Valleyford man dies after car rollover

SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2008

A Valleyford man died Friday morning when his car rolled over near Freeman south of Spokane Valley.

Ruben V. Mangelson, 36, of Valleyford died at the scene.

His car failed to negotiate a curve on state Highway 27, Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Baker said. He was thrown from the vehicle when it crashed.

The car was on its roof about a mile south of Elder Road, 50 feet from the roadway in some bushes, Baker said.


Shock collar will be used in abuse trial

A shock collar allegedly used by a Spokane couple to discipline 4-year-old homicide victim Summer Phelps will be admitted as evidence in the father’s trial.

Cheyenne Kiernan, an attorney for Jonathan Lytle, argued Friday that the dog collar should not be discussed at the homicide by abuse trial, which begins Monday, because it did not directly cause the girl’s death and would unfairly prejudice jurors.

Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Steinmetz said use of the collar establishes a pattern of torture and abuse.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price said he would admit the collar as evidence because it was “entirely relevant” and not “unduly prejudicial.”

Lytle’s wife, Adriana, has pleaded guilty in the death of her stepdaughter and is awaiting sentencing.

Man, 60, stops burglary suspect, 39

An elderly Spokane couple returning home from a funeral Friday encountered a burglar in their home. But the woman’s 60-year-old son, who was with them, was able to grab the man, knock him down and hold him until police arrived.

Leroy W. Hopkins, 39, was booked on suspicion of first-degree burglary, Spokane police Cpl. Tom Lee said.

Investigators said the burglar used a pry bar and his shoulder, to break down the door to the couple’s home in the 3800 block of East Euclid Avenue.

The intruder was ransacking the living room and had rifled through two bedrooms when the three arrived.

Cash rewards offered for trio

Cash rewards are being offered for information leading to the capture of any of three people with long criminal records.

Richard Clinton Amodio is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 190 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. His last known residence was on South Maple Street in Spokane, according to Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest. Amodio has been convicted of assault, domestic violence, theft and violating probation. He is wanted on suspicion of drug possession, driving on a suspended license and three counts of bail jumping.Cynthia L. Couveau, 40, is wanted on suspicion of second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Her 15-year criminal history includes convictions for drug possession, obstructing police and residential burglary, according to Crime Stoppers. She last gave her address as 4001 E. Denison-Chattaroy Road, Apartment No. 6.

Justin J. Ellery, 23, is wanted on two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and one count of delivery of a controlled substance. He is living as a transient in Spokane County but has friends who live in the 8700 block of East Sinto Avenue, the 3700 block of East 31st Avenue and the 3400 block of South Hogan, according to Crime Stoppers.

Anonymous tips can be made at (800) 222-TIPS or

North Idaho

Bayview hunter shoots own left foot

Authorities are reminding hunters to be careful with firearms after a man shot himself in the foot while preparing to hunt near Chilco, Idaho, early Friday.

James R. Hulsey, 21, of Bayview was sitting in front seat of Ryan Bourgeois’ truck about 7 a.m. with Bourgeois, 23, and Alison Currie, 20, when his rifle went off, sending a bullet through his left foot and the truck’s floor, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

Hulsey was driven to the Northern Lakes Fire Station in Rathdrum, then to Kootenai Medical Center by ambulance, where he remained in stable condition Friday night.


One dead in three-car crash near Colville

One person died after a three-car accident Friday on Highway 395 near Colville. The accident occurred about 6:40 p.m. at milepost 233, about three miles north of Colville.

The person died while being transported by Med-Star to a Spokane hospital, according to the Washington State Patrol. The driver who caused the crashed was at Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville, according to the WSP.

From staff reports


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