary to provide workers access to the top of the monument. Engineers said most of the damage is above 475 feet on the structure. The park service put the $15 million project up for bid, with proposals due by July 31. The agency hopes to start the yearlong project in September.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES authorities are investigating an Egyptian couple who tried to sneak their infant into the Gulf country by hiding him in carryon luggage, a local newspaper said. Monday’s reports said authorities discovered the baby at Sharjah airport when it showed up on an X-ray scan of the bag. The Gulf News said the baby boy had no passport, visa or other documents allowing him entry to the UAE. The paper and The National daily quoted police as saying the unidentified parents put the child’s life at risk with the scheme. The case is being handed over to prosecutors.
TWO BRITONS AND an American were gored Monday on the third day of Spain’s famed running of the bulls through the cobblestoned streets of Pamplona, the most gorings for one run so far this year. Thousands of daredevil runners charged ahead of six fighting bulls let loose for the annual San Fermin festival in northern Spain. Aryeh Deutsch, 38, of Cherry Hill, N.J., said he tripped and fell amid a crowd of runners and saw the animal heading toward him. “He got me in the right calf,” he said. The two Britons were also gored in the leg. None was injured seriously.
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Kids to explore nature of Elwha at library event PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
PORT ANGELES â€” A hands-on interactive program for children will be presented by NatureBridge at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants will â€œtravel through timeâ€? to explore the history of the river and the events that led to the historic Elwha restoration project.
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They also will play with a river model to experience how the river sediment will be affected by the removal of the dams and get a chance to participate in balloon mapping and learn about other research being conducted along the
IN THE SUN
James Reick, left, and Micah Rud, both 16 from Port Angeles, play music for spare change in front of the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain in downtown Port Angeles. Summer-like weather brought many people outdoors, but cooler conditions greeted the North Olympic Peninsula over the weekend.
NORTH BEND â€” A hiker who had been missing in the Cascade foothills near North Bend has been found dead. King County Sheriffâ€™s Sgt. Cindi West said the body of 50-year-old John Wright of University Place was spotted at about the 3,400-foot level in the Green Mountain area. He appeared to have fallen a few hundred feet. West said the fall is believed to have been accidental, and itâ€™s not clear if he tripped or if the ground gave out underneath him. Wright had been missing since Friday, when he failed to pick up his daughter, and teams found his car near the middle fork of
Programs all summer The River Fun programs are offered in conjunction with River Story, a multifaceted visual exhibit, accompanied by an extensive schedule of programs and events, presented through Sept. 8, at library. For more information, visit www.nols.org and click on the River Story link in the center of the page or email Margaret Jakubcin at AssistantDirector@nols.org or phone 360-417-8505.
Briefly . . . Hiker found dead near North Bend
Elwha River. NatureBridge is a nonprofit organization working to connect young people to nature, strengthen environmental literacy and support experiential environmental science outside the â€œtraditionalâ€? classroom.
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Yakama Indian Reservation serves about 1,200 stuCONTINUED FROM A1 dents, with roughly twoUniversity fire thirds of the student body The resident kept the TOPPENISH â€” The composed of Hispanic and door locked as he retrieved Yakima County Fire MarNative American students. a phone and a handgun. shalâ€™s Office is investigatWhen the homeowner ing the cause of a fire that Home visits boost opened the door, a second destroyed a hall at HeriSEATTLE â€” Ten Wash- man emerged, pointing a tage University south of ington programs that make gun at the resident. Yakima. The homeowner quickly home visits to families with Classes were on schedbabies are getting an infu- closed the door and fired a ule early Monday for the sion of more than $1.4 mil- shot through it, Cameron 226 summer students at said. the private liberal arts col- lion to keep them going. â€œI donâ€™t think anybody The home visiting prolege, but the fire disrupted got hurt,â€? Cameron said, citwater service to the school gram is aimed at families ing a lack of bloodstains in and forced a cancellation of living in poverty or with the area. other challenges such as classes at noon. A third man drove the chronic health problems or The university also getaway car north on Barr drug or alcohol addiction. closed a child care center Road. The initiative, administhat was not damaged but Cameron said the car had no access to food service. tered by Thrive by Five was described as a darkWashington, is aimed at The Sunday fire building positive family rela- colored, two-door European destroyed a 1926 building model with loud exhaust tionships, preventing abuse that was the universityâ€™s and encouraging education. and low to the ground. first structure. Petrie Hall Sheriff â€™s deputies, With this extra help, housed a cafeteria, kitchen, parents are better equipped Sequim police, Port Angeles bookstore, computer labs to help their kids learn. and several classrooms. police and U.S. Border The Associated Press Patrol officers were unable The university on the
to locate the car or any of the men. Cameron provided the following descriptions of the men: â– Suspect No. 1: White male in his early 20s, about 5-foot-6 with a slender build and dark hair. He was wearing a dark blue pullover â€œhoodieâ€? and a dark baseball cap. â– Suspect No. 2 with the gun: White male in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall with a slender build and blond hair. He was wearing a dark hoodie and dark bandana over his face. â– Suspect No. 3, the getaway driver: The white male behind the wheel, who was asked by a neighbor why the car was there, was described as being in his mid-20s with clean-cut dark hair. A Gales Addition couple
was robbed almost exactly 24 hours earlier by three armed men wearing disguises who came into the coupleâ€™s home on the 3000 block of Fourth Avenue at 1:27 a.m. Saturday. The home invaders also were wearing hoodies. Once inside the home, the robbers demanded that the man open a safe and took about $900 in cash and jewelry from it, Cameron said over the weekend. The three men then fled in what was described as a small foreign-made vehicle. â€œWe just donâ€™t get these that often,â€? Cameron said. Anyone with information is asked to phone the Clallam County Sheriffâ€™s Office at 360-417-2459.
