March 17, 2014 in City

In brief: Man shot near Moses Lake; police question suspect


A man shot in the abdomen late Friday during an altercation at a home north of Moses Lake was taken to Samaritan hospital in Moses Lake, then Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. His condition was not disclosed.

Grant County sheriff’s deputies and Moses Lake police responded to a report of shots fired around 11:45 p.m. and found the victim on the floor.

The suspected shooter was at the scene and questioned by officers. No arrests have been made, officials said Sunday.

The names of the suspect and victim were being withheld pending further investigation.

Turbulence lands flight to Mexico in Helena

A flight heading from Canada to Mexico with 181 passengers and six crew members aboard made an emergency medical landing Sunday in Western Montana after encountering extreme turbulence that slightly injured two flight attendants who were serving passengers in the aisle.

Sunwing Airlines spokeswoman Janine Chapman said the Boeing 737 landed around 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Helena Regional Airport, a small hub unaccustomed to dealing with international travelers.

Flight 559’s passengers waited in the aircraft for more than five hours before being told to stay in a cordoned-off area in the terminal as the company dispatched another plane to continue the journey. The passengers got on the second plane and took off for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, around 6:25 p.m. MDT, airport officials said.

Police: Firefighters attacked homeless man in Seattle

SEATTLE – An off-duty firefighter was stabbed and is facing criminal charges with another firefighter after attacking a homeless man sleeping on a memorial for fallen firefighters in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, police and fire officials said.

The attack happened Saturday when the two off-duty firefighters and a woman, all apparently drunk, walked by the sleeping man. According to witnesses, the woman yelled at the man for sleeping at the memorial and then kicked him, police said.

The firefighters then joined in, hitting the man with a stick and kicking him. The homeless man defended himself and furnished a knife. He struck one of the firefighters.

Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Sue Stangl confirmed the involvement of the firefighters. She said the department is still looking at what happened and doesn’t have a full statement yet.

She said the firefighters are 15- and 17-year veterans of the Fire Department. The woman involved is not part of the department.

Stangl said one of them has been on disability since January, while the other had last worked last Thursday.

The woman and the noninjured firefighter were booked into King County jail to face assault charges. The stabbed firefighter was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening wounds. He’ll be charged after his release from the hospital.

The homeless man refused medical treatment.

Man on snowmobile airlifted to hospital after avalanche

BOZEMAN – A snowmobiler injured in an avalanche near Cooke City in Western Montana was airlifted to a hospital in Bozeman.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office said the 28-year-old man was with a group of 13 snowmobilers when the slide hit Saturday in an area between Wolverine Peak and Mount Abundance.

Officials said the man wasn’t buried by the avalanche but sustained significant injuries.

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