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Washington woman who stabbed woman in throat while she slept in 2022 sent to prison

A Lynnwood woman will spend nearly a decade in prison for robbing a Bellingham woman she had recently met and stabbing her in the throat while she slept in July 2022.

Johanna Paola Nonog, 23, was sentenced May 13 in Whatcom County Superior Court to nine years in prison, with three years probation, for one count of first-degree assault, for which Nonog entered a guilty plea the same day.

In exchange for Nonog's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the attempted second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges originally filed against Nonog in late July 2022, court records show. The attorneys presented a joint recommendation of a 108-month prison sentence for Nonog, which the court ultimately followed.

The court also made a special finding that reasonable grounds exist to believe Nonog is mentally ill and that her illness likely influenced the crime. Because of this finding, Nonog will be required to undergo a mental health examination and comply with any recommended treatment.

The court made an additional special finding that in committing first-degree assault, Nonog "used force or means likely to result in death or intended to kill the victim," which requires her to be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, court documents state.

As part of Nonog's sentencing, she will not be allowed to possess or consume alcohol, controlled substances or other intoxicants, and can't possess or own firearms, ammunition or other dangerous weapons.

A no-contact order was also put in place between Nonog and the victim until May 2044.

The assault

At 4 a.m. on July 20, 2022, Bellingham police were called to the 400 block of 31st Street for the report of an assault with a knife, The Bellingham Herald previously reported.

The victim, then age 22, told police she awoke to Nonog stabbing her in the neck.

The victim told police she attempted to fight off Nonog and get her out of the apartment. During this time, Nonog kicked down the door, court documents state.

The victim was able to get away from Nonog and get help from a neighbor who called 911. The victim told police she also believed Nonog stole her wallet, phone and keys before she left the apartment.

Nonog and the victim had recently met, and Nonog was staying at the victim's apartment that evening, according to previous reporting in The Herald.

Bellingham police and a Whatcom County Sheriff's Office K9 unit found Nonog in a nearby parking lot. Nonog had two cellphones with her, one of which belonged to the victim, court records state.

The victim suffered a 2-inch laceration to the left side of her neck, as well as several smaller cuts to her chin and face. The victim also had cuts on her hand, which appeared to be from trying to fight off Nonog's attack, the court records state.

The victim was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. Joseph's hospital in Bellingham, where she was seen by trauma staff in the emergency room and underwent surgery, according to court records.

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What to know about the agreement between University of Washington and encampment organizers

Organizers of the self-proclaimed liberated zone at the University of Washington will fully dismantle their encampment by Monday afternoon after striking an agreement with administrators.

News of the deal came Friday, along with a 3 p.m. Monday deadline to clear the tents, which at its peak grew up to 130, from the UW Quad.

Here's what to know about the agreement, which organizers say falls short of their initial demands, and what it means for the university.

A quick recap

The first few tents popped up in the Quad on April 29 with the Progressive Student Union organizing the encampment.

A second group, the University of Washington United Front for Palestinian Liberation, joined May 1, referring to the encampment as the UW Liberated Zone or the Popular University for Gaza — similarly to other protests across the country.

The protesters were met twice with counterprotesters. On May 7, members of the encampment had a tense standoff with attendees of conservative activist Charlie Kirk's event on campus.

Then, The Pursuit NW, a Christian church in the Seattle area, led a "United for Israel" march on May 12.

The university's administration called for the encampment to be voluntarily dismantled before the event due to safety concerns, saying no negotiations or changes in university policy would be based on an encampment. The protesters refused.

After a string of reported acts of vandalism on campus, the two groups reached an agreement on Friday.


What protesters asked for

Protesters demanded the university cut ties with Boeing, citing the company's involvement with Israel's military, which protesters argued made UW complicit in the thousands of deaths in Gaza.

Demands included the university return a $10 million donation from Boeing, ban Boeing from recruiting on campus and end study abroad programs to Israel. They also called on UW "to end the oppression of the pro-Palestinian staff, students and faculty" by not charging students with conduct violations in connection with recent protests.

UW has been staunch in its desire to maintain relationships with Boeing. Since 1917, Boeing has donated more than $100 million to the school. However, the school said it has no investments in Boeing.

"Boeing's support for the UW in time, talent and funding cannot be replaced by other endowment sources, nor would we choose to sever our relationship if they could be," UW President Ana Mari Cauce previously wrote in an email to individuals and groups protesting violence against Palestinians.


What the agreement entails

As part of the decampment agreement, the university commits to funding at least 20 scholarships for Palestinian students displaced from Gaza.

The agreement also includes the development of a faculty committee that would analyze study abroad programs to see if they'd exclude participation from Arab or Palestinian students. UW administration said it will help faculty pursue academic connections with universities in Palestine.

The administration also agrees to be more transparent with the school's investment portfolio and will meet with student representatives to explore future divestment decisions.

"I'm pleased to reach this resolution so that our campus can begin to heal — including by coming together for Commencement next month — and so that once again all UW community members, regardless of religion, race or national origin, can live, learn and work without fear," Cauce said in a news release Friday.

