Northwest briefly: Cook accused of spitting in Steeler fan’s food

PORT ORCHARD — A fast-food cook and Seattle Sea­hawks fan has been accused of spitting on a hamburger ordered by a man wearing Pittsburgh Steelers attire.

Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies say the 37-year-old customer was with his daughters at the Port Orchard-area eatery last Saturday. He reportedly traded remarks with an employee about Super Bowl XL in which the Seahawks lost to the Steelers.

When the customer opened his food container, he says there was spittle on the burger. He demanded a refund and called the fast-foot outlet’s district manager.

The manager told deputies a 24-year-old man might be responsible. The next day, deputies went to his house and smelled marijuana. The man was released after being booked for investigation of fourth-degree assault and possession of marijuana.

Associated Press

Vancouver, Wash.: Man given 53-year sentence for murder solicitation

A Vancouver man was sentenced to 53 years in prison Friday for trying to solicit four men to kill or assault his ex-wife.

A Clark County Superior Court jury convicted Dino J. Constance, 48, on Feb. 28 of three counts of solicitation of first-degree murder and one count of solicitation of second-degree assault.

Since the murder solicitations counted as three separate acts, the sentences ran consecutively rather than concurrently. Court-appointed defense attorney Brian Walker asked Judge Robert Lewis to deviate from state sentencing guidelines and give Constance a 15-year term. Constance would be facing approximately 25 years “if he’d just gone out and killed her,” Walker said.

But Lewis said the sentence made sense. The law treats defendants who commit multiple crimes over a period of months more harshly than someone who commits one crime, Lewis said.

Constance’s divorce from Jean A. Koncos was finalized Monday by a different judge.

The Columbian

Thieves stealing fire hose hookups

Metal thieves are endangering people in apartment buildings and commercial structures by stealing the large brass wall connections where firefighters attach their hoses.

Without such connections, firefighters are unable to add water pressure to keep sprinkler systems going during a fire, said Vancouver Fire Marshal Jim Crawford.

The same connections also feed water to staircase standpipes, which allow firefighters to connect their hoses on any floor of a building. That’s much faster than carrying heavy hoses up many flights of stairs, said Capt. Kevin Murray.

Such thefts used to be isolated, but there have been a half-dozen in Vancouver in the past few weeks, Crawford said Thursday.

The thieves “may or may not realize what they’re doing is endangering people,” he said.

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