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Updated Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 06:14 AM

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Man arrested in woman's death

Seattle police arrested a man Tuesday morning in connection with the Jan. 3 slaying of a woman in Rainier Valley.

An 18-year-old was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of murder. The King County Prosecutor's Office identified him as Jacob Mommer, of Maple Valley, according to court papers released Wednesday.

According to police, officers were called to the 9300 block of Rainier Avenue South around 10 p.m. Jan. 3 after a report of shots fired.

Police said that Mommer lured the woman, identified as Ashton Reyes, and a man to the location under the guise that he wanted to purchase marijuana from her, according to the court filing. Reyes, 22, was fatally shot; the man with her was wounded but survived, according to police.

After the shootings, Mommer and another man, who has not been identified, went to Reyes' car and took several items. Police identified him as the suspect after finding his fingerprint at the crime scene. Investigators were also able to track him to the scene by his cellphone, police said.

Details about a motive for the shootings have not been released by police.

Seattle

Nail salons found to break labor law

Across the country, workers who are employees of nail salons are routinely misclassified as independent contractors or booth renters, the U.S. Labor Department is finding in an nationwide investigation.

The department is conducting unannounced investigations of nail salons throughout the Seattle area as part of its ongoing probe.

The department said several salons have misclassified workers in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Workers are either not paid proper overtime or are paid a flat rate for all the hours they work, resulting in minimum-wage violations.

Salons also fail to maintain accurate records of workers' daily and weekly hours, or fail to pay for pre- or post-shift duties and make illegal deductions for uniforms, equipment rental or other items that put a worker's regular pay rate below the minimum wage.

When violations are found, back wages will be collected for affected employees and penalties assessed against employers.

In two years, the division has collected more than $688,000 in back wages for employees in the hair, nail and skin-care industries nationwide.

The state Department of Licensing says there are 24,898 active licensed manicurists in the state.

Seattle

Colman Dock plan omits water taxis

Washington State Ferries is proposing a new Colman Dock layout that displaces the small water taxis that sail to Vashon Island, West Seattle and Kingston.

The $210 million, five-year rebuild on the Seattle waterfront — to replace rotting wood piers and resist earthquakes by mid-2020 — would shift car-holding space to the south end of the dock, where foot ferries stop now.

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, chair of the county's ferry district, said ridership is growing, and that finding another place for foot ferries to dock will be tough once the Highway 99 tunnel project spurs waterfront parks and redevelopment. And the best transit connections are at Colman, he said.

"I'm not looking for anything for free, but it makes sense to co-locate at the ferry dock," he said. Meanwhile, plans are under way to launch a new route to Port Townsend.

State ferries Director David Moseley said the design won't be done until mid-2013. If foot-ferry operators can contribute a few million dollars to be at Colman, he's willing to chat.

Seattle

Volunteer clinic adds dental care

Troublesome teeth can now be removed for free for low-income uninsured or underinsured patients at Swedish Medical Center's Community Specialty Clinic in the Heath Building on the First Hill Campus.

The clinic, which opened in late 2010 for specialty care such as orthopedic surgery, depends on volunteer specialists — and now, volunteer dentists and oral surgeons — and is run in conjunction with Project Access Northwest. For now, the dentists will primarily do extractions, but the plan is to add root-canal work.

Patients need a referral from a primary-care dentist and must make appointments. Information: Project Access Northwest, 206-788 4559, or seati.ms/xDQUHc.

The dental services received support from the Washington Dental Service Foundation, the Seattle-King County Dental Foundation, the Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority and Burkhart Dental Supply.

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