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oregon officials found ‘insufficient evidence’ in hart family case in 2013

documents released monday detail oregon child-welfare officials' 2013 investigation of the hart family. officials found "insufficient evidence" to determine abuse and neglect, according to the documents.oregon child-welfare officials investigated the hart family in 2013 and determined there was “insufficient evidence to establish reasonable cause to believe abuse and neglect was occurring at the time of the assessment,” according to documents released monday by the oregon department of human services (dhs).dhs released 42 pages of child-welfare documents about its involvement with the hart family, after an appeal from the seattle times and other news organizations.six members of the hart family have been confirmed dead after the suv carrying the mothers and at least four of their children plunged last month from a 150-foot cliff in northern california onto the oceanside rocks below. mothers jen and sarah hart, both 38, died, as well as their adopted children markis, 19, abigail, 14, and jeremiah, 14.the federal bureau of investigation lists devonte, 15, and hannah, 16, as missing, but authorities have said the two children might have been in the vehicle and swept out to sea.related storiesjen hart, the mother driving when the suv plunged from the cliff, had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit at the time of the wreck, authorities said.her wife, sarah, along with two of the hart children, had an allergy drug in their systems that can lead to drowsiness.child...





seahawks pre-draft notes: pete carroll says colin kaepernick still an option, and updates on kam chancellor and malik mcdowell

the seattle coach also said michael bennett never read a book in meetings last year.colin kaepernick is still in play for the seattle seahawks, coach pete carroll said during the team’s annual predraft news conference monday.that was one of several personnel updates provided by carroll and general manager john schneider as they met the media before the beginning of the draft thursday.here are the highlights:— kaepernick could still be an option: carroll reiterated what schneider said last week, that the team has not closed the door on any options at backup quarterback, including kaepernick. it was reported earlier this month the team was ready to invite kaepenrick in for a visit but postponed it when he would not say if he would continue to sit for the anthem. seattle has since signed stephen morris and austin davis to compete for the backup qb job behind russell wilson. still, carroll said he wouldn’t rule out another backup — including kaepernick — could still be signed.most read sports storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks“we’re still battling on all fronts on all guys,’’ carroll said. “still looking at guys and evaluating. there are still free agents that we are looking at. we have kind of one through the information gathering and we kind of have a pretty good feel for where we are. it’s ongoing. we are not done with that decision at all. we’re still watching him.’’carroll also downplayed that the anthem situation played a significant...





police: burien man left notes at metro bus stop offering money for girls’ underwear

the man was arrested last week after he showed up at a burien apartment where he thought he was going to have sex with a 14-year-old girl and take nude photos of her while her mother was at work, according to criminal charges.a burien man is accused of leaving notes at metro bus stops in tukwila and seatac offering cash for girls’ unwashed panties, according to king county prosecutors.darren jones, 42, was charged last week with attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor after he showed up at a burien apartment where he thought he was going to have sex with a 14-year-old girl and take nude photos of her while her mother was at work, according to charging papers.the fictitious 14-year-old — who was offered $80 for a pair of used panties, $300 for a sex act and $2,000 for a nude photo shoot — was really an undercover king county sheriff’s detective, according to the charges.jones, who was arrested wednesday, was released from jail on friday after posting $50,000 bail, jail and court records show.most read local storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekson march 22, students at tyee high school in seatac reported to their school counselor that they had found notes offering $80 to $100 for girls’ panties at several bus stops in tukwila and seatac, charging papers say. “i pay cash for used girls panties. females, preteen to early teen. text me if interested in selling,” the notes read in part, followed by a phone number, according to the charges and a sheriff?...





