PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The pilot of a logging helicopter was killed when his chopper crashed in steep terrain on the northern Olympic Peninsula.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A federal jury has ruled that retail giant Walmart Inc. wrongly fired a Washington pharmacist whose medical conditions kept her from giving injections.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center will move to an online reservation system allowing backpackers to check the availability of sites in real time,...
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Clallam County Sheriff's Office deputy who pursued sex with an alleged domestic violence victim was suspended in January for 30 days without pay.
Woman suspected in killings taken into custody
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Washington state say a woman wanted in connection to a triple homicide has been arrested.
The Clallam County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Kallie Ann Wade was arrested Saturday night at a home east of Port Angeles. Dennis Bauer, a man also suspected in the late December deaths, is being held on $3.5 million bail.
$3.5M bail set in triple homicide; second suspect sought
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Bail of $3.5 million has been set for a man suspected killing of three Port Angeles-area people while authorities requested the public's help in locating a second suspect.
The Peninsula Daily News reports 50-year-old Dennis Bauer appeared in Clallam County Superior Court Friday afternoon, telling the court he had no wish to be released.
Man arrested in connection with western Washington killings
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people whose bullet-ridden bodies were discovered under tarps and in an outbuilding in western Washington, authorities said.
3 bullet-riddled bodies hidden near Washington state home
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday were investigating the deaths of a man, his son and the son's girlfriend whose bullet-riddled bodies were found concealed on a property known for hosting transients in Washington state.
Police discovered the bodies when they were sent to the home near the waterfront city of Port Angeles for a welfare check, the Peninsula Daily News reported .
Deputies on welfare check find bodies under tarp
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Two people were found dead in the yard of a Port Angeles home after family members asked officers to do a welfare check. Officials later reported that a third body was found.
KIRO-TV reports that deputies with the Clallam County Sheriff's Office were called to the home at about 4 p.m. Monday.
Over 100K lose power as high winds hit Washington, Oregon
SEATTLE (AP) — High winds toppled trees and power lines, causing thousands to lose power and roads to be closed across Washington and Oregon.
The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings Friday for Oregon and Washington's Pacific Coast and Washington's northern interior with wind advisories for areas inland.
As of Friday evening, more than 109,000 customers had lost power in western Washington.
Sexual harassment suit against prosecutor settled for $350K
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A former Clallam County employee's sexual harassment lawsuit against a county prosecuting attorney has been settled for $350,000.
The Peninsula Daily News reports Tina Hendrickson signed the pact Monday, and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols signed it Tuesday, according to documents obtained by the newspaper.
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Washington state fines crematory after remains reprocessed
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has issued a $12,500 fine to the owner of a Port Angeles mortuary after finding that cremated remains were removed and reprocessed without family permission.
4.1 earthquake shakes Olympic Peninsula
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has shaken an area beneath Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake hit just after 3 a.m. Monday.
Sexual harassment case against prosecutor set for trial
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit over sexual harassment allegations against a prosecutor running for re-election in Washington state will proceed to trial following the Nov. 6 election.
Man back in custody after murder charge dismissed
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man freed after a judge dismissed murder charges against him is back in jail pending an appeal.
The Daily News reports Clallam County Superior Court Judge Brian Coughenour dismissed murder charges against 60-year-old Tommy Ross Jr. last week, saying his right to a speedy trial had been violated.
Tribal member sentence after domestic assault
SEATTLE (AP) — A member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe was sentenced to five years in prison for domestic assault by a habitual offender.
U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says Matthew Tyler Charles of Port Angeles pleaded guilty in March. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Friday.
Invasive crab species found in waters off Olympic Peninsula
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Resource managers say trapping is critical for halting the spread of an invasive crab species that has been found in waters across the northern side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state.
Clallam County prosecutor seeks dismissal of harassment suit
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Clallam County Prosecutor Mark Nichols is seeking to have a sexual harassment lawsuit against him dismissed.
