Officer who drowned took off life jacket

SEATTLE – A Seattle police Harbor Patrol officer who drowned in Lake Washington Ship Canal had removed his life jacket before he slipped and hit his head while trying to secure a tugboat, a police investigation has determined.

Even if Jackson Lone had been wearing the jacket, he might not have survived because it appeared he was knocked unconscious before falling into the water, Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said Friday.

Lone and his partner, Officer Tom Blair, were working March 16 to secure a tug whose bow line had broken free. Lone had climbed ashore to secure the line, and in the process had removed his jacket.

Department policies would not have required Lone to wear the jacket while on shore, Kerlikowske said.

Lone, 39 and an 18-year police veteran, drowned March 16. He had been with the Harbor Patrol for five years.

Spokane: Alleged rapist posed as cop

A man has been arrested and charged with raping two women after police said he obtained entrance to their home by pretending to be a Spokane police officer. Preston R. Tensley, 34, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree criminal impersonation and first-degree burglary. He was jailed with bail set at $500,000 after a court appearance Friday.

Port Townsend: Arts leader dies at 87

LaMar Harrington, an art museum curator known for bringing bold, contemporary works to the Northwest, has died. She was 87 when she died Wednesday at Jefferson General Hospital after a brief illness. Harrington earned a bachelor’s degree in art history at the University of Washington in 1957, the same year she started working at the university’s Henry Art Gallery. She eventually became the Henry’s associate director. Harrington then became a curator at the Archives of Northwest Art for the university’s Suzzallo Library, retiring for the first time in 1978. She was recruited to be the Bellevue Arts Museum’s director and chief curator in 1985.

Oregon: ‘Family’ leader receives life term

The leader of a Portland “street family” accused of engineering the murder of a mentally disabled woman agreed to a plea deal that will keep him behind bars for life. James Nelson, 29, pleaded no contest to aggravated murder and received a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole in connection with the May 2003 slaying of Jessica Williams. Though Williams was not homeless, she befriended some young adults and teenagers living on the streets as a “family,” led by Nelson.

Woman saved after car plunges into river

A woman talking on her cell phone lost control of her car and crashed into the guardrail of a downtown Portland bridge, then plummeted into the Willamette River below, police said Saturday. Thirty-one-year-old Melisa Borgaard somehow managed to get free from her car, which sank to the bottom of the river, and was rescued by a diver, said Lt. Mike Shults with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Alaska: Crack found on oil tanker deck

A tanker transporting North Slope crude oil was detained in Prince William Sound after a crewman discovered a small crack in the deck, Coast Guard officials said. The 894-foot Overseas Chicago was making the final voyage of its career when a crewman doing a routine deck inspection found an oil stain Friday. The ship can carry 600,000 barrels of oil. The crack is about an inch and three-quarters long, said Anil Mathur, president of Alaska Tanker Co., a Beaverton, Ore., shipping company that hauls oil for BP.

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