staffer sentenced in leak nudes of congressional delegate

washington (ap) — a former staffer of a congressional delegate from the u.s. virgin islands has been sentenced in connection with the theft and circulation of nude videos and pictures of the delegate and her husband.wtop-fm reports dorene browne-louis, of upper marlboro, maryland, was sentenced monday in district court in d.c. to two years of supervised probation and ordered to pay a fine after she and then-co-worker juan mccullum pleaded guilty to federal cyber-related charges in january.documents say browne-louis was working in the office of delegate stacey plaskett in 2016 when mccullum told her he’d taken the images off plaskett’s smartphone.documents say browne-louis helped in sending the images to political leaders in an effort to harm plaskett’s re-election campaign. browne-louis is accused of sending at least one of the images to a person who worked for a challenger.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks___information from: wtop-fm, http://www.wtop.com





stephon clark’s brother charged with misdemeanor assault

sacramento, calif. (ap) — california prosecutors on monday charged the brother of an unarmed black man who was recently shot to death by sacramento police with misdemeanor assault and vandalism.the charges, which also include making criminal threats and abusing a 911 line, stem from stevante clark’s dispute with his landlords. the sacramento county district attorney’s office filed them as misdemeanors, which can bring less than a year in jail, instead of the more serious felonies sought by police.spokeswoman ruanne dozier said prosecutors invited clark to apply for acceptance to a mental health court, where charges would be dismissed if he completed the program.clark, 25, has been open about his mental health struggles since his brother, stephon clark, was killed, sparking a series of protests that shut down freeways and blocked access to sacramento kings basketball games.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekspolice fatally shot the 22-year-old in his grandparents’ backyard last month when they say he approached them with a cellphone that they mistook for a gun.the charges against stevante clark allege that he threatened a landlord with violence and did more than $400 in damage to their house and property, including defacing it with graffiti. they also allege that he assaulted a woman with a hammer.clark was released without bail monday and expects to hire his own lawyer.





damaged cables, pipelines in great lakes waterway inspected

mackinaw city, mich. (ap) — officials say a remotely operated underwater vehicle is getting a close-up look at electric cables damaged by what michigan’s attorney general has called a tugboat anchor strike in a channel connecting lake huron and lake michigan.agencies led by the u.s. coast guard say the vehicle was first deployed sunday to get visual imagery of the cables at the bottom of the straits of mackinac.they released two photos monday, saying an initial assessment shows damage to a steel outer protective layer.about 600 gallons (2,270 liters) of insulation fluid leaked from the cables earlier this month.most read business storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksenbridge inc. also has used an underwater vehicle to examine nearby oil pipes believed to have been dented in the incident. a spokesman said monday the company is analyzing video from the inspection.





make way for the return of the swans

boston (ap) — spring means tourists will be hearing the loud honks of swans in the boston public garden lagoon.mayor martin j. walsh will host the return of swans romeo and juliet on wednesday, may 2. the beloved waterfowl have been wintering cozily in franklin park zoo.he’ll be joined by the boston park rangers, who will be leading a reading of “make way for ducklings,” and a brass band.romeo and juliet are both female swans, and spend their summers in the garden until labor day weekend.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe birds will join their man-made floating compatriots —the swan boats. it’s the 142nd season of the swan boat rides, which carry up to 20 passengers.





nipsco reaches deal for 15 percent natural gas rate increase

merrillville, ind. (ap) — the natural gas utility company for most of northern indiana could increase its rates by about 15 percent under a deal it has reached with the state consumer advocate’s office.the proposed increase for merrillville-based northern indiana public service co. would be smaller than the 23 percent hike the utility first requested last year. nipsco would see a projected $95 million boost in annual revenue.if approved by the indiana utility regulatory commission, customers would see a two-year phase-in of the higher rates start in late 2018. nipsco says its base gas rates haven’t gone up in more than 25 years and needs the increase to pay for pipeline safety improvements for its some 820,000 gas customers.indiana utility consumer counselor bill fine calls the increase “fair and equitable.”most read business storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks





police: man seen of tossing gun during foot chase

middletown, del. (ap) — police say a delaware man has been charged after police were dispatched in response to a report of shots fired.middletown police tell news outlets officers were dispatched friday night in response to a complaint of shots fired in the middletown village community.a police news release says officers were told when they arrived that 21-year-old devantee smith was fleeing in a vehicle. when officers found the suspect’s vehicle, smith fled on foot.police say smith was seen throwing a handgun toward a retention pond during the chase. the newark man was apprehended and about 465 grams of marijuana was found in his possession. the discarded handgun was also recovered.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekspolice charged smith with several offenses including resisting arrest. it’s unclear if he has a lawyer.





mistrial declared for border patrol agent charged with murder in cross-border shooting of rock-throwing teen in mexico

share storyby the associated pressthe associated pressphoenix (ap) — mistrial declared for border patrol agent charged with murder in cross-border shooting of rock-throwing teen in mexico.the associated press





