Northwest briefly: Deputy kills wife accidentally days before new job

A man scheduled to start a new job with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday accidentally shot and killed his wife as he was practicing his draw, police in Tualatin, Ore., said.

Kimberly Lynn Osbrink, 23, of Tualatin died at OHSU Hospital in Portland, where she was taken after suffering a gunshot to the abdomen Sunday night.

Ryan Michael Osbrink, 24, had accepted a job offer from the sheriff’s office. He was to begin his training Wednesday to become a deputy.

His job status is now in limbo pending the outcome of the Tualatin investigation, sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Bieber said Tuesday.

The Columbian

Spokane: Skinhead founder charged

The founder of the Eastern Washington Skinheads — a racist, neo-Nazi organization — is to be arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane on a charge of smuggling an illegal alien into the United States.

James Douglas Ross, 25, of Spokane, was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on a charge of transportation of an illegal alien.

He was arrested Friday near the Laurier Port of Entry, close to the U.S.-Canadian border, by U.S. Border Patrol agents, federal authorities said today.

At the time of his arrest, Ross was driving a Dodge pickup occupied by Angela L. Kierstead, 32, of Lakeville, New Brunswick, Canada, said Lonnie Moore, a supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol in Spokane.

Kierstead is accused of sneaking across the U.S. border after being denied entry into the United States for reasons Moore couldn’t provide.

Spokesman-Review

Ferndale: Police seek info on abuse suspect

Ferndale Police are searching for anyone who may have been sexually molested by a man who ran a local day-care business for more than a decade.

Patrick M. Conway, 74, was arrested Dec. 6 after two girls under the age of 15 told police that he had molested them several years before, according to a Ferndale Police press release.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Conway and his wife ran a day-care business out of their home on the 2000 block of Washington Street in Ferndale.

Lt. Matt Huffman said they are currently searching through Child Protection Services records to determine how long the day care was open, but they believe the day care was open from 1989 until about 2004. It is unclear if the day care had a name, he said.

Police also believe that Conway may have been a pastor or minister in the Van Zandt area.

Conway, who now lives in the Granite Falls area, was released on $100,000 bail Dec. 10. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Whatcom County Superior Court on Friday.

Bellingham Herald

Vancouver, Wash.: Suspect in jail

Clark County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 20-year-old Vancouver man for investigation of murder after he brought the blanket-wrapped body of his grandmother to a hospital.

Deputies say Daniel Marter lived with 63-year-old Maurine O’Neal at a condo complex less than a mile from Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital.

Sgt. Tim Bieber says the woman’s injuries were suspicious and apparently the result of blunt-force trauma. Officers think she died Friday night.

The Clark County medical examiner plans an autopsy.

Bieber says the young man drove to the hospital Tuesday morning and asked for help. Hospital staffers found the woman’s body in his car.

Associated Press

Olympia: Students in storm areas get help

Washington community college students who are also storm victims won’t have to pay tuition for the next two quarters.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges voted Wednesday to give aid to students affected by the early December storms and resulting flooding and power outages. The policy applies to two-year colleges in the disaster areas declared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Two-year colleges affected by the tuition waivers include Centralia College, Grays Harbor College, Olympic College and South Puget Sound Community College. Students will be given a break for winter and spring quarters of 2008.

Two years ago, the college board waived the out-of-state tuition differentials for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Associated Press

Seattle: Barge line break; no damage

The Coast Guard says a 271-foot, double-hulled barge carrying more than 280,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel broke a tow line and ran aground on rocks just north of downtown Seattle.

Petty Officer Shawn Eggert says two tugs helped move the barge, the Shauna Kay, to Pier 91 near the Magnolia Bridge, where internal inspections of the tank and hull showed no apparent damage or leaks.

Eggert says the barge was under tow Tuesday night when strong winds broke one of its tow lines, blowing it into the Elliott Bay Marina breakwall and grounding it on the rocks.

The Coast Guard is directing Olympic Tug and Barge to conduct an underwater assessment to check the hull.

Associated Press

Olympia: Gregoire appoints two judges

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed David L. Edwards to the Grays Harbor County Superior Court.

Edwards has been a partner at the law firm of Edwards &Hagen, P.S., for 13 years. He will replace Judge David Foscue, who is retiring on Jan. 2. He served in the Grays Harbor Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from 1974 to 1978, where he was the chief criminal deputy prosecutor for two years.

Gregoire also appointed John O. Linde as San Juan County Judge, a newly created position effective Jan. 1. Previously, San Juan and Island counties shared judges.

Linde, an attorney in Friday Harbor, has been a San Juan County District Court judge for 21 years, as well as court commissioner and Superior Court judge pro tem.

Associated Press

Governor names new chief spokesman

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed public affairs veteran Pearse Edwards as her new communications and external relations director.

Edwards, 38, replaces Holly Armstrong, who resigned as Gregoire’s chief spokeswoman in November. He also takes over external relations duties from Ron Judd, who is staying with the administration as a senior adviser.

Associated Press

UW chosen for new teacher program

The University of Washington is among four institutions chosen for a new program to encourage top graduates to pursue teaching careers in high-need classrooms.

The University of Virginia, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania also were selected Wednesday for the Leonore Annenberg National Teaching Fellowship.

Over three years, the program will provide a $30,000 stipend and one year of graduate education to 100 outstanding recent college graduates and career-changers who agree to work for three years in urban and rural secondary schools serving high proportions of disadvantaged students.

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