2010 Seattle Police Officer of the Year costs city $165,000

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who had been named the 2010 Seattle Police Officer of the Year has cost the city $165,000 in civil-rights lawsuits for his handling of several altercations.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that two people have won lawsuits against Benjamin Kelly since he had been honored. A lawsuit finalized Monday had the city pay $150,000 for an incident with a convicted burglar who in 2014 had been shot and seriously injured by Kelly.

Giljon Lee-Sean Johnson filed the lawsuit last year after he had been shot by Kelly during a foot pursuit.

In 2013, the city paid $15,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who had been carrying gun when he was illegally stopped by Kelly for jaywalking.

Kelly had been honored for shooting a man who walked into a coffee shop and shot four officers.

Superintendent of schools unveils six-year plan for schools

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State Superintendent Chris Reykdal says lawmakers must expedite their work on satisfying a court mandate on putting more money toward basic education in Washington state. But he also wants them to start thinking about how to reshape the system in the coming years once that immediate work is done.

At a news conference Wednesday, Reykdal unveiled a six-year plan that looks beyond the 2017-2019 state budget lawmakers are currently struggling to write.

The state has been in contempt of court for lack of progress on satisfying a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that found that school funding was not adequate or uniform. In the coming years, Reykdal said he’d like to expand the school day for kindergarten through 8th grade by up to 60 minutes, and the expand the school year by about 20 days.

Contamination at Hanford tank did not come from leak

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Radioactive contamination found on a piece of equipment on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was not the result of a leak in an underground nuclear waste storage tank.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday that an analysis has ruled out that the contamination came from a leak within double-walled tank AZ-101.

The department and its contractor are now looking at other potential sources, such as historical contamination from previous work at the tank.

The contamination was found last Thursday on a robotic device doing an inspection of the space between the two walls of the underground tank. The contamination was found on the robot when it was removed.

A low level of contamination also appeared on the clothing of a worker, but the department said no skin contamination was found.

Fire about 50 percent contained at tourism spot

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a wildfire near a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination is now about 50 percent contained.

The blaze just north of Leavenworth started Tuesday and intensified, but Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan said Wednesday that hundreds of firefighters and other responders have been able to make progress on the initial fire and two related spot fires.

Officials say the fire hasn’t grown in size since Tuesday night and was still burning on about 40 acres (161,900 square meters).

Cowan says winds are still blowing and active fire suppression efforts continue.

No structures or homes have been damaged by the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

Cowan says less wind is in the Thursday forecast, which could make the fire easier to contain.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray asks for dismissal of sex-abuse suit

SEATTLE (AP) — Attorneys for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray have formally denied allegations of sexual abuse and asked that a lawsuit making the claims be dismissed.

The Seattle Times reports lawyers Malaika Eaton and Robert Sulkin wrote in court papers filed Wednesday that Murray “denies any inappropriate contact with the Plaintiff or any minor.”

The lawsuit was filed in April by Delvonn Heckard, a 46-year-old suburban Seattle man, who claims Murray raped and molested him in the 1980s as a juvenile.

Murray has repeatedly rejected Heckard’s allegations — as well as those by three other men. Murray recently abandoned his re-election campaign, acknowledging damage from the accusations.

Murray’s attorneys argue in their filing that Heckard had failed to state a legitimate claim in the lawsuit and that the claims are barred by Washington’s statute of limitations. They also ask that Murray be reimbursed for legal costs.

Washington man accused of killing golf cart driver charged

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An accused hit-and-run driver in Washington has been charged with striking and killing the driver of a golf cart and then T-boning another vehicle.

The News Tribune reports 49-year-old Ty Fuller had been charged Wednesday with vehicular manslaughter, failure to remain at a fatal accident, third-degree assault and failure to remain at an injury accident. Fuller pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley has set his bail at $1 million.

Fuller had been arrested at a house Tuesday after he fled two traffic scenes. Investigators say Fuller had been traveling about 60-80 mph when he struck the golf cart. The driver died at the scene and the passenger had been taken to a nearby hospital.

Fuller is accused of then driving into oncoming traffic to get away, sideswiping a Chevrolet Impala.

Washington lawmakers start second special session

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers have adjourned their first special session but were immediately called back into overtime by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The second special session started Tuesday, immediately after adjournment of the first one.

While most of the 147 members have been back home in their districts during the special session, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has been meeting several times a week to negotiate policy surrounding education funding, and leaders say progress has been made. The state has been in contempt of court for lack of progress on satisfying a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that found that school funding was not adequate or uniform.