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In brief: Suspicious device sparks evacuation

A 50-year-old suicidal man with household items strapped to his chest caused the evacuation of a Spokane Valley trailer park Friday night.

Spokane Valley police officers and firefighters were called to a mobile home park in the 6000 block of East Fourth about 8 p.m. after a woman called and said her friend told her he may have overdosed, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, police spokesman.

When officers arrived, they found the man walking around with a suspicious device taped to his chest.

“They saw wires so they backed off,” Reagan said.

The trailer park was evacuated and the area blocked off. Authorities were able to remove the device from the man, and the Spokane County Bomb Disposal Unit was called in to dismantle it. The device turned out to be household items wrapped in duct tape.

The man was transported by ambulance to a hospital for a mental evaluation, Reagan said.

Sara Leaming

Two-month-old girl still hospitalized

A 2-month-old girl police believe was abused by her father remains at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Skyelynn Jamison has been hospitalized since Monday, when her father, 18-year-old Tyler L. Jamison, brought her in with a serious head injury, broken ribs and bruises all over body, according to Spokane police. A brain scan showed no activity, police said.

Skyelynn is listed as a confidential patient, which prohibits hospital staff from releasing her condition.

Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said Friday there was no new information on the girl.

Tyler Jamison remains in Spokane County Jail on $200,000 bail on one count of first-degree assault.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Public help sought finding car, carjacker

Spokane police are asking for help finding a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville and a carjacker who took it at gunpoint from a woman driving in East Central Spokane on Thursday night.

Police said the woman was at First Avenue and Stone Street about 11 p.m. when she was approached by a man who displayed a gun and ordered her out of the vehicle.

When she got out, the suspect jumped in and drove away.

The carjacker is described as white, short and thin and in his 20s. He was clean-shaven and wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.

The car is green and has a Washington plate of 491ZDR. Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911.

Mike Prager


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