May 2, 2011 in Nation/World

In brief: HUD grant to aid homeless

 

A Spokane program to alleviate homelessness has received a bonus of nearly $170,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The grant to the Volunteers of America’s Samaritan program will provide subsidized housing and case management to 10 chronically homeless and disabled adults, said the VOA’s off-site housing manager, Jon Carollo.

Veterans will receive preference in qualifying for the program.

The two-year grant was part of $2.2 million awarded to 11 homeless programs in Washington cities, Carollo said.

Man arrested in ex-wife’s death

Lewiston – Police arrested a man early Sunday for allegedly killing his ex-wife.

Alerted to a possible homicide at 1:05 a.m., police went to the home at 310 Eighth Ave., Lewiston police Capt. Thomas Greene said in prepared remarks. Officers found Beth Thomas unconscious and performed CPR.

She was later pronounced dead in the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital.

Joe Thomas was arrested at the scene. The Lewiston Tribune reported that Thomas is a former Nez Perce County deputy sheriff.

Residents urge plowing of pass

Wallace – Residents of Shoshone County in North Idaho are circulating a petition asking that the Board of County Commissioners take immediate action to plow open Thompson Pass.

Residents told the Shoshone News Press the scenic route through the mountains is used by Montana tourists who spend money in Idaho.

The newspaper reported that the route is typically open by Easter, and residents are concerned if it stays closed it could shorten the tourist season to 90 days or less. Officials said they hope to have the route open by June, but that’s uncertain.

Police rescue rape victim

Portland – Police were investigating the rape of a woman who they said was kept against her will in the bedroom of a Portland home before officers freed her in a dramatic rescue.

The case began late Saturday afternoon when investigators received a tip that the 21-year-old woman had been detained in a house on North Midway Avenue and was in serious need of medical attention. Investigators quickly confirmed the location, staged an ambulance nearby and developed a tactical plan for approaching the residence, Police Lt. Robert King said Sunday.

Divided into containment, arrest and entry teams, the officers entered the house, arrested a 29-year-old man and found the injured woman in the back bedroom. She was treated and taken to a hospital. King said he did not know the extent of her injuries or how long she was kept at the home.

The arrested man, whom police identified as Kip Kawamoto, was booked into the Multnomah County Justice Center for investigation of first-degree rape, sodomy and kidnapping and second-degree assault.


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