Charles Barbee, 70, and Verne Merrell, 77, had their convictions on counts of armed bank robbery, destruction of a building and use of a firearm during a crime of violence reheard this month by U.S. District Court Judge William Fremming Nielsen. Their sentences were reduced by 15 years apiece, but both will remain in custody for at least another decade.
Mako the arson dog, who dedicated years of his life to investigating fires in the Northwest and worked even after he had officially hung up his badge, died earlier this month. He was almost 14 years old.
Four power substations in Washington State were attacked on Christmas Day, disrupting service to thousands of residents, just weeks after gunfire at electricity facilities in North Carolina prompted an investigation by the FBI.