June 12, 2007 in City

Ex-Spangle resident killed in Iraq

The Spokesman-Review

A former Spangle resident was killed in an explosion in Iraq, the U.S. Army announced Monday.

Sgt. Dariek Dehn, 32, died June 2 in Sharkat from wounds from a homemade bomb, the Defense Department announced in a brief news release Monday afternoon. No further details of the incident were available, and officials at Dehn’s home base of Fort Hood, Texas, could not be reached for further information.

Dehn was a member of the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Members of his unit have recently been operating in the Diyala Province near the Iranian border, according to a report in Stars and Stripes.

Spokesman-Review archives indicate that Dehn was a 1993 graduate of Liberty High School who received an Army Achievement Medal in 2005.

– Jim Camden


Collision closes Monroe Street

North Monroe Street was closed at West Gordon Avenue for three hours Monday evening after a collision that left one man injured.

A pickup truck apparently took a steep, blind hill too fast and crossed the centerline, crashing “somewhat head-on” into an Inland Asphalt truck pulling a trailer, Spokane Police Officer Tim Moses said.

The driver of the pickup suffered a shoulder injury and was taken by ambulance from the scene, Spokane Fire Battalion Chief Dan Brown said. The man’s status was not available late Monday.

Moses said the pickup driver’s injury was serious enough to merit a police investigation into who was at fault for the crash. Authorities closed the area from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. as they took skid-mark measurements and cleaned up a large oil spill, he said.

– Nick Eaton


Sewage spills; some reaches lake

Equipment failure caused several hundred gallons of sewage to spill in Bayview over the weekend. A small amount is believed to have flowed into Lake Pend Oreille, but state officials don’t believe the spill poses a risk to drinking water supplies or swimmers.

The problem was noticed about 10 a.m. Sunday when a property owner reported sewage backing up into a building, said John Tindall, with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. A local public works employee found that two of the town’s three sewage pumps had failed. In addition, the alarm system that normally would have warned of trouble had failed.

Within two hours, the mess was being cleaned up. The pumps were being fixed Monday, and water samples had been taken to test for contamination, Tindall said.

The quantity of spilled sewage was unknown, but Tindall said it was in the “few hundred gallon” range. Most seems to have overflowed into a grassy swale.

– James Hagengruber

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