NW In Brief 10/7


Authorities looking in to death of boy

Authorities in Skagit County are investigating the death of a 17-year-old boy who fell off a cliff near Concrete.

Deputies and medical responders called to an abandoned gravel pit Friday night found the Skagit County teen at the base of a cliff leading from the gravel pit to Lake Shannon.

The Sheriff’s office on Saturday said there had been a large gathering at the gravel pit and alcohol may have been involved.

Investigators believe the death was accidental.


Cow container falls off semi-truck

The Washington State Patrol says a container loaded with cows fell off a tractor-trailer and onto Interstate 90 Saturday, killing at least some of the animals.

Trooper Julie Judson says it’s unclear how many of the cows have died.

She says the tractor-trailer was heading eastbound on I-90 Saturday morning when its double-decker container full of about 30 cows tipped over on its side near south Seattle.


Woman found with slashed throat

Authorities have arrested a 30-year-old Burlington, Wash., man hours after a woman walked out of woods south of Bellingham with her throat cut.

Skagit County Undersheriff Tom Molitor says the suspect, who was in a domestic relationship with the victim, was arrested Saturday in Eastern Washington. The man will be transferred to Skagit County either Saturday or Sunday.

Molitor says the 20-year-old victim crawled from a wooded area near the Whatcom-Skagit County line where she had been assaulted and left for dead. A citizen called after noon Friday to report finding her. The woman was rushed to a hospital in Bellingham where she is expected to recover.


Amazon to pay $1.16B for complex

Amazon.com is paying $1.16 billion to buy its 11-building headquarters complex in Seattle from Vulcan Real Estate.

The Seattle Times reports the deal breaks down to $644 per square foot for the 1.8 million-square-foot complex, making the sale arguably the richest office deal in Seattle’s history. The online retailer announced the real-estate deal after Friday’s close on Wall Street.

Amazon and Vulcan, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, said they expect the sale to close before the end of the year.

Vulcan began building the complex in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood in early 2008 after Amazon signed leases into the 2020s. Vulcan put the complex up for sale in August.

Earlier this year Amazon also announced plans to buy three blocks in Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighborhood to build a 3.3 million-square-foot high-rise office campus.