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  • Fri Jun 11th, 2010 9:52pm
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FDIC shuts down Washington First International Bank

SEATTLE — Regulators have shut down a bank in Washington, bringing to 82 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday took over Seattle-based Washington First International Bank, with $520.9 million in assets and $441.4 million in deposits. East West Bank, based in Pasadena, Calif., agreed to assume the deposits and $501 million of the assets of the failed bank.

The failure of Washington First International Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $158.4 million.

Air Force to hold intercept exercise off NW coast

The U.S. and Canadian air forces will practice intercepting aircraft next week off the coasts of the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska.

Exercise Amalgam Dart will run Tuesday through Thursday and will involve aircraft from five states and Canada.

Air Force C-21 jets — a military version of the Learjet — will be intercepted by fighters from Oregon, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia. The jets will be scrambled by controllers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma and aided by an Airborne Warning and Control jet from Oklahoma and refueling planes from Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane.

Suspect competent for Seattle rape-slaying trial

The man accused of raping two Seattle women in their home and stabbing one of them to death has been found competent to stand trial.

KOMO Radio reported Friday’s decision in King County Superior Court clears the way for proceedings to begin in the aggravated murder trial of Isaiah Kalebu.

Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is not seeking the death penalty because of Kalebu’s history of mental illness.

He also is charged with attempted murder, rape and burglary in the attack last July that killed Teresa Butz.

Bothell: McMenamins plans a pub-hotel

The Portland company known for turning old buildings into pubs plans an entertainment complex at a historic school building in Bothell.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reported McMenamins is planning a 70-room hotel, restaurant, pub, movie theater, live music venue and spa at the 79-year-old Anderson school.

City Manager Bob Stowe said the company will pay $2.3 million for the 6-acre property, which is near the Pop Keeney stadium. It also will provide nearly $5 million in community benefits, such as reopening the adjacent Northshore public swimming pool.

McMenamins said the sale should close in April 2011 and construction would start in May 2012.

The deal goes before the Bothell City Council on Tuesday.

Walla Walla: Four cows killed by lightning

Four cows standing under a tree in a pasture were killed by a bolt of lightning near Milton-Freewater, Ore.

Rancher Scott Hendricks told The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin the cows were killed instantly Wednesday afternoon and two of them fell on their calves. A neighbor was able to pull the dead animals off the calves and save them.

Tacoma: Espresso robbery suspect jailed

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives searched a Tacoma motel room Friday where a suspect in a string of espresso stand robberies had been staying.

KIRO-TV reported detectives also are searching a pickup truck that may have been used in the robbery spree.

The 32-year-old man was arrested Thursday night and jailed for investigation of robbery.

Two more coffee stands had been hit Thursday bringing the total in the past two months in Pierce County to more than a dozen.

Port Orchard mayor can avoid DUI charge

Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola has been approved for a program that would reduce a drunken driving charge to negligent driving, if he avoids any violations for two years.

The Kitsap Sun reported Coppola accepted the pretrial diversion Thursday while pleading not guilty in Pierce County District Court to the DUI charge.

The Washington State Patrol said he had a blood-alcohol level of .12 when he was arrested May 2 near his home. The legal limit is .08.

Friday Harbor: Orca calf spotted in San Juans

The Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor says K pod has returned to Washington waters with a new calf.

The calf was spotted Tuesday with the pod near Stuart Island in the San Juans. It’s been labeled K43 and it appears to be about five months hold.

KING-TV reported there are now 20 whales in K pod, one of three pods that spend much of the year in Puget Sound waters.

Spokane: Girl injured in pizza delivery crash

A 9-year-old girl remains in critical condition in Spokane after a crash that also injured her father and grandmother.

The sheriff’s office reported their car was hit Thursday evening by a pizza delivery car that ran a stop sign at an intersection about 20 miles north of Spokane.

Detective David Thornbug said the girl suffered major internal injuries. Her grandmother suffered a broken neck and fractured ribs. Her father received minor injuries and was able to start CPR on his daughter before medics arrived.

Yakima: Teacher’s spouse testifies in sex trial

The husband of a Yakima teacher accused of having sex with one of her students testified in her defense in Yakima County Superior Court.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Kevin Taylor said Thursday he’s sure Michele Taylor was home with him and their triplets the night of May 9, 2009, when she’s accused of having sex with a 16-year-old in a pickup truck in a parking lot.

Michele Taylor is charged with sexual misconduct and immoral communication with a minor.

Associated Press