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  • Fri May 14th, 2010 9:52pm
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Whale wrapped in crab pots takes off

SEATTLE — The whale caught in a crab pot line near the Washington coast has taken off.

A biologist with the Cascadia Research Collective says when rescuers reached the site Friday morning the juvenile humpback was gone.

Erin Falcone in the organization’s Olympia office said that may mean the whale swam free. Or it may mean it’s dragging a crab pot.

The rescuers are searching for the signal from a radio transmitter that was attached Thursday to the whale when they were able to cut some of the lines. One still wrapped the tail.

First Copper River salmon flies in

The first shipment of the highly prized Copper River salmon arrived at Sea-Tac Airport on Friday morning aboard an Alaska Airlines cargo plane from Cordova, Alaska.

It carried 25,000 pounds of fresh sockeye and king salmon from the fishery that opened Thursday on Alaska’s Copper River.

Most of the first shipment is headed for Seattle restaurants. Several chefs waited at the airport for a cook-off for a celebrity panel to pick the best salmon recipe.

Bestiality tourist charged with lies

There’s no federal law against having sex with dogs, but there is one against lying on government documents.

Prosecutors say a British tourist broke that law when he wrote on a visa waiver application that he had never been convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude and that he wasn’t entering the U.S. to engage in criminal or immoral activities.

Stephen Clarke was arrested last month at what investigators say was a Whatcom County farm where visitors could engage in twisted sex acts with animals. They say the farm was run by convicted cocaine smuggler Douglas Spink.

Investigators found videos of Clarke having sex with dogs, and he pleaded guilty to animal abuse in state court on Tuesday. He was charged Friday in U.S. District Court with lying on his application for a visa waiver that allowed him to stay in the country for 90 days.

Aberdeen: Truck, bus crash hurts two

The driver and a passenger on a Grays Harbor Transit bus suffered minor injuries in a collision Friday with a truck at an intersection in Aberdeen.

KBKW Radio reports police said it appeared the truck could not stop at a flashing red light and hit the bus, forcing it into a building.

The two injured people were taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

Pasco: Pregnant woman strangled

An autopsy shows a pregnant Richland woman was strangled to death and the nearly full-term fetus also died of a lack of oxygen.

The Tri-City Herald reports the autopsy results on 19-year-old Shenay Greenough were released Thursday after Kurtis Robert Chapman made his first court appearance in Franklin County Superior Court.

The 22-year-old Pasco man is accused of strangling Greenough during an argument about breaking up. She had been reported missing Saturday. Her body was found Monday under the Chapman’s home.

Chapman is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on a second-degree murder charge.

Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel says Greenough was more than 30 weeks pregnant.

Associated Press