Clallam County jail sees increase in inmate attacks on staff
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A jail in northwest Washington state has seen a surge in assaults on staff by inmates.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the Clallam County jail has recorded eight attacks on jail staff this year, with six occurring during a one-week period last month.
Washington high court grants attorney fees in drug case
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has ruled that a Sequim man who beat criminal marijuana charges is entitled to attorney fees after the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team attempted to seize his property in 2009.
Man suffers fatal fall while clearing trees from bluff
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 74-year-old man died after he fell off a bluff while clearing trees behind his Port Angeles home.
KOMO-TV reports Lyman Twing had been cutting trees for much of the day Monday, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office.
Agnew man plans hit the road again with his wheelchair
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — An Agnew man who gained international attention when he rode his wheelchair from Port Angeles to Portland, Oregon, in 2016 is preparing for a 13-day journey that will take him through the heat of eastern Washington and across the North Cascades.
Olympic National Park, forests, impose fire restrictions
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Fire restrictions go into effect Wednesday at Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and Mount Baker-Sqoualmie National Forest.
The Olympian reports the coastal areas of Olympic National Forest are also included in the restricted zone.
Campfires will be allowed only at developed campgrounds, picnic areas and rental cabins with cement or metal fire rings.
Federal officials, Port Angeles to sign water agreement
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The National Park Service is expected to sign an agreement with the City of Port Angeles that would transfer ownership of the Elwha water facilities to the city.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the transfer agreement between the two parties was approved by the Port Angeles City Council last week.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The city of Port Angeles has sued the federal government to stop the planned transfer to the city of water treatment facilities built as part of a $325 million project to remove two massive dams on the Elwha River.
The Daily News says the lawsuit alleges the federal government didn't meet its obligations to protect the city's water right and water supply.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A 40-year-old man has been arrested after police say he fired a rifle at a home under construction because he was upset with his neighbors.
The Clallam County Sheriff's Office says authorities responded Tuesday afternoon to a report that someone's neighbor was shooting at their home near Port Angeles.
The sheriff's office says Derek Darling was firing at the home when deputies arrived.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The King County Medical Examiner's Office has identified a body recently found on a Clallam Bay-area shoreline as a 56-year-old Canadian kayaker.
James Sosik with the medical examiner's office said Wednesday that the corpse's remains matched the dental records of 56-year-old Lin Wang of Saanich, British Columbia.
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A Port Angeles man has been charged with attempted murder after an alleged stabbing attack Sunday morning in Port Townsend.
The Peninsula Daily News reports 22-year-old Matthew Robert Malone appeared in Jefferson County Superior Court Monday.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Park officials plan this summer to begin relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park while killing others.
The National Park Service on Tuesday said it finalized a plan to remove about 675 mountain goats that have long posed an ecological problem in the park. The fatal goring of a hiker by a goat in 2010 raised new concerns about public safety.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to over 18 years in prison for raping and assaulting a woman he met on Craigslist.
The Peninsula Daily News reports 30-year-old Nikolas Clark was sentenced this week in Clallam County Superior Court.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Sequim man must serve 60 days in jail for waving a handgun at a couple during a road-rage incident.
The Peninsula Daily News reports Clinton Caldwell was sentenced Friday to the maximum 364 days for unlawful display of a weapon, with 304 days suspended.
The 67-year-old, who immediately filed notice to appeal the guilty conviction, was ordered to begin serving his sentence July 11.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — After running out of drugs to distract her from the chill of the winter, Jenni Tiderman, climbed out of her snow-covered tent and made a life-changing decision.
"I dropped to my knees and prayed and prayed and prayed," Tiderman said, recalling the moment she vowed never to use methamphetamine again.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Clallam County Sheriff's Office says a 58-year-old Sequim man died after a fishing boat capsized off Cape Flattery in the Pacific Ocean.
KOMO-TV reports that three people were in the non-commercial fishing boat Friday afternoon near Tattoosh Island when a wave hit the vessel.
