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JUNE 30, 1997

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Woman pleads guilty to murder-for-hire

   Marty J. Malone, a 43-year-old woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband, Steve Ver Woert. She was originally charged with aggravated first-degree murder. Ver Woert, a 44-year-old telecommunications supervisor, was found dead in his Bothell trailer home Feb. 5, 1996.
   Snohomish County prosecutors allege that Malone paid her boyfriend Craig Curtis, 45, of Phoenix, $25,000 to kill Ver Woert so she could collect $150,000 in life insurance and property from Ver Woert.

Bothell woman injured in accident

   A 44-year-old Bothell woman and a 21-year-old Seattle man were transported to Harborview Hospital following a head-on collision involving two vehicles on State Route 522 in Bothell Sunday night. The woman was in a coma and the man was in serious condition at press time, according to a hospital representative.
   According to Bothell Police, the woman was headed eastbound in a 4-door Honda Civic when a 1993 Jeep Cherokee crossed the center line and struck the woman's vehicle. The driver of the Jeep, a 23-year-old Seattle man, has been booked into King County Jail on charges of vehicular assault. Police suspect that the driver was under the influence of intoxicants.

Firefighter graduates from academy

   Joseph Hughes of the Woodinville Fire & Life District is among the 26 recruits from 16 fire fighting organizations who graduated last Friday evening after an eight-week course of instruction at the State Patrol's Fire Training Academy near North Bend. The intensive 320-hour course included instruction in ventilation, fighting live fires, and the use of hoses and ladders. Lt. Steven Cooke of the Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District was one of the adjunct instructors.

Info center seeks help

   The new Woodinville Vistor & Community Information Center needs volunteers eighteen and over with outgoing personalities to greet visitors or local residents and providing them with community information. Knowledge of Woodinville history and geographical layout is a plus, but not required. Information and training will be provided. Volunteers will answer phones, meet and greet visitors, and give directions. Call 481-8300 for additional information.