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COVID-19 reinfections; Seattle Police Department Recruitment Plan; Men charged with wanton mural painting; Relocation fraud comes to a head; The Washington man runs from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

COVID-19 variant is causing new infections across Washington

Described as highly transmissible and elusive, it is causing a surge in coronavirus cases in Washington and across the country.

Omicron subvariant BA.5 is the dominant COVID-19 strain in Washington state and now across the United States, according to public health officials and new data released Wednesday.

The virus catches many people who have been vaccinated and boosted off guard, as many become reinfected. Continue reading

New recruiting plan revealed as Seattle Police Department reports 30-year low in officers

In recent years, the Seattle Police Department has warned of a staffing crisis.

The department has resorted to offering hiring bonuses and relocation expenses to help with recruitment efforts.

In a fresh push for more officers, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and interim police chief Adrian Diaz on Tuesday announced a new recruiting strategy that includes increases in recruiting staffing and budgets, competitive hiring incentives, relocation reimbursements, as well as improvements in the System efficiencies and modernization to accelerate recruitment included new hire and transfer process. Continue reading

Accused Olympic vandals were among those arrested at a Pride event in Idaho

The two men accused of vandalizing an Olympics mural last fall were arrested last month on riot charges related to a Pride event in Idaho.

Olympia Police said Spencer Simpson and Colton Brown were members of the Patriot Front, a nationally recognized white nationalist hate group.

Detectives said the two were part of a group that painted over a mural intended to support the LGBTQ+ community in downtown Olympia in October 2021. Continue reading

BBB: Washingtonians report fraud in peak moving season

“Moving season” is about half over, and more than 120 moving-related business profile complaints have been reported so far this year, according to the Better Business Bureau of Washington (BBB).

Last year, the BBB Scam Tracker revealed that consumers reported losing more than $730,000 to moving scams, a 216% increase in money lost compared to 2020.

Jordan River Moving & Storage in Kent told KING 5 that it has repeatedly helped people moving in and out of Washington state who said they were caught up in a moving scam. The company recently relocated its headquarters from Kirkland to Kent. Continue reading

Washington man running from New York to Ocean Shores to raise awareness about mental health and addiction

A Bainbridge Island ultramarathoner has almost completed his 3,000-mile run to raise awareness about youth mental health and addiction.

Greg Nance began his run on April 25th in Long Island, NY and will finish his journey on July 17th in Ocean Shores.

“We’re on a mission for youth mental health,” Nance said. “It’s always tough being a teenager, but never more so than now.” Continue reading

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