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News >  Spokane

Restraints Led To Death, Expert Says King County’s Chief Examiner Contradicts Amend’s Opinion

Police restraints played a major role in a man's death in the Spokane County Jail last September, King County's chief medical examiner said in a court affidavit. Dr. Donald Reay's opinion contradicts the opinions of the Spokane County coroner and a lung specialist who said a drug overdose killed Mario Lozada. "The adverse position this man was placed in is responsible for his death," Reay said in an interview Wednesday.
News >  Spokane

Hospice Board Rebukes County Coroner His Attitude Makes Their Job Harder, Letter To Amend Contends

Spokane hospice board members are rebuking the county coroner for traumatizing families whose loved ones die, claiming his attitude is making their job harder. Hospice of Spokane, in a letter made public Monday, also offers to teach Dr. Dexter Amend, the county coroner, how to treat the bereaved people he routinely encounters. Incensed over two recent incidents, the board members also sent copies of their letter to Gov. Mike Lowry and state and local health officials.

The Ragged Edge Defending A Way Of Life Residents Cling To Traditional Values In A Growing, Changing Stevens County

1. As population growth brings changes in Stevens County, logging trucks share the road with more traffic. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. An old logging mural on King Cole's Restarurant in downtown Colville is a reminder of the role timber has played in the community's history. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 3. Katie Sell's playmates are a dozen kittens and Jolly, a pot-bellied pig that lives behind her family's mobile home. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 4. Sometimes Sell hunts to feed his family. Other times, he hunts for sport with his father and brother. A Canadian lynx and a black bear shot in Stevens County are proudly displayed in his living room. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 5. "I was pretty much raised with a gun. It comes real natural to me," says Wayne Sell, who is active in a grass-roots group formed to protect gun rights. Sell lives near Colville with wife, Roxanne, and daughter, Katie. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 6. Sell, 38, followed his father into logging, an industry in decline in northeastern Washington. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 7. Two home computers transport Tim Hoecher, 25, from his father's farmhouse to the world of politics, where he collects tales of alleged government corruption and faxes them to friends. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 8. Finding time for both farming and politics is exhausting but worthwhile, Hoecher says. "If I make enought noise, maybe someday my granddaughter or grandson can follow their dream." Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 9. Stevens County Commissioner J.D. Anderson, who believes militias are critical to America's future, has given a voice to Stevens County residents who think federal government is intruding in their lives. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 10. The Fuhrmans own a 100-acre ranch north of Colville, where Susan Fuhrman takes care of their cattle. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 11. Susan Fuhrman and her husband, state Rep. Steve Fuhrman, enjoy a close marriage. Susan believes people won't help themselves until government stops helping them at every turn. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

The Ragged Edge The Edge Of The World Afri-I Searches For Simplicity On His Northern Stevens County Retreat

1. Ocean, Afri-I and his son John perform yoga on Afri-I's land. Dozens of people travel there every year for spiritual guidance. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. On a cool autumn afternoon, Afri-I (pronounced Ah-free-eye) lights a fire beneath his cast iron tub and bathes in his vegetable garden. He is devoted to a life of "voluntary simplicity" on 40 acres in north Stevens County. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 3. At the North County Barter Faire, Afri-I samples organically grown corn from a vendor's wagon. He travels the barter faire circuit, trading massages for food and money. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review
News >  Spokane

Elderly Woman’s Caretaker Arrested On Charge Of Mistreatment Woman Was Rushed To Hospital With Severe Bedsores

Elsie Fanning's relatives were thrilled to get the 83-year-old woman out of a nursing home and into the home of an enthusiastic nursing assistant. At first, Fanning appeared to thrive - smiling, going to the mall for the first time in years, attending family dinners. "We thought, 'Wonderful!"' said Janet Fanning, a daughter-in-law. "See how naive you can be?"
News >  Spokane

Health Care Talk Targets Seniors Address Confusion Over Medicare, Managed Care

Insurance companies are working hard to lure Spokane County senior citizens away from their traditional Medicare plans. Seniors wade through a confusing myriad of new options from companies aggressively marketing their plans - sometimes charging no premiums at all. "It's kind of frightening," said Reed Hansen, an American Association of Retired Persons volunteer. "They don't want to leave something they're familiar with."
News >  Spokane

