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Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Washington deadline to remove studded tires

Monday is the deadline for drivers to remove studded tires.

Drivers with studded tires after Monday could get a $124 ticket.

The Transportation Department wants studded tires off the road because they cause highway ruts and damage bridge decks.

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

The number of retailers in Washington that illegally sell tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15% of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013, which is about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009, the rate was much lower, at about 9%.

2 killed in car-truck collision near Mattawa

Two people were killed in a car-truck collision Wednesday night near Mattawa.

The Washington State Patrol says the two were in a car that became disabled in the intersection of Highway 240 and Highway 24, about 28 miles west of Richland.

The car was hit by a semi-truck and the two died at the scene. They've been identified as 32-year-old Claudio Nieves and 30-year-old Lizania Nievesdavila, both of Mattawa.

The truck driver was not hurt.

Grant County sheriff: weekend arson spree arrests

The Grant County sheriff says four people have been arrested in a weekend arson spree that included at least 16 fires set in three Eastern Washington counties.

Sheriff Tom Jones says the Grant County fires included blazes that destroyed four haystacks valued at $300,000, and an abandoned former barracks. Fires in Franklin and Adams counties damaged or destroyed abandoned buildings and other property.

Jones says two half-brothers from Eltopia and two women were arrested Sunday night when they returned to the scene of a Franklin County fire. A sheriff's deputy spotted a car that matched the description of a vehicle witnesses had seen earlier.

The four were booked for investigation of arson, malicious mischief and criminal trespassing.

The investigation continues.

Savoie gets 20 years for 2003 Ephrata murder

A killer at the age of 12, the now 23-year-old Evan Savoie was sentenced Tuesday in Ephrata to 20 years in prison.

Savoie pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder in the 2003 slaying of 13-year-old Craig Sorger in Oasis Park in Ephrata.

iFIBER One News reports a jury initially found Savoie guilty of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to 26 years in prison. That conviction was overturned on appeal.

Another 12-year-old who took part in the killing, Jake Eakin, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2005 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Savoie and Eakin were playing in Oasis Park and invited Sorger to play. He was beaten with a rock and stabbed to death.

Four Arrested in Multi-County Arson Spree

Four Arrested in Multi-County Arson Spree

Four people were arrested this weekend, accused of taking part in a three-county arson spree.

Here's the news release from the Grant County Sheriff's Office:

Live Nation cancels second Sasquatch weekend

Live Nation cancels second Sasquatch weekend

Concert organizer Live Nation has cancelled the inaugural second weekend of the popular Sasquatch music festival. The traditional Memorial Day weekend festival will continue as scheduled.


Known for selling out within minutes, Sasquatch at the Gorge is one of the most popular music events of the summer. So popular, that Live Nation decided to add a second weekend to the festival that was planned for  4th of July weekend -- more than month after the first event.