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Inmate Hangs Himself

A 20-year-old man hanged himself with a bed sheet in the Nez Perce County Jail in Lewiston. William Francis Hammond of Lewiston was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on a felony charge of driving without privileges. Sheriff Ron Koeper said jailers had no indication he was suicidal.


The NFL has postponed its meeting on the Raiders' move to Oakland for a week, saying it needs more time to study the finances of the proposal. The league had been expected to approve the move at a meeting Friday. On Wednesday, the NFL rescheduled its discussion for July 21, saying the league finance committee wasn't ready to make its report on the relocation. League officials said the move must be approved by 23 of the 30 clubs. Attendance was up slightly at Division I basketball games last season, and the Big Ten led the conferences as it has in every year since 1977. Syracuse drew the most fans of any individual school for the 11th straight year. Overall attendance at Division I games was up 285,337 to 23,560,495. Other conferences and their average attendance included the Great Midwest, 11,264; Big East, 11,195; Atlantic Coast, 10,906; Big Eight, 10,473; Western Athletic, 8,854; Pac-10, 7,807; Metro, 7,084; and Missouri Valley, 6,121. At Hanover, N.H., teammates and coaches of a top female athlete at Dartmouth College will mark her untimely death with a memorial service and a candlelight procession today. The body of junior Sarah Devens, who shared the school's outstanding female athlete award this year, was found Monday afternoon lying in her bed at her father's home in Essex, Mass., a .22 caliber rifle at her side, a single bullet wound to her head. Essex Police Inspector Donald Wolfe said it appears Devens, who was going to be captain of three teams next year, fired the gun herself. She did not leave a note. Paraguay beat soccer lightweight Venezuela 3-2 in rain and lightning to qualify for the second round of the America Cup at Maldonado, Uruguay. The other match in the 12-nation South American championship - Uruguay vs. Mexico in Montevideo - was rained out and rescheduled for today.

Suicide Pact Involved 15 Teen Girls

Eight teenage girls who tried to commit suicide over the last three weeks had made a pact with seven others to kill themselves, a doctor said Friday. Dr. Frederick Lohse, an emergency room physician who treated five of the eight, said one girl told him that the suicide attempts were part of an agreement in which 15 girls vowed to kill themselves if any one did.

Mother Says She Shot Her 4-Year-Old Son To Death

A 4-year-old boy was found shot to death Wednesday in his suburban Parkland apartment. His mother, who was wounded, said she did it, the Pierce County sheriff's department said. The boy's body was found on the floor of a pantry. He might have been dead for some time, Lt. Jim Jenkins said.

Body Discovered Near River Identified

The man found dead last week along the Spokane River near the T.J. Meenach Bridge has been identified as a lifelong Spokane resident who worked in lawn and window maintenance. The body of Craig Allen Ramsey, 23, was spotted in brush along the river by people walking near the bridge on June 1.

Victim Of Shooting Listed Very Critical

A 31-year-old Spokane woman was listed in extremely critical condition Sunday after being shot in the head, apparently by her boyfriend who then killed himself, police said. Vivian Reynolds, 5118 N. Jefferson, was shot just before 8 p.m. Saturday. Her live-in boyfriend, Jim Simonsen, 31, then apparently shot himself in the head, police said.

Officer Stops Man’s Leap From Monroe Street Bridge

A Spokane police officer prevented a man from jumping off the Monroe Street Bridge Friday afternoon. A 54-year-old Spokane man was climbing onto the railing when Officer Brenda Curalli arrived at the bridge. The man had one leg over the railing when Curalli pulled him from the edge and handcuffed him, police spokesman Dick Cottam said.

Body Washes Up On Bank Of Spokane River

A body was discovered Thursday along the Spokane River near Spokane's T.J. Meenach Bridge, authorities said. "Evidently, someone walking along the bank spotted it," Spokane Fire Lt. Dale Michael said.

Man Found In Creek Had Been A Fugitive

A man found dead Sunday in Wolf Lodge Creek was supposed to appear in court in March. But Timothy P. Williams, 39, never showed up.

Man Kills Neighbors, Self Over Missing Cat

A man shot to death two of his neighbors then killed himself a few hours before the reason for his rage - his missing cat - showed up safe and sound. The shootings occurred Wednesday in Oropedio, a village in northern Greece near the town of Grevena. According to reports Thursday, Yiannis Karayannopoulos was convinced his neighbors had stolen the cat.

Body From River Identified

A body pulled from the Spokane River on Wednesday is that of a 34-year-old Spokane Valley man. Mark Nicholl, 152 South Pines, was found in the water near the T.J. Meenach Bridge on the North Side.

Litigant In Eagle Case Dies

A potentially precedent-setting Indian rights case will go unresolved now that the Oregon man at the center of the lawsuit has died, according to a federal attorney. Nathan Jim Jr., 33, shot himself Friday on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon, police said. Jim, a Yakama Nation activist, had challenged the federal Eagle Protection and Endangered Species acts saying the laws infringed on rights by preventing him from harvesting eagles for use in religious ceremonies. Jim's argument was rejected by U.S. District Court in Portland and had been sent to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for consideration. With his death, the case will be dismissed, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bob Ross said. "I sure hate to see it end like this," Ross said. "It's too bad that Nathan felt so cornered that he had to do that to himself."

Former Employee Kills Five, Himself

A former employee opened fire Monday in a refinery inspection company, killing the owner, his wife and three workers before fatally shooting himself, police said. James Simpson, a 28-year-old former worker at Walter Rossler Co., shot five people with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and .32-caliber revolver before leaving through the back door, police said. He then shot himself.

Carroll O’Connor’s Son Dies Of Gunshot Wound

Carroll O'Connor's son died of a gunshot wound Tuesday, and police said it appeared he killed himself. Carroll O'Connor called police to report that his son, Hugh, 33, was despondent, was near guns and had some problems with narcotics in the past, said Officer Arthur Holmes.

Man Shoots Bosses, Then Kills Himself

A civilian Navy employee shot and wounded two co-workers in their office Friday after an argument, then killed himself in front of other office employees. Ernest J. Cooper Jr. twice shot a young superior, Nils F. "Fred" Salvesen, after a confrontation at Salvesen's desk, police said. Cooper immediately turned to the next cubicle in the cramped Navy office and shot Navy Cmdr. Harry F. Molyneux four times. Cooper, 58, then pointed the .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun at his head and fired once, police said.