Here are some of The Daily News’ top stories from last week you may have missed:
Beau Carlson’s family dropped by Kaiser insurance due to ‘out-of-area’ issue
A Cathlamet family whose son is recovering from a traumatic brain injury recently lost its health insurance coverage after Kaiser Permanente recognized that its address is outside of the company’s service area.
Kaiser representatives say the company’s decision to terminate the policy did not relate to Beau Carlson’s nearly $1 million in medical bills, but family members are calling the situation “fishy” and “frustrating.”
“I know they are going to tell me that their hands are tied … but I know there’s something that’s not right here,” said Leihanna Carlson, family matriarch.
The Carlson family has been insured with a private family policy under Kaiser since 2011, she said. During that time, they’ve lived at their home in Cathlamet. They also own Carlson and Sons Logging, also based in Cathlamet.
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Teen sentenced for pushing girl off Moulton Creek Bridge
Tay’Lor Smith, who pleaded guilty last week to a charge of reckless endangerment stemming from pushing Jordan Holgerson of Kalama off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park in August, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to two days in jail and 38 days on a county work crew.
Smith’s charge is a gross misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommended 60 days of home confinement, 30 days of service with a work crew and 30 days of community service.
“We do believe it would be more productive for the defendant” to perform community service rather than jail time, Clark County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Laurel Smith said.
Nathan Pliska, Smith’s defense attorney, asked for a 30-day, deferred work crew sentence. He said the viral video, media coverage and desire of the community to vilify his client made the sentencing recommendation more severe.
“This is on the internet forever,” Pliska said. “She looks, so to speak, like a monster shoving someone from a bridge. I don’t think she’s that person.”
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Talking Business: New Thai restaurant aims for authenticity
Nui Toyting grew up selling her mom’s cooking at street markets in Thailand.
Now she hopes to bring her mom’s authentic Thai recipes to the Longview community at her new restaurant, Thai in Town, at 1052 14th Ave.
“Thai food is my passion. I love to eat, and I love to cook,” Toyting said Friday. “I love to see people when they eat my food because they are happy.”
Toyting moved to Alaska on her own in 2006 when she was 28 to join her future husband, Tim Kirton, whom she met online. During the nine years they lived in Wasilla, Toyting worked as a massage therapist.
To remember home, Toyting would cook traditional Thai food: pumpkin curry, pad thai, fried rice, sweet sticky rice in banana leaves.
Toyting says her restaurant is different than the many other Thai restaurants around because its as authentic as possible. The pad thai, for instance, is not as sweet as some more Americanized places. And she said she makes everything from scratch using fresh ingredients, including the sauces.
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