Wednesday morning's headlines

Jun 1, 2011

Showers likely through Thursday. Highs near 60. Latest forecast here:

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Lewis-McChord Soldier Will Receive Medal of Honor
  • Green Beret With Port Angeles Ties is Killed in Afghanistan
  • Early Parole Likely for Man Who Killed Girl in 1982
  • Tacoma Police Search for Driver Who Hit Officer


Western Washington-Based Army Sgt. to Recieve Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to an Army sergeant based in Washington state for courage on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

The White House says Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry will receive the nation's highest military decoration in a ceremony July 12.

The White House says the 31-year-old native of Santa Fe, N.M., is to be recognized for courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in the eastern Afghan province of Paktia in May 2008.

The White House says Petry will be the second living, active-duty service member to receive a Medal of Honor for actions in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.

Petry is currently assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and attached to Special Operations Command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

He tracks and monitors injured Rangers returning from deployment.


Green Beret with Washington Ties is Killed in Afghanistan
The mother of an Army Green Beret says her son has been killed in Afghanistan.

Betsy Reed Schultz of Port Angeles told the Peninsula Daily News on Tuesday that Capt. Joseph William Schultz was killed Sunday when an improvised explosive device hit his Humvee.

He was 36.

His mother says he grew up mostly in Sacramento, Calif., and graduated from the University of Oregon with bachelor's degrees in political science and economics.

Betsy Reed Schultz operated the former Tudor Inn bed and breakfast in Port Angeles and is past president of the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Capt. Schultz will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


Governor to Allow Parole in Cold-Case Murder

Governor Chris Gregoire will allow the parole of a man who has served seven years of a 10-year prison sentence for a cold case murder conviction.

Gregoire told KING-TV there's no evidence of a mistake in the decision of the state Indeterminate Sentence Review Board to release John Nicholas Athan as early as Monday.

The 43-year-old was convicted in 2004 of second-degree murder in the 1982 killing of Kristen Sumstad when he was 14 and she was a 13-year-old neighbor in Seattle. The case went unsolved for two decades until police got a DNA sample from Athan by tricking him into licking an envelope.

The parole board says Athan is unlikely to reoffend. The early release is opposed by Sumstad's family.


Search Continues for Driver Who Hit, Dragged Tacoma Police Officer

Tacoma police are looking for a driver who hit a patrol officer with a car and dragged him through a parking lot.

Police spokesman Mark Fulghum tells The News Tribune's Stacey Mullick the officer suffered bumps and bruises and was treated at a hospital.

The spokesman says both the officer and his partner fired at the vehicle as it sped away early Tuesday morning. Police found it abandoned a short time later.

The two officers had been investigating a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot when that vehicle's driver backed over the officer who was out of his patrol car.

Neither officer was identified; both were placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.