• Wash. woman gets nearly 3 years in swindle

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say an Ocean Park, Wash., woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for swindling a retired St. Helens, Ore., man out of nearly $650,000.

    Lisa Mottaghi was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Portland for wire fraud. The U.S. attorney’s office says she first borrowed large sums of money from 74-year-old Gerald Voorhees and later created a false email identity to get more money from him.

    The Daily News of Longview reports (http://is.gd/RWPujl ) the woman was also ordered to pay restitution.

    Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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  • South Olympic Peninsula Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Expo Hits Elma Next Month

    ELMA, WA – The first-ever South Olympic Peninsula Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Expo is scheduled for the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds in Elma for a two-day run May 21-22, 2011.
    Representatives from the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds & Tourism Department, along with outdoor enthusiasts from Mason County, will be presenting the Outdoor Expo in a coordinated effort to showcase the outdoor experiences, destinations, festivals and events in the two-county region.

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  • Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

    CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.

    Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks, where Harvey worked for more than 50 years. No cause of death was immediately available.

    Harvey had been forced off the air for several months in 2001 because of a virus that weakened a vocal cord. But he returned to work in Chicago and was still active as he passed his 90th birthday. His death comes less than a year after that of his wife and longtime producer, Lynne.

    “My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news,” Paul Harvey Jr. said in a statement. “So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend.”

    Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of “The Rest of the Story,” Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his “News and Comment” for ABC Radio Networks.

    He became a heartland icon, delivering news and commentary with a distinctive Midwestern flavor. “Stand by for news!” he told his listeners. He was credited with inventing or popularizing terms such as “skyjacker,” “Reaganomics” and “guesstimate.”

    “Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history,” ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson said in a statement. “We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him.”

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  • Whooping cough cases decrease in WA but not gone

    LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — As Oregon and national health officials raise the alarm about whooping cough in the Pacific Northwest, Washington health officials report the illness is declining.

    The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/kcEqfK ) that by mid-July this year, there were 419 cases of whooping cough or pertussis in Washington state. That’s down considerably from the same period in 2012 when 3,237 cases were reported.

    State health officials say 14 Washington counties have reported no pertussis at all this year.

    These statistics clash with a statement issued Tuesday by the Oregon March of Dimes, which said pertussis cases in the Northwest have essentially tripled over several years.

    Oregon cases did increase from 2011 to 2012, but they started declining in 2013. Michele M. Larsen of the March of Dimes Greater Oregon Chapter told The Daily News chapter officials were not aware of the latest figures.

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  • Dog defends owner in Castle Rock attack

    CASTLE ROCK, Wash. (AP) – Police in the southwest Washington community of Castle Rock say a female jogger’s dog attacked and chased off a man who had knocked the woman down in an attempt to grab her cell phone.

    The Daily News of Longview reports (http://is.gd/EeCsse ) the 22-year-old woman was not seriously hurt. She was jogging with two dogs on a trail along the Cowlitz River dike when a man jumped out of the bushes last Thursday evening. Police say 1 of the dogs attacked and the man ran off.

    Now police are warning walkers and joggers to be alert on the popular river trail system. They say the man was described as shirtless and shoeless with shaggy blond hair and scruffy facial hair.

    A police dog searched the area unsuccessfully.

    Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com

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  • Longview port to receive Hawaiian garbage

         LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) – The Port of Longview will process garbage from Hawaii heading to Washington landfills under an agreement recently reached with a shipping company.

    Port officials say the deal reached with Daybreak Transportation and Rail Transfer will create more hours for local longshoremen and more work for the little-used crane.

    The Longview Daily News reports the garbage, shrink-wrapped in plastic and stored in steel shipping containers, will be unloaded at the port to trucks or trains.

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