Police in Olympia, Washington, are looking for two men who assaulted an Air Force officer during a supposedly peaceful protest Sept. 5.
The officer, described as a pilot at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was stopped in traffic due to the protest when he was singled out by a “local hate group,” which calls itself the “anarchists,” according to a police news release.
“The protesters saw two confederate flags attached to the back of the victim’s motorcycle and surrounded him, rocking the bike in an attempt to knock it over,” the news release said. “They sprayed the victim in the face with mace, and struck him in the back with a baseball bat and a glass bottle filled with red paint.”
Police did not identify the Air Force officer, who suffered “severe eye irritation,” as well as a bruised shoulder and back in the attack, the news release said. A witness who tried to help the officer also was sprayed in the face with mace. Read the rest of this entry »
A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway outside Seattle early Friday knocking over hives and sending beekeepers into a frenzy trying to save as many insects as they could.
The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m., when it tipped on its side, dumping 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, onto the roadway, Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer said.
“I think everybody there got stung.”
— Washington State Patrol Trooper Travis Shearer
The 36-year-old Idaho man was not hurt in the accident.
The owners of the insects, Belleville Honey and Beekeeping Supply of Burlington, sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible and been covered their protective suits while they worked.
The bees became more active as the sun rose and the weather warmed, and firefighters had to douse the insects with foam on some of the boxes, killing the insects for safety.
Many of the hives were still along the highway more than seven hours after the accident, when a front-loader began scooping them up and dumping them into a dump truck, Shearer said. Most of the hives had been crushed.
“I’m sure they’ll take that somewhere and try to save as many as they can, but they can do that someplace safer, away from the I-5 corridor,” he said.
The bees were being transported from Sunnyside, in central Washington, to a blueberry farm in Lynden, a city near the Canadian border about 100 miles north of Seattle, Shearer said. Read the rest of this entry »