Northwest Briefly: Jury can’t decide if nude biker was indecent

  • Fri May 28th, 2010 9:30pm
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Jury can’t decide if nude biker was indecent

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A district court jury in Vancouver was unable to decide Thursday whether a nude bicycle rider was guilty of indecent exposure.

The Columbian reported the city attorney’s office is deciding whether to re-try the case against 43-year-old Matthew Vilhauer. Police say he had been drinking and biking with friends in June of last year and shed his clothes while riding on Main Street.

Vilhauer said nude biking is fun and draws attention to the vulnerability bicyclists feel sharing the road with cars.

His lawyer, Luka Vitasovic, told jurors that nudity is not indecent exposure unless it’s intended as an affront.

In asking for a conviction, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney Todd George told the jury, “This is not Portland.”

Moses Lake: Hazardous release controlled

Hazardous material responders controlled a release of ammonium hydroxide inside the sewage treatment plant at the Port of Mattawa.

The Grant County Emergency Management department said no one was injured in the incident about 10 a.m. Friday and there was no need for the public to evacuate.

Walla Walla: Inmate kills deer at work farm

The Washington State Penitentiary said an inmate on a work crew killed and butchered a deer that was entangled in netting at the prison’s pheasant farm near Walla Walla.

Spokeswoman Shari Hall said the minimum-security prisoner killed the deer last Saturday using a box cutter that the crew is allowed to use. Investigators acting on a tip Tuesday found about 15 pounds of venison in garbage bags in the farm’s break room.

Hall said she didn’t know what the inmate intended to do with the meat. The break room has no cooking equipment, and no campfires are allowed on the farm.

Medical Lake: Three-year-old pepper sprayed

An argument over a tricycle in a garden patch outside a Medical Lake apartment led to the pepper-spraying of a couple and their 3-year-old daughter.

KHQ-TV reported Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 31-year-old man Thursday after an angry argument with his neighbors.

Deputies said Andrew Nelson Evans moved the trike from the spot where he wanted to garden. That led to name-calling dispute with the neighbors.

Evans is accused of pulling out a can and spraying the faces of all three family members. He said it was self defense because he had been threatened with a baseball bat.

Bellingham: Man faces a life term for rape

A man convicted of rape in Bellingham faces a life sentence as a three-strikes offender when he is sentenced June 8 in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Thirty-eight-year-old Hector Salinas was convicted in March of raping a homeless woman in 2008 in a park.

KING-TV reported Salinas had been deported at least five times to Mexico.

Auburn: Children, staff safe after school fire

A fire department spokeswoman said children and staff have been safely evacuated from the Auburn Kinder Care Learning Center after a Friday afternoon fire in the kitchen. Kimberly McDonald with Valley Regional Fire Authority said no one was injured.

Firefighters arrived within three minutes and found that the staff had partially extinguished the fire. Crews doused the remaining flames and used high-pressure fans to remove smoke.

Seattle: Man, 74, kills woman, then himself

Seattle police said the deaths of a man and woman Thursday night in the Ballard neighborhood appear to be a murder-suicide.

Police said the 74-year-old man fatally beat the woman with a hammer and then jumped to his death from a sixth-floor apartment window.

Fire Department medics took the woman to Harborview Medical Center where she died.

Associated Press