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Olympia

Inslee says debate not agreed to yet

The Association of Washington Business has announced a gubernatorial debate between U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Rob McKenna in the lead up to the governor’s election, but Inslee’s campaign says that it hasn’t yet agreed to it.

Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith said Thursday the campaign was in the process of determining Inslee’s schedule and has not yet committed to any debate invitations. McKenna’s campaign says the debate is on its calendar.

Inslee, a Democrat, and McKenna, a Republican, are vying to replace Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is not running for a third term.

Everett

Wife charged in shooting death

An Everett woman accused of fatally shooting her husband in the head has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

In a related development, Everett police obtained a search warrant to photograph the woman, Melissa Blatchford, for any evidence she had been assaulted before the Dec. 30 shooting.

The Daily Herald reports (is.gd/eKBgXK) that a neighbor told detectives he heard the couple arguing. He reported hearing screaming and loud thumps.

Officers found 42-year-old Quinton Blatchford with a gunshot wound to the head. He died Saturday in a hospital.

The 30-year-old woman reportedly told arriving officers that she hadn’t meant to shoot her husband and didn’t know the gun was loaded.

Everett District Court set her bail at $500,000. Prosecutors have until Jan. 20 to refile the case in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Kent

Skeleton can’t be ‘passenger’

A driver learned the hard way that having a plastic skeleton ride shotgun won’t earn you the right to use the HOV lanes.

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, a trooper stopped the driver of a silver Mazda for driving at 82 mph and making several unsafe lane changes on northbound Interstate 5 near 272nd Street, the State Patrol said. The trooper noticed that a “passenger” in the car was actually a plastic skeleton in a hooded sweatshirt.

The driver was ticketed for speeding, unsafe lane changes and an HOV violation.

Granite Falls

Body of man found outdoors

Snohomish County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near Granite Falls.

Acting on a tip, deputies responded Tuesday to an outdoor site near Granite Falls where the body was found. The death is considered suspicious, the Sheriff’s Office says.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the man’s identity and cause of death.

White Center

Pedestrian hurt in hit-and-run

A 54-year-old Seattle man was struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver in White Center early Thursday.

The man was in the crosswalk at Southwest Roxbury Street and 16th Avenue Southwest when he was hit at 1:43 a.m., said King County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Katie Larson. The dark sedan that hit him was turning from 16th onto Roxbury and didn’t stop. Investigators say the driver’s side mirror was broken in the collision.

The victim suffered critical injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 911.

Times staff and news services