Protesters set fires outside the East Precinct on Capitol Hill Thursday night, then started launching fireworks at the building until police moved in to clear the streets.
The demonstration had been peaceful through much of the evening. A crowd of about 150 people or more marched out of Cal Anderson Park and wove through the surrounding neighborhoods, calling on residents to leave their homes and join them in the streets. They chanted Breonna Taylor’s name, and shared their anger that the officers who shot and killed her will not face criminal charges. The only vandalism was some graffiti scrawled onto buildings.
That rolling demonstration continued for about an hour until the crowd made its way back to the police station near Cal Anderson Park. That’s when people started throwing things against the building.
Trash cans and rubbish were piled up and set on fire. Protesters then started igniting fireworks. Police could be heard on a public address system ordering the crowd to disperse, then a line of bicycle officers charged in, followed by officers on foot in riot gear.
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Containment for the Cold Creek Fire increased to 88% Thursday, with command of the fire turned over to the Naches Ranger District.
The fire started Sept. 14 near the White Pass summit. It was 564 acres, with minimal spread Thursday.
U.S. Highway 12 reopened Monday. Officials said traffic volume has returned to almost normal but drivers should still use caution with firefighters still working throughout the area. Standing trees, burnt trees and vegetation, and possibly even live flame will continue to be visible from the roadway. A total of 122 people were assigned to the fire on Thursday, down about 100 from the previous day as out-of-area crews headed to other fires or home to rest. Forest Service spokesperson Heather Appelhof said she doesn’t expect any more growth, despite a shifting wind mostly from the west predicted to
include gusts up to 25 mph on Thursday and 30 mph on Friday.
A man involved in a timber poaching effort in Olympic National Forest that started a big wildfire has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. Shawn Williams, 49, pleaded guilty to theft of public property and setting timber afire charges in U.S. District Court in December 2019, The Kitsap Sun reported.
Williams and Justin Wilke were charged last year for their roles in an illegal logging operation in the national forest in 2018 in which they and others felled maple trees and sold the wood to lumber mills, according to court documents. The type of maple is highly prized and used to produce musical instruments, prosecutors said. Williams, who lived in the Hood Canal area, cut the felled trees into rounds or blocks and sold them to a Tumwater mill under the false pretense that the wood had been cut on private land under permit, an indictment said.
The “figured wood” was cut near Lena Lake in Jefferson County and Elk Lake in Mason County and sold for about $13,400 in the months leading up to the fire, court papers said.
A fire burned down an abandoned house and spread to a nearby home and other properties causing people to leave the area, according to Zillah Fire District 5.
On Thursday, at about 6:30 a.m. fire units arrived at the 500 block of A St. in White Swan.
Fire crews say the fire burned a small abandoned house to the ground leaving just the chimney and remnants behind.
Action News was also told that the fire spread to a house nearby displacing eight people, including four children.
Fire crews say the roof collapsed on the second house, and 10 mph winds spread the fire to five vehicles, towboats, and three tall trees.
No one was injured.
Firefighters say neighbors believe the homeless nearby started the fire.
The fire department has yet to determine what caused the fire.
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