June 27, 2008

PUD Line Truck Accident Injures Woman

A three vehicle crash near Snohomish Tuesday morning occurred. Following the crash involving a PUD line truck, a woman was airlifted to a Seattle hospital after the accident.

Snohomish County Fire District 4 Battalion Chief John Hinchcliff said that the accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m., near the intersection of Dubuque Road and Creswell Road.

Hinchcliff said that the injured woman was in a small passenger car. As a result of the accident, she was flown by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Her condition was not immediately available.

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June 20, 2008

Woman Arrested After Man Dies in Crash

The life of a man was claimed in a head-on crash on Highway 12 about five miles south of Porter, Washington, and a woman has been arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide related to the case.

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The woman was identified by police as a 32-year-old from Olympia. A fifty-five-year-old man from Oakville died at the scene.

According to the State Patrol, after striking the guard rails on each side of the road, the woman’s SUV hit the man’s car head-on. The vehicles were going in opposite directions.

The woman apparently suffered bruises and was taken by ambulance to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. There she was treated and released. She was then booked into jail. The woman was wearing a seatbelt, but the man who died was not, according to the State Patrol.

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June 17, 2008

Increase in lawsuits regarding Plastic Bottles

There has been an increase of legislation and lawsuits involving plastic water bottles across the country. In the suits, the plaintiffs claim that toxic chemical in plastic bottles could make people sick.

The chemical in question is known as bisphenol A (BPA), and it is found in polycarbonate bottles, CDs, DVDs and dental sealants. BPA been linked to neurological and hormonal damage, and cancer.

Up to now, the Food and Drug Administration has not labeled BPA as an unsafe product, but in April a task force was formed by the FDA to investigate new health concerns.

But in the meantime, private lawsuits are rolling in. In California, a class action is pending against the makers of the Nalgene reusable sports bottle, claiming the company downplayed risks that BPA in its bottles could sicken consumers

According to Law.com, a class action is pending in Missouri against five baby-bottle manufacturers. The suit accuses them of failing to disclose information regarding the health effects of BPA used in baby bottles and training cups.

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June 11, 2008

Fire victims billed $420,000 by Farmer’s Insurance

A local family was robbed of nearly everything by a fire, and then a big insurance company tried to take the rest plus even more, sending the family a $420,000 bill.

Chris Christoffersen and her daughter Melissa woke up to devastation last October. Their apartment complex was engulfed in flames.

"I watched everything from throughout my life - gone. Gone in just a few seconds," she said. But, with the donation of many household necessities, things were looking up until the family got a phone call from Farmers Insurance, which insures the apartment complex. According to Komonews.com, Farmers wanted $350,000 to repair the four units damaged in the fire.

"(I thought) I just lost everything in a fire five months ago and you want $350,000 from me?" Christoffersen said.

The fire was ruled accidental by the University Place Fire Department. It started in the area where Christoffersen's couch was pushed against the baseboard heater.

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June 9, 2008

DSHS and day-care centers reach deal over suits

Two long running civil rights lawsuits have reached a tentative settlement. The suits were brought by Latino-owned day-care centers in Mattawa, in Eastern Washington, against the state Department of Social and Health Services over unauthorized searches and seizures of property.

A federal judge must approve the settlements, but if approved, nine plaintiffs in one case would receive $45,000 each. The suit results would also require the state to revise its manual on handling home child-care inspections and notify all 7,000 day-care centers in the state of the changes. Columbia Legal Services, which represents the day-care owners, would receive $350,000 in fees.

Approximately $1.7 million is the tentative settlement in the other case. But according to DSHS, the split between the 21 plaintiffs and their private Seattle attorneys hasn't been determined.

"We think this is a reasonable solution," said Steve Williams, DSHS spokesman.

According to YakimaHerald.com, “Columbia Legal Services in Wenatchee in 2005 won class-action status on behalf of about 4,000 day-care providers in Washington and a subclass status for all non-English speaking day-care providers in the state. They sought systemic changes within DSHS and unspecified monetary compensation for the nine Mattawa day-care providers.”

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June 5, 2008

Lacey car crash leaves teen girl dead

An 18-year-old girl who was slated to graduate from high school in one week, died in a Lacey car crash over the weekend. According to police, she was driving drunk.

Mason County Sheriff's Deputies say they think the teen was speeding and had been drinking early Saturday morning when she lost control of her Suzuki Sidekick and crashed into a tree.

The girls’ family members do not know whether or not there was alcohol involved in the crash, all they know is that their daughter/granddaughter is gone – a week before graduating from North Thurston High School.

Fellow students say the teen’s death has made them appreciate life, and her family says if she was drinking they hope her mistake will teach others.

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June 2, 2008

I-5 Traffic Snarl in Everett Due to Crash

A dramatic two-car accident on I-5 just north of the Highway 526 interchange in Everett on Thursday afternoon left two people with minor injuries.

According to the Washington State Patrol, two trucks went off the freeway, took out 15 sections of concrete barrier and went down a 70-foot embankment.

In one truck was a driver and two passengers, while the other had only a driver. All four suffered non life-threatening injuries that and were taken to Providence Everett Medical Center for treatment.

"It could have been a lot worse," State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said.

According to a witness, a different vehicle quickly drove across three lanes of traffic after entering I-5 from the Highway 526 onramp, cut off one truck, and sent it into the other truck. Leary stated that this account was unconfirmed. A third vehicle was not located by police.

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