Cancer claims restaurateur John Schwartz

SEATTLE — John Schwartz, president and CEO of Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, one of the largest family-owned and operated food-service companies in the Northwest, died at his Seattle home yesterday of blood cancer. He was 53.

Born in Seattle, Mr. Schwartz graduated from Franklin High School in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and attended Highline and Bellevue Community colleges.

Mr. Schwartz got his start at Dag's Drive-In Restaurants. He then worked in the kitchen at The Butcher Restaurant in Bellevue. He and his older brother, Bill, would eventually open Daniel's Broiler, Spazzo Mediterranean Grill and Chandler's Crabhouse and Fresh Fish Market.

Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife, Stacy; their children, Alexandra and Tyler; his children, Jaclyn, Mackenzie and Jake; and his brothers, Bill and Michael.

A funeral service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place S.E., in Bellevue.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Memorial Park next door.

Teenager killed by train on tracks north of Edmonds

EDMONDS — A 14-year-old boy died yesterday after he was struck by an Amtrak train about six miles north of Edmonds.

The accident occurred at 5:35 p.m. at a crossing that leads to the Meadowdale Marina, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, which owns the track.

The identity of the boy, who was on foot, was not immediately available.

The Amtrak train was bound from Seattle to Chicago. Nobody on the train was hurt.

It was the first fatality this year in Washington involving a train, Melonas said.

Stolen police car found in Newcastle parking lot

NEWCASTLE — A Seattle police car reported stolen Thursday morning was found later that night in a Newcastle parking lot, police officials said yesterday.

The cruiser was apparently taken from the Police Department's Charles Street garage around 10 a.m. Thursday, officer Deanna Nolette said.

A citizen called police saying a Seattle cruiser was parked at the Newport Park & Ride, off Interstate 405.

Local officials recovered the vehicle around 7 p.m., Nolette said. The car has been impounded and is being searched for evidence, she said.

Mother charged with assault in scalding of 6-month-old

EVERETT — A Seattle woman accused of dipping her 6-month-old baby in scalding water has been charged with second-degree child assault.

Latsamy Choulamoutry, 29, brought the baby to Stevens Hospital in Edmonds on Dec. 18. She told doctors she had left her son alone in the bathtub but returned when she heard him screaming, according to charging papers filed yesterday in Snohomish County Superior Court.

Due to the severity of the burns, the baby was admitted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and remained there several days, according to the charging documents.

Police say Choulamoutry became frustrated with the baby and intentionally dipped the boy in a sink filled with hot water.

U.S., Canada agree to limit number of tuna fishing boats

WASHINGTON — The United States and Canada have agreed to limit the number of albacore tuna fishing boats from each country that can operate in waters controlled by the other.

The two nations now have unlimited access to each other's waters under a 1981 treaty, but American fishermen have complained that an increasing number of Canadian boats have been crowding waters off the West Coast since 1998.

As many as 300 Canadian boats fish off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and Northern California during the summer. American tuna boats operate primarily along the U.S. West Coast but occasionally travel to Canada when the albacore stock migrates northward.

The treaty amendment would put into law an agreement reached last fall to restrict Canada to 170 fishing vessels per year in U.S. waters as of June 1.

Seattle Times staff and wire services.