In brief: WSP says man threw wife out of car on I-90
SEATTLE – Washington authorities say a man shoved his wife from a moving car on a highway and later attacked a state trooper.
The Washington State Patrol said troopers responded Sunday morning to a report of a woman being thrown from a vehicle on Interstate 90, about 70 miles east of Seattle.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that troopers found the woman and sent her by ambulance to a hospital. The woman’s condition was unknown and it was unclear how fast the car had been moving.
The patrol said a trooper later pulled the man’s car over near Snoqualmie Pass. He was taken into custody and placed in the backseat of the patrol car. But the man broke out the patrol car window, climbed out and attacked the trooper.
The patrol said the man was finally subdued after a scuffle.
Hanford crews move radioactive capsules
RICHLAND – Crews have moved more than a third of the highly radioactive capsules kept underwater in central Hanford as a safety precaution.
The moves come after the 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster increased attention on preventive measures.
It’s the first time a major relocation of the capsules has been done in about 20 years.
The Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility, or WESF, holds underwater tubelike capsules that contain about a third of the radioactivity at the Hanford nuclear reservation. More than 800 of the capsules were moved within the individual underwater cells of the WESF.
CH2M Hill spokeswoman Dee Millikin said work began in February and was completed six months earlier than planned.
Second wildfire starts in southwest Montana
A second wildfire started Sunday in southwest Montana, about 25 miles from a fast-moving wildfire that began a day earlier, firefighting officials said.
The fire that started Sunday afternoon had yet to be named and was burning in the Tobacco Root Mountains near Pony on Bureau of Land Management land, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and some private land.
About 100 firefighters were nearby battling the Antelope Fire that started about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and has grown to 462 acres about 10 miles north of Whitehall in the Bull Mountains. The fire was burning Douglas fir, juniper and grass.
An airplane was in the process late Sunday of being sent up to survey the new fire and determine its size. The cause of the blaze was unknown.
Small plane crash kills four in Oregon
ELMIRA, Ore. – A small plane crashed soon after taking off from a private airstrip in Oregon timber country Saturday and killed all four people on board, authorities said.
The small plane went down around 3:10 p.m. in a rural area west of Eugene, according to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Citing witness reports, authorities said the plane began to lose altitude shortly after take-off and hit a large tree that Lane County District No. 1 Fire Chief Terry Ney said tore off a wing of the aircraft.
The single-engine Cessna landed upside down, Ney said. Fire authorities pronounced the four people inside the aircraft dead at the scene.
Prison motivates inmates with family time
PENDLETON, Ore. – Prisoners with clean records at Umatilla’s Two River’s Correctional Institution participated in a different kind of rehabilitation Saturday.
About 400 inmates and visitors ate and played games at a picnic at the medium security facility.
Assistant Superintendent Paul Hoeye said inmates could have no fights or staff assaults for six months if they wanted to attend. Inmates with children were required to take a parenting class.
Hoeyes said the picnic was a strong incentive for rehabilitation because it motivates inmates to behave well so they don’t disappoint family and friends.
Inmate Jesus Gastelum said it felt good to be around his family and to dine with them for the first time in 10 years.
He said he felt more relaxed and more human.