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Car theft suspect arrested; Vaccine incentives for veterans; US-Canada border closure continues; Seattle Mariners full capacity; Tsunami warning siren

Suspect arrested for allegedly stealing deceased Seattle officer's vehicle

A suspect accused of stealing the car of an off-duty Seattle police officer who was hit and killed while assisting with a crash on Interstate 5 has been arrested.

The Washington State Patrol arrested the suspect, a 49-year-old man from Seattle, around 9:22 p.m. Thursday for a felony hit and run, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing stolen property, possessing a stolen firearm and identity theft.

Alexandra “Lexi” Harris was killed on Sunday, June 13, after exiting her car to help with a three-car pileup on I-5 near Columbian Way. She was with the Seattle Police Department’s patrol operations bureau for five years. Read more

Washington launches COVID-19 vaccine incentive for military members, veterans

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that Washington is launching a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive called “A Heroes Thanks” for the state’s military members and veterans.

The new incentive comes just two weeks after the state launched the “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery for all Washington residents who have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The new promotion will apply to military, military staff, their family members and veterans who were vaccinated through the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs or the National Guard. Read more

Point Roberts grows frustrated with continued US-Canada border closure

Could there be a resolution soon to the months-long closure of the U.S.-Canadian border to non-essential travel?

On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with provincial leaders to discuss a plan. The joint ban on border travel is set to expire on June 21.

"We have no economic network around us except north through the Canadian border," said Brian Calder, president of the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce, from his home on Thursday. Read more

Seattle Mariners games expanding to full capacity

Seattle Mariners games at T-Mobile Park will return to full capacity starting July 2.

For the first part of the 2021 season, T-Mobile Park has been operating under limited capacity with special sections for vaccinated fans. However, starting July 2, the Mariners said it won’t have social distancing or vaccine-designated areas. 

Vaccinated fans will not need to wear masks, but unvaccinated fans should continue to mask up. Read more

Tsunami warning siren installed in Edmonds, one of many in Washington

Communities in western Washington like Edmonds, Everett and Bellingham are no longer considered out of reach of damaging tsunami waves.

On Thursday, the Washington Emergency Management Division erected its newest tsunami tower in Edmonds. Residents will hear chimes coming from the tower followed by a voice announcement on the first Monday of every month as part of a routine test. 

The installation is part of a larger effort to install tsunami warning towers across western Washington. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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