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Page 14 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, November 9, 1983 Drivers escape uninjured in 1-90 car-truck accident A 31-year-old Woodinville man was in stable but serious condition at Overlake Hospital Tuesday, following a spectacular car-truck acci- dent that blocked the west- bound lanes of Interstate-90 for more than an hour Mon- day afternoon. Michael Stipek was a passenger in a late model Cougar that exploded in flames when struck from be- hind by a semi-truck as both vehicles were passing directly in front of the lssaquah Sky- port at 12:30 p.m. Washington State Patrol troopers said the sedan, driven by Irene McKevitt of Kirkland, apparently precipitated the accident when it suffered a blowout of a right front tire and nose- dived into the pavement. A semi, loaded with down feathers shipped all the way from Michigan to Seattle's Eddie Bauer stores, ap- parently struck the rear of the vehicle and immediately ruptured the rear-mounted fuel tank. George Rose, another truck driver in the oncoming eastbound lanes, said the flames exploded on contact by the truck, which attemp- ted to escape into the fast lane to the left. The truck, driven by Rodney Cole of Michigan, Police and fire Bar's closed A North Bend man, Quinn N. Jorgensen, 35, was arrest- ed by Issaquah police Thurs- day morning, and charged with criminal trespass of the Holiday Inn bar. Police report that Jorgen- sen refused to leave the bar at closing time, and finally, at 12:14 a.m., was arrested and transported to the city jail. Charges to be filed in check theft King County police an- ticipate that the county pro- secutor's office will file charges against a neighbor of Wendy G. Honey, 4500 164th Ave. S.E., lssaquah, in the theft and subsequent forgery of three of Honey's personal checks. Investigators say the neigh- bor has admitted taking the checks while visiting Honey. Later, the victim found three checks in her bank statement that she did not write. Ministries Building vandalized Outdoor lights valued at $560 have been reported van- dalized at the Preaching and Prayer Ministries Building, 14401 lssaquah-Hobart Road. The damage occurred either October 19 or 20. Police say the lights were shattered by a large, heavy object. A mailbox was also damaged. then went out of control and jackknifed, eventually com- ing to a halt spread diagonal- ly across all three lanes. The Cougar came to rest with the passenger side crammed up under the right front corner of the trailer. City fire crews said upon arrival that both vehicles were engulfed in thick black smoke. McKevitt and Stipek apparently escaped from the rolling flames by punching out the driver's side window and crawling to safety. Neither passenger suffered burns, hospital spokesmen said. Troopers said it was "un- believable" that the pair escaped with their lives. Cole said he had only about 10 miles to go at the end of a journey of more than 2,000 miles when the ac- cident occurred. City fireman Bob Scott directs the washdown hose on a demolished late model Cougar, whose ruptured gas tank con- tinued to drip flammable liquids for more than a half hour after the flames were put out. Photo by Debbie Brusius. Fire department to hJre replacement for injured :rireman John Jumper City Fire Chief Tony Singleton has requested per- mission of Mayor A. J. Culver to immediately hire a fireman to replace the in- jured John Jumper. The new man could stay on if and when Jumper returns to duty, Singleton proposed, giving the city its first new firefighter position since 1979. Singleton told Culver that he is unable to obtain any in- formation from Jumper's physician as to when the nine-year veteran will be able to resume his duties as one- third of the town's paid fire fighting staff. Jumper was injured Oc- tober 19 in a fall from approximately 14 feet to the fire station's concrete floor. Jumper was released from the Overlake Hospital Oct. 28. Physicians treating Jumper have refused to be identified, and have refused to permit Jumper to be contacted by ci- ty officials or other non- family members. They will give no estimates regarding his return to duty. While wishing Jumper a speedy and complete recovery, city officials are in a bind regarding even tem- porary replacements. Dis- ability policies state that Jumper can remain on tem- porary disability until April of next year before declaring the disability permanent or returning to work. Since Singleton and Lt. Doug Lindsay, the only two paid men left, both have time off and vacation time in ex- cess of recommended limits, and both have vacations planned between now and the Christmas holidays, the city could be shorthanded any time. While awaiting a long-term solution, Singleton is operating