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Tuesday, November 1, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Burien man charged in hit-and-run

Prosecutors have filed vehicular-assault and felony hit-and-run charges against a 29-year-old Burien man who is alleged to have struck two 15-year-old girls last week as they were walking by the side of the road.

Police and prosecutors allege in charging papers filed Monday that Antwane Demetrius Toler was driving his Cadillac southbound on Eighth Avenue Southwest last Tuesday evening when he swerved onto the shoulder of the road and struck the teens and several mailboxes. One of the teens suffered a broken leg.

Prosecutors also allege that Toler did not stop his car after the accident but instead drove home and went to bed. Charging documents say Toler had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, which is higher than the legal limit. Toler told police that he thought he might have hit a cat, court documents say.

Kent

Inquest ordered into police shooting

King County prosecutors have ordered an inquest hearing into the shooting death of James Monroe, who was shot and killed July 23 by two police officers after officers pulled over a car in which Monroe was riding and arrested the driver, police said.

Kent police said two officers shot Monroe, 28, who had a lengthy history of drug convictions, after he moved into the driver's seat and drove off, crashing into the patio enclosure of a hotel.

The results of that inquest will be considered by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, which then decides whether any crime was committed by the officers involved in the shooting.

The Kent officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Donevan Dexheimer and Michael Schanbacher.

Marysville

Bus accident results in call for lighting

The parents of a boy struck and critically injured by a school bus outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School last week joined about 100 people outside the school Monday morning calling for a crosswalk and better lighting.

Keito Swan, 16, was struck and dragged about 100 feet Thursday as he crossed 108th Street near the school entrance in early-morning darkness and fog.

"We know it's a problem. You just can't see anything," said James Tutewohl, Swan's stepfather, who with his wife, Kaori, joined protesters.

Swan was upgraded from critical to serious condition Monday after undergoing a third surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He suffered a broken pelvis, collarbone and right leg.

The school will hold a public meeting to discuss the issue at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Marysville-Pilchuck library at 5611 108th St. N.E., Marysville.

Seattle

Seattle honors August Wilson

Theater artists and others gathered Monday afternoon at Seattle City Hall to honor acclaimed playwright August Wilson with a civic proclamation. The proclamation celebrated the literary achievements of Wilson, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and Capitol Hill resident who died last month in Seattle.

Seattle

Buses are memorial to Rosa Parks

The front seats of King County Metro buses will become a memorial during November to the late Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who sparked the modern civil- rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a Birmingham, Ala., bus for a white passenger. Parks, 92, died Oct. 24.

The County Council unanimously passed a motion Monday that will put a sticker honoring Parks on the headrest of one front seat on each Metro bus and an advertising placard honoring her above the seat. The messages will remain in buses until Dec. 1, the 50th anniversary of Parks' arrest. Times staff and news services

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