Store owner’s shot scares off three robbers

KENT – For a few seconds, Frank Buell thought he was going to be shot in the head.

One of the three robbers who burst into Kent Jewelry &Loan ordered Buell to his knees and jammed a handgun against the back of his head.

But the single gunshot that startled Buell was from a pistol fired by his father, store owner Nick Buell, who was taking aim at another robber.

All three robbers then fled.

Kent police think one of the robbers was hit by the single shot, because they found no evidence of the round striking doors, windows or walls. Police are contacting hospitals to see whether the robber might have sought treatment.

King County Journal

Tacoma: Hood Canal pontoon work starts

Almost a year after graving yard construction halted in Port Angeles, work has started in Tacoma to build concrete pontoons for the Hood Canal Bridge.

Still to be decided is where concrete anchors for the project will be built, with Port Angeles remaining in the running.

In contrast to the ballyhoo that accompanied the state’s ill-fated 2002 choice of Port Angeles for the graving yard, work began without fanfare at Concrete Technology Corp. in Tacoma.

The Peninsula Daily News

Longview: Man dies after stun-gun shots

A 39-year-old Kelso man died at St. John Medical Center on Wednesday after struggling with three Longview police officers, who twice fired Taser stun guns at him, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office was scheduled to conduct an autopsy Thursday into the death of Kevin D. Wright.

There was no apparent reason why Wright died, said Charlie Rosenzweig, chief criminal deputy for the sheriff’s office.

Rosenzweig emphasized that it’s uncertain whether either stun gun hit Wright.

The Daily News

Olympia: Suspect pleads not guilty

OLYMPIA – A woman accused of robbing four Thurston County banks, one while dressed as a witch, pleaded not guilty Wednesday through her court-appointed attorney.

Vanessa D. Molina, 22, was arraigned in Thurston County Superior Court on charges of first-degree robbery, theft, identity theft and criminal impersonation. Her suspected accomplice, Donald E. Jefferson, 36, also pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery, theft and identity theft.

Jefferson is suspected of driving the getaway car in two robberies on Halloween.

The Olympian

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