Washington News

Deputy in Washington Acquitted Of Insurance Fraud

A Spokane, Wash. sheriff’s deputy accused of filing false claims for snow damage has been acquitted of insurance fraud charges. A jury in Spokane returned the acquittal this week for Deputy Jeremey B. Jeske after a two-day trial. His lawyer, Rob …

Washington Mudslide Victims’ Families File Lawsuit

Ten families of 14 Oso, Wash. mudslide victims are suing the state, county and a forest owner. The Seattle Times reported the lawsuit alleges the disaster was not natural, but the result of a series of actions and inactions. The …

Washington City Takes Stock Of Damage Following Tornado

The southwest Washington city of Longview tallied the damage Friday from a rare tornado that tore off roofs, broke windows and uprooted trees, leaving residents and officials in disbelief. No one was injured in the Thursday afternoon wind blast, which …

Tornado Warning in Washington County Now Expired

The National Weather Service issued an emergency tornado warning for Pierce County, Wash. over the weekend though a tornado did not develop. The News Tribune reported the warning was issued shortly after noon on Saturday after a funnel-shaped cloud touched …

Southern Puget Sound Area of Washington Sees Small Quake

A small earthquake rattled the southern Puget Sound area of Washington, but there were no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.5 temblor struck shortly before midnight Saturday and was centered about 8 miles …

Confie Seguros Acquires North Texas Auto Insurance Agency

Confie Seguros, a national provider of personal lines insurance, announced it has acquired the assets of Carallo Insurance Group Inc., an auto insurance agency in Garland, Texas. Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Confie has acquired and integrated more than 70 businesses since …

Washington State Entrepreneurs Stake Their Claim in Marijuana ‘Green Rush’

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles on the the marijuana insurance industry to appear on InsuranceJournal.com. Upcoming stories will include reports on how medical marijuana could affect the workers’ compensation market, potential changes to federal …

Washington’s Puget Sound Jolted by Magnitude-4.0 Quake

A magnitude-4.0 earthquake rattled the Puget Sound in Washington state early Wednesday. The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia …

Washington Saw 567 Square Miles Burned by Wildfires

Wildfires this summer in Washington have burned about 567 square miles. Last year wildfires burned about 156 square miles in the state. State Forester Aaron Everett says this year’s scorched acreage is about six times the five-year average of 95 …

Crestbrook Insurance Expands into Oregon, Washington

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Crestbrook Insurance Co., an affluent market personal lines carrier, is expanding into Oregon and Washington. Independent insurance agents and brokers appointed with Crestbrook in both states are now able to offer the property/casualty carrier’s products and services to …