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Mistrial halts case on minimum wage for immigrant detainees

Jun. 17, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state has ended with a hung jury. U.S. District...

Newspaper carrier confronted by sheriff files $5M tort claim

Jun. 16, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Black newspaper carrier confronted by Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer has filed a legal claim seeking at least $5 million in damages. Attorneys representing Sedrick Altheimer submitted the tort claim against the county on Tuesday, contending...

Jury deciding if immigration detainees must get minimum wage

Jun. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation's biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state. Democratic...

Man fatally shot over catalytic converter theft identified

Jun. 15, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The name of a man who was fatally shot and dragged behind a truck south of Tacoma after allegedly trying to steal a catalytic converter has been released. The News Tribune reports 40-year-old Brent Jalmari Peltomaa of University Place died Saturday...

Man accused of shooting suspected catalytic converter thief

Jun. 14, 2021 22:31 PM EDT

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A 54-year-old man has been arrested and accused of shooting a suspected catalytic converter thief, then dragging him with his truck and leaving his body in a field south of Tacoma. According to court documents, at 3:45 a.m. Saturday someone...

Lawsuit: ICE detained US citizen for a week in Tacoma

Jun. 11, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen from Mexico is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying the agency held him in detention for a week even though he had his passport with him and repeatedly insisted he was an American. The Northwest Immigrant...

Mariners get back reliever Graveman after COVID issue

Jun. 11, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Seattle Mariners reliever Kendall Graveman is back with the team after being on the injured list following a COVID-19 scare. The 30-year-old right-hander, who had been out since May 23, was activated Friday before the Mariners opened a three-game series...

Dam operator fined $501K for polluting Puyallup River

Jun. 08, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined dam operator Electron Hydro, LLC, $501,000 for discharging discarded plastic field turf into the Puyallup River. Pieces of the artificial turf were found up to 21 miles (34 kilometers) downstream while...

Report: Tacoma could divert many emergeny calls to civilians

Jun. 03, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A new report says thousands of emergency calls made in Tacoma, Washington, could be handled by trained civilians rather than sworn police officers. The Report on the Alternative Response Study, created by Matrix Consulting Group, found that 9.4...

Manaea throws CG, Moreland homers as A's blank Mariners 6-0

Jun. 03, 2021 02:07 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Sean Manaea pitched a four-hitter with eight strikeouts for his second shutout this season, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-0 on Wednesday night. Mitch Moreland's two-run homer capped a five-run third inning, giving the A’s their...