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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Teens arrested on truancy counts

By J.P. Rodriguez

Feburary 27, 2009 | LOGAN -- Two juveniles were arrested on suspicion of truancy and possession of alcohol at Canyon Road and Crockett Avenue yesterday. Police also found the pair had weapons in their possession.

The teens had alcohol, brass knuckles and three large knives, said Lt. Rod Peterson of the Logan Police Department.

"Officer Gurr saw them at a time when they should have been at school," said Capt. Jeff Curtis of the LCPD. "He turned around, talked to them, and found they should be at school. They made some excuses, but the officer called and found they wore not valid."

The youths wore booked for truancy and possession of alcohol, said Peterson.

"He had a reason why he had the knives," said Curtis. The police confiscated the items until their parents come pick these up. "They didn’t arrest them on these [weapons] charges."

Gurr also stopped a third individual, not named by police officials, who was with the two minors at the time. He was released because he was over 18 years of age.

"It doesn’t look like it is gang related," said Curtis. "Just some kids that wore sloughing school and got caught."

“They are not going home teaching, let's say that,” said Peterson when asked if this incident was gang related.

Peterson did not say that this was gang activity; however, he thought it suspicious that the youth had brass knuckles and knives. “I’m going to let the public decide that.”

Gang activity in Logan "is developing," said Curtis. "But it is not at a major level like what they are seeing at the Wasatch Front. So far, we have been able to keep on top of it.

“We have an investigator that works strictly with investigation that deal with gangs,” said Curtis, about LCPD’s response for increasing gang activity in Logan. “We have a good group of people that are trying to keep on top of what is going on.”

Logan officials do a good job at cleaning up graffiti as soon as it is up, said Curtis, and this may be one thing that is discouraging gang activity in he city.

“Any time anybody sees anything taking place that is gang related,” said Curtis, “it certainly helps us that they could call so we can respond to those activities. “

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