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Police search homes for stolen weapons

Police officers from the Valley Special Response Team and Seattle’s Critical Response Team searched four residential locations in Federal Way last Friday for stolen firearms.

Twenty people were detained, but no arrests were immediately made. There were no injuries to citizens or officers during the execution of the search warrants at about 5:45 a.m., authorities said.

Detectives from the Federal Way Police Department were conducting interviews and processing each searched location, a spokesman said.

Police released no additional information.

Hafen crowned FW Junior Miss

Jessica Hafen was crowned Federal Way Junior Miss for 2002 last Saturday.

Hafen, 16, who attends Federal Way High School, won a $1,000 scholarship. She’ll compete in the state Junior Miss pageant next January in Pullman.

First runner up in the Federal Way competition, hosted at Decatur High School and attended by 150 people, was Caroline Hunter, 16, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School.

The competition, supported by the Federal Way Sunrise Rotary Club, was open to high school juniors. Girls were judged on scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts, presence, composure and fitness and a judges interview.

County park consultant fee questioned

A Metropolitan King County Council member wants an independent review of how much the county is spending on closing 20 county parks.

Noting that the county Department of Natural Resources and Parks has hired an $85-an-hour consultant to help County Executive Ron Sims decide the best way to close parks, Councilman Rob McKenna said the county auditor should find out “how many people the executive branch has hired to work on the parks closures issue, how much they’re being paid, and the costs associated with the closures.”

“I have a suspicion that (the consultant) is just the tip of the iceberg,” McKenna said.

He said hiring outside consultants “during a budget crisis is not wise management. When you’re cutting your budget, as King County is supposedly doing, the first thing you cut is consultant fees.”

He said parks department managers can oversee the closures.

Year-round closures of 20 parks are among budget-cutting moves being considered by Sims. County-operated swimming pools, including King County Aquatic Center and the Kenneth C. Jones Pool in Federal Way, could also be closed.

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