In brief: Driver arrested after fatal crash

SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2007

A Coeur d’Alene man was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Friday evening following a fatal crash on state Highway 3. Idaho State Police said drugs and alcohol were a factor in the crash, which occurred just after 6 p.m.

Travis L. Doyle, 33, was southbound on Highway 3 near Rosewood Road when he reportedly swerved off the road, then overcorrected, according to the ISP. Doyle’s 2008 Ford Taurus reportedly flipped, ejecting passenger William Q. Fallaw, of Hayden, from the vehicle.

Fallaw, 35, died at the scene.

According to ISP, neither man was wearing a seat belt.

– Taryn Brodwater

Las Vegas

Suspect arrested in knife attack

A man was arrested in Las Vegas early Saturday on a $1 million warrant for attempted murder in connection with a Friday morning stabbing and knife attack that nearly severed the arm of a Rathdrum man.

Harley C. Fietsam, 19, of Las Vegas, was arrested by the FBI and Las Vegas police, Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood said Saturday. She described Fietsam as the “main suspect” in the stabbing of Robert S. Rehfeldt.

Police described the incident as a “random road rage” attack.

Michael Macintosh Mcphedran, 22, was arrested Friday after turning himself in to Coeur d’Alene police. Wood said Mcphedran is at least suspected of battery against Rehfeldt, who was stabbed numerous times and kicked in the head.

Two female juveniles were questioned and released, Wood said. Neither has been charged with a crime.

The incident occurred at Fruitland Lane and Stoddard Avenue in Coeur d’Alene, not far from the intersection of Highway 95 and Appleway Avenue.

Rehfeldt was treated at Kootenai Medical Center and released.

Authorities will begin the extradition process to bring Fietsam – who reportedly flew to Las Vegas following the alleged attack – to North Idaho to face the charges, Wood said.

– Taryn Brodwater


Rumble strips added to roads’ center lines

Drivers on Idaho’s highways may soon receive a new reminder to avoid drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic.

The Idaho Transportation Department is installing rumble strips on the double yellow line in the center of many Idaho roads this summer. Until now, the warning tracks have been limited to roads’ shoulders.

Expect the new center strips on more than 300 miles of roads including Interstate 84, Idaho 21, Idaho 55 and U.S. Highway 95, ITD engineer Kimbol Allen said. About 100 of these miles will be in no-passing zones.

Rumble strips – raised or grooved patterns on the road that vibrate vehicles – were installed in June on a stretch of winding Highway 12 along the Clearwater River.

In addition to warning drivers who cross the center line, the strips also alert road workers and state troopers.

“It’s an early warning system for those of us who work out on the roads,” said Idaho State Police Capt. Ed Gygli.

– Idaho Statesman


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