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5-year-old foundafter abduction
Police believe a stranger abducted a 5-year-old girl from her bedroom in Everett early Saturday, carried her from her apartment complex to a nearby trail and later freed her.
The girl sought help early Saturday when she knocked on an apartment door about a mile from her home, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said. The residents called 911 at 4:30 a.m.
Police said the girl was not fully dressed, but there was no indication of sexual assault. She was taken to a hospital.
The girl’s father was alerted when officers, responding to an unrelated call, arrived at his apartment at about 5:30 a.m., Snell said.
Someone, not a family member, had called 911 to report suspicious circumstances, including a missing screen and open window.
Police found video surveillance taken at about 3 a.m. showing a man leaving the apartment complex carrying a large object, believed to be the girl, and walking toward the Interurban Trail, which is about 200 yards from the girl’s home, he said.
The girl was taken from her ground-floor bedroom and it appears the man got into the bedroom by using a wooden pallet as a ladder, Snell said.
The man wore a dark shirt, light-colored jeans and shoes, a white hat and what is described as white earrings.
“She did not know this man. We believe this was a stranger,” Snell said.
Police found items of her clothing in a wooded area off the trail.
A police dog followed a track from the apartment where the girl lived to where she turned up asking for help.
Nike co-founderpledges $500M
Nike co-founder Phil Knight has pledged $500 million to Oregon Health and Science University in the form of a challenge he hopes will launch a $1 billion cancer-research initiative.
The gift is contingent on the university raising at least $500 million for cancer research within two years.
The gift, announced Saturday, is the third one from Knight and his wife, Penny, to OHSU. A 2008 gift of $100 million went to the Knight Cancer Institute.
The Knights announced the gift Friday night at a gala for the cancer institute.
OHSU President Joe Robertson says the challenge is “a transformative moment” for the hospital and the state.
Discover Pass sales increase
A new report shows revenue collected from sales of the Discover Pass was nearly $1 million higher than the year before.
Sales in the second full year of the program generated almost $16.7 million, compared with $15.7 million in the first year, The (Everett) Herald reported.
The program was created to offset the loss of state funding through budget cuts.
A $30 annual pass or $10 daily pass is required in motor vehicles accessing state parks and other state-managed recreation lands.
A report prepared for the state Parks and Recreation Commission says the state took in $32.4 million in the two-year budget cycle that ended June 30.
The majority went to state parks, with the rest going to the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Man arrested after standoff
A standoff with a man who hid under a parked car after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend ended peacefully Saturday morning when the man was coaxed from his hiding place and arrested, police said.
Seattle police said they got a call around 8 a.m. Saturday reporting that a man had stabbed his girlfriend in the hand during a fight at an apartment in the 12700 block of Lake City Way Northeast.
Police say they found the man under a parked car in the complex’s garage. He refused to come out, according to police.
Police said the man was believed to have a knife and possibly a gun.
The suspect surrendered after SWAT team officers arrived, and he was taken into custody without further incident, according to police.
The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated, police said.
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