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Puyallup park to remain closed in search for bear

PUYALLUP — City officials in Puyallup say Bradley Lake Park will remain closed until a young black bear seen there can be trapped and relocated.

Police and state wildlife agents converged on the park Thursday evening after the bear was sighted. Residents elsewhere on the city’s South Hill said they’d seen a young bear as early as Tuesday.

A baited drum trap failed to entice the bear overnight.

Richland: Doc Hastings to seek re-election

Rep. Doc Hastings has officially announced he’s running for an eighth term representing central Washington’s 4th Congressional District.

The Pasco Republican has been in the U.S. House seat since 1994. He’s the senior Republican member of the state’s congressional delegation, as well as the senior Republican on the House Ethics Committee.

Seattle: Probation for airline bomb threat

A Tennessee doctor who phoned in bomb threats at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in an attempt to hold his flight at the gate has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Dr. Kou Wei Chiu, 32, of Nashville, must also perform 500 hours of community service and pay $81,000 in restitution under the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones. The judge said the community service must consist of providing medical care to those who can’t afford it.

Chiu pleaded guilty to making false threats. He admitted he called in the bomb threats from a Sea-Tac pay phone last July because he had arrived late for his flight to Memphis, and he thought authorities would hold the plane at the gate, giving him time to board.

Tacoma: Makah whaling trial Tuesday

Trial is scheduled Tuesday in federal court in Tacoma for two Makah tribal members accused of killing a gray whale without a federal permit.

Andy Noel and Wayne Johnson each face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The two turned down a plea deal accepted last month by three other whalers.

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