Washington state OKs Boeing 777X incentives

Washington state’s lawmakers approved a sweeping package of $8.7 billion in tax breaks and other incentives Saturday to land production of Boeing’s new 777X passenger jet in the Evergreen State, The Seattle Times reported.

The state inducements fill half of the aerospace giant’s requirement to build the new twin- engine jet in the Northwest. The International Association of Machinists will vote on a new labor contract Wednesday. If the union rejects the eight-year deal and its cuts in pension and health care benefits, Boeing says it will explore options elsewhere.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee could sign the incentive bill into law as early as today.

Man wanted on charge of punching girlfriend

Investigators want help finding a 25-year-old downtown Charleston man who police said punched his live-in girlfriend this fall.

Mark Anthony Martin Jr., 25, of North Romney Street, is wanted on a charge of criminal domestic violence, police said Thursday.

On Sept. 22, according to arrest affidavits, Martin started yelling at the woman he had been dating for seven months. He tried to charge her, but onlookers held him back at first, witnesses told Charleston police.

At one point, Martin got close enough to the woman to punch her once in the left side of the face, the documents stated.

After an arrest in 2007, he pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct toward a child and was sentenced to three years of probation. Jail records also show that he has been booked on charges of shoplifting, disorderly conduct, congregating for an unlawful purpose and violating conditions of his probation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 720-2427 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Berkeley Electric Co-op plans annual meeting

Berkeley Electric Cooperative Inc. will hold its annual meeting of members Saturday at Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson.

More than 20,000 members are expected to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to elect board trustees and to hear reports on the status of the cooperative from current trustees and staff.

Guests will include Jo Ann Emerson, chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Association, and Jim Bausell, chief operating officer of Touchstone Energy.

BEC serves more than 85,000 members in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Staff reports