MOUNT VERNON — A 20-year-old Skagit County man was arrested Tuesday for investigation of felony hit-and-run after a vehicle he was allegedly driving last week struck a 16-year-old Mount Vernon girl as she crossed the street.

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In recent years, if there was racing at Skagit Speedway, you could be almost certain to find Harold Beitler in his familiar chair atop the control tower, where he greeted visitors, playfully teased children — and adults — and kept an insightful eye on the races.

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