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In brief: Man found with critical injuries

Wed., March 20, 2013, midnight

Medical crews took a man to a local hospital Tuesday morning after he was found sitting in a parking lot on the lower South Hill with life-threatening injuries.

A passing driver saw the man in his 50s near Seventh Avenue and Bernard Street around 6 a.m. and called 911.

The extent of the injuries was not known until an evaluation at Deaconess Hospital. There were injuries to his legs and blunt trauma to his head, Spokane police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said, describing his condition as critical.

Major Crimes investigators did not find a weapon at the scene, Cotton said.

Police are not yet connecting the incident to any other incidents, Cotton said.

The victim’s identity had not been released yet, but police have a partial knowledge of his whereabouts until 3 a.m. on Tuesday and initial reports described the man as a transient, Cotton said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police tip line at (509) 242-TIPS.

Nicole Hensley

Kootenai County lacking candidates

Three days before the filing deadline, no candidates had filed Tuesday for about half of the board and commission seats on the May 21 ballot in Kootenai County. That includes seven school board seats in the Lakeland, Post Falls, Kootenai Joint and Plummer-Worley school districts.

The filing deadline is Friday at 5 p.m.

As of Tuesday afternoon, just one race was contested for the spring election. Tom Hearn and Bjorn Handeen are running for the Zone 5 seat on the Coeur d’Alene School Board. That seat is now held by Jim Hightower, who was appointed to the board last September. Hightower has not announced if he plans to run in May.

Christa Hazel is the only candidate so far for the Zone 1 seat on the school board. The incumbent, Brent Regan, was appointed in December.

Zone 4 incumbent Ann Seddon, appointed to the board last May, was the only candidate for that seat as of Tuesday.

Leadership positions are available with 15 taxing districts in the county. Details are available at

Scott Maben

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