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NIC copes with apparent suicide

Mon., Oct. 22, 2007

Counselors are being made available to North Idaho College students and others struggling to cope with the apparent suicide of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found Sunday inside a dorm shower stall.

The student, who Coeur d’Alene police said originally was from Pennsylvania, was last seen headed to the shower about 9 p.m. Saturday. A roommate contacted a resident hall aide after returning to the dorm about 10 p.m. and noticing that the shower was still running and the door was locked, authorities said in a news release. The aide was able to open the door enough to see the student still inside, then called for help.

Coeur d’Alene police believe the woman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A .380-caliber pistol was found at the scene, according to police.


Man stabbed in tavern fight

A Lewiston man was injured and another was arrested in a stabbing at Bricks Tavern at closing time early Sunday.

Police arrived at the tavern, 504 Main St., at 2:05 a.m. to find Aaron Line, 27, of Lewiston, had been stabbed in the chest. Line was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault was 23-year-old David White, of Lewiston, police said.

The Lewiston Police Department was assisted by the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, the Idaho State Police and the Lewiston Fire Department. The incident remained under investigation on Sunday.


Weir on way to Snake dam

A giant slide designed to help migrating salmon and steelhead get past one of the massive hydroelectric dams in Eastern Washington is headed upstream from Portland.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the spillway weir will be installed at the Lower Monumental Lock and Dam on the Snake River, near Kahlotus.

The weir is a 120-foot high, 80-foot wide, 2 million pound fish slide that will be fitted into the dam’s existing spillway. It will allow juvenile salmon and steelhead to pass the dam near the water’s surface as they migrate to the ocean.

The contraption left Portland on Saturday, attached to two grain barges being pushed by two tugboats.

Traveling at 4-5 miles per hour, it’s expected to reach the Lower Monumental dam early Wednesday.

The corps says similar weirs at Lower Granite and Ice Harbor dams have allowed survival rates of 96 percent to 98 percent for fish using the slides to pass the dams.

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