July 23, 2007 in City

Man arrested in shotgun attack

The Spokesman-Review
 

A man was shot in the face, neck, shoulder and leg with a shotgun Sunday about 11:30 a.m. at the Tesoro gas station at Mission and Napa.

The Spokane Police Department said Boyd Oder, 28, was arrested Sunday on charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of an illegal firearm and first-degree assault with a firearm.

The unnamed victim was treated at a Spokane hospital and released, then taken into custody by police on unrelated charges.

The investigation is ongoing and police said there may be another person sought in connection with the attack.

– Lisa Leinberger

Aberdeen, Wash.

Downtown buildings destroyed by fire

A fire destroyed four commercial buildings in downtown Aberdeen.

Firefighters believe the blaze started at Grays Harbor Equipment Co. about 10 p.m. Saturday, quickly spreading to nearby buildings.

There were no reports of injuries.

The Grays Harbor Public Utility District briefly shut down power to the area where the fire was burning, but most electrical service had been restored by 11:30 p.m.

Police blocked nearby roads as hundreds of onlookers streamed toward the fire, which filled the center of town with thick, black smoke.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

The fire was particularly difficult to fight in the old Breakwater Seafood building, which had holes in the floor because it was being converted into a dance studio and loft, acting Aberdeen Fire Department Battalion Chief James Streifel Jr. said Sunday.

The blaze stopped just short of Fireguard Extinguishers, which sells and maintains fire extinguishers and extinguisher systems. It suffered smoke and water damage.

“We’ve got 1,000 fire extinguishers inside, and we only had to use one last night,” Norman Cole, the business’s owner, told the Daily World. “We’ll have to relocate, but that’s OK.”

Dollar estimates of the damage were not immediately available.

– Associated Press

Milwaukie, Ore.

Teen falls on tracks, gets hit by train

A train struck a teenager who fell on the tracks near his house early Sunday, authorities said.

Steven R. Dixon, 18, of Milwaukie, was in critical condition with leg and head injuries at OHSU hospital in Portland, Milwaukie police said.

Officers found Dixon on the side of the tracks, where an off-duty certified nursing assistant and her husband were helping him.

Police said Dixon fell on the tracks shortly after leaving his house, and that alcohol was a factor.

– Associated Press


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