on the mayor's standing permission to hire volunteers on a day by day basis to help man the station. U.W. looking for gifted children The University of Wash- ington is co-sponsoring a talent search to identify academically outstanding youngsters throughout the state for the Project for the Study of Academic Precoci- ty. This search seeks young- sters born after December 31, 1969, are enrolled in the seventh, eighth or higher grades in either public or pri- vate schools, and have scored in the 96th percentile or bet- ter on major, standardized tests such as a school achieve- ment test in mathematics, vo- cabulary, language usage or intelligence. Those who qualify will be invited to take the College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in January. 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More than 1,200 students in the state took part in last year's talent search. More than one-half qualified for special recogni- tion, according to Dr. Nancy Robinson, director of the Child Development Research Group. To qualify, students must score at or above the mean of high school juniors and seniors who take the SAT. By 1983 standards, Robinson said, gifted young- sters had to score 430 on the verbal scale, 500 on the mathematics scale, or 43 on the Test of Scholastic Writ- ten English. Qualifying students are in- vited to a May ceremony at the UW to receive a special certificate and a book which reflects their areas of ability. Schools with five or more qualifying students also receive a special certificate. Further information is available by contacting Robinson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, or Jean Seyfried at 206/543-4160. Be sure to call in your classified ad by 3 p.m. Mon- day for next week's paper. Hikers terrorized by off-road on Squak Mt. by Terry McLafferty An Issaquah man and his hiking companion from Portland are still stunned and angry about an incident on Squak Mountain Sunday in which they claim they were terrorized and then hunted down by a trio of off-road cyclists. The two men say that at one point they spent about an hour and 45 minutes on their stomachs in the underbrush while the alleged attackers made a sweep of the area. One of the assailants was apparently carrying a hand- gun during the search, ac- cording to Joe Harbin, an Oregon-based salesman of fire safety education pro- grams. Harbin's 46-year-old lssa- quah companion was still in seclusion late Monday, and was declining any comment on the incident. Police Chief Dag Garrison said that there was insuffi- cient physical evidence at the scene to identify the alleged attackers, and that such inci- dents were extremely rare, if not unprecendented. Squak Mountain, he agreed, has far fewer reports of hiker-cy- clists difficulties than does Tiger Mountain, which is mostly in King County Police jurisdiction. Harbin, 36, describes him- self as a former Air Force Vietnam vet who knows the ' difference between "people out having a little fun and sick people who put your life in danger." He says that he and his companion were on the nor- thern side of the mountain, less than 2 miles up a logging road just south of Forest Rim when the attack came. The two men were walking in a wash area when two men on three whee "ATC'type" racing down at them followed up the bank wash to just m hikers. Over the next minutes the men twice, he said, each chasing the pair up a bank. During each cyclists shouted the hikers and "made it we weren't wanted on trails," he said. Fearing another the bikers, the men up and hid in the brush, Harbin says. few minutes, the turned from higher trail, coasting their eng One man then engine and began and down the cond man began a: foot, Harbin says. third man joined the ers later on foot. Harbin later made down from the site under construction 0n Circle Drive, where penter took him to police station. Officers accom Harbin back to the after some 15 mr searching found companion where the of "a lot of fire instructed him to hide. Harbin said the two were riding red-orange wheelers. Fairly complete tions have been the city police, who tinue to investigate, ing to Chief Garrison. "I hope the them first," Harbin his North Carolina "I'll be in this area a myself and if they're area, I'll find 'e Licensing office closed Veterans Day The Department of Licens- regular working hours ing reminds motorists that all day, November 12. Driver Licensing Offices will rices are open from 8: be closed Friday, November until 4:30 p.m., 1 1, in observance of through Saturday, Veteran's Day. holidays. The offices will resume HUNDREDS OF ITEMS, HERE ARE A FEW . . . Curio cabinet in Pecan with glass shelves and 2 lights reg. $300 RowS197 Selling starts 10 a.m. Thurs. 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