Northwest In Brief 11/21


Skagit farms raise free-range turkeys

Some Skagit Valley farmers who raise free-range turkeys say it’s more expensive and not as easy as raising other poultry.

George and Eiko Vojkovich raised 300 turkeys this year at their Skagit River Ranch in Sedro-Woolley. It specializes in pasture-raised beef and organic pork, chicken and eggs.

Eiko Vojkovich told the Skagit Valley Herald the main reason they raise turkeys is customer demand. George Vojkovich says they’re harder to raise than chickens. They’re more sensitive to the elements and need more protection from the cold, wind and rain to stay alive and disease-free.

Baby turkeys are often victims of their mother’s own feet in the nest. Turkeys also are picked off by coyotes, raccoons, owls and eagles.

The Vojkoviches sell their turkeys for $7 a pound.


Heavy snow opening some ski resorts

Heavy snow in the Washington Cascades is allowing some ski resorts to open in time for the holiday weekend.

Stevens Pass is opening Tuesday. Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker are opening Wednesday.


Patient killed at Eastern State Hospital

The Spokane sheriff’s office says a female patient is suspected of killing a male patient at Eastern State Hospital in Medical Lake.

The man was found dead about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, but no details have been released.

The Spokesman-Review reports detectives and crime scene experts are processing the scene.

Sheriff’s spokesman Craig Chamberlin says it’s working with the state Department of Social and Health Services, which oversees the hospital.

Eastern is one of two state-owned psychiatric hospitals that treat the mentally ill and evaluate defendants referred by courts.

Eastern serves 20 eastern Washington counties. Other counties are served by Western State Hospital at Lakewood.


Officer dragged by burglary suspect

Camas police say an officer was injured when he was dragged by a burglary suspect driving away.

The officer was treated for a minor hand injury at a Vancouver hospital.

The incident began when a man arriving at a house Monday to do some work encountered the burglar leaving with stolen property.

Officers responded as the suspect was trying to start his car. An officer broke the window and was trying to make an arrest when the car started, rammed a patrol car and drove off, briefly dragging the officer.

The car crashed and the suspect ran off. He was tracked down with a police dog and arrested. The 24-year-old is booked in the Clark County Jail, on burglary, robbery and assault charges.


Robber escapes with 2 armed carjackings

Police are looking for a 21-year-old Grandview man accused of robbing a convenience store Monday night and carjacking two vehicles at gunpoint.

The Yakima County sheriff’s office says the fleeing robber drove his car into a ditch then took a pickup truck from someone who had stopped to help. Deputies say the robber left the truck at a rest stop on Interstate 82 and stole a car, a Volkswagen Jetta, from a woman.

Ellensburg police spotted the stolen Jetta and chased it north on Highway 97 across Blewett Pass toward Wenatchee until they broke off the chase in the interest of public safety.

Police are looking for the stolen Jetta, Washington license AFB9512.


1 killed, 2 injured in Auburn violence

Police in Auburn say one young man was fatally shot and another suffered serious gunshot wounds at an apartment complex Monday night.

Police spokesman Mike Hirman says a woman in her early 30s had knife wounds to her hands.

The man who died was described as about 25 years old.

The woman and the wounded man, also about 25, were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Hirman says police responded to the Colonial Village Apartments after getting a call about a fight and gunshots.

The police investigation continues.


Snohomish County deputy hurt in crash

A Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman says a deputy was seriously injured in a rollover crash as he followed another driver who had been reported to be driving recklessly.

Spokeswoman Shari Ireton said the 12-year law enforcement veteran was driving Monday afternoon in south Everett when he passed a silver BMW that had been reported to be driving recklessly. Ireton says the deputy made a U-turn and began to follow the silver car but lost control of his own car, which rolled.

The unidentified officer was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The spokeswoman says the BMW eventually hit a curb and was disabled. The driver fled on foot. She says the silver car is believed to have been stolen.

The Associated Press