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Northwest Briefly: Motorcade returns slain deputy’s body

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  • Police escort an ambulance with the body of a slain Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell onto I-5 in Seattle on Tuesday.

    Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

    Police escort an ambulance with the body of a slain Pierce County sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell onto I-5 in Seattle on Tuesday.

TACOMA — Law enforcement officers, firefighters and members of the public lined I-5 overpasses as the body of slain Pierce County sheriff’s Deputy Kent Mundell left Seattle en route to a Pierce County funeral home.
The motorcade left the King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday afternoon. Seattle police, state troopers and fellow Pierce County deputies escorted the medic unit carrying the casket. Mundell, 44, died Monday evening at Harborview Medical Center after he was removed from life support.
Mundell and Sgt. Nick Hausner were shot Dec. 21 by David Crable when they responded to a domestic violence call at an Eatonville home. Investigators say despite being hit multiple times, Mundell shot back, killing Crable. Hausner is recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck.
A memorial for Mundell is planned Jan. 5 at the Tacoma Dome.
Vancouver, Wash.: Snow slickens roads in time for commute
A snowstorm has slickened roads and caused several spinouts on southwest Washington highways.
The Columbian reports that police responded to several traffic mishaps on Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Tuesday evening although forecaster Shawn Weagle in Portland, Ore., said the snow was expected to turn to rain in a few hours.
Snow also snarled traffic in the greater Portland metro area. Tuesday evening rush hour traffic moved at a crawl through downtown Portland and its suburbs.
Seattle: Four more state banks join oversight list
Four more Washington banks are being scrutinized more closely by state and federal regulators.
That brings to 28 the number of Washington-based banks working under closer government oversight.
The Seattle Times reports the new orders were disclosed Monday by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Reserve Board and the state Department of Financial Institutions.
The banks are Lynnwood-based Bank of Washington, Viking Bank of Seattle, Pierce Commercial Bank of Tacoma and American Marine Bank of Bainbridge Island.
The orders vary from bank to bank. In general, they require them to get regulator approval on changes in senior management, increase capital, make plans to purge bad loans and reduce reliance on certain loan categories.
Fort Lewis: Soldier accused in home-invasion robbery
A Fort Lewis soldier who recently returned from Iraq is one of three men accused in a home-invasion robbery in Thurston County. The Thurston County Sheriff’s office says all three men were carrying weapons. The robbery was described in court papers as a “hostile takeover” of the residence.
Thurston County Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Mealy says the men took electronics, including computers and a television, as well as cash and an iPod.
Nineteen-year-old Jessup Tillmon is identified in court documents as an Army soldier from Fort Lewis who lives in Lakewood.
The two other men arrested in connection with the robbery are Deshone Verell Herbin and John L. Burns.
Longview: Thieves take family’s Christmas presents
It looks like Christmas on the outside of Jennifer Johns’ Longview home, with lights and cheery signs proclaiming “Happy Holidays” and “Santa’s Workshop.”
But the mood inside is bleak. On Christmas Day, thieves walked off with all her family’s presents and other possessions.
She says they didn’t just take her PlayStation game console, they also stole five years’ worth of photos stored on the memory card inside.
After a happy Christmas morning opening gifts, the family spent the afternoon at grandmother’s house. They returned to find the back door kicked in and many of their things gone, including a new big-screen TV.
Johns says it feels like the thieves waited for them to leave and knew what was waiting under the tree.
Renton: Bad moves thwart truck heist
Truck theft diary:
Take silver 1985 Chevy truck from City Transfer yard in Sumner early Monday morning. Helpfully fill it with unleaded gasoline. Fail to notice it requires diesel.
Call 911 for assistance when truck stalls shortly after noon Monday on Highway 167 in Renton area. Grab green reflective vest found in truck so as to appear to be actual City Transfer employee when help arrives.
Have the misfortune to have a REAL City Transfer employee drive by and report location of stalled, stolen truck to police.
Watch Washington State Patrol troopers arrive. Watch a real City Transfer employee who witnessed the theft arrive and describe the man he saw take the truck.
State trooper Dan McDonald said Tuesday that a 19-year-old Tacoma man identified as Jesse Rodriguez was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft. The truck was released to City Transfer.
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