KELA News Headlines for Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Former Lewis County employee allegedly steals thousands of dollars from state group
A former Lewis County Health Department employee was arrested for allegedly stealing between $40,000 and $70,000 from the Association of County Human Services. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year old April K. Kelley of Centralia was the treasurer of ACHS from 2010 to 2014. When a new treasurer was appointed in 2015, a check of the books showed approximately $60,000 to $70,000 was missing. Kelley reportedly admitted to taking approximately $90,000. She also stated she had paid back about $50,000 in 2011. Kelley was arrested Friday and booked into jail for First Degree Theft. The Chronicle reports she was released on $20,000 bail over the weekend.
Bail set a $2 million for mall shooting suspect
Arcan Cetin, the man charged with killing five people at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, is being held on $2 million bail after making a brief appearance in Skagit County District Court on Monday. He was charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder. Authorities have not determined a motive for the shooting. Police say Cetin shared dinner with his stepfather Friday night then told him he was headed to his job at a gym. Instead, police say he drove his car to the Cascade Mall pulled a Ruger rifle from his trunk and opened fire in a Macy's department store. Court records show the 20-year old Cetin had been diagnosed with anxiety and depression.
Inslee, Bryant hold second debate Monday night
Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent Bill Bryant sparred over education, taxes and government oversight in their second debate. At Seattle University Monday night Bryant repeatedly rapped the incumbent Democrat, saying he had mismanaged state departments. He also said Inslee had failed to come up with a plan to fund K-12 education, as mandated by the state Supreme Court. Inslee countered that the state has invested $5.5 billion in public education and that "significant strides" have been made to increase pay for teachers and increase access to kindergarten.
Centralia City Council to consider loan to Fox Theatre group
The Centralia City Council is scheduled to consider a loan to Historic Fox Theatre Restorations to help them secure additional grant funding for the ongoing restoration project at Tuesday’s Council meeting. The amount requested by the non-profit group restoring the theater in downtown Centralia is $525,000. The Fox Theatre is owned by the City of Centralia. The Centralia City Council meets Tuesday at 7 PM at Centralia City Hall.