A 60-year-old Pullman woman died Friday after the car she was a passenger in was struck by a pickup truck carrying a trailer near Colfax.
Douglas Hinchey, 35, was driving a Chevy truck southbound on U.S. Highway 195 Friday morning when he fell asleep and his truck crossed over the centerline, according to a Washington State Patrol news release. Gerald Wickard, 57, and Rodella Wickard were heading northbound when their Chrysler LeBaron was struck head on.
Hinchey and Gerald Wickard were both injured and transported to Pullman Regional Hospital, according to the release. Rodella Wickard died at the scene.
Hinchey faces charges of second-degree negligent driving, according to the release.
Ski resorts anticipate opening any day now
Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North resorts put eager skiers and snowboarders on alert Friday evening that snow is piling up on their slopes and, depending on what the incoming storm deposits overnight, they may start their lifts this weekend for the first runs of the season.
They will announce their decisions on their websites.
Lookout was poised to open this morning, if conditions allowed, and 49 Degrees staffers said they could open limited terrain Sunday.
Snowboarding films will fund teaching kids
Spread the Shred will present its fifth-annual snowboarding film event tonight to raise money for a nonprofit that helps at-risk kids learn the sport.
Two films, “Braindead Heartattack” and “Gone Wild,” will be shown at the Garland Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.
The money goes to SOS Outreach, which provides snowboarding gear, transportation and lessons to at-risk youth, according to a news release. The film fundraiser last year raised $1,800 for SOS Outreach, the release said.
Spread the Shred was founded by snowboarding enthusiasts Zachary Lingo and Martin Beran.
Father, son arrested after SWAT standoff
A father and son were being held Friday in Spokane County Jail after an overnight SWAT standoff, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jerry Everett Jr., 49, and Jerry Everett III, 26, were booked into jail before 6 a.m. Friday, according to jail records.
The Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in the 11500 block of East 16th Avenue early Friday, according to a news release, on suspicions the two men were inside. Both Everetts have extensive criminal histories and outstanding felony warrants, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
When the two men saw authorities outside the home, they barricaded themselves inside, according to the release. A SWAT team was called and eventually entered the residence. During the scuffle, the younger Everett allegedly assaulted Laslo, the police dog assisting in the raid. The dog was not seriously injured.
The father was booked into jail on charges of theft, trafficking stolen property and theft of a motor vehicle, while the son has an outstanding felony warrant for escaping community custody, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Two community health centers in Spokane will expand.
The NATIVE Project will receive $812,500 and Community Health Association of Spokane will get $650,000 in federal grants as part of the Affordable Care Act. The spending is part of a $150 million federal effort to support expansion of community health centers nationwide.
“Health centers are key partners in the improving access to quality, affordable health care services for those who need it most,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in prepared remarks.
In Spokane, the money will be earmarked for additional staff and other needs.