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Rockslide shuts down lanes of I-84 in gorge

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Cascade Locks, Ore. A rockslide in the Columbia River Gorge has blocked all four lanes of Interstate 84, just west of Cascade Locks, transportation officials said.

The rocks came down near milepost 37, littering the highway with boulders and creating a bottleneck. Traffic was backed up in both directions and officials were working to get the cars turned around, said Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Dave Thompson.

Oregon State Police said they had received a report — but had not yet been able to confirm it — that a woman in a car had been injured in the rockslide, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings. From Portland, eastbound drivers are being asked to take I-84 to the 205N to Washington State Route 14 in order to avoid the rockslide. Westbound drivers can leave I-84 at Cascade Locks across the Bridge of the Gods, which connects to Route 14.

North Side church burglarized

A burglar who broke into Lidgerwood Presbyterian Church last week got away with a speaker and a full stomach.

Someone entered the church, 4449 N. Nevada St., sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, Spokane Police said in a news release. No signs of forced entry were found, and church officials said all keys to the building have been accounted for.

The burglar tried unsuccessfully to enter two offices in the church but did open a refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen. Some food was eaten, and some food thawed because the doors were left open, the release said. The stolen speaker was black and had the brand name Peavey.

Man injured at party in Pullman

A man was sent to the Pullman Regional Hospital early Sunday with a small amount of bleeding on his brain after being hit on his head with a beer bottle at a party.

Pullman police arrested Kyle M. Seipp, 22, in connection with first-degree assault after the 1 a.m. incident.

Police said Seipp reportedly had been causing problems at the party earlier in the night. When the victim tried to escort Seipp out of the party at 2290 N.E. Westwood Drive in the “T” building, Seipp allegedly struck him on his head with the bottle. A hospital spokeswoman said Sunday afternoon that the victim was in good condition and likely would be released by the end of the day.

Seipp is being held in the Whitman County Jail.

Teen detained in robbery attempt

A 16-year-old boy was booked into juvenile detention Friday afternoon in connection with a robbery attempt at the 7-Eleven store at 924 E. Empire Ave.

Witnesses had described the suspect as a white male wearing a red shirt and bluejeans but no shoes or coat.

Spokane police officer Russ Coffman saw a young man fitting the description in a driveway near the store and stopped him. The boy told Coffman he had been in the 7-Eleven and said his shoes had come off after he had run from someone who had grabbed him.

A witness at the store identified the boy as the suspect.

Police later identified the boy as the person on a videotape who had robbed the same store Nov. 11, when two half-cases of beer were stolen.

Reward offered for man’s arrest

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for eluding law enforcement.

James Michael Boller, 26, recently lived in Spokane Valley. He has 10 convictions on his criminal record, including ones involving burglary, forgery and drugs, Spokane Police spokesman Dick Cottam said in a news release.

Boller is 6 feet 1, weighs 265 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Boller’s whereabouts can contact Secret Witness at (509) 327-5111. Callers do not have to give their name to be eligible for the cash reward.

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