Neglect Of Elderly Woman Investigated

State social workers are investigating a north Spokane woman after an elderly woman in her care was found so filthy that hospital workers had trouble cleaning her. The patient reportedly had deep bedsores, a urinary tract infection, and crud under her arms and breasts that "couldn't be scraped off in one cleaning," authorities said. "What I think we have here is a situation of serious neglect," said Ben Blake, manager for the state Adult Family Home program run by the state Department of Social and Health Services.
News >  Spokane

Suit: Approval Of Morphine Caused Woman’s Death

A woman allergic to morphine died after two Spokane doctors approved giving her the pain medicine after surgery, according to a lawsuit. Minnie Pearson, 78, was recovering from abdominal surgery at Deaconess Medical Center when she was given the drug. She died within a half-hour, states the suit filed in Spokane County Superior Court. Before morphine was put in Pearson's IV, her son and daughter told Dr. Steven Beyersdorf she nearly died when given the drug many years earlier, the suit says.
News >  Spokane

Nursing Assistant Accused In Thefts

A Spokane nursing assistant is being investigated by the state Department of Health after money and clothes were stolen from residents at a South Hill nursing home. Nearly $1,000, clothes and credit cards were among items taken in 33 thefts at the St. Brendan Continuing Care Center, which is run by Sacred Heart Medical Center, according to health department records. Nancy R. Boughter, 21, was fired from St. Brendan's after an internal investigation concluded only she consistently had access to areas where thefts occurred, records show.
News >  Spokane

Opinions Sought On Medicare Plans Clinton Seen As Key While Congress Debates $270 Billion Cutback Proposal

It's not too late for Spokane residents to let President Clinton know they disagree with proposed Medicare cuts, the executive director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging said Tuesday. Even if Republicans manage to push through $270 billion in Medicare cuts, the president still has veto power, Bob Blancato told about 250 people at a Spokane aging conference. "Advocacy may not impact Congress at all," Blancato said. "It may be too late. (But) the president has the last word on this bill."
News >  Nation/World

Doctor Disputes Amend’s Finding

The Spokane County coroner and the doctor who performs autopsies for him disagree on what caused the death of a 28-year-old man in a jail cell. Forensic pathologist George Lindholm said Wednesday the death certificate filed by Coroner Dexter Amend is so misleading that Lindholm plans to review other death certificates the coroner has filed. "It does not convey what I believe to be the cause of death," Lindholm said. "This to me is not at all precise and to some extent misleading."
News >  Nation/World

Doctors Want Amend Out

Two Spokane doctors have collected signatures from 136 colleagues who want Spokane County Coroner Dexter Amend booted from office. The doctors "strongly endorse" recalling Amend and want to swap the coroner for a medical examiner who is highly trained in death investigation, according to a petition making the rounds at doctors' offices.
News >  Spokane

Medical Panel Will Investigate Amend

A state commission that usually investigates doctors accused of substandard care or misconduct is opening a case on Spokane County's coroner, a retired urologist. While most investigations stem from patient complaints, this one was made by Gov. Mike Lowry.
News >  Spokane

Pair To Launch Recall Drive Against Amend Today

A retired teacher and a political activist hoping to boot Spokane County Coroner Dexter Amend from office plan to take the first official step this morning. They said they will file paperwork demanding Amend's recall, three weeks after the coroner publicly condemned homosexuality and said only gays engage in sodomy. Amend first made the comments while telling a television reporter that an autopsy revealed murder victim Rachel Carver, 9, was sodomized in the past.
News >  Nation/World

Girl Scout Leader Quits Under Fire

The executive director of the Inland Empire Girl Scouts Council is resigning after a year marred by infighting and controversy. A grass-roots organization that wanted Judy Edlund fired is applauding the move, while Girl Scout officials say Edlund is simply leaving to take a better job. "We're real excited for her," said council President Judith Frigon, adding that Edlund wasn't pressured to leave.