Another Republican has thrown his name in the race to challenge incumbent Democratic Lt. Gov. Brad Owen. The Olympian reports (bit.ly/xmKbV5 (bit.ly/xmKbV5) that Republican state...

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Olympia

GOP lawmaker

wants Owen’s job

Another Republican has thrown his name in the race to challenge incumbent Democratic Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.

The Olympian reports (bit.ly/xmKbV5) that Republican state Rep. Glenn Anderson, of Fall City, has announced that he will join this year’s race.

Former Republican state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner also is running. Finkbeiner, of Kirkland, announced his bid last month.

Owen, first elected in 1997, is seeking a fifth term and has served as lieutenant governor for 16 years.

The lieutenant governor is the president of the Senate, supervising the upper chamber during floor voting sessions. The lieutenant governor also serves as governor when the state’s top leader is absent.

Longview

Spat leads to theft

of Kindle, stabbing

Longview police say an argument over a debt left a woman with a minor stab wound and a stolen Kindle.

The Longview Daily News reported (bit.ly/wvpHz4) that the incident happened early Saturday at the woman’s apartment, where the woman and a female acquaintance began arguing over a debt.

When the acquaintance attempted to take the Kindle tablet as a payment, the woman refused. Police said the acquaintance then grabbed a kitchen knife, stabbed the woman in the abdomen and took the tablet.

Seattle

Man hurt in fire

suspected of arson

A man suspected of setting fire to a house in the 8800 block of Second Avenue Northeast on Sunday morning was arrested after he was released from Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries police say he sustained in the fire.

Firefighters at the scene in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood told police the fire was arson and that the suspect had been taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, whom police did not name, was arrested and booked into King County Jail.

The fire is under investigation by the Arson Bomb Squad.

Silverdale,

Kitsap County

Fire at mall traced

to tanning bed

A malfunctioning tanning-bed bulb is the likely cause of the blaze that seriously damaged a strip mall in Silverdale on Sunday afternoon.

The three-alarm fire at the mall, at Silverdale Way and Kitsap Mall Boulevard, started in the Desert Sun tanning salon at about 2:15 p.m., Kitsap Fire officials said.

KING-TV reported that officials blamed the malfunctioning light in one of the tanning beds.

No injuries were reported.

Times staff and news services