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63-year-old man dies in fall while climbing on Mount Hood

A 63-year-old man died Sunday after falling 500 feet while descending Mount Hood. The man, whose name has not been released, was climbing with his adult son when he fell at the 10,500-foot level on the Old Chute Route. Rescue teams navigated what deputies said was a difficult terrain and hazards from hydrogen sulfide and other toxic gases venting from fumaroles along the route as they made their way to the accident scene. They made visual contact with the fallen climber, who was not moving. When rescuers reached the climber, he was dead. 

Broken washer hose causes water damage on every floor of unoccupied WSU fraternity house

Copyright 2019 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission.A 19-year-old man died in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at WSU early Tuesday morning. Police said his death may be linked to alcohol. PULLMAN, Wash — Firefighters were sent to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house at 4:30 a.m. Monday when sensors…

Feds: Unemployment fraud suspect tried to bilk IRS of $1.6M

Federal prosecutors say a suspended Nigerian government official accused of stealing $350,000 from Washington state as part of a massive pandemic-related fraud also sought to bilk the Internal Revenue Service of nearly $1.6 million. Abidemi Rufai was arrested May 14 as he tried to travel from New York to Nigeria. He is accused of using stolen identities to take more than $350,000 as Washington tried to rush unemployment benefits out during the pandemic. Prosecutors said Friday an email account associated with Rufai was used to file 652 fraudulent tax returns, seeking $1.6 million in refunds, from 2016 to 2019. An attorney for Rufai declined to comment to The Seattle Times. 

E. Washington elementary school switches to remote learning

WAITSBURG, Wash. (AP) — An elementary school in eastern Washington is switching to remote learning after an outbreak of COVID-19. Officials at Waitsburg Elementary School announced the change Friday after seven students and two employees tested positive. “This closure comes…