February 24, 2013 in City

In brief: Fatal crash victims identified

 

The victims of a traffic accident in which one person died and one was injured on U.S. Highway 395 Friday have been identified.

Northbound driver Luletta M. Gilk, 49, was about three miles north of the Spokane County line when she slid into the oncoming traffic lane in her 2006 Dodge Caravan about 4 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

The van struck a 2001 GMC pickup driven by Theodore Robison, 62, of Loon Lake, according to the WSP.

Luletta Gilk’s passenger, William E. Gilk Jr., 55, was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he died, the WSP said. Luletta Gilk was injured and taken to Sacred Heart as well.

The WSP said the cause of the accident was driving too fast for conditions.

Robison was not injured. Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was not involved, the WSP said.

Deadbeat dad No. 1 at $260,000

TACOMA – A Tacoma man owes nearly $260,000 in child support, topping a federal list of the nation’s worst deadbeat parents.

Kenneth Jones’ debt for his two children dates back to 1998. The 52-year-old Jones is believed to be in Australia or Hong Kong.

Since January 2012, Jones has topped the deadbeat parent list kept by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Only four accused deadbeat parents – all fathers – are on the list. To make it on the list, a parent must owe more than $5,000 in child support, live in a different state than the child, or have fled to another state or country to avoid paying child support.

Floor gives way, injuring 2 workers

Two men were injured after the floor of an office collapsed Friday afternoon in Rochester, Wash.

West Thurston firefighters were called to an auto repair shop just before 3 p.m.

The two men, 34 and 40, were working on the ceiling of an office inside the shop when the floor collapsed. The two fell to the first floor.

The 40-year-old was able to free himself, a news release said. But it took firefighters 20 minutes to move 1,000 pounds of wood, debris and auto parts before they could free the trapped man.

Google grows Wi-Fi in data center town

THE DALLES, Ore. – Google is spending another $50,000 to expand free Wi-Fi in The Dalles, where it has a large data center.

The company, which made the announcement Saturday, chose The Dalles for the first of several large data centers now operating in Oregon.

Google says the Wi-Fi project represents a shared commitment to making The Dalles a city of the future.


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