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Policy changes in King County; Lewis County coal plant property; Snohomish County PIT; 3 killed in Yakima; Puyallup barricaded subject.


New King County prosecuting attorney lays out policy changes

King County Prosecuting Attorney Leesa Manion laid out her policy and practice changes for her new administration on Tuesday in a press conference at the King County Courthouse.

Among the announcements was the creation of two new divisions -- one focused on gender-based violence and one tackling economic crimes and wage theft.

There also will be a new Gun Violence Prevention Unit in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which will connect individuals who are close to gun violence to community-based resources before they become victims or perpetrators of violence. Read more

Nuclear fusion company exploring Lewis County coal plant property

A power plant in Lewis County has to shut down coal-related operations by the end of 2025, but the location could end up as a site for a new form of energy production.

Zap Energy, a Seattle-based company researching nuclear fusion as an electricity generator, received a $1 million grant to potentially occupy a portion of the rural Lewis County property.

“Fusion has the potential to be a clean, safe, on-demand source of electricity for the future,” said Zap Energy’s Ryan Umstattd. Read more

Point in Time count tracks Snohomish County's homeless population

On Tuesday, teams of volunteers fanned out across Snohomish County inspecting alleyways, street corners and storefronts in search of homeless people.

As of last year's count, there were 1,184 people without a proper place to rest their heads. That's the most in a decade.

The actual number is likely much higher.

The teams collected data which is shared with county and federal agencies that can allocate funding to help with the crisis. Read more

3 killed in shooting outside Yakima convenience store, suspect dead

Three people were killed early Tuesday morning after a shooting at a Yakima convenience store, Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray confirmed.

According to Yakima police, the suspect, 21-year-old Jarid Haddock died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Read more

Police, barricaded suspect exchange gunfire in Puyallup

One officer sustained minor injuries after police exchanged gunfire Tuesday with a barricaded suspect in Puyallup, according to the Puyallup Police Department. 

Police were called to the River Trail Apartments at around 1:17 p.m. for a domestic violence incident, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

When police responded, the man began yelling at them. There was an exchange of gunfire around 2:36 p.m. Read more

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