Two young southeastern Washington children sought in an Amber Alert were found safe just outside Denver on Thursday, the FBI said. Their father, John Baugher...

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Two young southeastern Washington children sought in an Amber Alert were found safe just outside Denver on Thursday, the FBI said.

Their father, John Baugher, was arrested shortly after noon Thursday in Idaho Springs, Colo., while traveling on a Greyhound bus from Salt Lake City to Denver.

The FBI was reuniting the children — 4-year-old Remi Baugher and 2-year-old Lars — with their mother, said Agent Larry Carr.

Baugher, 34, was charged Monday in Walla Walla County Superior Court with custodial interference for failing to return the children to their mother after a visit. A warrant was issued for his arrest. He is being held at the Clear Creek County Jail.

The Amber Alert was issued in Walla Walla for the children on Saturday.


Drug fugitive arrested in Mexico

Thirteen years after he was charged with trying to smuggle 50,000 pounds of hashish into the U.S., Jeffery Warren was arrested Wednesday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Warren, 57, had been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most wanted fugitives since he fled the U.S. in 1994. He was one of 16 defendants originally charged in a 30-count indictment in U.S. District Court in Tacoma in February 1994. Warren and three other defendants have been fugitives ever since; two of the others, Lee Rushing and Frank Falco, remain on the Marshals Service’s Most Wanted List.

The Pacific Northwest Fugitive Apprehension Task Force has long believed Warren was in Mexico, and a provisional warrant for his arrest was issued in Mexico in 1998.


Bill would allow killing of sea lions

Two Washington congressmen introduced a bill Thursday to allow the killing of aggressive California sea lions that prey on Columbia River salmon, which just now are heading upriver to spawn.

Reps. Doc Hasting, R-Pasco, and Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, want to create a temporary fast-track process for Oregon, Washington and the four Columbia River treaty tribes to get lethal-take permits. State and tribal officials could then kill a limited number of sea lions when nonlethal harassment has failed.

The sea lions, protected by the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act, gather near the base of Bonneville Dam to wait for and feed on the migrating salmon.


2 charged in Everett man’s death

Two suspects in the weekend shooting death of a young Everett man were charged with murder Thursday in Everett District Court.

A third suspect, a 26-year-old Everett man arrested Wednesday, was ordered held on $750,000 bail.

Robert Sandgren, 19, was shot in the head Saturday night in his home in the 5400 block of Broadway.

Goshua King, 24, and Aaron Thompson, 23, both of Everett, were arrested Monday. King was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million bail. Thompson, held on $750,000 bail, was charged with second-degree murder.

Sandgren and his girlfriend had a history of domestic disputes and assaults, according to court documents. The three suspects allegedly went to Sandgren’s house, where King allegedly fired the fatal shot, after Sandgren bloodied his girlfriend’s lip in an argument.


Snohomish man dies in crash

A 21-year-old Snohomish man died Wednesday night in a high-speed motorcycle crash north of Monroe.

Perry Phelps died at the scene of the 6:45 p.m. accident at South Spada Road and 171st Avenue Southeast, said Rebecca Hover, spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Two motorcycles were heading north on 171st when Phelps collided with a Chevy pickup turning south from Spada Road, she said. The truck was totaled, but its driver, a 69-year-old Snohomish woman, was not injured.

Both motorcycles reportedly were speeding well over 100 mph, Hover said. The speed limit was 35 mph.


Officer not charged in fatal shooting

A Tacoma police officer who shot and killed a man who was holding a black cordless drill like a gun acted “in strict conformity with state law” and will not be punished for killing the unarmed man, according to a news release from the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officer Kevin Lorberau shot and killed Barry Millsap on Feb. 12 while responding to a domestic-violence call in the 5000 block of Sixth Avenue. Millsap announced he had a gun and pointed a cordless drill at officers, who believed the drill was a gun, according to an investigation by the prosecutor’s office.


Climate book on UW reading list

The University of Washington has chosen “Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change” by Elizabeth Kolbert as its second annual Common Book.

The UW instituted the Common Book program last school year, asking that all incoming freshmen read the book over the summer to create a shared intellectual bond and to engage them in campus discussions and activities.

UW officials say they believe this year’s choice will generate robust discussion, especially regarding the scientific and political disagreements over climate change.

Seattle Times staff and news services