September 12, 2005 in City

Three women killed in I-90 rockslide

Compiled from staff and wire reports The Spokesman-Review
 

Easton, Wash. Three women were killed early Sunday when a hillside gave way along Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass and crushed their car.

A large section of rock fell in the westbound lanes just after 1 a.m., Washington State Patrol Trooper Kelly Spangler said. The road was closed near Easton, about 70 miles southeast of Seattle, until about 2:30 p.m.

The names of the women – all 28 years old – were not being released because their families had not been notified, the patrol said at midafternoon. Two of the women were from Bothell and Lynnwood, north of Seattle, and the third was from Castle Rock, near Longview.

Man accused of trying to stab brother

A 33-year-old Spokane County man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly trying to stab his 47-year-old brother with a kitchen knife Sunday evening.

Kelly M. Caul, 6318 N. Normandie, had said earlier Sunday he would kill his brother rather than evict him from a trailer that his sister owned, family members told deputies. The brother was not seriously injured, suffering only a red welt above his heart where the knife poked him, deputies said.

The brother and a brother-in-law wrested the weapon away, but Caul then choked his sister on the hood of a car, said deputies, who were summoned to the scene about 5:30 p.m.

Caul was booked into the Spokane County Jail about 6:30 p.m. on a felony charge of attempted first-degree murder and on a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault for the assault on his sister.

Alcohol was a factor in the incident, deputies said.

Police say driver fell asleep, rolled car

A 25-year-old Rathdrum man was injured and cited for drunken driving Sunday after falling asleep while driving on Interstate 90, causing his car to roll, the Idaho State Police said in a news release.

Owen E. Widitz was westbound on I-90 about 10 miles west of Coeur d’Alene when he fell asleep about 3:40 a.m., the ISP said.

Widitz overcorrected, and his 1994 Chevy Beretta hit the guardrail and skidded across the lanes of traffic before overturning.

Widitz was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where he was treated and released. He was cited for driving under the influence, the ISP said.

Man critically injured in motorcycle accident

A 25-year-old Coeur d’Alene man was in critical condition at a Spokane hospital after a motorcycle crash Sunday morning in Post Falls.

Jamie L. Peters was westbound on Scott Street at a high rate of speed about 2 a.m. when he lost control of his 1986 Kawasaki motorcycle and was ejected, hitting the curb, the Idaho State Police said in a news release.

Peters was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, then to Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane where he remained in critical condition Sunday, a nursing supervisor said.

Peters was not wearing a helmet, and alcohol was a factor in the crash, the ISP said.

Discovery Expedition to re-create camp

Lolo Pass, Idaho On Tuesday and Wednesday at Lolo Pass Visitor Center on U.S. Highway 12 in Idaho, the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles and the Lewis and Clark Bitterroot Corps are re-creating the original Lewis and Clark military encampment at the pass.

The Discovery Expedition has been following the Lewis and Clark trail from St. Charles, Mo., and west on the dates that correspond with the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s original journey.

The 1805 military encampment at Lolo Pass is open to the public and includes demonstrations and interpretive programs, and the Lolo Pass Visitor Center staff is hosting Nez Perce historic and other interpretive programs.

On Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., the Idaho National Guard will formally welcome the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial into Idaho with the “Passing of the Espontoon,” a spear carried by the expedition’s leaders.

A special program also is planned beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, when the Discovery Expedition and Bitterroot Corps is scheduled to gather with horses at the Wendover Ridge Trailhead off Highway 12 to begin the crossing of the Bitterroot Mountains. The U.S. Forest Service is providing interpretive programs at the trailhead from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Fire damages Elk-Chattaroy home

An Elk-Chattaroy home was damaged by a fire Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the home at 9616 E. Tallman Road, about a mile east of Chattaroy, after a fire started in the attic, said Pat Humphries, Spokane County Fire District 4 public information officer.

The fire was confined to the attic on the back side of the home and melted siding and part of the roof, Humphries said. The residents were home at the time of the fire, but no one was injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Idaho man to attempt BASE jumping record

Twin Falls, Idaho Miles Daisher likes to throw himself off buildings, cliffs, and radio towers. He drops from planes in kayaks and bicycles. He somersaults out of hot-air balloons.

And on Friday, he’ll try to set a world record for his sport, known as BASE jumping, for the most jumps in 24 hours. He’s giving himself from midnight Thursday to midnight Friday to plunge off the Perrine Bridge and parachute into the Snake River Canyon as many times as possible.

BASE is an acronym for buildings, antennae, spans and the earth. BASE jumpers don’t have an official world record for BASE jumps in 24 hours, according to a spokesman for Guinness World Records.

But Daisher says the unofficial high-water mark among the BASE community is 25. He’s shooting for 50.

After every jump, he’ll climb 486 feet out of the Snake River canyon. He’ll take meal breaks when he needs them.

“The hardest part is going to be the climbing,” Daisher said last week.

Daisher, 36, has been training for about a year and a half for the feat by lifting weights, running and hiking out of the canyon. He also tries to jump from the bridge several times each day. He has jumped 20 times in one eight-hour stretch.

Daisher is also trying to raise money for a charity established by his wife, Nikki, called Parachuting for Kids, which helps disabled children.

Daisher, who lives in Twin Falls, said he chose the Perrine Bridge for his record attempt to repay Twin Falls for all the city has done for BASE jumpers. The bridge is one of only a few locations worldwide where BASE jumping is legal.

“The community has been so nice for letting us jump off the bridge,” said Daisher. “It’s time I gave something back.”

Fair highlights

Here are some highlights of activities at the Spokane County Interstate Fair today. For a full fair schedule, visit www.spokesmanreview.com.

8:30 a.m. Gates open

10 a.m. Exhibit buildings open

1 p.m. FFA/Youth tractor driving contest, steam and gas area

3 p.m. Carnival opens

6 p.m. Cake decorating contest, home arts area

7:30 p.m. KTSL music event


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