The wave pushed the boat against the rocks, and it flooded.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — State officials say Monday's false tsunami warning in Clallam County was the result of a Jefferson County official testing a new cellphone app.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that the app, which the state was beginning to roll out to counties across the state in April, was deactivated Tuesday morning.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Federal and state officials plan to capture and relocate as many mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades and killing the others.
The efforts would start this summer once a 30-day waiting period is completed and a final decision is signed.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Jeanne Edwards found a purpose for her pain.
Inspired by a Kenyan priest, Edwards created a series of paintings to honor an 18-year-old stranger who gave her husband, Mike Edwards, a second chance on life.
Mike Edwards, 65, of Port Angeles received a heart transplant on July 1, 2016, at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. The donor was a young man named Justin who had planned to enlist in the Army before he died.
Port Angeles approved ban on single-use plastic bags
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Port Angeles officials have approved a measure banning plastic bags commonly used for carryout from stores within the city.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the city council voted 4-3 Tuesday to adopt the ordinance that prohibits the thin plastic bags and requires a charge of at least 5 cents on any bag businesses provide to a customer at the point of sale.
Man who engaged police shootout gets 37 years in prison
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to 37 years in prison for a May 2016 shootout with law enforcement near Port Angeles.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that 38-year-old James Edward Sweet was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to first- and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon for firing at four officers and endangering a civilian. The shootout followed a high-speed chase and traffic collision.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A 19-year-old former Forks High School student has pleaded not guilty to felony harassment of a 15-year-old girl in a classroom.
The Peninsula Daily News reported this week that Kelvin Banks entered the plea Friday in Clallam County Superior Court.
Banks' lawyer Harry Gasnick unsuccessfully tried to have the charge dismissed.
Forks student arrested, expelled over alleged threats
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Forks High School student has been expelled and arrested in connection with alleged threats to kill a classmate and a manifesto about killing someone.
The Peninsula Daily News reports 19-year-old Kelvin Banks was arrested Wednesday for investigation of felony harassment with threats to kill.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A city in northwestern Washington has denied any liability in response to a federal lawsuit filed by a former journalist, who claims a police officer broke his wrist and bloodied his nose.
Man dies after boat capsized in storm, girlfriend survives
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Clallam County man died near Deep Creek after the boat he and his girlfriend were in capsized.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that Sgt. John Hollis of the Clallam County Sheriff's Office said rescue crews were called just after 11 p.m. Saturday.
Bainbridge teen claims insanity, pleads not guilty to murder
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — An 18-year-old Bainbridge Island man has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Friday to the murder of a 71-year-old Sequim woman who was like a grandmother to him.
KOMO-TV reports Benjamin Bonner pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Friday in the death of Cynthia Little.
Dogs encouraging Port Hadlock students to read, be calm
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Dogs and students walk side-by-side through the halls of Chimacum Creek Primary School.
School officials say four-legged friends at the school help students pay attention, calm them down and encourage them to learn to read.
Every Friday, second-grade students get a chance to read aloud to furry companions in the school's library as part of the Read to Rover program. Recently, a therapy dog named Blitz has visited the school two to three times each week.
Salmon farm sues after state cancels its lease
SEATTLE (AP) — Cooke Aquaculture Pacific is appealing after Washington state last month canceled a lease for one of its farmed salmon operations in Port Angeles.
In a lawsuit filed in Clallam County Superior Court Thursday, Cooke said it was not in default of its net pen lease and there was no basis for the terminating its contract.
Washington state cancels salmon farm lease after fish escape
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials have canceled an Atlantic salmon farm lease belonging to a company that also operates another salmon farm where more than 160,000 adult fish escaped into the Puget Sound last summer.
2 dads urge for bridge suicide barriers in Port Angeles
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Two bridges, two suicides, two grieving fathers.
Enough is enough, Richart Wishart and Randy Henry said last week.
They believe it's time for the city to install barriers on the 100-foot-tall Eighth Street bridges — higher than the existing 4-foot, 6-inch railings to prevent more deaths and more tears.
Henry's 31-year-old son, Joseph, leaped from the Tumwater Truck Route bridge Oct. 4.