Seattle police are investigating late-night gunfire Friday in downtown Seattle. According to police, gunshots were heard about 10 p.m. near Westlake Center. A...

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Seattle police are investigating late-night gunfire Friday in downtown Seattle.

According to police, gunshots were heard about 10 p.m. near Westlake Center. A second round of shots was heard near the corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street. Police say no one was injured and they were looking for property damage.

Five men and women were detained, police said, and a handgun was recovered.

Kitsap County

Motorcyclist killed; passenger injured

A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger injured in an accident on a rural road Friday in Kitsap County.

The unidentified 25-year-old motorcyclist from East Bremerton died at Harborview Medical Center, while his 19-year-old passenger was treated at a hospital for injuries.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, a car was leaving a driveway on Old Military Road when it was struck by the motorcycle.


Peace Arch crossing to close at 11:30 a.m.

The Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for the annual Hands Across the Border celebration.

Cars will be rerouted to the truck crossing, which is under construction. Long delays should be expected.

Last weekend more than 5,000 vehicles crossed the border at the Peace Arch.


Woman sues officers and police force

A woman who said she was raped by two strangers after being pulled over in a traffic stop and forced to walk home two miles in near-freezing weather is suing the police force and two officers.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the 48-year-old Bellingham woman is seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress and embarrassment and better training for police to deal with people with mental illnesses.

According to the lawsuit, Officers Kevin Bean and Jeremy Harper pulled her over shortly after midnight Dec. 16, said she had run a red light, and took away her keys and told her to walk home after she began crying.

The woman claimed she accepted an offer from a stranger to come in from the cold, saw him and his roommate do drugs and then was raped by both men.

City lawyers denied that Bean and Harper took her keys. They said the officers offered to call a friend, a taxi or drive her home, but the woman said she wanted to walk.

Robert D. Butler, her lawyer, said the woman should have been taken to the Whatcom County behavioral triage center, which cares for many of the mentally ill people picked up by local police.

New York, N.Y.

Performance artist Lee Nagrin, 78, dies

Lee Nagrin, a Seattle native and one of America’s first female performance artists, died in New York of colon cancer. She was 78.

Nagrin, who died June 7, was born in Seattle, studied drama and English at the University of Washington and became deeply involved in the Seattle Repertory Playhouse.

Her experience in the Playhouse greatly influenced her early theater training.

Nagrin moved to New York in 1950 and was a major force off-Broadway for more than 40 years. She was instrumental in the development of several off-Broadway theaters. She produced, directed or performed in 10 off-Broadway productions between 1950 and 1963.


Special filing period set for vacant slots

While hundreds of candidates filed for office last week, 21 positions, from King County Council to rural fire districts, remain open.

King County Elections will hold a special three-day filing period from Wednesday through Friday for candidates to file in the open positions. Candidates must complete a declaration of candidacy and, if required, pay a filing fee by 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Included in the openings are two Republican County Council positions, District 2 and District 4, which have Democratic incumbents. The positions have a $1,169 filing fee.

For more information, contact King County Elections at call 206-296-1565.


Fremont Bridge to close at nights

The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the Fremont Bridge on Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. while contractors upgrade its mechanical and electrical systems.

The contractor will shuttle pedestrians and bicyclists between the north and south ends of the bridge, making the loop about every half-hour.

Buses will be rerouted during the closures. Marine traffic will not be affected.


3rd suspect charged in hit-and-run death

Police have charged a third suspect and are investigating another in an apparent hit-and-run that killed Inglemoor High School graduate Steven Anthony Rhone Jr. near Western Washington University on June 2. Amber E. Cooper has been charged with helping to conceal damage to the car.

Damian Scott Mackay, 21, has been charged with vehicular homicide and hit-and-run driving resulting in death. Amanda Ann Littrell, 20, of Bellingham, is charged with complicity to leaving the scene and rendering criminal assistance.

A 30-year-old Bellingham man is being investigated for first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

Grays Harbor

Tanker-truck fire closes Highway 8

Cleanup crews worked overnight to clear contamination from a spectacular tanker-truck fire that closed State Highway 8 Saturday morning.

The accident happened about 5:50 a.m. near the Thurston County line, when a Pettit Oil truck hauling 7,000 gallons of gasoline and 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel swerved to avoid three deer, the Washington State Patrol reported.

The truck veered onto the right shoulder and then into the left-hand median strip, said Lt. Clint Casebolt of the Patrol’s Bremerton office. The rear trailer tipped and spilled its load of diesel, which ignited.

The resulting fire destroyed the tanker truck and closed all lanes of Highway 8 for several hours. The driver, 32-year-old Richard Bliss of Chehalis, escaped the accident with just a few scratches, Casebolt said.

One westbound lane was closed overnight so crews could clean up spilled fuel.

Seattle Times staff and The Associated Press