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5 deputies fired over inmate’s excessive force complaint

alexandria, la. (ap) — records say five sheriff’s deputies in louisiana were fired after an inmate complained about excessive force.the town talk quotes rapides parish clerk of court records in a monday report as saying 28-year-old cody darnell richardson, 30-year-old john d. aaron iv, 30-year-old bradley jacob cohenour, 45-year-old marlon jerel creecy and 38-year-old quitina kenyaka frazier were fired after the inmate filed the complaint on march 21.the five former parish sheriff’s deputies were indicted by a parish grand jury in march and will be arraigned on may 16.richardson was charged with the most offenses including second-degree battery. the others were charged with malfeasance in office. the charges are felonies.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe clerk’s website says two of the five have attorneys. adam huddleston is representing cohenour and jermaine harris is representing creecy.___information from: alexandria daily town talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com





traffic from i-5 to nhl, nba games at keyarena would have slowdowns but no major snarls, study says

a study examined traffic flows along mercer street and denny way and anticipated the impact of fans heading to keyarena on weekdays the hour before a game. it said the bigger problems would be for eastbound vehicles heading away from keyarena because of rush-hour bottlenecks.a draft environmental impact statement (eis) on the proposed keyarena renovation project concludes that vehicle traffic heading from interstate 5 toward nhl or nba games at the venue would experience some slowdowns but likely would avoid major snarls. the 627-page study by the seattle-based environmental science associates firm examined traffic flows along the mercer street corridor and denny way and used projection models to anticipate the impact of fans heading to the renovated facility weekdays the hour before a game. it concluded the bigger problems on both major transportation routes in the pregame hour of 5:30-6:30 p.m. would be for eastbound vehicles heading away from keyarena because of rush-hour bottlenecks at on-ramps to access a congested i-5.“given the highly directional nature of athletic and other special events, directional travel time is important to consider,” states the study, prepared for and released monday by the city of seattle’s department of construction and inspections.that doesn’t rule out slowdowns: the draft eis estimates that on “above average” attendance days for all events at seattle center, traffic heading westbound on denny toward the venue pregame would slow t...





mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen

phoenix (ap) — a mistrial was declared monday in the case of a u.s. border patrol agent after an arizona jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teen from mexico but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter.the decision by u.s. district judge raner collins means prosecutors could seek another trial for agent lonnie swartz on the manslaughter charges in the 2012 death of jose antonio elena rodriguez, who was fatally shot as he threw rocks at authorities during a drug smuggling attempt. prosecutors say they were evaluating whether to pursue a retrial.jurors had deliberated about 18 hours over five days in what human rights attorneys say was the first prosecution of a border patrol agent in a fatal shooting across the border.swartz fired 16 shots late on oct. 10, 2012, through a 20-foot (6-meter) fence that sits on an embankment above mexico’s calle internacional, a nogales street lined with homes and small businesses.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksprosecutors acknowledged during the monthlong trial that elena rodriguez was lobbing rocks across the border during a drug smuggling attempt. but they say he did not deserve to die.defense attorneys countered that swartz was justified in using lethal force against rock-throwers and shot from the u.s. side of the border in self-defense.defense attorneys sean chapman and jim calle didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment late monday afternoon...





florida man gets arizona prison sentence for sex trafficking

tucson, ariz. (ap) — a florida man has been sentenced in arizona to 15 years in prison for forcing a woman into prostitution in the tampa area and in tucson in 2016.prosecutors say 37-year-old travon jarvel jackson of tampa was convicted by a jury earlier of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and interstate transportation for prostitution.they say jackson posted advertisements for the woman on adult websites and kept all the money the woman made from prostitution.prosecutors say jackson controlled the victim by withholding food, money and her property.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthey also alleged that he physically assaulted the woman to gain her compliance.prosecutors say jackson made the woman travel to tucson against her will, where he continued to force her to commits acts of prostitution while he kept the profits.





