Other items: Wounded gunman charged with assault in Stanwood; Family services office changes open hours in Mercer Island; Oregon environmentalists' petition is rejected; and Spokane's Fairchild personnel to be deployed to Asia.

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King County prosecutors yesterday charged a Federal Way man suspected of assaulting his 3½-month-old son, who is in critical condition at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center in Seattle.

Michael Joseph Copeland, 21, was charged with first-degree assault of a child and with failure to register as a sex offender, according to charging papers. Early Monday, Copeland and his girlfriend took the baby to a local hospital; the infant later was taken to Children’s Hospital with life-threatening injuries, including six rib fractures.

Copeland, who is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, also didn’t notify the King County Sheriff’s Office when he changed addresses, as he was required to do as a result of a 2001 attempted-child-molestation conviction, charging papers say.

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Wounded gunman charged with assault

A 48-year-old Stanwood man shot after allegedly pointing a gun at Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a firearm.

Stuart Michael Brown remains hospitalized in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Initial reports were that Brown exchanged gunfire with deputies, but a deputy who saw the Dec. 12 incident alleged Brown pulled a handgun from the back of his waistband, moved the gun around and refused to drop it, but never fired, according to court documents.

A bartender at the Roadhouse Bar and Grill, 4915 Lakewood Road, called 911 to report a fight outside the tavern. A man later told officers that he’d been assaulted by Brown — whom he’d just met — before Brown’s confrontation with deputies.

Two deputies fired, and one bullet hit Brown. The deputies, on the force 14 years and two years, respectively, are on administrative leave, according to Everett police Sgt. Boyd Bryant.

Mercer Island

Family services office changes open hours

Mercer Island’s Youth & Family Services Department has changed its hours of operation after a three-month trial period.

The department’s Luther Burbank office at 2040 84th Ave. S.E. now is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Other hours are available by appointment.

Mercer Island Youth & Family Services provides family and community services, including individual and family counseling, youth alcohol and drug prevention and intervention services, advocacy and community planning. For more information, contact the front desk at 206-236-3525.

Grants Pass, Ore.

Environmentalists’ petition is rejected

A petition from environmentalists to put four species of lamprey — jawless fish resembling eels that swim with salmon — under protection of the Endangered Species Act has been rejected again by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Dave Allen, Northwest regional director of the agency, said the petition from 11 environmental groups did not contain enough information to consider undertaking a full-scale review of whether Pacific lamprey and three other species warrant listing as threatened or endangered species.

Allen acknowledged that declines in some lamprey populations have been documented but said information was not detailed enough for the agency to study the declines further.

He urged continuing efforts to build knowledge about lamprey, such as a summit held this year by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Lamprey are a traditional food harvested by Northwest tribes, which are involved in restoration efforts.


Fairchild personnel to be deployed to Asia

About 50 men and women from the 92nd Civil Engineers Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base are being deployed to Southwest Asia on Christmas Day. Civil engineers are responsible for fire protection, explosives disposal, evaluating pavement and power systems, among other tasks.

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