5 heroin deaths in just 10 days hit Bellingham

BELLINGHAM — There’s some deadly heroin on this city’s streets, with five deaths reported in the last 10 days, police say.

Another death was confirmed Friday, with two reported Thursday.

Police said they think there is either more potent heroin on the street or it’s being mixed with other drugs.

Bellingham does not typically have more than two or three heroin deaths in a year, police Lt. Dac Jamison said.

One of the men found dead Thursday still had a needle stuck in his arm, police said.

Man arrested in bayonet stabbing: A Port Orchard man is being held on $50,000 bail in the bayonet stabbing of two people. The 32-year-old was arrested Thursday and booked into Mason County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault. Sheriff’s deputies say he attacked two men Wednesday at a friend’s home in Mason County, where he had been staying. A Mason County detective said the suspect and the two men got in a fight. He said Wiley pulled out a bayonet — "probably of World War I vintage" — and stabbed the two. One victim was stabbed in the left shoulder. He was treated and released from Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton. The other was stabbed in the lower back, possibly in the liver, and was admitted to the hospital for observation.

Missing man’s remains found after four years: The remains of a 24-year-old man missing since 1997 were found along a mountain logging road. Rodney J. Allen disappeared on July 20, 1997, after walking away from his parked truck. A timber worker reported finding what appeared to be human bones last week. Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies collected the bones and dental records confirmed the identity. There were no signs of physical trauma, said Sgt. Kevin McFadden. The death remains under investigation.

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