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In brief: Helicopter pilot survives crash

From Wire And Staff Reports

ORIENT, Wash. – A helicopter being used for logging crashed Thursday near the town of Orient in northeast Washington, officials said. The female pilot was rescued.

A Stevens County sheriff’s dispatcher said Thursday evening the pilot was reported in stable condition at the hospital in Colville. The pilot was not identified.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the helicopter was a UH-1.

The cause of the crash was not yet known.

Harpham blames attorneys in appeal

Kevin Harpham has asked a federal judge to throw out his 32-year prison sentence, claiming his attorneys failed him. Harpham pleaded guilty to placing an explosive device on the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march in 2011.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush denied all other appeals made this week by Harpham, 41, from his prison cell in Lompoc, California, where he’s scheduled to remain until 2039. Harpham had claimed in a motion filed Tuesday that prosecutors hadn’t proved he intended to damage property or commit a hate crime, claims Quackenbush threw out based on a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued in March 2014 upholding Harpham’s sentence.

Quackenbush also denied Harpham’s request for a new attorney at taxpayer expense, saying the legal complexity of his argument doesn’t necessitate the public cost. Quackenbush gave the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Washington until June 8 to address the ineffective assistance of counsel claim, in which Harpham says his attorneys did not adequately inform him of the prison sentence length he faced if he went to trial.

Injured dog Theia finds familiar home

Theia, the Moses Lake dog who rose from the grave after she was run over by a truck, beaten and buried alive, has found her permanent home.

The 1-year-old bully breed mix will stay with Sara Mellado, the woman who took Theia in and raised money to treat her injuries.

Mellado has been fostering Theia since mid-February, and raised more than $28,000 in an online fundraiser to pay for the dog’s surgery at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. On Wednesday night, Mellado said on Theia’s Facebook page that she’d be adopting the dog.

Theia will return to WSU for follow-up care. Mellado posts updates about her condition at TheiasSecondChance.