Northwest NEWS

November 30, 1998

Local News

Briefs

Pedestrian airlifted after hit by car

   KENMORE--A 38-year-old Bothell man was released from the hospital the day after being hit by a car in the middle of State Route 522 in Kenmore last Tuesday afternoon. Lance E. Reilly was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with head injuries, and kept overnight, according to hospital officials.
   The accident occurred in the 7600 block at around 4:40 p.m., when Reilly was hit while in the center turn lane by a 43-year-old Kenmore woman driving a 1988 Isuzu I-Mark.

Boy injured by firecracker

   WOODINVILLE--King County explosives experts are investigating a serious injury a 16-year Woodinville boy suffered after a powerful firecracker went off, wounding him in the neck early the morning of Nov. 28.
   According to the King County Sheriff's Office, the boy had been playing with one or more M-250 fireworks, wrapping them with electrical tape, when some of the tape stuck to his clothing. While trying to remove the fireworks, one went off, injuring the boy.
   The boy, who lives near NE 200th St. and 162nd Ave. NE, was transported to Harborview by medics. Deputies found more fireworks in the boy's room.

Woodmoor teacher takes part in Science Convention

   Cathleen Draper, a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Woodmoor Elementary School in Bothell, attended the National Science Teachers Association's Convention held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Oct. 29-31. Ms. Draper led a group of teachers on a tour of the applied physics laboratory at the UW.

Minimum wage increases

   Workers in Washington state will receive a minimum wage increase Jan. 1, 1999 to $5.70 per hour and again Jan. 1, 2000 to $6.50. The increase is the result of initiative 688, approved by voters Nov. 3.
   The initiative applies to workers 18 and older. Sixteen and 17-year-olds also will receive the raise under a rule that stipulates they earn the same minimum wage as adults.
   Workers under 16 can receive no less than 85 percent of the new adult minimum wage and may also come under the federal minimum wage guidelines.

Washington taxpayers due refunds

   More than $1.5 million in federal funds is waiting to find its way into the pockets of 2,665 Washington taxpayers--individuals whose federal income tax refund checks were returned undeliverable.
   When the post office is unable to deliver a refund check, usually because the taxpayer has moved and left insufficient forwarding information, or because the address on the return was incorrect, the check is returned to the federal Regional Financial Center. The IRS credits the taxpayer's account, and the original check is destroyed.
   Taxpayers who filed their returns at least eight weeks ago and haven't received the refund they expected or some correspondence about the refund from the IRS should call 1-800-829-1040.