Cauce also reiterated her call for a cease-fire in the war in Gaza, calling the humanitarian crisis there "heart breaking" and any targeting of civilians as "morally reprehensible."


What the protesters are saying

Leaders of the encampment say they are "under no illusions this agreement is a win" as their original demands have not been met. However, they still believe progress was made despite "clear reluctance" from the university.

"The UW has demonstrated its commitment to neoliberal values, war profiteers, and facilitators of oppression over the calls of its students, faculty, and workers," a news release sent Friday says. "UW would rather maintain the status quo than stand against genocide. Despite the university's reluctance, we did secure progress in certain areas."

Protesters said members of the encampment voted in favor of the agreement after an "overwhelming" number of members who are Palestinian, Muslim or Arab expressed support for it.

Although many members were disappointed with the offer, they said scholarships for Palestinian students, establishing ties with Palestinian universities and creating a task force to better collect information about Islamophobia on campus were the agreement's biggest successes.


Agreements at other colleges

While dozens of universities have shut down similar encampments across the U.S. and arrested demonstrators, more than a dozen institutions like UW have struck agreements with on-campus protesters.

Earlier this month, the administration at The Evergreen State College in Olympia agreed to reassess some of its study abroad and investment policies after a weeklong encampment took place.

At the University of California, Berkeley, the chancellor agreed to support a cease-fire. At Rutgers University, protesters won a promise of scholarships for 10 Palestinian students displaced by the war. and Brown University pledged its board of trustees would vote on divestment, according to The New York Times.

The chancellor of the California State University System suspended Mike Lee, the president of its Sonoma campus, this past week for announcing an agreement with activists to pursue an academic boycott of Israeli institutions as well as "divestment strategies," according to The Associated Press.

The chancellor called the agreement "insubordination."

No university has yet agreed outright to divestment, which was a key demand of student protests across the country.


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Mason County Sheriff's Office seeks information on man last seen in February

The Mason County Sheriff's Office is looking for an adult man who has been reported missing, the department announced on social media.

Bowen J. Bottorff was last seen on Feb. 5, then was reported missing by his father on March 12, according to the sheriff's office.

The man was last seen driving his father's blue 2011 Ford Ranger, which has the Washington state license plate D62225A. Bowen was last known to be working for a logging company, possibly in Forks.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Matt Ledford at 360-427-9670 ext. 844.


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One person dies after car plunges 1,000 feet off cliff above Columbia River

A car plunged 1,000 feet off a cliff near the Columbia River, killing the driver, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

The car was spotted about 3 p.m. Saturday on a shale slide about 100 feet from the shore of the Columbia River near Crescent Bar, which is just east of Quincy, WA, and about 80 miles upriver from the Tri-Cities.

The car appeared to have driven off Ancient Lakes Road and over the cliff Friday night, according to the sheriff's office.

Responders used a boat to reach the area below the cliff and then climbed up the shale slide to reach the crashed car, according to the sheriff's office.

Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison was working to confirm the identity of the driver and notify family Saturday evening. An autopsy is planned.


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Three injured in crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Grays Harbor County 

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 12 in the Grays Harbor County town of Porter on Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

Franklin G. Cole, 62, of Oakville, was driving east on the highway at Porter Creek Road at about 4 p.m. in a 2006 Hyundai. A 1997 Honda Civic driven by Patrick J. Siegel, 23, of Shelton, was traveling west. Cole attempted to make a left turn onto Porter Creek Road and was struck by Siegel’s vehicle. 

Cole, who is accused of causing the crash by failing to yield the right of way, was injured and transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma. Siegel was also injured and transported to Summit Pacific Medical Center. Taylor L. Sell, a 25-year-old Elma woman who was traveling with Siegel, was injured and transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to the state patrol. 

Seat belts were worn by everyone involved in the crash. 

Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash, according to the state patrol.

Two injured after semi tire blows on Interstate 5 in Lewis County, sending truck into southbound lanes

Two people were injured after a tire on a northbound semi-truck blew on Interstate 5 in Lewis County Sunday night, sending the vehicle into the southbound lanes where it struck another vehicle, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

Jackson B. Woods, 27, of Silver Lake, was driving a 2012 International 7000 north on Interstate 5 at milepost 65 when the left front tire of the vehicle was ruptured at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. The semi-truck struck the center median and rolled onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 5. 

A 2017 Toyota driven by Jun F. Hao, 30, of Portland, was struck by debris. Hao was not injured. 

Woods and a 17-year-old male passenger were injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. 

Lewis County Fire District 15 was among the emergency responders at the scene. 

The fire district reported that one occupant was entrapped inside the semi-truck. 

“First arriving units found a semi with heavy damage not on fire and one of the two occupants pinned inside,” the district wrote in a post on Facebook. “Due to the complexity of the incident, additional units from (Lewis County Fire Districts 5 and 6) and Life Flight were requested. Crews were able to extricate the (patient) with the help of a heavy wrecker tow truck. The two occupants were both transported by medics to Providence hospital with minor injuries. LCFD 15 would like to thank all mutual aid agencies and everyone involved in this major incident.”

All motorists were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Drugs or alcohol were not involved, according to the state patrol. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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