Former Student Sues Tacoma School District, Supreme Court to Hear Death Penalty Case – Northwest News Roundup May 10 Afternoon
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Former Tacoma High School Student Sues District over Sexual Assault
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A former student is suing the Tacoma School District in federal court, saying school officials failed to protect her from a boy who raped her last year in a restroom at Mount Tahoma High School. The News Tribune reports the 19-year-old girl is asking for $400,000 in damages. The district denies the claim and says the girl did speak to an assistant principal about a 16-year-old boy, but the behavior never rose to the level of harassment, stalking or threats.
State Supreme Court to Decide if Prosecutors Can Seek Death Penalty in Murder Case
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court is considering whether prosecutors should be allowed to seek the death penalty against two people accused of killing a family of six in Carnation on Christmas Eve 2007. The Seattle Times reports that in arguments before the justices yesterday, the King County Prosecutor’s Office argued that Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell overstepped his authority by taking capital punishment off the table.
Idaho Officials Loses Campaign Money on Fraudulent Investment
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo’s campaign fund lost $250,000 on an investment where it says somebody absconded with the cash.
Crapo made the announcement on Friday.
But he says he learned of the loss in 2010.
According to a statement, Crapo has been trying to figure out how to proceed since then, including through conversations with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office.
They say he’s unlikely to get the money back.
Crapo says he wasn’t asked about nor did he approve the loan, though he has signed off on other, federally-protected loans made in the past by the campaign to help increase money in its coffers.
He says the loan was approved by a top aide without his permission to an Idaho-based limited liability company, Blueberry Guru, LLC.
Idaho Base Jumpers Injured Leaping Off Bridge
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Two parachutists were injured jumping off Perrine Bridge in south-central Idaho.
Twin Falls city spokesman Josh Palmer tells The Times-News the first man was injured about 1 p.m. Thursday when his parachute malfunctioned and he landed on rocks.
The second injury occurred about 4:30 p.m. when another man encountered difficulties during the descent and landed in the Snake River.
Both men were transported to a hospital. The extent of their injuries is unclear, and their names haven’t been released.
Perrine Bridge is popular among BASE jumpers, with thousands of parachutists each year jumping from the span 486 feet above the river.