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In brief: Felon on lam rams police car, is arrested

Wed., May 28, 2014

An escaped felon who claimed he wanted to die at the hands of law enforcement rammed a car he had stolen into a Spokane police cruiser late Sunday night and then sped away before crashing.

Officers caught up with Nicholas L. Gillam, 34, and jailed him on suspicion of several crimes. A pellet gun was found inside the stolen Ford hybrid car, and Gillam later told detectives he hoped they would kill him because he wanted to avoid jail “at all costs,” according to court documents.

Police first spotted Gillam and the stolen car at about 11:30 p.m. near the corner of Maple Street and Maxwell Avenue, according to court documents. Officers attempted to block Gillam from leaving a parking lot when Gillam hit a patrol car and drove off.

Gillam crashed nearby. He was treated for injuries and taken into custody. No one else was injured.

Police were looking for Gillam after he left community custody without permission, according to a news release. He is an 18-time convicted felon for nonviolent and drug offenses.

Kip Hill

Children sought to keep time capsule

Washington will celebrate its 125th anniversary during a ceremony Nov. 11 and is looking for children to help out.

In 1989, the state’s centennial, 10-year-olds across Washington were recruited as “keepers” of a time capsule created that year.

Now those keepers are seeking the next generation of children to take over. Eligible kids must have been born in Washington from Nov. 4-18, 2004, according to a secretary of state’s office news release. Registration closes Oct. 21.

The new keepers’ primary responsibility will be to remind state officials of the existence and location of the time capsule in 2039, when new mementos will be added. New items are added every 25 years and the vault will be opened in 2389, Washington’s 500th anniversary.

For more information, visit

Margaret Cowles

Valley Hospital chief executive resigns

The chief executive of Valley Hospital is resigning to take a job leading a hospital in Oceanside, California.

Taking over for Tim Moran on an interim assignment will be Greg Repetti, who is now the chief operating officer for Rockwood Clinic.

Valley and Rockwood, along with Deaconess Hospital, are owned by Community Health Systems Inc. and are managed as an integrated system.

Repetti joined Deaconess four years ago and then moved to the operations side of the Rockwood Clinic last year.

The search for a new permanent Valley CEO is underway, spokeswoman Sasha Weiler said.

John Stucke


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