Felon sought after boy is found dead

A convicted felon is on the run in wooded rural Washington after a 4-year-old boy died Sunday of a gunshot at his home.

Trevor Braymiller, 25, is considered armed and dangerous, Sedro-Woolley Police Chief Doug Wood said.

“He’s been in the area for quite some time. He’s a convicted felon with a prior conviction for selling drugs,” Wood said.

Initial reports Sunday morning said the boy had shot himself with a gun, Wood said, but a medical examiner determined that was not the case. Wood said investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

Braymiller is believed to be on foot, with officers from several law enforcement agencies pursuing him.

— Associated Press

Phone spat reported
when car fire killed 5

The estranged wife of a Northern California limousine driver who was behind the wheel when a fire in the vehicle killed five women celebrating a wedding in May said he had been arguing with her on the phone moments before the blaze, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

Rachel “Raquel” Hernandez-Brown told the San Jose Mercury News that during their shouting match, Orville Brown turned up the music in the limo so his passengers couldn’t hear the tense conversation.

“The music was really loud. And I kept yelling, ‘I can’t hear you. Turn it down,’ ” Hernandez-Brown told the paper. “I said, ‘You’re not paying attention.’ You know, like, get off the phone. Stop calling me.”

One of the nine nurses in the vehicle said she tried to warn the driver that the back of the limo was filling with smoke. Brown told authorities that he initially misunderstood the warning and kept driving.

The newspaper reported that the California Highway Patrol was expected to announce the cause of the fire soon.

— Associated Press

Thousands go home after wildfire: Thousands of people were allowed to return to their homes in Southern California mountain communities near Palm Springs on Sunday, after firefighters aided by rain made major progress against a week-old wildfire that has burned across 42 square miles and destroyed seven homes. A bout 6,000 people fled the towns along the San Jacinto Mountains between Palm Springs and Hemet after the fire began Monday.

— Associated Press