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Steim: Judgeâ€™s ruling was the â€˜right thing to doâ€™ CONTINUED FROM A1 cuting Attorney Deb Kelly was not available for comWilliams on Friday ment. Kelly had charged Steim granted defense attorney Ralph Andersonâ€™s motion with first-degree murder based on a 1986 case, State with extreme indifference in April after picking up the v. Knapstad. â€œThe conduct which the case from Deputy Prosecutstate alleges Ms. Steim ing Attorney John Troberg. Anderson said Monday committed is deplorable,â€? that Williamsâ€™ ruling was Williams wrote. â€œIf the state can prove â€œthe right thing to do.â€? â€œEvery prosecutor I the conduct alleged, her actions are clearly crimi- talked to could not believe that someone would try to nal.â€? file murder [charges against Steim],â€? Anderson said. Driving conduct â€œWeâ€™re absolutely But, he said, â€œthe factual thrilled that Judge Wilallegations of the state, liams had the courage and even when inferences are judicial insight to dismiss construed in the stateâ€™s the murder charge.â€? favor, do not rise to the level Anderson told Williams which could reasonably sus- in a June 28 hearing that tain the current charge of the facts donâ€™t support a murder in the first degree.â€? murder charge. If convicted, Steim faces Kelly, who filed her own a sentencing range of 55 motion on June 19, counmonths to 65 months in tered that there was probaprison, Anderson said. ble cause to charge Steim Clallam County Prose- with murder. She added
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that the defense did not follow the appropriate procedure for a Knapstad motion. A n d e r - Steim son said the legislature never intended for murder to be applied in a case like Steimâ€™s. â€œAmber doesnâ€™t even have a prior DUI,â€? he added. Investigators said Steim was driving westbound on Highway 112 with a 0.23 percent blood-alcohol level when she allegedly crossed the centerline and rumble strip in a pickup and crashed into a truck driven by DeBondt at 7:54 a.m. on March 6, 2011. The State Patrol said DeBondt was killed instantly. Anderson said he will argue that DeBondt died because she was denied medical services at the scene.
Anderson said it is unclear whether the trial will begin as scheduled later this month. Court papers allege that Steim drank alcohol at a friendâ€™s birthday party at a Port Angeles bar and hotel in the early morning hours of March 6, leaving the hotel at 5:30 a.m. Steim and her friend, Nicole Boucher, were on their way to Freshwater Bay when the wreck occurred. The witness-tampering charge stems from an
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DeBondt, 44, was a wellknown home health nurse from Crescent Bay. Steim posted a $100,000 bail 10 days after the incident but was sent back to jail after the alcohol-monitoring bracelet she was required to wear detected a 0.058 percent blood-alcohol level last October.
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while driving sober at night. It was ruled an accident, and Steim was not charged. â€œHere, Ms. Steimâ€™s predriving knowledge and history are all proper factors to be used to assess the question of the mens rea [guilty mind] of indifference to consequences of her conduct which caused death,â€? Williams wrote in his 13-page ruling. â€œHowever, there must be conduct which in and of itself creates a grave risk of death for that evidence to even be considered. â€œThat conduct, when it is driving, must be more than inattention, more than negligence, even more than the recklessness we see as an element of other crimes,â€? Williams added. â€œIt must be conduct so egregious that it is â€˜likelyâ€™ to cause death. Otherwise, only the crime of vehicular homicide has been committed as a matter of law.â€?
Steim was charged with physical control of a vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol after a November 2010 incident at a Port Angeles gas station. She was convicted of first-degree negligent driving for that incident in Jan_________ uary 2011. That conviction applies to her sentencing Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be range. reached at 360-452-2345, ext. In 2007, Steim struck 5072, or at rob.ollikainen@ and killed a pedestrian peninsuladailynews.com.
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