Other items: Woman crashes car, injures self, one child; nursing-home rapist sentenced to prison; woman, 18, who died in I-5 crash identified; Oregon police officer charged with sexual abuse; coach-murder trial postponed to March and maple Valley retail center planned.
Mediation talks this week between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle and 15 people with claims of abuse by priests resulted in a $1.8 million settlement.
The archdiocese reached a definitive settlement with 12 people, including two parents of a man who said he’d been molested, and is close to a settlement with a 13th person, said archdiocese attorney Michael Patterson.
Twelve of the claims involved past molestation by the Rev. James McGreal, generally considered the archdiocese’s most notorious offender.
Civil suits against McGreal, who is barred from ministry and living in a supervised church facility in Missouri, have resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements.
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The other claim involved past molestation by the Rev. David Jaeger, who admitted in court proceedings years ago to inappropriately touching about 10 minors at a Catholic youth camp in the 1970s.
Jaeger is currently on administrative leave, and a decision on whether he should remain in ministry is being reviewed by the Vatican.
Woman crashes car, injures self, one child
A 24-year-old Olympia woman crashed into a pine tree yesterday, critically injuring herself and one of her three children.
Around 11:50 a.m., the State Patrol got reports of a serious accident in the 3200 block of Cooper Point Road, north of Olympia, said Trooper Johnny Alexander.
Witnesses said the car, driven by Stacey L. Hollar, was northbound when it drifted across the southbound lane and collided with a tree, he said.
Hollar was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia; her 2-year-old son was taken to Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center with critical injuries, Alexander said. An 18-month-old girl and a 3-month-old boy were taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital with minor injuries.
Nursing-home rapist sentenced to prison
A 49-year-old Everett man who pleaded guilty to raping a 94-year-old woman at a Shoreline senior-care center where he was a nursing assistant was sentenced yesterday to more than eight years in prison.
Benny Laoh pleaded guilty in November to second-degree rape.
In July, another employee at the Crista Senior Community became suspicious when she heard the elderly woman crying. When the employee walked into the woman’s room to investigate, she found Laoh sexually assaulting the woman, court papers say.
The woman who was assaulted has dementia brought on by old age and was unable to consent to sexual contact, court documents said.
Woman, 18, who died in I-5 crash identified
An 18-year-old Bothell woman who died Wednesday in a three-car crash near Smokey Point has been identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office as Megan Holschen.
The woman’s mother, Martha Holschen, was driving the family’s Suburban north on Interstate 5 when a Ford Explorer traveling south crossed the median and slammed into them. The Explorer, driven by 22-year-old Juliann Odom of Bellevue, also crashed into a northbound Toyota pickup.
Martha Holschen, 47, and her 15-year-old daughter, Jolie Holschen, were in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle last night. Two other children, Keegan Holschen, 9, and Jake Holschen, 12, were taken to Providence Everett Medical Center and were in stable condition Thursday.
The occupants of the Toyota, Johnny Henton, 68, and Stephen Doll, 68, both of Oak Harbor, were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, said Patrol Trooper Lance Ramsay.
Ramsay said investigators hoped to talk with Odom last night about the crash. The Bellevue woman is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center.
Police officer charged with sexual abuse
Sex charges have been filed against an Albany police officer accused of abusing the daughter of a woman he knows.
John Christopher Fowler, 37, was being held at Benton County Jail yesterday on charges of sex abuse and sodomy. Bail on all charges totaled $142,000.
Albany Chief Joe Simon said detectives from the Corvallis Police Department arrested Fowler Thursday.
The investigation started after the Albany School District contacted police concerning a possible case of sexual abuse. Simon said he did not know over what time the alleged abuse occurred. The girl’s age was not released.
“This is a sad day for the Albany Police Department,” Simon said. “This is having a negative effect on the atmosphere at the police department.”
Fowler has been with the department for 15 years and has worked in the detective unit, the canine unit and, most recently, as a patrol officer.
He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Coach-murder trial postponed to March
The trial for a teenager charged with killing Benton City football coach Bob Mars has been delayed until March 14.
Jordan Castillo, 14, agreed during a Wednesday hearing to push back a trial date originally set for January.
Castillo is charged as an adult in Benton County Superior Court with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted theft. He faces 22 to 28 years in prison if convicted.
Castillo is charged with stabbing Mars as part of a robbery and gang initiation.
Mars, 44, was a Richland father and longtime assistant football coach and sixth-grade teacher in the Kiona-Benton City School District. He also was a wrestling coach at Kennewick High School.
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Retail complex planned for town
A Maple Valley couple plan to build a $1.5 million retail tourist attraction in this eastern Cascade foothills town.
Martin and Jennifer Durkan plan to build on vacant property next to the Brick Tavern.
Preliminary plans call for a two-story, 10,000-square-foot building that will include restaurants and high-end retail stores.
The building will have two different facades, recreating the look of two buildings that stood on the spot until at least the 1930s. One facade will be sandstone or a similar material, and the other will be precast concrete panels made to look like boards, said Frank Sikon, the project’s general contractor.
The project is geared toward those who have bought property at the neighboring Suncadia Resort, said Martin Durkan, also a political consultant.
A number of new businesses have opened recently in this former coal-mining town.
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