A Ridgefield man was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for stabbing a 70-year-old man in a random attack March 11 outside a Starbucks coffee shop in Vancouver’s Cascade Park.Scott C. Fandrich, 56, expressed remorse Friday for the stabbing, which he committed after he stopped taking his antipsychotic medications. He pleaded guilty Friday in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault.“I didn’t know; I wasn’t in my right mind,” Fandrich said. “I feel for what he’s gone through that day. I hope the best for him. Please, forgive me for what I did.”The victim, Jerry Kush of Battle Ground, nearly died from stab wounds to his neck, abdomen and the side of his chest. Fandrich also stabbed Vancouver resident Jerry Nehnevaj as that man attempted to rescue Kush. On Friday, the now 71-year-old victim credited Nehnevaj with saving his life.“He (Fandrich) picked me out,” Kush said Friday. “I don’t know why he picked me out.”Turning to Fandrich, Kush said: “You took a lot from me, buddy, and I didn’t deserve that. I was trying to be nice to you, and you tried to kill me.”
Security screeners at Perth’s Qantas domestic terminal have escalated their strike action, walking off the job and slowing the flow of traffic in and out of the airport.The screeners, employed by MSS Security, are campaigning for pay increases to bring them closer to parity with their Melbourne counterparts, the West Australian reported.Rolling strikes have been held for more than a week now, culminating in the lock-out of 11 screeners over the weekend for wearing ‘Paid Less in the West’ protest shirts.“Today, the screeners walked off the job at 5am, that’s the busiest time when all the FIFO workers are getting their flights back to work,” United Voice assistant secretary Pat O’Donnell said.“It caused significant delays today, the line stretched out all the way to the arrivals.”Some staff members were seen operating their vehicles in an unhurried manner in an effort to slow arrivals traffic and cause further disruptions to the airport process.Negotiations are scheduled to occur on Friday 14 June.“Between now and then, you can expect to see us back at the airport, taking more action,” Mr O’Donnell said.“Ultimately, Qantas is responsible for MSS being in there and they have to take some responsibility.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Lock-outs, walk-offs and traffic troubles.