Northwest briefly: McCleary girl remains missing

  • Thu Jul 15th, 2010 10:06pm
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ABERDEEN — The Grays Harbor County sheriff’s office said searches this week in McCleary for a girl missing more than a year produced no breakthrough evidence.

Undersheriff Rick Scott told The Aberdeen Daily World searches of a house and storage area turned up no “smoking gun or red flags.”

Scott said detectives continue to look at a 47-year-old man who moved into a McCleary home almost two years ago. Scott said there’s no evidence he has knowledge or involvement in the disappearance of Lindsey Baum, but there have been some inconsistencies in his statements to investigators.

The 10-year-old girl went missing June 26, 2009, while walking home from a friend’s house.

Tacoma: Man accused of killing daughter, 2

Police say a 2-year-old Tacoma girl who was taken to a hospital Wednesday night with shaking and beating injuries has died.

Det. Gretchen Aguirre said the father beat the girl because he was frustrated she wouldn’t eat.

He was arrested for investigation of assault, and with the death Thursday, Aguirre said he may face a homicide charge.

The father had called 911. Paramedics took the child to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma where she died.

Wenatchee: Rare knife clue in slaying

Investigators looking for the killer of a 17-year-old Wenatchee High School student have released a clue they hope leads to more tips in the case.

The Mackenzie Cowell Homicide Task Force said Thursday the knife used to kill her came from a limited set sold at only one store in the Wenatchee area, Stan’s Merry Mart. Two knife sets also were given away at a 5-T’s Restaurant and Lounge in East Wenatchee as a pull tab prize.

The sportsman cutlery set is made by Maxum and has a unique black and gray handle.

The task force said it has no suspect in the slaying of the Cowell, who was last seen leaving a beauty school class in Wenatchee Feb. 9. Her body was found four days later along the Columbia River at Crescent Bar.

Olympia: Heck, Herrera release 2Q fundraising details

Democrat Denny Heck is still way ahead of the fundraising crowd in his campaign for the seat of retiring Rep. Brian Baird.

Heck, a former state representative who founded the TVW network, said he’s raised $280,000 in the last three months, and added $100,000 of his own money. Heck said he has more than $800,000 in the bank. He announced the updated numbers Thursday ahead of his official filing on the campaign finance deadline.

Republican Jaime Herrera, of Camas, said she raised more than $180,000 during that same time period and has about $200,000 on hand. Republican David Castillo, a former chief of staff to the state House GOP caucus who also worked in the Bush administration, is also in the race for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Spokane: Indecent exposure at EWU library

SPOKANE, Wash. — A 47-year-old registered sex offender pleaded guilty in Spokane Wednesday to indecent exposure for an incident at the library at Eastern Washington University.

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Ed Hay told the superior court judge that Steven J. Snedden has a record of similar events at other college libraries.

The Spokesman-Review reports the homeless man has at least 11 convictions in four states for lewd conduct or indecent exposure, including a 2001 conviction for a Gonzaga University library visit.

He faces about a year in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 8 for the Cheney crime.

Teen stabs cousin over TV volume

Spokane police say a 13-year-old stabbed his 17-year-old cousin with scissors during a fight over the volume of a television set.

Police say the 17-year-old is recovering from stab wounds to his chest and shoulder.

The 13-year-old fled after the Wednesday night stabbing but was later arrested at another home. He was booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for investigation of assault.

Granger: Anti-gang coalition forming in Yakima Valley

A new anti-gang group is holding its first meeting Saturday in Granger.

The Yakima County Gang-Free Coalition is led by former Yakima City Council member Sonia Rodriguez True who plans forums throughout the Yakima Valley. She said anti-gang efforts will succeed with community support.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the kickoff event starts a noon Saturday at Radio KDNA in Granger.

Alaska: Jury convicts UAF basketball player of theft

A Fairbanks jury has convicted a former University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player of felony theft.

Twenty-two-year-old Emmanuel Jenkins also was convicted Tuesday of two misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

Jenkins played basketball at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Wash. He played one season at Tacoma Community College and Portland State University before enrolling at UAF in 2008.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports he was charged in April with stealing a swimmer’s duffel bag from a UAF locker. Campus police later obtained video surveillance footage showing Jenkins using one of the swimmer’s stolen credit cards to buy chewing tobacco and a newspaper at a gas station near campus.

Jenkins also faces misdemeanor charges of assaulting a gas station clerk and stealing beer.

From Herald news services