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In brief: Resident follows suspect, phones tip to sheriff’s sergeant

A north Spokane County man followed a burglary suspect as he sped away from his home Thursday afternoon, leading to a chase with a sheriff’s sergeant that ended with the suspect’s arrest.

Harold A. Willey, 52, avoided spike strips at Bruce Road and state Highway 206 but was arrested after Sgt. Jay McNall used his patrol car to force Willey’s car into a spin that brought it to a stop, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

McNall was chasing Willey after a resident in the 12000 block of North Forker Road left his home for about 10 minutes to borrow tools from his father and returned about 1:45 p.m. to find Willey loading items from his garage into a truck, sherriff’s officials reported.

Willey left the items behind and sped away when he saw the man. The man called 911 as he followed Willey, who was driving west toward Argonne Road. McNall was at Argonne and Bruce roads when he saw Willey and took chase, according to the officials.

Willey was booked into jail on charges of second-degree burglary, attempting to elude, resisting arrest, second-degree driving while license suspended as well as a felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor warrant for violation of a protection order.  

Necropsy reveals sea lion is seventh to be shot, killed

SEATTLE – A necropsy performed Thursday on a dead sea lion showed two bullets in the animal’s head, raising to at least seven the number of sea lions in the Puget Sound area believed to have been shot since Dec. 1.

Earlier, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Brian Gorman said an eighth marine mammal, a baby harbor seal, which was found dead Tuesday near Lynnwood, had not been shot and died from other means. Its death was still being investigated.

However, an X-ray revealed Thursday that the latest dead sea lion to be found had two bullets in its head, Gorman said. The sea lion’s carcass was found last Saturday near the Nisqually River area south of Olympia.

It’s a felony to kill a sea lion or harbor seal. NOAA is conducting an investigation.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announced this week it is offering a reward of $10,000 to any person who provides information to authorities leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons “responsible for shooting sea lions in Puget Sound.”

Body of backcountry skier recovered after avalanche

KALISPELL, Mont. – Flathead County authorities have recovered the body of a backcountry skier who was caught in an avalanche near Bigfork in northwestern Montana.

Sheriff Chuck Curry said the man’s body was recovered Thursday afternoon and was taken out of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area by helicopter. The sheriff said the skier, a Flathead Valley resident, was standing atop a ridge when a cornice collapsed and triggered the avalanche. His ski partner also was on the ridge but did not fall.

Curry said conditions remain extremely hazardous and search crews triggered several avalanches themselves Thursday.

Flathead National Forest spokesman Wade Muehlhof said Wednesday the missing skier was wearing an emergency transmitter, and his brother reported the accident Wednesday afternoon.

The victim’s name hasn’t been released.

150-year-old jawbone found in Columbia River

KENNEWICK – A human jawbone found in the Columbia River near Kennewick has been determined to be Native American, 150 to 200 years old.

The determination was made by an anthropologist hired by the Corps of Engineers.

The corps owns the property where the lower jawbone with six teeth was found in October, in the same general area where the 9,300-year-old Kennewick Man skeleton was found in 1996.

The Tri-City Herald reports the corps has consulted with several tribes who may claim the jawbone after a legal notification.

Tribes also claimed Kennewick Man, but a court ruled those bones may remain at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington for scientific study about the earliest people in North America.