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Sunday, November 14, 2004 - Page updated at 12:20 A.M.

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Youth, 16, falls to his death in Mount Rainier park

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The body of a 16-year-old Auburn youth was recovered yesterday evening near Carter Falls in Mount Rainier National Park, after he fell to his death while hiking off-trail.

Vasiliy Kozorezov, his brother and two cousins were climbing early yesterday afternoon on an unstable, rocky slope below Eagle Peak Trail in the Tatoosh Range when he fell between 65 and 130 feet.

A park spokeswoman said the teen's family flagged down a park employee at about 1:45 p.m. near Cougar Rock campground, but that the youth had no detectable pulse immediately after the fall.

A team of 15 Park Service employees worked more than five hours to recover his body from rough terrain, the spokeswoman said.


1,500 flu shots available at Dome

It will be first-come, first-served for 1,500 flu shots at the Tacoma Dome on Tuesday, but those who qualify for the vaccine will be given a numbered ticket and an approximate time for their immunization so they won't have to wait, said Diane Kolb of Visiting Nurse Services of the Northwest.

Shots will be given from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Only those identified as "high risk" will qualify for the shots. Cost is $20 for the flu shot and $35 for the pneumonia vaccine. Medicare Part B or Secure Horizons insurance cards, cash or checks will be accepted.

Kolb said the Dome will be opened as soon as possible so that people can wait inside. Seating will be available, but Winans said people should bring water, snacks and medications in case they end up waiting. Concession stands will not be open.

For information on who qualifies for vaccine:

Motorcyclist killed in crash is identified

The King County Medical Examiner's Office yesterday identified a man who died in a motorcycle crash in West Seattle late Friday night as Joseph Tegeler, 21, of Seattle.

Police said Tegeler was riding westbound on Southwest Admiral Way just after 8 p.m. when his motorcycle broadsided a truck as it made a left turn near Southwest Olga Street. The accident is under investigation.

Lewiston, Idaho

Seattle man waves extradition in killing

One of the brothers accused in the shooting death of a University of Idaho football player has waived his right to extradition and will be moved to the Latah County Jail in Moscow.

Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said Matthew R. Wells II, 27, of Seattle, will be moved as soon as the county sheriff can arrange the transfer.

Wells and his attorney, Steve Martonick of Pullman, filed the waiver Friday morning in Whitman County Superior Court. His brother, James J. Wells, 25, appeared in court but did not file a waiver.

A third person charged in connection with the killing of University of Idaho cornerback Eric McMillan was arrested Nov. 4 in Kent. Thomas Riggins, 23, of Kent is being held in the King County Jail in Seattle.

Thompson said he will request that all three defendants stand trial simultaneously.

West Seattle

Crane operator hit by piece of steel

Seattle firefighters rescued a man atop a 125-foot crane yesterday afternoon in West Seattle after he was knocked unconscious by a piece of steel.

The unidentified 50-year-old man was operating a crane in the 2400 block of 11th Avenue Southwest at Terminal 18 when the accident occurred. A fire spokeswoman said the man regained consciousness but complained of dizziness and nausea.

Medics lowered him to the ground via a rope. He was taken to a local hospital.

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