Officials from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine headed to Pend Oreille County on Tuesday to release a male bald eagle.
The eagle had a broken wing and lead poisoning when it was brought to the school last February, according to a WSU press release.
Surgeons repaired delicate bones in the bird’s wing and used a special medical technique to flush the lead from its body. During rehabilitation, attendants fed the bird through a tube until it could regain strength.
The noon release was set for the Skookum Grange on the Pend Oreille River.
– Thomas Clouse
Shooting victim identified
No suspects have been arrested in a Monday night shooting in northeast Spokane that killed 30-year-old Daniel J. Burgess, authorities said Tuesday.
The shot that killed Burgess was fired into a window at 2413 N. Dakota about 9:50 p.m., police said. The 30-year-old man was at the home with possibly eight other people.
“There are no leads to connect the shooting with the house to determine who did it or why it was done,” said Spokane police spokeswoman officer Janice Dashiell.
On Monday, neighbors reported hearing four to six gun blasts then screams for help.
Police ask that anyone with information call (509) 242-8477.
– Jody Lawrence-Turner
Hearing delayed ahead of Coe trial
A pretrial hearing has been delayed in the civil commitment case of South Hill rapist Kevin Coe.
The hearing, which Superior Court Judge Kathleen O’Connor postponed from Dec. 5 until Jan. 16, will determine how many uncharged rapes will be presented to the jury that decides whether Coe will be kept indefinitely in state custody.
Spokane police detectives linked Coe to 43 rapes from 1978 to 1981. He was convicted of four of those cases, but three convictions were successfully appealed.
Coe served 25 years on the remaining conviction, and was scheduled for release last year. That’s been put on hold while the state proceeds with the trial that seeks to civilly commit Coe as a sexually violent predator.
A forensic psychologist has previously testified that she believes Coe was responsible for 53 sexual attacks, and the state wants to present evidence from most, or all, of them.
The trial is scheduled to begin March 3.
– Thomas Clouse