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Wayward Son Rescued
Paul Simmonds, son of Microdeck VP Jack Simmonds, was rescued last night in a dramatic gun battle in the Fort Lewis wilderness. Members of a private security firm raided a cabin reportedly owned by deceased Greenwar spokeswoman, Gail Melnzer. Details released by Microdeck officials indicate that the unnamed security firm had been investigating Simmonds’ disappearance since late May, and acted last night after receiving a tip that the young man was being moved out of the Metroplex by his kidnappers.
The younger Simmonds is reportedly in good health and pleased to be home. He was quoted as saying that he “never gave up hope that [Microdeck officials] would find me. I’m looking forward to returning to work with a renewed sense of purpose.”
New Exhibition Opens
The University of Washington will be hosting a new exhibition of African cultural art and history. The show will feature artifacts from across the southern continent, including rare tribal masks, paintings and mummified remains. Seattle is the first stop in the show’s North American tour, and will be hosted at the newly refurbished William H. Gates building.
Security is expected to be tight at the venue. Three previous attempted burglaries have been thwarted, and University officials report that they are taking no chances with the valuable display.
Drug-Related Mob Violence Claims Ten
The Tacoma docks exploded in violence late last night, when a gun battle erupted between what Lone Star officials believe to be members of rival gangs. Sources say the fight may have resulted from a turf dispute linked to the increasingly profitable street trade of the new drug known as tempo. Drug related violence and petty crime has spiraled across the Metroplex since the drug’s first appearance more than three months ago. Last night’s violence is only the latest such incident to make the news, as increasing numbers of adolescents and young adults turn to crime to fuel their habits. Metroplex authorities and Lone Star have done little to stem the surge in criminal activity.
Six of the dead were positively identified as members of the Finnigan and Gianelli families, prominent mafia syndicates in the Metroplex. One victim remains unidentified, while the remaining three were named as Maria Jones, a black ork woman residing in Downtown Seattle; Matthias Jones, a black man DNA-matched as Maria Jones’ younger brother; and Simone Lagasse, a Quebec national. All have unverified criminal backgrounds, and are known to associate with elements of organized crime and the underground shadowrunner community.
VP Tours New Facility
Security is expected to be front and center for Vice President James Mitchener’s visit to Seattle. The VP will be touring the site of the UCASAF training facility under construction in Everett, and making a stop at the Fort Lewis barracks to speak with the troops. The bombing death of UCAS Deputy Minister for Homeland Security, Claude Chartrand, in early June will likely weigh on the minds of security officials planning for the visit.
Lone Star officials have been quick to highlight their recent success in foiling Greenwar terrorist activities and vowed to offer full cooperation to Secret Service operations while Mr. Mitchener is in the Metroplex.
Injured Cop Honored
Lone Star veteran, Enzo D’Aquila, was honored yesterday for his role in averting a bombing campaign by Greenwar and Caribbean League terrorists earlier this month. The thirty year veteran is credited with saving the lives of several fellow officers when he shot and killed rogue voodoun practitioner Lei Osso during the firefight. D’Aquila suffered serious burns and several gunshot wounds during the attack, and will be taking early retirement from the force.
Lone Star spokesman, Geraldo Donahue, praised the actions and dedication of D’Aquila. “The people of Seattle can rest easy knowing that men and women like Enzo are working hard on their behalf every minute of every day. His hard work, dedication and selflessness serve as an inspiration for all of us.”
The corporation has not identified other officers involved in the operation, citing security and safety concerns.
Lone Star to Recruit Former Military
In response to escalating gang violence, Lone Star public relations spokesperson, Maxine Poocha, announced today that Lone Star would be hiring former Metroplex Guard officers to bolster its overtaxed Seattle Fast Response Division. The move comes after weeks of escalating gang warfare throughout the city. Poocha admitted Lone Star FRT forces had been caught flatfooted by the sudden spike in violence. “We were unprepared to handle the level of firepower and military efficiency these gangs are operating with”, she stated. Poocha went on to say that the move would allow the police force to “get out on the street in greater numbers and protect the city from criminal elements."