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Teen pleads guilty in texting rollover

A North Idaho teenager accused of rolling her sport utility vehicle with her infant child inside while trying to send a text message on a cell phone has pleaded guilty to inattentive driving.

Danielle Suzanna Eich, 16, pleaded guilty Friday in 1st District Court and was fined $300, plus $82 for court costs, and was placed on a year’s probation, according to court records.

A 30-day jail term was suspended, and she cannot drive for 30 days.

Eich, of Cocolalla, was ordered to attend a defensive driving course. A cell phone seized as evidence was returned, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported.

Eich initially faced charges of child endangerment and reckless driving after the crash on June 5. Eich and her child, who was strapped into a safety seat that was on the front passenger seat, escaped serious injury, according to police.

The more serious charges were dismissed in exchange for her plea, according to court records.

– Associated Press


Wanted man in custody after chase

A man discovered outside of a South Hill safehouse for domestic violence victims fled police Sunday but was apprehended a short time later near Shriners Hospital for Children, authorities said.

Richard Trower, who was wanted by the state Department of Corrections on a felony escape warrant, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to elude police, possession of a controlled substance, driving while suspended and violation of a protection order, according to the Spokane Police Department. Trower was believed to be trying to contact a resident of the safehouse whom he had been ordered to stay away from.

When police arrived, he fled in a minivan, nearly striking a patrol car and running several red lights, the department said. Officers stopped pursuing out of safety considerations but spotted him later running from the van and trying to open the locked front doors of the hospital. Police resumed the chase on foot, capturing him in the parking garage.

– Staff reports


Services, offices take Labor Day break

The following offices and services will be affected by Labor Day today:

•Government offices, including city halls across the Inland Northwest, will be closed.

•No need to plug parking meters in downtown Spokane on Labor Day.

•Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be a day late all week.

•Post offices, state liquor stores and most banks will be closed.

•Spokane Public Library branches will be closed today and Tuesday; other public libraries are scheduled to be closed today only.

•City-owned golf courses will be open, and Spokane Valley’s Terrace View Pool will remain open through today.

– Staff reports

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