la plata inmate died of blood clot in 2017, authorities say

durango, colo. (ap) — authorities say a man who died last november in the la plata county jail suffered a bruise that led to a blood clot in his leg.the durango herald reported monday that authorities have determined 26-year-old vicente lucero died of the clot, but they are unsure how he suffered the bruise leading to it.lucero was let out of his cell the morning of nov. 3 and collapsed soon after in a common area. he was being held on suspicion of burglary and assault and was accused of walking naked and threatening to kill people along a road north of durango.lucero was in jail for eight days before he collapsed.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksla plata county coroner jann smith ruled the death natural.___information from: durango herald, http://www.durangoherald.com





missouri house moves to legalize medical marijuana

jefferson city, mo. (ap) — the missouri house has given initial approval to a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for many patients.the bill, approved monday in a voice vote, would allow anyone over 18 dying of a terminal disease to access smokeless medical marijuana. people with cancer, alzheimer’s, post-traumatic stress disorder and a variety of other conditions would also qualify.proponents say this will help dying patients alleviate pain and give relief to veterans struggling with the effects of war.some lawmakers say the bill doesn’t go far enough. during a committee hearing earlier this year, opponents also said marijuana should first be legalized at the federal level.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe bill needs to be voted on again before it heads to the senate.___the bill is hb 1554





legislature oks auto fee boost to end raid on road cash

phoenix (ap) — the arizona senate joined the house monday in approving a nearly $150 million yearly increase in vehicle registration fees designed to end raids on dedicated local highway funding in a rare vote by the republican-controlled legislature to boost state revenue.the bill raises annual vehicle registration fees by about $18, according to legislature’s budget analysts, and also eliminates the current super-low fee for alternative fuel vehicles. that potentially boosts yearly fees for electric vehicles from an average of $41 to $410.the bill by republican rep. noel campbell of prescott and sen. bob worsley of mesa would raise about $148 million a year to fund the state highway patrol. that would free up cash currently taken from a highway repair fund that has left counties and rural cities without sufficient money to repair their roads. it now goes to gov. doug ducey for consideration.ending the raid on the highway user revenue fund, known as hurf, is a longstanding goal of lawmakers from both parties. the fund raid is particularly hard for rural areas that have no way to pay for repairs and renovations without the state money, which comes from gas taxes and vehicle license fees.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksworsley urged lawmakers to approve the measure, saying it would give ducey some breathing room as budget discussions focused on school funding progress.“this will be the first opportunity to give the governor some ro...





flight records show new details on trump’s moscow nights

flight records obtained by bloomberg provide fresh details about donald trump’s attendance at the 2013 miss universe pageant in moscow.president donald trump twice gave james comey an alibi for why a salacious report about the 2013 miss universe pageant in moscow couldn’t be true: he never even spent the night in russia during that trip, trump told the former fbi director, according to comey’s memos about the conversations.yet the broad timeline of trump’s stay, stretching from friday, nov. 8, 2013, through the following sunday morning, has been widely reported. and it’s substantiated by social-media posts that show he slept in moscow the night before the miss universe contest.now, flight records obtained by bloomberg provide fresh details. combined with existing accounts and trump’s own social-media posts, they capture two days that, nearly five years later, loom large in the controversy engulfing the white house and at the heart of the comey memos, which the justice department turned over last week to congress.neither the white house nor trump organization immediately responded to requests for comment.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksaccording to comey’s accounts of his 2017 meetings with the president, trump said the moscow trip was so quick that his head never hit a pillow — even for one night. trump fired comey on may 9, 2017.the first denial came over dinner at the white house in late january 2017. “he said he arr...





owner of provo daily herald buys ogden standard-examiner

ogden, utah (ap) — the owner of the provo daily herald is purchasing the standard-examiner newspaper in ogden.the two companies involved in the transaction announced the sale in new release monday announcing that west virginia-based ogden newspapers will buy the standard-examiner, its website standard.net and its office and printing press from ohio-based sandusky newspapers inc.ogden newspapers ceo robert nutting says his family is extremely proud to be the new publisher of the standard-examiner and to serve the northern utah region. he says the newspaper will work with the provo daily herald to be a larger utah-focused news organization.sandusky newspapers ceo david rau says uniting the newspapers will make both stronger.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe statement says the sale is expected to close in late may.ogden newspapers is the owner of 45 daily newspapers around the u.s. it also owns the pyramid newspaper in mt. pleasant, utah.