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In brief: Body found in Ponderay woods

Mon., Dec. 17, 2012, midnight

PONDERAY, Idaho – Authorities in North Idaho say a body has been found in a wooded area in Ponderay.

The Ponderay Police Department told the Coeur d’Alene Press the body was found Saturday and an autopsy will be scheduled. The remains have not been identified.

Police have not released information about the cause of death or the condition of the body.

Snowmobiler dies after hitting chain

MISSOULA – Authorities in Western Montana say a snowmobiler has died after running into a chain strung across a road in hills northeast of Helmville.

Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard said the man’s body was brought out of the woods by the county’s search and rescue team after the incident was reported at 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Howard said the death appears to be an accident. He said the man was going down a road and apparently didn’t know about the cable, and appears to have died of severe chest and abdominal injuries.

Howard says an autopsy is planned. The man’s name has not been released.

Trooper shoots, wounds fleeing man

CLEARVIEW, Wash. – A Washington state trooper shot and wounded a man after a chase in Snohomish County.

The Herald newspaper of Everett reported that the chase began about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, after a trooper saw a Ford pickup driving north on Interstate 5 at more than 100 mph.

The truck exited the highway at Smokey Point with at least one flat tire, and troopers clocked it on Highway 9 at 93 mph. They cornered the truck at a gas station in Clearview.

One of the troopers shot when the driver appeared to accelerate toward them. The driver was hit in the shoulder and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The incident is under investigation.

Man with sword delays firefighters

PORTLAND – A man waving a sword delayed firefighters who arrived at a burning home in north Portland.

The firefighters had to wait for police to detain the man Saturday evening. He was also holding a shield.

Sgt. Greg Pashley with the Portland Police Bureau said firefighters first encountered the 69-year-old man on the front porch. Officers tried to talk to the man, but he kept swinging the sword and yelling incoherently.

Police fired a Taser to subdue the man. Firefighters went inside and rescued a dog that was suffering from smoke inhalation.

There was around $40,000 in damage to the house.


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