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In brief: Help sought with stabbing suspect’s ID

The Spokane Police Department is looking for help identifying the suspect in a stabbing reported at The Flame on March 23.

A man was stabbed at the bar at 2401 E. Sprague Ave. after an argument with another man. The suspect is described as a black man about 6 feet tall with a thin build and a short Afro-style haircut. He may have left the bar in a white sedan, police say, possibly a 1990s Buick.

The victim had one non-life-threatening stab wound, said Sgt. Lydia Taylor.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Rice to speak at Whitworth forum

Whitworth University has confirmed that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be the featured speaker at the university’s President’s Leadership Forum on Oct. 9 at the Spokane Convention Center.

Rice held the Secretary of State position under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009; prior to that she was Bush’s national security adviser from 2001 to 2005.

She is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University, the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a senior fellow on public policy at the Hoover Institution.

Tickets for the event are $60 per person or $600 for a corporate table. People interested in attending can register online at www.whitworth.edu/fallplf.

SFD computerizes patient information

The Spokane Fire Department has moved to electronic gathering and storage of patient information gathered by its emergency crews.

It’s designed to provide greater efficiency and protection of health information, said Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer. The new system, which cost $30,000 to implement and about $35,000 a year to maintain, went operational Monday, ending the use of paper reports on any medical aid calls.

Fire crews have been equipped with laptops that automatically load the health information to remote computers in formats that comply with state and federal privacy protections and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data standards.

Cost of the new electronic record system is covered by the city’s fire levy, said Mayor David Condon.

UW student hurt in fall at fraternity

SEATTLE – A 19-year-old who apparently fell from a window at University of Washington fraternity was found by his friends bleeding in an alley.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the man was unable to communicate when medics were called to the scene at 3:17 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life threatening injuries from multiple broken bones.

Moore said University of Washington police were asked to investigate because the man is believed to be a student.

It’s unknown how long he was in the alley before he was found by his friends. There were no witnesses to the fall, but a third-story window was open.

Tremor swarm recorded at Mount Hood

PORTLAND – A series of tremors near Mount Hood has intrigued scientists, who note that the quakes are taking place alongside a recently-discovered fault.

KGW-TV reports a swarm of small earthquakes on Mount Hood has captured the attention of state geologists and rattled the nerves of some nearby residents, especially after a 3.3-magnitude quake in Sherwood on Sunday.

Over the past two weeks, Oregon and Washington have experienced more than 130 earthquakes, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. That’s about normal for the region where most quakes are so small they can’t be felt.

Oregon geologist Ian Madin said the tremors on Mount Hood are not tied to volcanic activity.

Agency urges caution on escalators

TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries said more than 60 people have been injured on escalators in the year since a man was killed on a King County Metro escalator. And the agency said at least 70 percent of those injuries could have been avoided if riders had used the handrail.

On April 8, 2013, 42-year-old Maurecio Bell choked to death after his clothing got tangled in an escalator during the early morning hours at the University Street Station. Video footage showed Bell losing his balance and falling on his back.

L&I chief elevator inspector Jack Day said an escalator accident can happen very fast. He said injuries typically occur when people lose their balance while carrying packages or luggage.

L&I completed more than 10,600 elevator and escalator inspections last year.

Sea-Tac warns of luggage thefts

SEATAC, Wash. – Port of Seattle police are warning passengers to keep an eye on their luggage at Sea-Tac Airport.

Spokesman Perry Cooper said thieves posing as passengers have been grabbing bags off luggage carousels. He said they watch for a bag that has gone around three or four times and take it.

KIRO reports Port of Seattle police have increased patrols with uniformed and undercover officers.


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