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POLICE | Officers draw handguns on shoplifter suspected of having gun [3]

VOL. 16, NO. 22




OPINION | Meet new Mirror reporter Raechel Dawson [4] Roegner: Things to know about Federal Way [4] MR. FEDERAL WAY | School district should strive for transparency [7] COMMUNITY | New Town Square Park draws concerns over cost [8]

SPORTS | Runners kick off Federal Way FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014 | 75¢ Cup series; teams head to state [10-11]

CITIZEN OF MONTH | Jerry Korum named Mirror’s May Citizen of the Month [9]

School board narrows candidates to five Applicants will be publicly interviewed June 3, with final decision expected June 24 BY RAECHEL DAWSON


fter three days of receiving applications for the Federal Way Public Schools board of directors vacant position, the board narrowed the 12 eligibles down to five. The District 5 board position became vacant after former board director Tony Moore resigned because he was convicted of felony theft last month. Debra Stenberg, district spokeswoman, said legally the board can discuss qualifications of candidates for appointment to elective office in an executive session, however, no decisions or votes can be cast. “Our legal counsel indicated that the best approach for narrowing the field is to discuss in executive session, then have a motion in open session to invite five for interviews,” Stenberg wrote in an email. The five include Jeremy Cucco, Hiroshi Eto, Shelley Ko, Tanaya Lanning and Richard Champion. After the executive session on May 22 at a regular meeting, board director Danny Peterson made a motion to move the five

‘You can’t handle the Tru’ Above, Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant bites in to a burger he created to benefit the Trufant Family Foundation on Thursday at Stacks in Federal Way. Trufant unveiled his own custom burger, dubbed “You can’t handle the Tru” during the event, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Trufant also signed autographs during the event (right). Trufant’s new double cheese burger includes pepper jack cheese, tomato, golden onion ring, jalapeños and a spicy sauce on a toasted wheat bun. A percentage of sales from the event will benefit the Trufant Family Foundation. Trufant said he started the foundation in 2003 when he was drafted to play football with the Seahawks. His vision was to “give back to a community where I was born and raised directly giving financial support to my foundation and my time to foundation events.” Stacks Burgers, Shakes and Fries is located at 1706 S. 320th St., Suite A, in Federal Way. LISA MONET PHOTOGRAPHY, Contributed

candidates, which was seconded by board vice president Geoffery McAnalloy. Stenberg said the meeting’s notice was posted within 24 hours, the minimum requirement per state law, on the district’s website. The five applicants will be publicly interviewed on June 3, with a final decision expected on June 24 - to be announced at a public meeting.


Background: Champion first moved to Federal Way in 2009. Prior to that, he lived in Seattle’s U-district neighborhood and grew up in Kelso, Wash. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering and nanotechnology from the University of Washington two years ago. Champion has worked in various capacities as a teaching and research assistant throughout his collegiate career. He currently holds one patent for the “Reduction of the Adsorption of Quaternary Ammonium Salts onto Cellulosic Fibers” and has published several articles in scientific journals. Experience: Champion has a long resume of scientific knowl[ more SCHOOL, page 2 ]

Federal Way shooting suspect charged with murder; bail set at $2 million BY GREG ALLMAIN

Bernard Bellerouche, the man accused of two fatal shootings in Federal Way earlier this month, was

charged with first-degree ments in Federal Way. murder and unlawThe state set his ful possession of bail at $2 million a firearm in King due to Bellerouche’s County Superior long criminal histoCourt on Thursday. ry, which includes The charges are assault, robbery, related to the May harassment, and 7 shooting death of theft, among others, Bernard Bellerouche according to court Demario Washington at the Silver documents. Shadow ApartThe charge for

unlawful possession of a firearm is related to his past convictions, because felons are not allowed to own or have a firearm in their possession. The documents state that Bellerouche is considered a flight risk, citing his escape to Kennewick, Wash. in the days after the shootings he is alleged to have

committed. Police arrested Bellerouche on Saturday, after U.S. Marshals found him in Kennewick. Bellerouche is also believed to be connected to the shooting death of 22-year-old George J. Gabriel on May 13 at the Mariposa Apartments in Federal Way. Detectives have also indicated he is RIGHT AUTO SALES Quality Cars 33333 Pacific Hwy S • 253-839-4701

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a person of interest in a shooting that injured one man in Des Moines on May 12. If convicted of the charges, Bellerouche faces up to 35 years in prison, the documents continue. His arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 12 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Federal Way Mirror, May 30, 2014  

May 30, 2014 edition of the Federal Way Mirror

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