In other items: Soldier with Oregon ties is killed in Iraq; second train for Everett can start by summer; after fight, man hurt in shootout with Snohomish County sheriff's deputies; missing Stanwood man, 83, found dead on road; senior Nickels aide confirmed as judge; Rainier woman, 77, dies in collision; and jet-boat foes unhappy with...

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The body of a woman found yesterday floating in Puget Sound near the ferry terminal at Clinton has been identified as Deonna “Dee” Bruner, 39, of Snohomish.

Bruner had been missing since Nov. 2, when she was seen with an unidentified man leaving Chub’s Pub, above the Snohomish apartment she shared with her boyfriend.

The body was spotted yesterday at 8:16 a.m. by someone standing at the Clinton ferry dock. Island County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Smith said it appeared Bruner’s body had been in the water for several days.

McMinnville, Ore.

Soldier with Oregon ties is killed in Iraq

A soldier with Oregon ties was killed Dec. 5 in a roadside explosion in Iraq.

Army Spc. Edwin William Roodhouse, 36, the son of Alan and Donna Roodhouse of McMinnville, was killed in Habbaniyah.

Roodhouse, a computer-networking engineer from Northern California, was driving a Humvee when an explosive device detonated underneath, according to the Department of Defense.

Roodhouse, who lived briefly in McMinnville, joined the U.S. Army two years ago.


Second train for Everett can start by summer

Sound Transit says it has received state and federal permits for track and signal improvements it must complete before it adds a second Sounder round-trip commuter-rail train between Everett and Seattle.

Sound Transit spokesman Lee Somerstein said the permits mean the second train can start running by summer, as the agency had planned.

Sounder Everett service, a year old this month, has been plagued by low ridership. Agency officials and outside experts have said that’s in part because Sound Transit now runs just one southbound train in the morning and one northbound train in the afternoon.

Snohomish County

After fight, man hurt in shootout with cops

A man was wounded Sunday night during a shootout with Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies.

The shootings occurred after the 48-year-old Lake Goodwin man got into a fight with another man outside the Road House Tavern, 4915 Lakewood Road, west of Warm Beach.

About 10:30 p.m. the bartender of the Lake Goodwin tavern called 911 to report the fight. Two deputies reportedly approached the armed man on a street about a block from the bar. The three exchanged gunfire — only the man was struck, said Everett police Sgt. Boyd Bryant.

The man was taken to Providence Everett Medical Center and later to Harborview Medical Center, where he was in serious but stable condition last night.

Everett police are leading the investigation.


Missing man, 83, found dead on road

An 83-year-old Stanwood man who disappeared last week was found dead Saturday.

Fred Beilfus’ body was discovered by several hunters on a rural road near Mount Pough. It appears Beilfus’ Chevrolet Blazer went over a cliff and crashed about 60 feet below. He managed to pull himself from the vehicle and climb back up the cliff but died on the road, said Snohomish County sheriff’s spokesman Rich Niebusch.

“We don’t know why he would have gone out there,” Niebusch said. “He was wearing a light jacket and wasn’t prepared for the weather.”

Beilfus was last seen Monday leaving Porky’s, an Arlington tavern he visited almost daily.


Senior Nickels aide confirmed as judge

A senior aide to Mayor Greg Nickels was confirmed as a Seattle Municipal Court judge yesterday by the Seattle City Council.

Edsonya Charles, Nickels’ public-safety adviser for the past three years, will fill the seat vacated by Theresa Doyle, who was elected to the King County Superior Court in September.

In nominating Charles, Nickels bypassed the usual review of judicial credentials by the King County Bar Association. The council yesterday voted unanimously to confirm Charles but also passed a measure to ensure the bar association is given a chance to weigh in on future appointments.

Charles’ term will run until 2006 before she has to stand for election.

Rainier, Thurston County

Rainier woman, 77, dies in collision

A 77-year-old Rainier woman died yesterday when her car slid across the centerline and collided with another vehicle.

The Rainier woman was driving north on Highway 507 when witnesses say she reached into her glove box. Shortly before 10 a.m. she lost control of her Hyundai and hit a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Kenneth Burlington, 35, of Roy, Pierce County, said State Patrol Trooper Johnny Alexander.

Burlington was taken to Tacoma General Hospital for injuries that aren’t life-threatening. The Rainier woman, whose name has not been released, died at the scene, he said.

Grants Pass, Ore.

Jet-boat foes unhappy with Rogue River plan

A federal plan to manage boating on a wild section of the Rogue River is unlikely to end the battle between commercial jet-boat operators and float tours, officials say.

Federal river managers, under court order to examine commercial use of the lower Rogue, are proposing a status-quo plan that calls for no cutbacks in permits for tour companies, fishing guides or wilderness lodges — the businesses that run most of the jet boats.

River activists, who filed the 2001 lawsuit that prompted the court order, say the plan continues to favor motorboats over float boats in violation of the 1968 law that made the Rogue one of the nation’s first congressionally designated wild rivers.

Times staff and news services