A former Battle Ground man accused of repeatedly choking his wife was acquitted Thursday of second-degree domestic violence assault after a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity.Clark County Superior Court Judge Derek Vanderwood ruled that Rodman A. Widing, 38, was experiencing a psychotic episode at the time of the June 2015 attack, and therefore could not distinguish right from wrong.Vanderwood said the circumstances of the case are tragic on many levels.On June 14, 2015, Widing’s wife called 911 twice at about 12:30 a.m. and hung up. Emergency dispatchers called her back, and she whispered for help. About 15 minutes later, she called 911 again from a neighbor’s house and said she had been assaulted by her husband. She said Widing was running around naked looking for her and her children, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.Responding Clark County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the couple’s home, 30214 N.E. Lewisville Highway, where they found Widing being uncooperative. They said it appeared he was high on some type of drug, and he started running at a deputy saying, “Kill me, kill me,” the affidavit said. He then ran back toward the house, got on the ground, and started eating dirt and grass, court records state.Deputies eventually detained Widing and took him to a hospital, where he was medicated for his aggressive behavior, according to court documents.His wife also was taken to a hospital for her injuries. The prosecution said early in the case that the victim’s injuries were disturbing and that she was lucky to be alive.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State University athletic department ran a $13 million deficit at the end of 2014.Spending rose to nearly $60 million, about $10 million more than in 2013.Athletic Director Bill Moos tells The Spokesman-Review the spending included buying out the contract of former basketball coach Ken Bone and hiring a new coach. The department also added $1 million to the budget for football coaches and paid bonuses to the coaches after the Cougars made their first bowl game appearance in a decade.Moos says the WSU athletic department expects to be solvent by 2019.