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Service outage impacts telephone and internet customers in Whitman County

 

A fiber cut near Colfax, WA has impacted approximately 300 telephone customers and 1760 internet customers in Whitman County.

 

911 calls have been rerouted to the local Sheriff's office. According to Century Link, technicians are on-site determining the cause and commencing repair work. At this time, there is no estimated time of restoration.

Update: WSU student recreation center evacuated

 A Washington State University student was arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly issuing threats which led to the evacuation of the student recreation center.  

The WSU Police Department reports the incident began around noon when Dmitry Dementyve walked into the SRC.  Witnesses told officers he was acting odd and playing loud music on his phone when he told some students that 'we are all going to die today and that WSU is going to die today.'  

Dementyve then allegedly went to the basketball courts and starting tossing items around when SRC staff called 911 and evacuated the building.  Dementyve then ran out of the building and was arrested by WSU police after a short foot pursuit.  Dementyve was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and will likely to undergo a mental evaluation.  The SRC is back open.



Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19

Snake River spring Chinook fishery starts April 19

 

Two sections of the Snake River, below Ice Harbor Dam near Pasco and below Lower Granite Dam, will open to fishing for spring Chinook salmon Sunday, April 19th. Two other sections of the river – below Little Goose Dam and Clarkston – will open Thursday, April 23rd.

 

Each section of the river is scheduled to be open three days per week. Waters below Ice Harbor Dam and below Lower Granite Dam are scheduled to be open Sunday through Tuesday each week, while the Little Goose Dam and Clarkston area sections will be open Thursday through Saturday each week.

 

All four sections will remain open until further notice.

 

Jeremy Trump, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the fishery will likely remain open from four to six weeks.

 

“We have a strong run-size forecast for Columbia River spring chinook this year, so we will likely be able to sustain fishing into late May,” Trump said.

 

Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon to cause road closures April 12

Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon to cause road closures April 12

 

A marathon hosted by the Moscow Parks and Recreation Department will cause road closures this weekend.

 

The first-ever Moscow Rolling Hills Half Marathon will take place on Sunday April 12th. To ensure runner safety on the route, a portion of Mill Road, north of Highway 8 will be closed from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Those out traveling are asked to use an alternate route for any transportation that day.

 

The Full route for the event includes the official start on Mill Road, continuing north to Robinson Park Road, east on Robinson Park Road to Wallen Road then east to Teare Road, south on Teare Road to Kasper Road, east on Kasper Road to Larson Road, north on Larson Road to Wallen road, west on Wallen Road to Robinson Park Road to Mill Road, and south on Mill Road to the finish.

 

Whitman County to increase DUI patrols for upcoming weekends

Whitman County to increase DUI patrols for upcoming weekends

 

The Pullman Police Department announced Wednesday that DUI emphasis patrols will be held across Whitman County during the weekends of April 10-12 and April 24-25.

 

These patrols are funded with local support from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force, and aim to keep Washington roadways safe by removing impaired drivers. In addition to the Pullman Police Department, other local agencies will be involved in the DUI patrol including the Whitman County Sheriff's Office, WSU Police Department, and the Colfax Police Department.

 

Campus police investigating death of infant

Washington State University police are investigating the death of an infant at a campus apartment complex. 

Police were called to the Steptoe Village Apartments Sunday morning. Residents there were doing CPR on a four-month-old boy. He was transported by ambulance to Pullman Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The Whitman County Coroner will determine the child's cause of death. 

1 dead, 3 injured in U.S. 195 crash near Pullman

Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of a three vehicle collision that killed one person and injured three others just outside of Pullman on Saturday night.

It happened just before 9 p.m. On U.S. 195 four miles northwest of Pullman.

Dina Williamson, 28, was driving a 2003 Ford Focus northbound, when she crossed the center line, striking a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban rotated 90 degrees and came to rest blocking the southbound lane. An international van carrying eight teenagers struck the resting Suburban and continued through the scene, finally stopping on the southbound shoulder.

Williamson died at the scene. The driver of the Suburban was taken to Sacred Heart with injuries. Two passengers in the Suburban, a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were also injured and transported to Pullman Memorial.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.