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KELA News Headlines for Tuesday, July 29, 2014


No Charges to be Filed in Fatal Salkum Shooting

No charges will be filed against the 56-year old Salkum man who shot and killed Travis Shive during a dispute in May.  Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer says the shooter, identified as Jack Ritter, acted in self defense.  According to information released by the Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, Meyer says the investigation revealed that it appears that Mr. Shive was the aggressor in the situation and Mr. Ritter felt his safety was at risk.  He fired the shots that led to Shive’s death.  Meyer says the facts present in the matter do not warrant criminal charges against Mr. Ritter.


Recovery Efforts Underway for Teen who Drowned Near Mount Rainier

Efforts began Monday morning to recover the body of a 17-year old Port Orchard boy who fell into the Ohanapecosh River near Mount Rainier on July 4.  According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, kayakers navigating the river downstream from where the boy fell into the river found the body Sunday afternoon.  The body was located in a very difficult spot to recover.  The Sheriff’s Office reports the recovery efforts began about 10:30 Monday morning.  They say it took two hours to get to the body because of the steep terrain.  As of Monday afternoon, teams were still working to remove the teen’s body from the canyon.  The boy’s name has not been released.


Gas Prices Down for the Third Straight Week

For the third straight week average retail gas prices have dropped in Washington.  The industry website Gas reports the price fell 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week averaging $3.91 a gallon.  That compares with the national average which also fell almost 5 cents in the past week to $3.51 per gallon.  Including the change in the past week, in Washington we’re paying an average of 1 cent a gallon less than a year ago while prices are almost 12 cents a gallon lower than a month ago.  A check of local gas prices is available on our website,


The Primary Election is Just a Week Away

The Primary Election is just a week away, next Tuesday, August 5.  Lewis County elections supervisor Marian Zumbuhl says the ballots were mailed almost two weeks ago on July 16.  Zumbuhl says if you have not received a ballot yet, you should contact the Auditor’s Office at the Lewis County Courthouse immediately.  Ballots must be returned by Election Day.  Zumbuhl says Lewis County has two ballot drop boxes.  One is outside the Twin Cities Senior Center in Chehalis and the other is outside the Auditor’s Office at the Lewis County Courthouse.  If you’re mailing in your ballot, it must be postmarked by August 5.









































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