A Stevens County man was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder after he allegedly shot a man to death at his home Saturday night.
Eric K. Olsen, 66, told authorities he shot the 38-year-old man after being threatened at his residence on Mingo Mountain Road south of Kettle Falls, Stevens County sheriff’s Capt. Andy Harbolt said.
The case is being investigated to determine if Olsen acted in self-defense, Harbolt said. Witnesses claim the man who was shot had been acting irrationally, he said.
Olsen called 911 at 9:04 p.m. to report the shooting. Sheriff’s deputies and Kettle Falls police officers arrived and found the deceased man with apparent gunshot wounds, Harbolt said.
Olsen was taken into custody without incident and booked into Stevens County Jail.
The deceased man’s name was not released Sunday.
Managers work to keep Lolo fire from spreading
LOLO, Mont. – Fire managers at the Lolo Creek Complex of fires near the town of Lolo focused Sunday on the northern edge of the fire that’s heading toward a Bonneville Power Administration power line.
Fire spokesman Thomas Kempton said contingency plans were being made should the 16-square-mile fire reach the 500-kilovolt line that’s about a mile and a half from the fire.
He said about 800 personnel and seven helicopters are assigned to the lightning-caused blaze that destroyed five homes last week.
He said firefighters have had problems with wasp stings. It’s unclear how many firefighters have been stung, but about six who had allergic reactions have received medical attention.
Kempton said U.S. Highway 12 is open with a reduced speed limit to keep firefighters in the area safe.
Beaver Creek fire almost fully contained
BOISE – Firefighters in the central Idaho resort area of Ketchum and Sun Valley have the Beaver Creek fire 90 percent contained, and many are heading off to other fires.
Fire spokeswoman Meghan Stump said firefighters on Sunday worked to finish putting in containment lines on the 173-square-mile blaze.
She said rehabilitation work has also started with crews working to restore dozer lines.
About 770 personnel remain assigned to the lightning-caused blaze that started Aug. 7.
About 50 miles west the tiny mountain town of Atlanta remained under evacuation orders Sunday because of the 25-square-mile Little Queens fire that is 2 percent contained.
TACOMA – For the first time since the 1950s, Tacoma is showing its appreciation to members of the military with a grand parade.
The News Tribune reported bands, marchers and floats celebrated service members, both active and veteran, during the parade Saturday night.
Tacoma joined Spokane, which celebrates the military in its Lilac Parade; Auburn, which hosts a Veterans Day parade; and Bremerton, which shows its appreciation on Armed Forces Day.
At least 3,000 people, many of them children, lined lower Pacific Avenue as the parade began.
The grand marshal was Joe Madison Jackson, a 90-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War. He rode in a 1957 Ford convertible.
Gang-related shooting injures three in Portland
PORTLAND – Portland police say three people were injured in a gang-related shooting on the Portland waterfront Saturday night.
KATU-TV reported the shooting happened as hundreds of people were waiting for a private party to begin on the Portland Spirit.
Sgt. Pete Simpson said police are looking for three people who ran away from the scene around 11 p.m.
Police expect all three victims to survive their gunshot wounds.