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A Seattle, WA Weekend Adventure

Last weekend I went on a family vacation to Seattle. I absolutely LOVE Seattle! It is one of my favorite cities, and I always leave wanting more. This was Zoey’s first visit there, and she absolutely loved it too. We stayed at the Four Seasons hotel which is right in the heart of downtown Seattle. We tried to fit as much in as possible. We went to the Aquarium, Zoo, Space Needle, Children’s Museum, Pike’s Place Market (more than once), and so much more! Here are some pictures from the trip.


Here is Zoey looking around from the hotel room.






Here is Zoey and my Dad.






We saw a beautiful elephant at the Woodland Zoo.





Zoey can’t pick her own nose, but the lion statue can’t complain.





Wrestling an octopus on the way to lunch.


9-Year-Old Eats Marijuana-laced Brownie

A suspected Washington drug dealer has been arrested, when authorities were suspicious of a 9-year old girl being taken to the hospital after eating brownies. The man had put marijuana-laced brownies into a cookie jar at his estranged girlfriend’s house, where the little girl found and ate them. Child Protective Services has become involved, and both the Mother and estranged Boyfriend have been arrested. Police found 117 pot plants and baggies of processed marijuana and steroids, at the suspect’s house.

For more information on this story, go to:  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/25/pot-dealer-busted-after-year-old-accidentally-eats-marijuana-laced-brownie/#ixzz1t2E3WQyH?test=latestnews

Washington State Manhunt, Man Suspected of Killing Family and Pets

King County has reported that a husband, Peter Keller, 41, is the prime suspect for the murders of his wife, 41, daughter, 19, and the 2 family pets. The family members were shot from close range and trapped inside a burning house. They also found a dog and cat shot dead. “This is a crime of almost unbelievable evil,” said King County Sheriff Steve  Strachan. Keller has not been able to be contacted as of yet. He has been described as 5’5″, 150lbs, and considered an avid hiker. If you see this man contact the authorities and do not try to persue him. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/24/police-hunt-man-after-wife-daughter-found-shot-dead-after-house-fire/#ixzz1szgXKhhv

Robber that Killed Partner and Stole $2 Million Detained

In Pittsburgh, a paid guard of an armor truck carrying more than $2 million robbed the truck and killed his partner in the process. U.S. Attorney David Hickton of Pittsburgh informed The Associated Press that 22-year-old Kenneth Konias Jr. was arrested in Pompano Beach, Florida and is being held by the FBI. Konias’ parents, Kenneth Sr. and Renee, had made a public plea on March 21st for him to surrender. “I can tell you that the parents are both relieved that he’s now in custody, that the search is over for him, and they want the wheels of justice to turn fairly,” Konias’ attorney, Charles LoPresti said, “they’re very relieved that nobody, including their own son, is in danger now that the search is done.” On February 28th, Konias shot Garda Cash Logistics guard Michael Haines then fled with the money. He was later reported contacting friends and asking about the extradition laws in both Mexico and Canada. The nearly $2.3 million stolen was untraceable, but so far around $275,000 have been recovered.




For more information on this story, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/man-wanted-in-2-million-armored-car-heist-slaying-of-partner-nabbed-by-sheriff-in-florida/2012/04/24/gIQAmK1EeT_story.html or http://privateofficernews.wordpress.com/tag/31/

Richland, Wa: Vicious Dogs Free to Kill and Injure *contains graphic photos*

The word about a brave little dog is growing in the Tri-Cities, WA area. The 5-month-old dog’s name is Sammie. Earlier this month she was attacked by neighborhood dogs with a connecting backyard separated by a chain link fence. Sammie has suffered extreme injuries and had surgery repairing her almost severed leg.  Courtney Brown, one owner of Sammie, said “I just hope this doesn’t change how sweet of a puppy she is. I hope her personality stays the same. I know she is traumatized.”

Courtney’s daughter was the first to notice that Sammie was in trouble. She ran to her Mom yelling, Sammie is hurt. Sammie is hurt. “I ran back here and I could just hear crying and I just went through the bushes,” Courtney said. The family is now hoping Sammie heals completely, without having to lose her leg.

Directly after the attack, the owner of the neighbor dogs, Crystal, locked 2 of her dogs in her house, An eyewitness reported, that she left her house in a hurry after the attack. Animal control was not able to contact her until 3 days after the incident. There was a rumored conversation with a “landlord” who spoke with Animal Control, who said Crystal was in Canada.

On the left is a picture of the damage caused to the leg. It is, as of now, healing and will not need to be removed.

This isn’t the first run in Sammie’s owners, Courtney Brown and Jason Haggerty, had with their neighbor’s dogs. In 2009, their 10 week old lab puppy was killed by an attack from the very same dogs.

Courtney explained, “Her [Crystal’s] dogs got out and a neighbor went and got her out of bed and told her to get her dogs. She took them [Crystal’s dogs] home and then about an hour later they got out again. 3 of the 5 dogs were in my yard and they were all pulling  my dog. My dog had 3 broken legs and a crushed rib cage. The other neighbor ( not the dogs owner) came over and tried to save my dog. He finally had to spray her dogs down with the hose to get them to let go.”

If you are not absolutely horrified yet, you will be! Courtney and her family were not home during the accident and when they got home “there was a note left on our front door basically saying…. my dogs got in your yard and im sorry to say killed your puppy. I don’t know which of my dogs did it. I will pay for your puppy. I know that doesn’t give u much comfort but I don’t know which of my dogs did it. Your pup is in the box by the lawn mower.”

Sure enough, the dog was in a box on the side of the house. There was blood on the puppy in the box and also on the yard rocks, with dirt kicked up on the patio. “It was horrible,” Courtney said.

Crystal’s dogs were cleaned up and animal control was unable to know which dogs had killed the puppy. Therefore, the dogs remained at their property. It is believed, that two of the dogs were deemed dangerous and were supposed to be kept in an enclosed area with a 6-foot-high fence.

Courtney and Jason have not yet received an apology from their neighbor, or any money for the veterinarian bills. They have set up a full metal fence last Saturday in order to better protect their entire family. Sammie is doing better as of right now. The talk among the community is feeling sympathetic towards the family, and all agree that luckily it wasn’t a child injured.

Courtney’s opinion on why nothing has happened is, “if accidents with animals happen on private property animal control can’t do anything about it because our animal laws are almost non existant.” Although frustrated and exhausted from the month’s events, Courtney feels, “that’s not animal controls fault its a lack of good dog laws.” Hopefully, this will help bring to light that we need a revision of the laws that cover dogs attacking other dogs.

Also see: http://www.keprtv.com/news/local/Animal-control-doesnt-really-have-any-146918505.html?tab=video&c=y