Northwest Briefly: Judge clears Seattle July Fourth fireworks show

Judge clears Seattle July Fourth fireworks show

SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge said Seattle doesn’t have to do an environmental review before July Fourth fireworks displays at Gas Works Park.

In a decision Friday, Judge Chris Washington said such displays clearly fall under the public celebration exemption to the State Environmental Protection Agency’s assessments.

An environmental activist sued to block last summer’s event, saying the city’s permit should be revoked for failing to do the environmental review.

Man critically injured in Capitol Hill shooting

A man was shot and critically injured in a Friday night shooting on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

Police and fire officials said the man, believed to be in his 30s, was shot in the chest at a pay-to-park lot on East Union.

Police are searching for the gunman.

Police Capt. Ron Wilson said the motive is under investigation.

Vancouver, Wash.: State plans Columbia crossing

In an effort to drive down costs for the Columbia River crossing project, engineers have pulled out plans for a quicker connection between I-5 and State Route 500.

But that hasn’t stopped the Washington state Department of Transportation from looking at options for improving the SR 500 interchange.

The Columbian reports that the state has applied for $147 million in federal economic stimulus money to improve the interchange that lies two miles north of the Columbia River.

By looking for other financial sources to improve the interchange, planners said it eases the burden of looking to for money to fund new bridges between Portland, Ore. and Vancouver.

Planers estimate the trimmed down version of the crossing project to now be between $2.6 and $3.6 billion.

Kennewick: 79 arrested in eight-week dragnet

An eight-week operation headed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office has netted 79 arrests in the Yakima and Tri-Cities areas.

KONA radio in Kennewick reports that Operation Thunder Valley targeted drug traffickers, illegal aliens and fugitives in the region. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Rice says there were 21 arrests in Yakima and another 58 in the Tri-Cities area. Officers also seized eight firearms and took $14,000 in cash, drugs and stolen vehicles.

Authorities said prosecutors in Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties will handle the charges against those arrested in the sweep.

Bellingham: Police investigate shooting death

An argument escalated into a shooting leaving one man dead, Bellingham police said.

The shooting took place late Friday night, The Bellingham Herald reported.

Neighbors reported hearing an argument around 11:15 p.m. between people in two cars, followed by a single gun shot. One car fled and neighbors found a man lying in the grass next to his car with a chest wound.

Paramedics arrived but police announced shortly after that the man had died.

Bellingham Police Lt. Steve Felmley said it’s the first homicide in Bellingham this year.

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