Regional News Nov. 18
But the man blocked the door to his bedroom. Officers unsuccessfully deployed a Taser after the man later ran down a hallway in an attempt to flee.
The suspect ran into one officer, pushing her down on the ground as he held onto her legs. She suffered a bruised face and a minor concussion. The man kicked the other officer and bit his right arm as the officer tried to handcuff him.
The man was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of two counts of third-degree assault of a police officer.
Clark County finds uncounted votes
Election officials routinely sorting through ballots in Clark County say they found more than a thousand uncounted votes.
The Vancouver Columbian reports the ballots had been scanned but not counted.
The discovery nearly doubles the votes that remain to be counted in an election that includes two races in the 17th District that have been too close to call.
As of Friday, Republican incumbent Don Benton was 96 votes ahead of Democrat Tim Probst in the 17th District Senate race. Meanwhile, 17th District House candidate Monica Stonier, a Democrat, led Republican Julie Olson by 100 votes.
Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey says the problem was discovered when it became evident that the number of voters given credit for voting did not match the number of affidavit envelopes received.
Gig Harbor's first woman police sergeant sues
The first woman promoted to sergeant in the Gig Harbor Police Department has filed a claim alleging harassment and sexism.
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Sgt. Sharon Cox is seeking a maximum of $5 million in her claim. She's one of two women officers at the 16-member department.
The claim is the latest acrimonious episode in Cox's tenure at the department.
The guild recently held a vote of no-confidence concerning Cox, related to a shooting Aug. 11 at a Key Peninsula grocery store in which one man was killed. The guild cited "cowardice" in their vote.
Among those named in Cox's claim is the head of the union, Dan Welch. The claim says Welch accessed Cox's private employment file, including pre-employment background documents.
Depending on the city's decision, Cox's attorney might file a lawsuit by the end of this week.
Plan to change name of Soap Lake is rejected
A state panel has rejected a plan to change the name of Soap Lake to the Salish word for healing waters, Smokiam.
The Spokesman-Review reports the state Committee on Geographic Names denied the proposal on Friday.
A proponent of the name change says the ancestors of the Colville Confederated Tribes called the 900-acre body of water Smokiam for 11,000 years.
When white settlers came to the area, they used several different names for the lake. After the town of Soap Lake was incorporated nearby, the lake gradually took on the same name but was never officially changed.
The Colville tribes, who spoke Salish, supported the name change, along with some residents interested in preserving the region's history.
Seattle Veterans Museum closing its doors
Supporters of the Seattle Veterans Museum have lost their battle to save the institution.
KING-TV reports a shortage of money has led Todd Crooks to close the museum's doors after 10 years in downtown Seattle.
Crooks, a Veteran himself, started the museum with his personal collection. Over the years donations helped it grow. Today there are artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Many of the items have a local tie to Seattle.
Recently there hasn't been enough money or volunteers to keep the place going.
On Friday night, Crooks packed everything into boxes to go into storage. He is looking for someone who can reopen the museum in a new place.
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