Plane arrives in Seattle with one engine out

SEA-TAC — A SkyWest twin-engine prop plane with 17 people aboard landed Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with its right engine shut down, an FAA spokesman said.

No one was injured and the plane was not damaged in the landing, FAA spokesman Mike O’Connor said.

The plane landed about 4:50 p.m. SkyWest Flight 1619 was bound from Medford, Ore., to Seattle.

Additional information was not immediately available.

Scholarship honors civil rights fight: The family of a pioneering Japanese-American man who graduated from the University of Washington law school in 1902 has donated $65,000 to establish a scholarship in his honor. The state Supreme Court barred Takuji Yamashita from practicing law because he had been born in Japan. He challenged the anti-Asian laws of his time in court, but died in 1959 without ever being able to practice his profession. This spring, the UW School of Law, Washington State Bar Association and Asian Bar Association of Washington petitioned for Yamashita’s posthumous admission to the state bar. On March 1, the state Supreme Court approved the motion in a ceremony attended by many of Yamashita’s descendants.

Killer gets 40 years: A man who celebrated his 21st birthday by beating a homeless man to death was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison. Justin White was convicted July 13 of first-degree murder in the death of George "Rick" Rice, killed under an elevated portion of Interstate 90 in March. Jonathan Michel, 27, also charged with first-degree murder in the case, has not yet gone to trial.

Chat leads to arrest: A Bible study volunteer at the Deschutes County Jail in Bend spent time in Internet chat rooms where he discussed putting a gun to his wife’s head, according to court documents now made public. George Laverne Johnson, 53, of Bend is being held on $5 million bail on charges of attempted aggravated murder and solicitation to commit aggravated murder. He also is charged with the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in 1994. Johnson had told police he never intended to carry out the threats. He has postponed making a plea until he learns what police have found on three computers seized in the investigation, according to his attorney, Geoff Gokey.

Man pleads guilty: A Bandon-area man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of 13-year-old Daniella Elder, who disappeared from her home in January. Steven D. Robertson, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in the death of the Bandon girl and was sentenced Monday. Elder’s partially clothed body was found two days after her Jan. 28 disappearance near the home Robertson shared with his parents. An autopsy revealed she had been strangled and died of asphyxiation.

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