Search for clues to missing women continues in B.C.

PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia — Police looking for evidence in the disappearances of 50 women could be seen carefully lifting shovels full of material Friday in a pig farm barn near here, while others sorted through debris on the property.

Investigators refused to discuss a Vancouver Sun report that police found personal identification and other items linked to at least two of the 50 women during a firearms-related search of the property earlier this week.

Members of the police task force investigating the disappearances were present for the firearms search. After the women’s ID was found, they obtained a second search warrant Wednesday, the Sun reported, quoting unidentified police sources.

Tacoma

Library vandalism suspect: Police arrested a 56-year-old man Friday in a series of incidents in which syrup was poured into library book drops, destroying nearly $10,000 worth of books, videotapes and compact discs. Police and library officials said five Tacoma library branches have been hit 21 times since October, and similar vandalism was reported at three Pierce County library branches and a number of branches in Seattle. The arrested man was believed to be the same person who committed similar vandalism at King County libraries in 1997, police said.

Seattle

Suspect arrested in Chicago: A man sought for questioning in the stabbing death of his former fiance in a restroom at Freeway Park has been arrested in Chicago on an assault charge, police say. Larry William Dorsey, 38, picked up on Wednesday, is being held for extradition in the assault case, and detectives also want to question him about the death of RaeAnn Champaco, 30, officer Duane Fish said. Champaco, 30, who had recently broken her engagement to Dorsey and was living at the downtown YWCA, was killed at the downtown park Jan. 18.

Port Angeles

Suspect suffers water poisoning: A man charged in a string of arsons and failed arson attempts could not make his scheduled arraignment Friday because he overdosed on water. John Douglas Deckebach, 38, of Port Angeles, collapsed late Thursday night at the Clallam County Jail, where he has been held since last Saturday’s fires at a church and City Hall in this Olympic Peninsula town. He was in stable condition Friday at Olympic Medical Center, where he was being treated for hyponatremia — commonly known as water toxicity, hospital spokeswoman Rhonda LoPresti said.

Vancouver

Steel-belted taco award: A jury has awarded more than $228,000 to a man who bit down on a steel ball bearing while eating nachos served at a Taco Bell here five years ago. John Marini, 46, of Battle Ground, damaged the ligaments on the right side of his jaw on that day in 1997 and has suffered jaw pain ever since, testimony indicated. A 12-member Clark County Superior Court jury awarded Marini $25,610 for medical costs and $202,800 for pain and suffering.

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