Yakima fans queue for Elton John tickets
YAKIMA — Hundreds of people waited in line at the Yakima Valley SunDome to buy tickets for the July 18 Elton John concert.
That included 30 people who camped out at the SunDome Friday night so they could be first in line to buy tickets for John’s first scheduled U.S. appearance following his may-June European tour.
The Yakima concert is the only one John has scheduled for the Pacific Northwest this tour.
Tickets were also available online or by phone for the 8,300-seat arena.
Seattle: Sick raccoons reported
Sick raccoons have been reported this week in east King County — including Bellevue, Redmond and Renton — and officials suspect an outbreak of canine distemper in the wild animals.
The Seattle-King County Health Department said Friday the disease could spread to dogs if they have not been vaccinated.
Animal Control and state Fish and Wildlife officials said pets should be fed indoors and people should not feed raccoons or allow them to eat pet food or garbage.
Raccoons also present a risk of spreading other diseases, including rabies.
Spokane: Duck nest raided of eggs
A duck nest in downtown Spokane was raided on Friday and four of the mama duck’s six eggs are missing.
The Spokesman-Review reported several tulips that had sheltered the duck in a planter in front of the Lincoln Building were ripped from the flower bed and feathers were strewn about.
Downtown workers who had been monitoring the mama duck are devastated by the news.
Some suspect a crow may be responsible. Teenagers and dogs are also suspect. No witnesses have come forward.
Lacey: Crash kills one, injures two
An early morning two-car crash involving a taxi cab has left one person dead and two others injured in Lacey.
Lacey Police said one driver died in the accident at about 5:45 a.m. Saturday. A passenger in the taxi was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The taxi driver was also transported to the hospital with non-life-threating injuries.
Police have not released the identities of the people involved and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
Federal Way: Man accused of killing elderly mother
A Federal Way man has been charged with killing the mother he’d taken care of for the past 20 years.
Federal Way Police say Jerry Thompson shot his 88-year-old mother and then tried to kill himself on Wednesday. He was charged Friday with first-degree murder. The son remains in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Federal Way police report that he is in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive.
Thompson has no criminal history. If convicted of first-degree murder, he could be sentenced to 26 to 31 years in prison.
A close friend told police that Thompson was worried about his mother’s declining health and about their financial situation.
Pasco: Artist Maya Lin in Tri-Cities to discuss sculpture
World-renowned artist Maya Lin was in the Tri-Cities to talk about her Confluence Project sculpture that will be at Sacajawea Park.
The project is part of a regional effort begun in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial celebration. It will feature artistic works at seven historically significant locations along the Columbia and Snake rivers.
One of the sites is at Sacajawea Park, where the early explorers camped for three days at the point where the Snake River runs into the Columbia River.