July 7, 2008 in City

In brief: Man held, another sought in shooting

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Spokane police have arrested a man and are searching for another in a shooting Saturday in northeast Spokane that sent a 34-year-old man to the hospital, according to a Spokane Police Department press release.

Based on information from witnesses, officers located a vehicle in the 2700 block of North Pines Road that they believe was at the scene and arrested one of the occupants. William M. Trevino, 29, was charged with first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree homicide.

Joseph A. Bercier, 27, is wanted on charges of first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree homicide. Police believe he is armed and dangerous and ask anyone who sees him to call 911, the news release said.

The shooting occurred just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday outside the victim’s house in the 900 block of East Illinois Avenue.

Witnesses said the victim and shooter were talking before he fired several shots. One hit the victim in the arm. The shooter then left in a white car, according to police.

Fire crews find explosive device

Spokane firefighters working a fire at Liberty Park on Sunday evening discovered an explosive device in the brush.

Spokane Fire crews, including several who were in the armed forces, identified the device as an old military issue, likely a Claymore land mine, according to Battalion Chief Mike Inman.

Fire officials called out Fairchild Air Force Base’s explosive ordnance team, which arrived about 9:30 p.m.

The device probably wouldn’t have been found unless the brush that had grown around it burned, according to Battalion Chief Craig Cornelius.

Inman estimated less than an acre burned in the 6 p.m. blaze.

The fire began in the lower part of Liberty Park just off Third Avenue and spread up the rocky hillside in the park. Crews, including eight rigs and 28 firefighters, fought the blaze.

Priest River, Idaho

Man, 65, drowns on floating trip

A 65-year-old man floating Priest River with family and friends Saturday drowned after hitting rough water.

Lawrence Fryberg, of Bonner County, apparently drowned in the river near Robinson Drive, according to a Bonner County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The group was floating the river in nonmotorized watercraft, all of which capsized in rapids just north of the Gunsmoke Road area, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Everyone, including Fryberg, was wearing life jackets, the news release said.

Another group of Priest River rafters found Fryberg’s body and capsized canoe downriver.

Portland

Climber rescued on Mount Hood

An Oregon Army National Guard helicopter airlifted a climber off Mount Hood and took him to a Portland hospital.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said the climber was at the 10,000-foot level of the mountain when he reportedly fell at least 100 feet and suffered a head injury.

A doctor and a paramedic in the climbing party cared for the man until help arrived Sunday.

The man’s name was not released, but the Sheriff’s Office said he is in his 30s and from out of state.

From staff and wire reports


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