Northwest briefly: Man charged with assaulting girlfriend’s baby

SPOKANE — A 6-month-old girl faces death or severe brain damage from injuries police say were caused by her mother’s boyfriend.

The brain injury suffered by Nevaeh Alana Miller could have been caused only by abuse, not the accidental fall Jereme Bassett says was the cause, a doctor at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane has told police.

Bassett, 22, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree assault. Police say he’ll face murder charges if Nevaeh dies from the injuries suffered Thursday at a motel.

According to a court affidavit, Bassett lives at the motel with the baby’s mother — identified in the documents as Jennifer Wilcox, not Miller. Also living there are her two children, Nevaeh and her 8-year-old brother. Bassett often watches the baby while Wilcox works, the documents state.


Colfax: Pilot fine after crop duster crashes

A pilot escaped serious injury when he crash landed his biplane shortly after takeoff near Colfax in Whitman County.

The Washington State Patrol says the pilot walked away from the crop-duster crash on Saturday at the fairgrounds just west of Colfax. Highway 26 was closed for a short period.

The pilot had reportedly taken off from a nearby airport prior to being forced to land. Fuel reportedly was leaking from the aircraft and power lines were knocked down in the accident.

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Olympia: Man arrested inside medical office

Officers patrolling an area near Providence St. Peter Hospital arrested a 20-year-old Rainier man after finding him inside a medical office where a window had been broken, an Olympia police news release said.

The officers, who had been on alert after burglary alarms went off at two medical offices, reportedly saw a suspect inside an office shortly after midnight.

The suspect attempted to flee once officers called out to him but was knocked down by a police dog and taken into custody, according to Olympia police.

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