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Northwest News Roundup – Breaking Stories from Washington, Oregon and Idaho – April 4

Sacramento Kings relocation on hold indefinitely
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Spokane Jail Inmate’s Death Ruled a Homicide

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane County medical examiner’s office has listed the cause of death for a jail inmate as homicide. The office said yesterday that the primary cause of death for 33-year-old Christopher Parker was a methamphetamine overdose and complications from diabetes. But restraints also contributed to his death, and KREM reports that led to the homicide classification.

Oregon Couple Collide While Driving Separate Cars

POWELL BUTTE, Ore. (AP) — A Canyon City man and wife are not seriously injured after the cars they were driving collided on Highway 126 near Powell Butte. Crook County deputies tell KTVZ Julie Reynolds was following Dennis Reynolds. She was in her car. He was in his pickup truck. He stopped for traffic. She didn’t.

Sacramento Kings Relocation to Seattle Won’t Be Settled This Month

NEW YORK (AP) — The future home of the Kings may not be settled this month after all. With owners facing a difficult choice between a move to Seattle or the team staying put, NBA Commissioner David Stern says the expected vote in two weeks may be delayed. Both sides made presentations to a committee of owners yesterday that left enough questions that Stern says he doesn’t know when a decision will be made.

Everett Man Blows Up Home by Lighting Cigarette Near Natural Gas Leak – Survives!

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Police in Everett say a man was in the basement of an abandoned house yesterday, cutting into steel pipes to scrounge scrap metal, when he heard a hissing sound. That was natural gas escaping from the pipes. Investigators say he paused, then lit a cigarette. The Daily Herald reports that the explosion knocked the house off its foundation, blasted the front door off and shattered windows. Amazingly, fire officials say the man escaped with only singed eyelashes. No one else was hurt.



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