Here is the latest news: A man who was arrested during a stolen-goods investigation is accused of terrorizing a 12-year-old boy. State officials say more than 164-thousand people across Washington signed up for private health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the deadline. State lawmakers are being urged to raise the legal minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. A retired veteran from Colville is feeling very lucky these days.
>>Man Accused Of Terrorizing 12-year-old Boy
(Spokane Valley, WA) – Court documents show a man who was arrested ruing a police raid at a Spokane Valley home allegedly terrorized and threatened a 12-year-old boy with a running chain saw. Authorities say the boy was found in one of two homes where many stolen goods were recovered and nine people were arrested. Officials say Robert Pearson told police he only meant to “spook the boy” who was brought from Idaho by his father to be disciplined. Documents say the boy was covered with bruises all over his upper body.
>>State: 164K Signed Up For Private Coverage
(Olympia, WA) – The Washington Health Benefit Exchange says more than 164-thousand people across the state signed up for private health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the enrollment deadline. The report says more than half of those who applied signed up for mid-range plans, under which the consumer is responsible for 30 percent of health-care costs. About a quarter of those who signed up were younger adults, aged 18 to 34. In addition to private-plan applications, more than 318-thousand newly-eligible Washingtonians signed up for Medicaid through the exchange.
>>Lawmakers Urged To Raise Minimum Smoking Age To 21
(Seattle, WA) – Washington state lawmakers are being urged to raise the legal minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board is advising legislators to make the move, saying it’s “in the interest of saving lives.” Board president Pat Godfrey tells the “Seattle Times” that discouraging teens from taking up tobacco use has long-term benefits.
>>Colville Veteran Wins Lottery Twice
(Colville, WA) – A retired veteran from Colville is feeling very lucky these days. Dennis Campbell collected a 200-thousand-dollar prize in February after winning a Washington Lottery Big Ol’ Bens scratch game. Campbell won some more “Benjamins” earlier this month when he grabbed a 50-thousand-dollar prize after playing a Gem 7′s scratch game. Campbell says he’s donating to his church and has already paid off his house and bought a new car.
>>Seahawks To Open Regular Season With Packers
(Seattle, WA) – The Seattle Seahawks will begin defending their Super Bowl title when they host the Green Bay Packers on September 4th. The Thursday night game, to be televised on NBC, will be the official kickoff of the 2014 season. The Seahawks are scheduled to play four primetime games in all during the regular season. They include a Thanksgiving night contest with the San Francisco 49ers at the new Levi’s Stadium.
>>Murray To Announce Minimum-wage Plan Today
(Seattle, WA) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is slated today to make an announcement regarding a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage. Murray says a deal that everyone can agree with is “very, very close.” A rally in favor of a 15-dollar minimum wage was held in front of City Hall yesterday as the final meeting of the mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee was being held.
>>Snohomish County May Ban Building In Landslide-prone Zones
(Everett, WA) – Snohomish County officials are considering placing a ban on new home construction in areas deemed to be landslide zones. Members of the County Council say it’s a way that could prevent a repeat of the Oso mudslide that killed at least 41 people. The emergency ordinance would ban any new home construction within a half-mile of slide zones in the county.
>>Ex-JBLM Soldier Sentenced For Child-porn Distribution
(Seattle, WA) – A former Army soldier is scheduled to spend 17 years in prison for distribution of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Arron D. Burton was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord when he was arrested in late 2012 as part of an FBI investigation. Agents reported finding more than 100 images and 27 videos of child porn on Burton’s computer. Burton, who pleaded guilty in January, will be required to register as a sex offender and remain under supervised release for the rest of his life after he gets out of prison.
>>Strong Quake Recorded Off Vancouver Island
(Port Alice, BC) – No injuries or damage are being reported following a magnitude-six-point-six earthquake off the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake’s epicenter was about 58 miles south of Port Hardy and occurred at a depth of about seven miles at 8:10 last night. Tremors were reported to have been felt in metropolitan Vancouver. The quake was followed later by two smaller aftershocks.