August 30, 2013 in City

In brief: Woman hurt in fall at Cliff Drive overlook

 

A woman was injured in a fall Thursday afternoon from a popular South Hill overlook.

Witnesses said the woman, who appeared to be in her 30s, was standing at the overlook at Cliff Drive and Stevens Street around 12:30 p.m. when she fell about 30 feet through the brush to the ground below.

Anthony Morris said he had just borrowed the woman’s lighter to light a cigarette. He looked out over the city then looked back toward the woman and saw the colors of her clothing falling through the brush.

Witnesses called 911, and Morris said he flagged down the ambulance when it arrived.

“That’s a pretty long fall,” said Dave Leavenworth, deputy fire chief for Spokane Fire Department. He said the woman’s injuries might be life-threatening.

Officials say man shot himself in head

A 22-year-old man was in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the head early Thursday in Spokane Valley, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded to a shooting call at 302 S. Sullivan Road at 12:45 a.m., according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office. At least a dozen witnesses to the incident ran when law enforcement arrived. Investigators interviewed remaining witnesses, and preliminary evidence suggests a man found with a gunshot wound to the head inadvertently fired on himself.

The Sheriff’s Office said alcohol was a “major factor” in the incident.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 to speak with investigating detectives.

Inmates will learn plant restoration

A new program called Green Sleeves will train Geiger Corrections Center inmates and Spokane County Detention work crews to do native plant restoration in local watersheds.

The program is being launched this fall by the Lands Council of Spokane with $20,000 in funding over two years from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund.

Green Sleeves will include an on-site nursery, classroom instruction and hands-on learning for offenders, which will give them landscaping skills for future employment. The work will include replanting streamside vegetation along tributaries of the Spokane River and reducing stormwater runoff in Spokane’s Shadle neighborhood through the use of swales.

The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund will also help raise money for Green Sleeves from individuals and organizations, said Sharon Smith, a foundation trustee.

Donations can be made through the foundation’s website, www.smith-barbieri.com.

Sheriff reducing public lobby hours

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is reducing its lobby hours, citing as a reason an increased level of paperwork stemming from concealed weapons permit applications and registered sex offenders.

The Sheriff’s Office public lobby will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a news release. The last hour of the workday will be set aside for employees to process requests and permit applications.

According to the release, concealed weapons permit applications have increased by more than 60 percent this year, and the primary and updated registration of sex offenders has increased by 157 percent.

Carvey, coaches raised $742,009

Coaches Vs. Cancer, in a fundraiser that included an appearance by comedian Dana Carvey last weekend, raised nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for cancer research and other programs for patients and families.

The organization posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that $238,000 of the $742,009 raised will go to keeping Camp Goodtimes open for children who have had cancer and their siblings and friends. The American Cancer Society recently announced it would no longer fund such camps.

Warehouse roof collapses in rain

SEATTLE – Rain squalls that hit the Puget Sound region on Thursday not only snarled traffic but also collapsed a roof section at a commercial business in the south Seattle suburb of Kent.

Kent Fire Capt. Kyle Ohashi said no one was injured at the woodworking business warehouse where a 40-foot by 40-foot roof section failed. He said the collapse happened in a corner of the warehouse where drains were unable to keep up with the sudden downpour. Ohashi said a building inspector allowed employees to keep working in unaffected portions of the structure after he inspected the entire building and roof.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dana Felton said thunder and lightning accompanied a series of storm cells that hit an area from Olympia north to Snohomish County. He said the north Seattle suburb of Mill Creek reported nearly 1.3 inches of rain in about an hour. A spotter in Olympia reported more than a half inch in 15 minutes.

Advisories lifted at Oregon beaches

PORTLAND – Oregon officials say they have lifted health advisories concerning contact with water at three Oregon beaches.

The Oregon Health Authority said it lifted the advisories for Cannon, Tolovana and Short Sand beaches on Thursday after testing showed that fecal bacteria levels have subsided.

The advisories were issued Wednesday after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

The agency says the source of such contamination can be at the shore or inland, such as in stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems and waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

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