Search suspended for 4 fishermen missing off Wash. coast

Posted March 11, 2012, at 9:04 p.m.

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for four men missing from a fishing trawler off the Washington coast, saying it’s unlikely the men are still alive.

Rescue crews had searched through the night after the 70-foot Lady Cecelia sent a distress signal early Saturday. The beacon led crews to a debris field, an empty lifeboat and an oil sheen several miles off the coast.

By Sunday morning, crews in Coast Guard cutters and an MH-60 helicopter had covered 640 square miles, Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said.

“We have searched far beyond what the capacity of somebody to survive in these conditions might be,” he said.

The Coast Guard identified the four missing men as 42-year-old Dave Nichols and 38-year-old Jason Bjaranson of Warrenton, Ore.; 25-year-old Chris Langel of Kaukauna, Wis.; and 22-year-old Luke Jensen of Ilwaco, Wash.

The fishing vessel has a home port in Warrenton, Ore., and is registered to Dale Kent of Bay City, Ore.

Utah man recognizes suspect in video: his son

WOODS CROSS, Utah — A Utah man persuaded his son to surrender to authorities after recognizing him as a suspect in a computer store burglary while watching a TV news program, officers said.

The two were eating breakfast Friday morning when the father recognized his son in surveillance tapes that police released on the burglary, said Woods Cross police Detective Adam Osoro.

Jeremy Blair, 26, of Kaysville, turned himself in later Friday to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, the Standard-Examiner of Ogden and Deseret News reported.

“This case is very unique for a father to recognize that his son has a problem,” Osoro said. “It’s a hard thing to do, but I think ultimately it’s the best thing for the son, and I think the father sees that.”

While Blair was booked into the county jail on an unrelated warrant, the county attorney’s office is reviewing the burglary case for formal charges.

Blair and another man are accused of smashing the front windows and taking about $6,500 in computer equipment from StarWest Computers in Woods Cross early Monday morning.

Osoro said Blair’s father seemed surprised and disappointed by the allegations against his son. He said the father was adamant that his son take responsibility for his actions.

Washington officer’s daughter, 7, shot by sibling

SEATTLE — The 7-year-old daughter of a Washington state police officer died at a Seattle hospital Sunday after being shot by her young sibling, who found a loaded gun in the family’s van, authorities said.

The shooting occurred inside the vehicle Saturday afternoon in Stanwood, Wash., as the parents were nearby, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Neither the officer’s identity nor any details about his career with the Marysville Police Department were immediately released. It wasn’t clear if the weapon involved in the shooting had been issued by the department.

The shooting was the second involving young children in Washington state in less than three weeks.

A 9-year-old boy took a loaded handgun from the home of his mother, who has a lengthy history of crime and drug abuse, and brought it to his school in Bremerton in his backpack on Feb. 22. The gun discharged when he slammed the bag down on a desk, and the bullet severely injured an 8-year-old girl. She remains in serious condition at Harborview.

The boy’s mother, Jamie Lee Passmore, and her boyfriend, Douglas Bauer, were charged with unlawful possession of firearms charges stemming from a search of their home, where investigators found a 9 mm pistol and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun unsecured on the day of the school shooting.

Unlike dozens of other states, Washington has no law that includes criminal penalties for adults who allow children to get their hands on guns.

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