Fort Lewis soldier dies of injuries in Iraq
FORT LEWIS — The Department of Defense says another soldier assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord has died in Iraq.
Spc. Faith R. Hinkley of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Saturday in Bagdad of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq. The 23-year-old was assigned to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.
Hinkley enlisted Aug. 27, 2007, and reported to Fort Jackson, S.C., for basic training and to Fort Huachuca, Ariz., for advanced training in her specialty, human intelligence collector.
Snoqualmie Pass: 1 dead in I-90 crash
The Washington State Patrol says one man was killed and five other men were injured when their minivan rolled over and crashed Monday afternoon on westbound I-90 a few miles west of the Snoqualmie Pass summit.
Troopers say two of the occupants were critically injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The other three were taken to nearby hospitals.
Trooper Christina Martin says all six occupants were ejected.
Seattle: New police chief confirmed
The Seattle City Council has confirmed Interim Police Chief John Diaz as the city’s new police chief.
The council vote was 8-0 Monday.
Mayor Mike McGinn picked Diaz for the top job in June. He was chosen over East Palo Alto, Calif., Police Chief Ron Davis. A third candidate, Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, withdrew from consideration.
Diaz began his career with the Seattle Police Department in 1980 as a patrol officer. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2001. Last year, he was named interim chief after former Chief Gil Kerlikowske left to be President Obama’s drug czar.
Tenino: Woman found dead in truck
Thurston County sheriff’s deputies say a dead woman was found in the passenger seat of a pickup that was pulled over near Tenino.
The Olympian reports that authorities have not yet identified the woman, but the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Mealy says the 26-year-old male driver who was stopped Sunday night told officers he had found the body and was trying to save the family the cost of a funeral. The Olympian says a man identified as Bernard K. Howell, of Tenino, has been booked into jail for investigation of second-degree murder and first-degree theft.
Tacoma: Amtrak train kills woman
A young woman is dead and her male companion is injured after they were hit by an Amtrak train in Tacoma.
Police say they were told by witnesses that the two 18-year-olds were taking photos when the accident occurred near Titlow Park about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Both were rushed to the hospital where the woman was declared dead. The young man’s condition wasn’t immediately available. No names were released.
Midland: Wreck kills 2 on dirt bikes
The Pierce County medical examiner has identified two motorcycle riders killed Sunday night in Midland as 16-year-old Jonathan Capps and 21-year-old Steven Kenward II.
They were riding a motorized dirt bike at a high speed without helmets or headlights, when they collided with a pickup truck. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the bike was not street-legal.
Both people are from Tacoma and were declared dead at the scene.
Troyer says the driver of the truck fled but he or she may not have been in trouble had they stayed on scene.
Port Angles: Park gets $2.5 million
More than $2.5 million in federal stimulus money is being spent this summer on Olympic National Park projects.
The Peninsula Daily News says the largest project will convert the old road to Olympic Hot Springs into a foot path. Thousands of visitors a year walk the 2.4 mile road along Boulder Creek.
Other projects include putting new roofs on park buildings, installing 12 miles of electrical conduit to Hurricane Ridge and improving the sewer system at Hoh Rain Forest facilities.
Oregon: Lemonade stand a big success
The 7-year-old Portland, Ore. girl who found herself at the center of a national flap about childhood lemonade stands versus government bureaucrats is going to Disneyland.
Julie Murphy managed to make $1,838.31 in her second attempt at selling lemonade — enough to bankroll a trip for her and her mother, Maria Fife.
Multnomah County health inspectors shut down her enterprise last month at a local Portland arts fair because she lacked a food-safety license. News of the lemonade standoff went national. Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen later apologized and told health inspectors to use “professional discretion” in enforcing food-safety laws intended for commercial businesses.
As for Julie, Portland radio station KRSK and Les Schwab Tire Centers set her up in business for an afternoon last Friday at a tire store in suburban Milwaukie.
Julie’s mom says mother and daughter appreciate “everything that everyone did.”