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Beyond Our Coverage

Every week, The Observer features news beyond our coverage.

May 4, 2022

Compiled by Staff


A suspect escaped from a juvenile detention center near Kittitas. According to KomoNews, a 15-year-old boy threatened a staff member, stole their car and drove off from the Parke Creek Community Facility. The Ellensburg Police Department was able to deploy spike strips, which stopped the pursuit.

Kittitas County Fire Districts 7 and 2 seek the creation of a Regional Fire Authority, according to the Northern Kittitas Tribune. Officials said this would, “create a more effective and efficient emergency response system for our community.”

A 70-year-old Washington man mistakenly shot a man he thought was shoplifting. According to Fox News, this happened on Saturday around 11:20 p.m. at a Safeway in Gig Harbor and the person shot was rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital, but was able to leave later that day.

A group of vandals has been implicated in the graffiti and damages done to a Seattle parks and Recreation office in downtown Seattle, according to KIRO 7. KIRO 7 said in a tweet that the vandalizations may be in connection with recent homeless camp cleanups.

Bill Gates opened up about divorce, his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and the drama of recent years in a recent interview, according to The Seattle Times


The Supreme Court has voted to overturn the abortion case Roe v. Wade, according to Politico. This comes from a draft of a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Ukraine last Sunday, according to the New York Times. Signaling growing U.S. support, Pelosi told a news conference in Poland, “America stands with Ukraine. We stand with Ukraine until victory is won. And we stand with NATO.”

The University of California moves to end all tuition fees for Native American students, according to Inside Higher Ed. This applies to all federally recognized tribes of Native Americans, American Indians, and Alaska Natives. 

Fifteen states that want the U.S. Postal Service to electrify its mail delivery vehicles have sued to halt purchases of thousands of gas-powered trucks as the agency modernizes its delivery fleet, according to NPR.

An ex-police officer in Philadelphia was fired and charged with the murder of a 12-year-old boy, according to AP News. Edsaul Mendoza was a police officer on duty when he shot and killed unarmed Thomas “T.J.” Siderio. 

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a statue of a Native American ballerina was dismantled and sold as scrap metal, according to AP News. The statue Five Moons of Marjorie Tallchief was located outside of the Tulsa Historical Society. The police are still investigating the case, as the thief has not been identified yet.

A tornado barreled through parts of Kansas damaging hundreds of homes and buildings, injuring several people and leaving more than 15,000 people without power, according to NPR.


New Zealand welcomed back tourists into the country after pandemic restrictions have eased, according to AP News. New Zealand welcomed tourists from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Japan and more than 50 other countries for the first time in over two years.

Workers around the world marked May Day with protests for better working conditions, according to NPR. Protestors across New York, France, Turkey, India and Cuba demanded worker protections, among other labor force related issues.

Pakistan and India suffered springtime heat waves, according to The Guardian. Unprecedented temperature levels led to water and electricity shortages.

A three-story residential building in Lagos, Nigeria collapsed, killing five and many trapped inside, according to US News.