KELA News Headlines for Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Man dies in one-car crash in Centralia
The Lewis County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who was killed in a one-car crash in Centralia early Monday morning as 19-year old Austin Courtright of Centralia. Centralia Police say about 2:15 AM an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. The driver took off at a high rate of speed. He lost control of the car and crashed into a house in the 300 block of Sixth Street and was ejected along with one woman passenger. A second woman passenger remained in the car. Courtright died at the scene. The two passengers were airlifted to regional trauma centers with serious injuries. Coroner Warren McLeod says an autopsy will be scheduled later this week.
Mushroom picker safe after get lost in woods
A man who was picking mushrooms southeast of Packwood on Saturday is safe after spending an unplanned night in the woods. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office says they were contacted Saturday night by the missing person’s companions that he had last been seen in the woods that afternoon. After deputies were unsuccessful in contacting the 48-year old Tacoma man Saturday night, they decided it was best to wait until morning to start a search and rescue mission. About 10 AM Sunday the man walked out and was met by searchers.
Providence Centralia Hospital wins care award
Providence Centralia Hospital was recently honored by the Washington State Hospital Association with an Achieving Best Care award. Providence spokesman Chris Thomas says the award recognizes the hospital for its achievements in patient safety and quality in several areas. Thomas says the top performers were defined as those achieving the highest scores in reducing patient harm in those areas based on data reported by the hospital. Providence Centralia was one of 11 hospitals in the state to receive the award.
Paradise Inn renovation project to move forward
A decision announced by the National Park Service last week paves the way for the rehabilitation of the Paradise Inn Annex and snow bridge at Mount Rainier National Park. The Park Service has determined that rehabilitating the annex and snow bridge will have no significant environmental impact. Mount Rainier National Park officials say the decision will allow the Park Service to correct structural and drainage deficiencies and bring the buildings into compliance with current building codes and standards. The restoration is set to begin next August and run through spring 2019
Inslee, Clinton still lead in new Washington state poll
The latest polling in Washington state shows incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee capturing more than 50 percent of voter support, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a 17-point lead over Republican Donald Trump. The survey released Monday by independent pollster Stuart Elway shows Clinton's lead in the state shrunk slightly from the last poll, done in August, when she had a 19-point lead. In the state's gubernatorial race, Inslee led his Republican challenger, Bill Bryant, 51 percent to 39 percent, with 10 percent of those surveyed undecided.