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Flags to be lowered Thursday for slain trooper

The flags at all state agency buildings will be lowered to half-staff Thursday in honor of a Washington State Patrol trooper who was killed in the line of duty last week.

Trooper Tony Radulescu, 44, was shot and killed early Thursday after stopping a truck heading eastbound on state Route 16 near Gorst. His accused killer, 28-year-old Joshua Blake, shot and killed himself on a Port Orchard-area property several hours later.

The lowered flags will coincide with Radulescu’s memorial service, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered

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Flags lowered today for local soldier killed in Afghanistan

The flags at all state agency buildings will be lowered today in memory of an Enumclaw soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Wyrick, 34, died Oct. 10 after he was struck by small arms fire.

Wyrick, who graduated from Franklin Pierce High School, was a supply specialist. He joined the Army in March 2006.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags to remain at half-staff until the end of today or first thing Thursday.



State receives $50.7 million in federal homeland security grants

Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College, Temple Beth El and the Puyallup Tribal Council are among the local organizations and state agencies receiving $50.7 million in federal homeland security grants.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the 2011 grants today. The state received $50.7 million in money under four different programs.

“Our state has already taken many steps to increase emergency preparedness, but this allocation will go a long way toward enhancing protection of our communities,” Gregoire said in a press release.

Among the recipients:

* Chadad of Pierce County received $75,000 under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

* Pacific Lutheran University

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Governor issues statement on deaths of 3 WSP employees

Gov. Chris Gregoire just issued this statement:

I am deeply saddened about the deaths of three Washington State Patrol employees – and send my heartfelt condolences to the friends, families and co-workers of those tragically killed. These individuals dedicated their lives to protecting our neighbors and communities, and should forever be remembered for their commitment to ensuring our safety. I’m sure all Washingtonians share my profound gratitude for their service.

I remain in close contact with WSP Chief John Batiste – and have assured him that the state will provide any necessary support to his staff as the investigation continues.


Flags lowered today for slain Vashon Island soldier

The flags at all Washington state buildings will be lowered today to honor a U.S. Army soldier from Vashon Island who was killed last month in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert N. Bennedsen died July 18 after an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy in Afghanistan.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags to fly at half-staff until the end of today or first thing Wednesday.


Flags lowered today for local soldier killed in Afghanistan

Flags at all state buildings have been lowered today in honor of a 40-year-old soldier from Yelm who was killed last week in Afghanistan.

Flags will remain at half-staff through the end of the day or first thing Wednesday morning, Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed.

The flags are lowered in memory of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman of Yelm. He was killed May 2 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. He was a 22-year military veteran.


State’s highest honor to be given to slain Lakewood, Pierce County officers today

Fourteen law enforcement officers – including six from the Lakewood Police Department and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office – will be honored today during a ceremony in Olympia.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and state Attorney General Rob McKenna will award the officers with the Medal of Honor, the state’s highest honor for law enforcement.The medal is given to officers who are killed in the line of duty, were seriously injured or displayed exceptionally meritorious conduct.

The annual ceremony begins at 1 p.m. at the state’s Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The event is open to the public but

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