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Region in brief: One of 2 sick eagles dies at WSU facility

Sat., Jan. 26, 2008, midnight

One of two emaciated bald eagles found in Stevens County this month died Friday morning at Washington State University’s wildlife rehabilitation facility.

The eagle, a 3-year-old nicknamed Jordan, had suffered dehydration, hypothermia and starvation before it was found in the wild, unable to fly, earlier this month. It remained lethargic and was eating poorly during several days of treatment at the rehab facility at WSU’s veterinary college, the school said in a news release.

“The odds of survival were not good from the very beginning,” said Dr. Nickol Finch, who heads the raptor rehabilitation service at WSU.

A second eagle found this month is still being treated at the center. Nicknamed Carpenter, the 5-year-old male was found just south of Colville along Highway 395.

– Shawn Vestal

Fans jam site selling Elton John tickets

Just how popular is the Rocket Man in the Inland Northwest?

Tickets for Elton John’s April 12 concert in Pullman sold out in two hours, briefly crashing the TicketsWest Web site, according to the ticket outlet.

Not lucky enough to snag one? Ebay’s got ‘em, but for a price. Two sellers are asking $900 for two upper-level seats. And those might go fast, too. Craigslist has more ads from would-be ticket buyers than hopeful sellers. The approximately 12,000 tickets originally sold for $47 to $97 apiece.

Though TicketsWest President Jack Lucas said the site was only unavailable for about two minutes, many people reported being unable to use the Web site for more than half an hour. Lucas said John’s popularity, coupled with the concert falling on Mom’s Weekend at Washington State University, made it a high-demand event.

– Meghann M. Cuniff


Suspects identified in crash of stolen car

The man and woman arrested Thursday night after a police chase that ended with a stolen car being smashed into a utility pole were identified as Paul Nelson, 43, and Joanna Zelonis, 57, according to the Spokane Police Department.

The chase began about 9 p.m. when Cpl. Kurt Vigesaa saw a 2008 Acura southbound on Ray Street at 17th Avenue. Vigesaa checked the license plate number and discovered the car was stolen, said Officer Traci Meidl.

Officers attempted to stop the car at 37th Avenue and Ray, but the driver drove off. During the pursuit, the Acura struck another car and kept driving, police said. The pursuit continued on Ray until the Acura struck a pole at Hartson Avenue.

Zelonis was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission.

Nelson, the alleged driver, complained of back pain and was transported to a local hospital. He will face charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempt to elude and possession of methamphetamine, Meidl said.

– Thomas Clouse

Coeur d’Alene

‘Night at the Movies’ offered by symphony

The Coeur d’Alene Symphony presents “A Night at the Movies” family concert tonight at North Idaho College.

Free tickets are available for anyone younger than 18 but must be picked up at the symphony’s office ahead of time. Adult tickets are $15, with discounts for seniors and students.

The concert is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in Boswell Hall on the NIC campus in Coeur d’Alene.

– Staff report


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