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In brief: Girl, 4, seriously hurt while sledding at Manito

A child was seriously injured Christmas Eve in a sledding accident at Manito Park.

The 4-year-old girl, according to Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, hit a tree at full velocity around 3:45 p.m. Medics arrived and found her unconscious at first, but she woke up, said Schaeffer.

She was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She was not wearing a helmet, Schaeffer said.

Christmas Eve dinner served to more than 350

Salvation Army volunteers served more than 350 plates of ham, potatoes au gratin, green beans and more at their annual Christmas Eve dinner.

The church’s brass band serenaded the crowd with Christmas carols while guests dined on food prepared by a local family, the owners of Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle.

When their Garland District restaurant burned down last year, the owners and family members used their free time to help those in need of a warm meal at the Salvation Army. Now they’re making the philanthropy a tradition.

“It was wonderful. So much easier this time,” Milk Bottle owner Kristine Ritchie said. “We knew how to work around the kitchen. Last year we didn’t know how to turn on anything.”

The meal’s finale before the Salvation Army’s evening church service: a huckleberry cobbler with ice cream a la mode.

Woman, 83, rescued after fall into 30-foot well

WATERVILLE, Wash. – An 83-year-old woman fell into a backyard well in north-central Washington, spending about 20 minutes in cold water before she was rescued.

Authorities were called to a Waterville home at 8:53 a.m. Monday. They found Ernestine Eggers close to unconsciousness in water at the bottom of the approximately 30-foot well. Douglas County sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Couey said Eggers was found sitting in 1 to 2 feet of cold water.

The woman stumbled into the open well after the lid was left off.

Firefighters pulled Eggers from the well and she was transported to a nearby hospital. Her condition wasn’t immediately known. Waterville is about 25 miles northeast of Wenatchee.

Bellevue Square shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 wounded

BELLEVUE – A 30-year-old Seattle man was killed and another man wounded in a shooting at a crowded suburban bar early Monday, police said.

Police issued an arrest warrant Monday evening for a 19-year-old man in connection with the shooting.

The shooting broke out just after 1 a.m. at Munchbar at Bellevue Square, an upscale shopping center about 10 miles east of Seattle, said Carla Iafrate, a spokeswoman for the Bellevue Police Department.

Police officers were outside the bar when gunfire erupted because a large crowd had gathered there, she said.

More than 600 people were inside the venue at the time of the shooting. “It was a very complicated scene,” Iafrate said.

The wounded man was taken to Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. Iafrate did not immediately know his age, hometown or condition.

The shooting appears to be an isolated incident. “There was some type of altercation” before it, she said.

Iafrate said the suspect police are seeking, Ja’mari Alexander Alan Jones, was convicted as a juvenile in the high-profile 2008 beating death of a Seattle street performer. Jones was sentenced to less than a year in juvenile detention on a first-degree manslaughter charge in that case.

No officers were involved in the shooting.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said several players were at Munchbar following the team’s Sunday night victory over the San Francisco 49ers, but none were injured.

Teenager sought in killing extradited from Mexico

TACOMA – A fugitive teen wanted in connection with a 2010 gang killing has been extradited to Pierce County from Mexico.

The Pierce County prosecutor’s office said Monday that a judge will determine whether 18-year-old Naitaalii Toleafoa will be tried as a juvenile or an adult. He is charged with first-degree murder, assault and unlawful passion of a firearm.

Toleafoa was 15 when, prosecutors say, he and Juan Ortiz went to the north Tacoma home of gang leader Juan Zuniga on May 12, 2010. Zuniga was gunned down, and another man was wounded. Prosecutors say Toleafoa and Ortiz fled.

Toleafoa has been on the run for more than two years. Ortiz is believed to be still in Mexico.

Seven people have been convicted of felonies in Zuniga’s death.

River dredging proposed to eliminate waste plume

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The owner of a pulp mill upstream of Corvallis has proposed a major dredging in the Willamette River to resolve a pollution dispute.

Cascade Pacific Pulp has applied for a permit to remove about 1,900 dump truck loads of gravel that has built up in the river, the Corvallis Gazette-Times reported.

The buildup has reduced the flow of water to what’s called a “mixing zone” for the effluent from the pulp mill and an adjoining tissue plant near Halsey.

In August, the environmental group Willamette Riverkeeper warned it would sue over a dark, foul-smelling waste plume in the river.

But the group and a lawyer for Cascade Pacific Pulp say the dredging may resolve matters, and settlement talks are going well.


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