A Pasco family was hurt Wednesday when they were caught in an avalanche on Interstate 90 on Snoqualmie Pass, the Washington State Patrol said.
The slide went over the westbound lanes snowshed and struck the family's eastbound 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, troopers said. The location is about 26 miles west of Cle Elum.
The SUV, driven by Randall K. Parker, was in the right lane and the force of the snowslide pushed the vehicle into the concrete jersey barrier, breaking the front window and setting off the airbags, troopers said.
The vehicle was stopped perpendicular to the roadway, facing the jersey wall and blocking the right lane, troopers said.
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Snow from the slide blocked both eastbound lanes. The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. and I-90 remained closed until about 6 p.m.
Westbound traffic was stopped around 3:30 p.m. for the avalanche control and was reopened by 4:30 p.m.
Parker, 51, suffered multiple cuts and was taken to Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. Also taken to the hospital were: Roxanna Parker, 42, with cuts and chest pain, and Arianna Parker, 3, and Adria Parker, 7, both with possible cuts.
Tense moments after horses tied to trailer
PASCO — Two horses running behind a horse trailer on Argent Road and Road 68 in Pasco caught people by surprise Tuesday afternoon.
The horses were tied to a trailer that was being pulled by a truck, said Gene Weisskopf, of Richland, who was at McGill's restaurant and saw them at the stop light.
"The light turned green and (the driver) kind of crept forward and then he turned left on Road 68 and started picking up speed," Weisskopf said. "The horses started trotting and then running. One of them broke loose and kept running with the other horse that was still tied up."
Pasco police said the owner of the horses had just been at a veterinary clinic nearby and forgot that the horses were tied outside the trailer. He stopped after multiple cars honked at him to alert him what was happening.
"I felt bad. When you see a car on a city street with horses behind it, that ain't right," Weisskopf said. "I should have run over immediately and flagged them down."
Crime Stoppers seeks Benton City woman
KENNEWICK — Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers and the Benton County Sheriff's Office are searching for a Benton City woman wanted for skipping out on her sentencing hearing.
April Lynn Miller, 31, is 5-foot-3, 130 pounds with brown hair, green eyes and tattoos on her right arm, left hand, right shoulder, right hip and abdomen.
Miller, who has used the alias April Lynn McManamon, was last known to be living in Benton City.
She is charged with failing to appear at a court hearing Feb. 23, where she was supposed to be sentenced for unlawful possession of a firearm.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Miller's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips also can be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
Othello man accused of stabbing his brother
OTHELLO — An Othello man is being held in jail for allegedly trying to kill his older brother.
Juan Pedro Elias-Flores, 20, is accused of stabbing his 23-year-old brother once in the chest and once in the right hand April 2 in a fight in the 100 block of South Fourth Avenue, Othello police said.
Elias-Flores was gone when police arrived at the scene, but was arrested later by Richland police for outstanding warrants.
His brother, who was not named, was treated at Othello Community Hospital. His injuries were nonlife-threatening.
Richland man's death Tuesday ruled suicide
RICHLAND — The death of a Richland man at his home Tuesday has been ruled a suicide, officials said.
John Gerlitz, 22, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Benton County Deputy Coroner Michelle Genack.
Richland police and paramedics were called to Gerlitz's home about 11:30 a.m.
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