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Juvenile stabbed in fight, police say

Spokane Police responded to Holy Family Hospital about 3 a.m. Monday when a juvenile male was brought to the emergency room with stab wounds.

Police said that a friend of the victim had been arguing with the assailant. The victim approached the two to see what was going on, got in a fight and fell to the ground.

The assailant ran, and the victim was taken to the hospital by his friends.

The victim’s injuries – two stab wounds to the stomach, two to his right shoulder and one to his right tricep – were not considered life threatening.

– Lisa Leinberger


Former tennis champ dies in fall from roof

A two-time high school state tennis champion died in a fall from a four-story condominium building after a night of drinking, police said.

Laith Al-Agba, 26, died of multiple skull fractures after a 50- to 70-foot fall from the roof of a condo in the city’s Fremont neighborhood on Saturday, police said.

According to a police report, Al-Agba climbed on the roof of a friend’s condo to get a view of the city, as he had done a few times before.

An officer at the scene described the roof as “fairly steep” and said it “appeared dangerous to walk on even if sober.”

Friends told police Al-Agba had had four beers over about three hours before they left a local bar around 1 a.m.

– Associated Press

Snoqualmie, Wash.

Black bear killed trying to cross I-90 traffic

A 325-pound black bear trying to cross Interstate 90 was fatally injured by a westbound car, the Washington State Patrol said.

Driver Justin Scott, 31, of Redmond, was unhurt but his car was totaled, a trooper said.

The bear, which had ventured onto the highway near the State Highway 18 interchange, crawled to the shoulder and died Saturday night, Trooper Jeff Merrill said.

Over the past three weeks, authorities had received a half dozen calls from motorists reporting a bear cutting across I-90. State Department of Fish and Wildlife agents had set a trap for the bear.

“We are seeing an increased number of cougars and bears going into metropolitan areas this year,” Merrill said.

Last week, officials at Sunrise Elementary School in Redmond and Chautauqua Elementary School on Vashon Island brought students indoors after black bears were reported nearby.

Associated Press


Missing Cessna pilot was awaiting trial

The pilot of a small plane that vanished from radar over the Cascade Range was awaiting trial in an indecent liberties case in Tacoma, records show.

An aerial search has failed to produce any trace of the rented Cessna 177 flown by George E. Trupp, 53, of Snoqualmie, since it disappeared on May 22, said Thomas M. Peterson, state aviation emergency coordinator.

The search was suspended Sunday because of bad weather, Peterson said.

Trupp vanished on a return flight from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Renton, south of Seattle.

Trupp pleaded guilty in 1994 to communication with a minor for immoral purposes, a misdemeanor, and was scheduled for arraignment on an indecent liberties charge this Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court, records show. He is accused of groping a 20-year-old baby sitter at a home in Puyallup.

– Associated Press


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