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In brief: One man killed in motorcycle crash

Mon., June 2, 2008

A 20-year-old Priest River man was killed in a Saturday night motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 95 near Chilco, Idaho, the Idaho State Police reported.

Ranald C. Jones was pronounced dead at Kootenai Medical Center after the two-motorcycle, two-car accident, the ISP said.

Jones and Robert A. Wunderlich, 20, also of Priest River, were riding motorcycles north on U.S. 95 about 5:12 p.m.

Robert C. Brown, 48, of Athol, was stopped in his 1994 Dodge Caravan in the northbound lane, waiting to turn west onto Estates Road. Other traffic blocked Brown’s van from the motorcyclists’ view until they were just south of the van, the ISP reported.

Both motorcycle riders braked, then crashed. Wunderlich’s 1999 Suzuki GZ 250 hit the back of the van; Jones’s 1980 Suzuki 750 slid into oncoming traffic. Jones was thrown from the bike into the path of a Ford F-350 pickup driven by Steven A. Staaben, 35, of Coeur d’Alene.

The riders were wearing helmets, both of which came off in the crash.

Wunderlich was taken to KMC, where he was treated and released. The drivers of the other vehicles were not injured, the ISP said.


Police seek teen girl and Internet friend

Boise police are asking the public’s help in finding a teenage runaway who may be in Eastern Washington with an older man she met on the Internet.

The girl may be in danger, police said.

Saddie “Elaine” Julian, 14, of Boise is 5 feet tall and 90 pounds with light/pale skin, long red hair and a thin build.

Ada County prosecutors issued a felony kidnapping warrant for Morgan Douglas Jones, 27, of Birmingham, Ala. Jones is 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds with shoulder-length red hair and light/pale skin. He was last seen clean shaven.

The two may be in a bright yellow 2008 Chevy Aveo with the Alabama license plate OMGROFL.

Police believe Julian met Jones while playing an Internet game and the two developed a relationship. They suspect Jones drove to Boise from Alabama and picked up the girl about 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators believe their last known location was Eastern Washington.

Boise police issued a law enforcement alert to surrounding states and Alabama officials. Detectives also are working with federal law enforcement officials to find the pair.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call Boise police through Crime Stoppers at (208) 343-2677.

Moses Lake

Plane crashes in field; pilot dies

A pilot died when his experimental airplane crashed into a cornfield about half a mile east of Moses Lake Municipal Airport.

Grant County Sheriff’s deputies say 77-year-old Robert Wayne Holloway of Ephrata was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash about 11 a.m. on Saturday. They say Holloway was an experienced pilot.

Witnesses say the pilot seemed to be having trouble in the air before the plane flew into the ground.

Ponderay, Idaho

Teenage kayaker still missing

Officials in North Idaho searching this weekend for a kayaker last seen holding onto his capsized boat in Lake Pend Oreille say he has not been found and may have drowned.

Rene Behrens-Spraggins, 19, was last seen 500 feet from shore about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday between Sandpoint and Ponder Point.

Police say he was not wearing a lifejacket and that the water temperature was 48 degrees.

Authorities say Behrens-Spraggins and 20-year-old Dustin Hendricks each capsized their kayaks on the lake. Police say Hendricks swam toward shore and was rescued by a boater. But police say Behrens-Spraggins had disappeared when the boater went to look for him after picking up Hendricks.

S-R seeks young aspiring journalists

Twelve students entering grades 6-12 will be selected to attend a weeklong day camp at The Spokesman-Review.

The journalism camp is sponsored by the Vox, the student newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review, and offers an opportunity for students to become familiar with the field of journalism.

Students selected will receive instruction in news writing, journalism ethics, reporting, photojournalism and editing. One goal of the weeklong project is to produce pages to be published in The Spokesman-Review.

The camp will be held at the downtown Spokesman-Review building Aug. 11-15, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is no charge for participants.

All participants will receive certificates of completion and will work alongside professionals from The Spokesman-Review and mentors from the Vox staff.

To apply, download an application at

/blogs /vox/ – look for “application” on the right side. Deadline for applications is June 20.

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From staff and wire reports


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