March 6, 2011 in City

In brief: Pilot survives crash next to I-5

From Wire Reports

ROSEBURG, Ore. – A 62-year-old Coos Bay man who walked away from a single-engine plane crash is lucky to be alive, police say.

The man, who was not identified by police, was fighting heavy tailwinds in his 1998 Kitfox Classic IV when he crashed nose-first about 1:15 p.m. on Friday near Riddle.

The pilot suffered deep lacerations but is expected to recover, the Roseburg News-Review reported.

The plane crashed just 50 feet east of Interstate 5, narrowly avoiding striking the highway, the nearby South Umpqua River and houses in the area.

Carroll College president to retire

HELENA – Carroll College President Tom Trebon says he will retire at the end of his contract term in summer 2012.

The 67-year-old said “this decade has been the finest of my career in higher education, and this is another reason to be grateful and humble.”

Trebon’s achievements as Carroll’s 14th president include leading the centennial celebration effort and the Helena college’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which raised $34 million.

Trebon has been president since October 2001.

‘Son of Satan’ flees, recaptured

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – A man who calls himself the “son of Satan” and is considered dangerous by law enforcement was captured in Tacoma on Saturday after escaping from Western State Hospital, the Tacoma News Tribune reported.

Jonathan D. Wilson left the facility Friday after being civilly committed following a conviction for second-degree arson.

Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said authorities in Everett had been alerted because of concerns the 26-year-old Wilson may have tried to make good on threats to kill people at random.

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