Son turns in dad for growing pot in the house

COVINGTON — A 38-year-old Covington man was arrested after his 17-year-old son called 911 to report him for growing marijuana, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Deputies arrived at the home Tuesday night and discovered a hidden room in the garage where the plants were growing. They also found drug paraphernalia and loaded guns in the home, the sheriff’s office said.

The man was arrested when he arrived home at 9:05 p.m. His identity was not immediately released.

His son and two other children in the house, a 15-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, were turned over to other adults for the night.


Courting voters: King County Superior Court Judge Michael Spearman on Wednesday announced his bid for the state Supreme Court. He’s the second candidate for the seat held by veteran Justice Charles Z. Smith, who is retiring at the end of the year. Olympia attorney Jim Johnson, a former assistant attorney general who defended the state’s "blanket" primary, also is seeking the six-year term.


Raid refund: A Somali grocer has received more than $40,000 of what he says he lost in a federal raid aimed at a money-transfer operation in the same building last fall. The government check arrived Tuesday for Abdinasir Ali Nur, whose Maka Mini-Market was closed for weeks following U.S. Customs Service raid on outlets of Barakat Wire Transfer, suspected to be a source of funds for Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorism organization. He and Abdinasir Kalif Farah, owner of Amana Gift Shop, whose businesses shared space with a Barakat outlet, have denied any terrorist link and said the money transfer business was used only by Somali immigrants to send money to relatives overseas. Claims by Nur for $252,000 in lost business and merchandise and by Farah for $70,500 in losses are still pending.


Nobody panic: A series of small earthquakes on Mount Hood last week are normal for such a large mountain and do not signal an impending eruption. "We’ll keep our eyes on the quakes, but these events are a normal characteristic of Mount Hood," said Cynthia Gardner, a geologist with the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash. Ten quakes of up to 2.8 magnitude shook Mount Hood about three to four miles below its surface Sunday night and Monday morning. No one reported feeling the rumblings, which were beneath the Mount Hood Meadows ski area southeast of the summit.

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