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Corcoran service

next Wednesday

A public memorial service for George Corcoran, former president of the Seattle Community College District, will be held at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday at St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., in Seattle. A feature obituary that appeared in last Saturday’s paper incorrectly stated that the service was scheduled for this Wednesday.

South Puget Sound

Serial robber hits

South Sound

Lakewood, Lacey and Tacoma police departments are seeking information on an armed serial robber who has hit several businesses in all three jurisdictions within the past week.

Robberies occurred at a Stellar Mart, a 7-Eleven and a Papa John’s Pizza in Lakewood, a Shell gas station in Tacoma and Lacey Fuel in Lacey. In every incident, the suspect was described as either a black male or a person of mixed race, between 5-foot-10 and just over 6 feet tall, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, with a bandanna over his face and carrying a semi-automatic weapon.

Officials ask anyone with tips to call any of the three police departments. Tips also can be reported anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 253-591-5959, and tipsters are eligible for a reward.


Man allegedly shot

by his wife dies

The Everett man police said was shot by his wife last week has died.

Quinton Blatchford, 42, was taken off life support Saturday, according to Everett police.

He was hospitalized in critical condition on Thursday night after the shooting inside the apartment he shared with his wife in the 2500 block of Chestnut Street.

The man’s 30-year-old wife, Melissa Blatchford, made an initial appearance Tuesday in Everett District Court and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

Court records show that Melissa Blatchford reportedly told officers at the scene that she thought the gun was unloaded and didn’t intend to shoot her husband.


Man found dead

in home identified

A 50-year-old man, found dead inside his Lynnwood mobile home after a fire late Monday, has been identified as Wayne D. Jess.

Fire crews were called to the Medo-Lyn Mobile Ranch, 6208 202nd St. S.W., just after 11 p.m. and found the trailer engulfed in flames, said Interim Fire Chief Greg Macke.

When the fire was extinguished, investigators found Jess’ body inside, Macke said. A spokeswoman from the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office said he died from asphyxiation.

Assistant Fire Chief Tod Gates, who is also the city’s fire marshal, said Jess’ body was found in a bathroom.

Gates said the fire apparently started in the living room. Gates said the damage was so extreme that the cause of the fire will likely never be known.


Northwest 85th

project to begin

On Wednesday, the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin a lengthy project to rebuild and repave Northwest 85th Street, north of Ballard.

The city will be working on the road between 15th Avenue Northwest and Interstate 5 in five phases, the first of which is expected to last through May.

In this phase, between 15th Avenue Northwest and Eighth Avenue Northwest, the street will be closed in the eastbound direction for several months, with traffic detoured to Northwest 80th Street. Westbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane at times.

The road work will affect Metro bus routes, and riders should look for weekly updated information.


Blue Angels

coming to town

The familiar summertime roar of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels may be heard over the skies of Seattle on Wednesday as one of the famous jets visits the Northwest for the annual winter planning meetings.

While in Seattle the Blue Angels will meet with Seafair and air-show officials to plan for the 2012 Boeing Air Show in August.

Seattle Times staff

and news services