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Tully’s purchase finally to close

Actor Patrick Dempsey’s investor group plans to close its $9.15 million acquisition of Seattle-based Tully’s Coffee on Sunday, June 30, according to a court filing by the parent company on Friday.

The deal was expected to close in January but has been held up partly by investors completing a contract with Boeing, whose facilities house 12 of Tully’s 47 shops. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Karen Overstreet said in May she was “looking for ways, to put it bluntly, [to] put some pressure on Boeing.”

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In early June, the investors’ attorney said the contract through 2016 was finalized and the deal would close this month.


Social Security cheat gets prison

A Seattle woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison plus three years of probation for illegally collecting her dad’s Social Security benefits for more than 19 years after he died.

Patty Buchanan, 57, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says Buchanan forged documents and even had someone impersonate her father on the telephone so she could continue collecting his Social Security after he died in 1993. Patty Buchanan’s case was one of five fraudulent collections in fiscal year 2013 that amounted to $900,000.

U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman also ordered Buchanan to pay nearly $240,000 in restitution.

The case was one of the largest Social Security benefit-fraud cases prosecuted in Washington since a national effort against benefit fraud began.

An anonymous tip to Social Security ended the fraud in December 2012.

Ephrata, Grant County

Coal train hits, kills woman pedestrian

A woman was hit and killed by an empty coal train passing through Ephrata on Saturday morning.

The Columbia Basin Herald reported the pedestrian was hit at the Amtrak depot just before 10 a.m. The train was on its way from British Columbia to Montana.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She will not be publicly identified until her family is notified.

BNSF Railway said train traffic through the area was stopped for about two hours.


Attempt to pass is fatal for bicyclist

A bicyclist, believed to be a man in his 60s, was killed Saturday when he struck an oncoming vehicle while attempting to pass other cyclists near Woodinville. The crash occurred at 10:45 a.m. in the 6500 block of 240th Street Southeast in unincorporated Snohomish County.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said the man’s hometown was believed to be Kent. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will be responsible for positive identification of the victim and determining the cause of death.

Speed or alcohol were not considered to be factors, and it’s not anticipated that the vehicle driver will be charged.

The Sheriff’s Office reminded drivers that warmer weather brings an increase in bicycles, pedestrians and motorcycles sharing the roads. The office also reminded bicyclists that all rules of the road must be followed when cycling, and to be especially attentive to road conditions and their surroundings.


Gregoire to serve on Hutch board

Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has been appointed to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s board of trustees.

She is one of four new board members named on Friday. Their terms begin July 1.

Hutch President Dr. Larry Corey notes Gregoire’s leadership experience as well as her recognition of the importance of biomedical research.

She established the state’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund in 2005 to support innovative research.

Gregoire had surgery for breast cancer in 2003 while she was attorney general.

The other new board members at the Hutch are former telecommunications executive Theresa Gillespie, venture capitalist Matt McIlwain and real-estate financier and investor Norman Metcalfe.

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