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Sunday, December 14, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

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Pipeline break evacuates homes


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TOLEDO, Lewis County — A rupture in a natural-gas pipeline yesterday morning forced the evacuation of six homes in a rural neighborhood.

The rupture occurred 150 yards from Shoreline Drive, said Bev Chipman of Williams Northwest Pipeline. Residents were allowed to return home within a few hours.

Crews were immediately notified and shut down the gas flow. The leak did not disrupt service, Chipman said.

A section of the pipe will be investigated.

Williams Northwest, based in Salt Lake City, owns 4,000 miles of natural-gas pipelines that serve customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Portions run through the Puget Sound area's eastern suburbs.

Snohomish man, 34, killed after van hits trailer on I-5

SNOHOMISH — A 34-year-old Snohomish man was killed Friday night when the van in which he was traveling struck an abandoned trailer on Interstate 5 near Everett.

Wayde Aplecove was a passenger in the 1978 Chevrolet van driven by Daniel Bussey, 46, of Lake Stevens. The van struck a utility trailer abandoned on the shoulder of I-5, according to the State Patrol. Bussey was not injured in the crash. Aplecove died at the scene.

Both men were wearing seat belts, the State Patrol said.

29-year-old man who died from gunshot wound ID'd

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SEATTLE — Officials have identified a 29-year-old man who died early Friday in a Rainier Beach shooting.

Another man was wounded in the incident.

Jason Stanley of Federal Way died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from a gunshot to the head, the King County Medical Examiner's Office reported. Police found Stanley wounded in a car near the 10400 block of 57th Avenue South, near South Bangor Street. The other man, a 28-year-old from Federal Way, was shot in the arm.

Electrical problem eyed in stalling of Monorail

SEATTLE — Officials suspect an electrical problem stalled the Monorail yesterday afternoon, which stranded about 250 riders.

The holiday season is typically busy, and some riders had just attended the Gonzaga-Missouri college-basketball game at KeyArena.

After the stall, on a banked track at Fifth Avenue and Denny Way, it took 25 minutes for the first passengers to switch to another train by walking on a ramp between the overhead cars.

All riders were evacuated within an hour, said Matt Abbey, operations manager for the historic 41-year-old line. The last monorail stall happened Sept. 26, 2002.

Parks damaged by vandals; police are seeking tips

SEATTLE — Police are seeking information on recent incidents of vandalism in city parks.

In Cowen Park in Northeast Seattle, nails and other sharp objects have been placed into trees, a process called "spiking," which appears intended to thwart any attempt to cut the trees down. Several are considered at risk of falling and are scheduled to be removed.

At Peace Park at the north end of University Bridge, parts of a bronze statue were sawed off. The statue honors a Japanese girl named Sakado, who died of leukemia in 1955 in Hiroshima, 10 years after the atom bomb was dropped on that city during World War II.

Anyone with information about the vandalism should call Seattle police at 206-625-5011.

$2.5 million fine proposed in BP blast that hurt worker

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has proposed a $2.5 million fine against an oil company for an explosion that seriously injured a worker last year.

BP Exploration (Alaska) failed to adequately manage its wells, the commission said. An employee was hospitalized with serious burns and broken bones after the August 2002 blast in a wellhouse.

The company has 15 days to respond.

BP officials have said the company has set stricter pressure limits for operating wells.

Times staff and wire services

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