WA Police: Two ‘Dangerous’ Patients Escape Psychiatric Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(LAKEWOOD, Wash.) — Washington State Police said two mentally ill patients have escaped from Western State Hospital Wednesday evening.

Anthony Garver and Mark Alexander Adams were last seen at around 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital's dining hall, according to Lakewood police. Hospital staff learned they were missing at 7:30 p.m. and notified police.

Police said both men were at the hospital on a 180-day court commit out of Snohomish County to treat mental illness and both arrived at the hospital in February 2015. Authorities believe the men had escaped through a loose window in their room. Hospital staff say they are considered "dangerous to others."

Garver, 28, was arrested in 2013 for first degree murder but was found not competent to stand trial. He stands at 5'8'' tall and weighs 250 pounds with brown, curly hair and a beard.

Police say Garver was accused of gagging a woman with a ball of cloth and stabbing her 24 times in the chest before slashing her throat.

Adams, 59, was sent to the hospital to receive treatment on a domestic violence arrest from 2014 where he was also found not competent to stand trial. He is 6'0'' tall and weighs 210 pounds with long blond hair, according to authorities. Police say Adams might try to flee to California.

Other local law enforcement agencies and transit systems have been contacted and notified. Police say the investigation is ongoing and a search is underway.

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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