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Originally published February 27, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified February 27, 2007 at 8:32 AM

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Woodinville told to pay fees for tent-city lawyers

King County District Court Judge David Steiner on Monday ordered the city of Woodinville to pay attorney's fees for Tent City 4 totaling...

King County District Court Judge David Steiner on Monday ordered the city of Woodinville to pay attorney's fees for Tent City 4 totaling more than $8,300.

The award was made after Tent City 4 went to court seeking to recover the fees, incurred while fighting citations issued by Woodinville during the temporary homeless encampment's stay there in July.

The city attempted to fine tent-city employee Scott Morrow $250 per day for illegally bringing the camp to Northshore United Church of Christ last year, levying more than $5,000 in fines.

Steiner ruled in October that the city did not have the authority to issue the citations and dismissed the case.

Spokane

Off-duty officer shoots alleged thief

An off-duty Spokane police officer shot a man early Monday who had stolen his truck, police said.

The 20-year-old man who was shot was taken to a hospital, where his injuries were deemed not life-threatening, and he was in stable condition, police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said. Officer James "Jay" Olsen, a 16-year veteran, was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

DeRuwe said Olsen was leaving a downtown bar when he saw a man stealing his truck. Olsen and a friend chased the man in another car to a neighborhood west of downtown. After a foot chase and confrontation, the man was shot about 3:40 a.m., DeRuwe said.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Department has been asked to investigate, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said.

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West Seattle

Wire tampering cuts phone service to 200

Seattle police are investigating a weekend incident that left about 200 West Seattle phone customers without service.

On Saturday, three men were seen taking active telephone wire from poles in the 5400 block of 37th Avenue Southwest, police said. The men apparently placed the wire on a staircase and were using wire cutters on it, police said. It wasn't clear if they actually stole any of the wire.

It was not long afterward that Qwest, which provides phone service in the area, began receiving calls from customers about a service outage, Qwest spokeswoman Shasha Richardson said.

Service was restored to all but a few customers by Monday night, Richardson said.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has been dealing with similar wire thefts this season, saying in the past three months a record amount of wire has been stolen. It will cost the department about $100,000 to replace its losses, the DOT said.

Bellevue

Police ask help in finding teen

Bellevue police are asking for the public's help in finding a girl, 13, who ran away from her parents while they were on vacation in Bellevue.

Savannah Burns, of Rhode Island, was last seen leaving the Hilton Hotel, 300 112th Ave. S.E., at 7 p.m. Saturday on foot, wearing a dark-blue jacket with a furry hood, jeans and sneakers, according to Bellevue police. She left her ID and money behind, police said.

Burns has siblings in the area but neither has heard from her, according to police. She doesn't have any other known friends in the area.

Anyone with information about Burns' whereabouts is asked to call 911.

Seattle

Public forum on viaduct tonight

A free public forum on the Alaskan Way Viaduct is scheduled tonight at the West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave. S.W.

Four panelists will answer questions from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. They are City Councilwoman Jan Drago; Dave Gering, executive director, Manufacturing Industry Council of Seattle; Grace Crunican, director, Seattle Department of Transportation; and Peter Sherwin, who favors repairing the existing viaduct.

Bainbridge Island

Police arrest Halloween robber

Police arrested a man Monday who they say was in costume when he robbed a drug store on Halloween.

Wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun, a 24-year-old man robbed Winslow Drug at about 7 p.m. Oct. 31, according to Bainbridge Island police. The man made off with various prescription drugs, police said.

Through tips and sources, police determined the suspect was a former Bainbridge Island man, according to a news release. The man was arrested Monday and was being held in the Kitsap County Jail on investigation of robbery.

Edmonds

Stuck railroad gates slow traffic to ferry

Traffic at the Edmonds ferry terminal was disrupted for nearly an hour late Monday afternoon when nearby railroad-crossing gates became stuck in the "down" position.

BNSF Railway crews responded and lifted the gates about 5:10 p.m.

After the road opened, signs on Highway 104 leading to the terminal warned drivers of a 90-minute wait.

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