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In brief: Harpham listed at Herlong prison

Thu., Feb. 16, 2012

Domestic terrorist Kevin W. Harpham has a new home. The Federal Bureau of Prisons now lists him as an inmate at the Herlong Correctional Institution in northern California.

Harpham, 37, pleaded guilty last year to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and targeting minorities with a bomb he left along the planned route of the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March.

A federal judge recently rejected two requests by Harpham to withdraw his plea after his defense attorneys found a new expert.

According to the prison’s website, Herlong is a medium security institution located near the border of Nevada and north of Reno.

It lists Harpham’s release date as Jan. 23, 2039.

Wet, hazardous conditions expected

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for most of the Inland Northwest for rain, snow and wind on Friday night and Saturday.

Moderate snow accumulations are possible by Saturday, forecasters said.

Several computer models are predicting a fairly potent storm approaching the Pacific Northwest on Friday, bringing wet conditions ahead of any snowfall. Snow is likely to fall during the nighttime hours and in the wake of a cold front expected to cross the region on Saturday.

Snow showers could linger through the night Saturday with mountain areas likely to see the greatest accumulations.

The cold front could also bring gusty winds.

The inch of snow measured Tuesday at Spokane International Airport was the first measurable snow to fall at the airport this month, and it brought the season total to 21.8 inches. Normal for the season through Feb. 14 is 37.2 inches.

Man accused of kicking baby

A man was arrested for allegedly kicking his 18-month-old nephew in the face Tuesday night.

Eric S. Peters, 33, drove away from his sister’s home in the 7700 block of North Colton Street drunk and with his young child in the car after the altercation but was arrested at an apartment in the 2200 block of East North Crescent Avenue, police said Wednesday.

Peters’ sister said he slapped her and told her he’d kicked her son about 8 p.m. She said her son was screaming and had blood gushing from his nose. Doctors said the child had a mild concussion, police say. Officers observed injuries on both the child and mother.

Peters was arrested on charges of felony third-degree assault of a child and misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment.

Sierra Club to honor a ‘watershed hero’

Deb Abrahamson, an activist for the cleanup of the uranium mine waste on the Spokane Indian Reservation, will be honored Saturday by the Sierra Club.

Abrahamson is the founder of the SHAWL Society. She’s spent more than a decade lobbying for the cleanup of the closed Midnite Mine and also advocates for compensation of tribal members who developed cancer and other health problems after working at the mine or its mill site.

Abrahamson is one of the “watershed heroes” who will be honored at Winter Waters, a wine-and-dessert event from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Patsy Clark’s, 2208 West Second Ave., Spokane.

A sonnet written by poet and filmmaker Sherman Alexie honoring Abrahamson will be read at the event. A video of her work can be viewed at   http://Water-Life- Sacred.com.

Former Mayor Mary Verner will also be recognized for her work on Spokane River issues at the event.

Winter Waters supports Spokane River advocacy work done by the Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (509) 209-2899 or visit www.waterplanet.ws.

Two dead, 1 injured in highway rollover

Two people died in a single car rollover on U.S. Highway 2 south of Newport late Tuesday night.

Mary E. Page, 62, and Maxine Chappell, 90, both of Priest River, Idaho, died when the 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass they were passengers in left the highway and flipped.

The driver of the car, Ronald Chappell, 70 of Priest River, was taken to Newport Hospital.

Page was wearing her seatbelt. It is unknown whether Maxine Chappell was wearing hers. Drugs and alcohol were not involved.

Pedestrian hit, killed by two vehicles

A man crossing Hayford Road in Airway Heights Wednesday morning was hit by two vehicles and killed, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The man, whose name was not released, was walking across Hayford Road near Ninth Avenue around 6:30 a.m. The man was hit by an SUV traveling south, said sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin. Another car coming behind the SUV also hit the man.

The Associated Press reported that the victim was a man in his 50s with a disability who was crossing the road to get to a bus stop. Witnesses said the SUV that struck him was speeding.

The Sheriff’s Office does not believe drugs or alcohol were factors, but the roads were icy.


 

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