Stories from around the Northwest
Deck of cards solves cold case
A 58-year-old Seattle man whose arrest for a 1979 killing was prompted by a tip from a deck of playing cards has pleaded guilty to the murder.
A prison inmate reported the tip last year after reading about the killing of Susan Schwarz on a playing-card deck distributed by the Snohomish County sheriffs cold-case team. The cards, first circulated in 2008, offer rewards for information that helps solve the cold cases. Schwarz was featured as the queen of hearts.
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Schwarz was killed in her home near Lynnwood.
Detectives arrested Gregory Johnson last year after receiving the inmate’s tip and tracking down a witness to the murder.
Johnson pleaded guilty in Snohomish County Superior Court on Friday. Sentencing is March 23.
Mercer, onramps closed Sunday
Mercer Street near Interstate 5, including its onramps to I-5, is closed until 7 p.m. Sunday so construction crews can shift eastbound traffic to new concrete lanes as a long-term detour.
Fairview Avenue North from Republican to Mercer streets is also closed until 7 p.m. Sunday.
The I-5 exit west to Mercer Street is open.
The detour plan, to last most of this year, will block or reduce access to Mercer from four streets immediately south of the corridor.
Clues sought for Mount Rainier missing climbers
Officials are asking visitors to Mount Rainier National Park to look out for clues related to four people missing on the mountain since mid-January.
The News Tribune reports the park is handing out fliers telling visitors to report any physical evidence, though not tracks, of the missing campers and climbers. Park officials, however, are not encouraging visitors to search the mountain’s treacherous backcountry.
An intensive search has turned up no signs of the two parties. The search is no longer active, though several park employees were expected to search the Muir Snowfield Saturday.
Missing are snow campers Mark Vucich, of San Diego, and Michelle Trojanowski, of Atlanta, and climbers Sork “Erik” Yang, of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin, of Korea.
3 people shot outside Seattle club
Seattle police are looking for a gunman after three people were shot early Saturday outside a South Lake Union club.
Seattle police responded to shots fired in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue North at about 1:30 a.m. According to police, a group was kicked out of the club for fighting. Afterward, in the parking lot, as many as 30 shots were fired.
Police said they found three men with multiple gunshot wounds, all of whom have life-threatening injuries. One of the men was 24 years old, one was 30, and police didn’t know the third man’s age.
Two cars in the parking lot had bullet holes through the windshields, police said. The victims wouldn’t tell officers what had happened, and the “hostile crowd” tried to interfere with officers as they attempted to help the wounded, according to police.
One handgun was found away from the scene, and the area was locked down while police investigated. Police don’t know the age, condition or gender of the shooter, and they don’t know whether the shooter left in a car or ran off.
Emergency stop for flight to Seattle
Boise Airport officials say an American Airlines passenger jet traveling from Chicago to Seattle carrying 141 passengers and crew landed in Boise on Saturday after the pilot reported an engine failure.
A Boise Airport spokeswoman tells KTVB-TV that the MD-80 landed safely at the Idaho airport.
Officials said passengers were being rebooked on other airlines to get them to Seattle.
Times staff and news services