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Detours Slow I-5 Bridge Traffic + Updates – Northwest News Roundup May 28

Detours slow commuter traffic on I-5
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Detours Slow I-5 Traffic Near Skagit Bridge

Today is the first normal work and school day since the Interstate 5 bridge collapse, so state officials are asking drivers in the area to allow an extra 30-to-60 minutes for their morning drive around the detours. Crews have begun removing the cars and debris that fell into the Skagit River in Mount Vernon after the span collapsed last Thursday night.

Bellingham Area Puppy Farm Owner Charged in Arson Insurance Fraud Case

A former Birch Bay puppy mill owner has been found not guilty of first-degree arson in the destruction of his soon-to-be foreclosed home. The Bellingham Herald reports 60-year-old Kenneth Cassell has been found guilty of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. In April 2012, 48 dogs were seized from Cassell, leading up to a trail that ended with convictions for animal cruelty and running a puppy mill. The fire happened earlier this year.

Oregon Teen to Be Tried as Adult for Allegedly Planning to Blow Up High School

An Oregon teenager accused of planning to blow up his high school is expected to be arraigned today on one count of attempted aggravated murder and six counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device. Grant Acord was arrested Thursday night after police got a tip that he was making a bomb to blow up West Albany High School about 75 miles south of Portland. Prosecutors say Acord will be charged as an adult.

Man Accused of Trying to Open Airliner Emergency Exit While Airborne Charged

An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland is expected to make his first appearance today in federal court. Witnesses say 23-year-old Alexander Herrera tried to open the emergency exit during the plane’s descent into Portland. Other passengers had to help restrain him using shoelaces and seat-belt extensions.


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