Group gets animals from bestiality case
BELLINGHAM — The Whatcom Humane Society will receive legal custody of nine animals seized from an alleged bestiality farm in Sumas.
The Bellingham Herald reported that Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig decided the animal shelter should have the custody last Friday. The farm — Exitpoint Stallions Inc. — was fighting in court to retain custody of two stallions and seven male dogs.
In April, federal agents arrested the farm’s owner, Douglas Spink, and a British man, Stephen Clarke. Spink, a convicted cocaine smuggler, remains in federal custody, facing charges he violated his probation for his arrest.
Clarke pleaded guilty to animal abuse charges.
Seattle: New bike lane wider
Seattle has its first buffered bike lane. The city Transportation Department said the buffer is a 2-and-a-half foot wide striped zone between the 5-foot bike lane and vehicle traffic.
The new bike lane runs along N. 130th Street and was requested by the Bitter Lake Community to improve safety.
Girl sentenced in bus tunnel beating
A 15-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 to 36 weeks in a juvenile detention facility for a beating of another teenage girl at the Seattle bus tunnel that was captured on surveillance video.
The Seattle girl had pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree assault to the Jan. 28 attack.
Aberdeen: Road rage stabbing
The Grays Harbor County sheriff’s office says a collision on Highway 105 turned into a fight and stabbing.
Chief Criminal Deputy Dave Pimentel told KXRO an RV rear-ended a car Sunday afternoon and two men got out and began to fight.
It ended with a 67-year-old Thurston County man stabbed in the chest. He’s reported in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Kent: Second trial for alleged assault
Jury selection began Monday in Kent for the second trial of a King County sheriff’s deputy who beat a 15-year-old girl in a SeaTac jail holding cell.
The first trial of Paul Schene ended in January in a mistrial with jurors split 11-1 in favor of conviction. He’s charged in King County Superior Court with fourth-degree assault.
Schene says he was following training to subdue the girl in November 2008 after the car theft suspect kicked a shoe at him. The beating was caught on jail surveillance video.