Today’s News Headlines

KELA News Headlines for Friday, April 21, 2017

Washington Legislature likely headed to overtime session

Unable to agree to negotiate, much less reach, a two-year state budget deal during their regularly scheduled legislative session, Washington lawmakers are likely to start an overtime special session on Monday. Lawmakers are expected to break for the weekend on Friday, with just a few lawmakers on hand Sunday to officially end the 105-day session. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said he would announce his plans Friday, but it is expected that he will call them back into session at the start of next week. Inslee said he planned to talk with Republican leadership from the Senate to encourage them to enter into negotiations with House Democrats.

Centralia man allegedly pulls gun on neighbor in dispute

A Centralia man is in custody for assault after allegedly pulling a gun on his neighbor during a dispute Wednesday afternoon. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Rienke Road in Centralia for the report of a civil dispute over a property line easement. Deputies learned the neighbor parked in the driveway, blocking the driveway.  The suspect, 41-year old Corey L. Moran, came out of his house and confronted his neighbor and then pulled a handgun and pointed it at the neighbor’s face. Moran was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail for first degree assault.

One suspect dead, three officers wounded in a downtown Seattle robbery

Seattle police say three officers were shot Thursday afternoon after responding to a reported robbery in downtown Seattle. The shooting occurred near Madison Street and Western Avenue around 1:30 PM. KCPQ-TV reports a male officer is in serious condition after the incident and a female officer was released from the hospital. Police say a third officer was grazed and suffered a hand injury. He was treated and released from the hospital. A 19-year-old male suspect was killed and a 17-year-old female suspect was apprehended. A third suspect was taken into custody later.

Tougher distracted driving bill passes the Legislature

Holding a phone while driving in Washington state could become illegal in 2019 if Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature. The bill cleared both chambers Wednesday and now heads to the governor’s desk. If approved by Inslee as expected, the measure would go into effect January 2019. It would make it illegal to hold a phone or other electronic device while driving a car or when stopped at a traffic light. Under the measure, the standard traffic fine of $136 would apply to a first offense, but would increase to about $235 on a second offense within five years.

Two river flood gauges to be replaced in Centralia

Two river flood gauges in Lewis County will be replaced as a result of action taken by the Lewis County Commissioners on Monday. The Commissioners approved a resolution to amend an interagency agreement with the state Recreation and Conservation Office for funding for the Chehalis Basin Flood Authority, increasing funding by $61,000. The gauges to be replaced are on the Chehalis and Skookumchuck rivers and will mostly serve the city of Centralia but will also have basin-wide benefits. The Commissioners also approved a resolution to amend its personal services agreement with WEST Consultants Inc. to allow the company to replace the two gauges and do other work.

Speed limit reduction coming in downtown Tenino

Drivers on a stretch of State Route 507 through Tenino, known locally as Sussex Avenue, will find the speed limit reduced from 30 to 25 miles per hour beginning sometime next week. The state Department of Transportation says the segment of the roadway is about eight-tenths of a mile long between McArthur Street and Reynolds Street. The speed limit reduction was requested by the city. DOT will be installing the new speed limit signs next week and the reduced speed limit will be enforceable as soon as they are installed.