Gregoire, Rossi to speak
Gov. Chris Gregoire and GOP challenger Dino Rossi will be among candidates participating at a forum Monday at Spokane Community College.
The forum, sponsored by The Arc of Spokane, will focus attention on the candidates’ views on issues important to persons facing intellectual disabilities and their families. Along with the gubernatorial candidates, legislators and legislative candidates from the Spokane area also will participate. It’s not a debate, organizer Lance Morehouse said, but a chance for the candidates to answer the same questions on the same stage.
The forum begins at 6 p.m. at the SCC Lair, 1810 N. Greene St., with gubernatorial candidates at 6:20 p.m. Candidates will talk with voters after the forum ends.
Two killed in semi crash
A tractor-trailer rig carrying newsprint crashed and caught fire about 4 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 90 in Coeur d’Alene, leaving two people dead.
Idaho State Police said the truck smashed into the median and destroyed a guardrail on an overpass before jackknifing and bursting into flames.
Killed were the driver, Mark D. Phares, 49, of Vancouver, Wash., and John E. Miller, 25, of Hillsboro, Ore., according to an ISP news release.
Leaking fuel and debris started a smaller fire beneath the elevated freeway, but the flames were under control in about an hour, authorities said.
I-90 was blocked in both directions for 4 ½ hours, the release said. By about 10:30 a.m., one lane of traffic was moving in both directions.
Classic cars stolen, damaged
Three classic cars were stolen early Saturday and damaged before being recovered by Spokane police six hours later.
A resident called police at about 4 a.m. Saturday to report that vehicles were being driven out of Rohrers Select Cars at 1126 W. Second Ave., a Police Department news release said.
When police arrived, no one was in the business but several cars had been removed and a vintage Chevrolet Corvette had been damaged, the release said.
Police contacted the owner, who told them three vehicles were missing: a 1972 Buick Gran Sport, a 1969 Ford Mustang and a 1965 Chevrolet Malibu, with an estimated combined value of more than $60,000, the release said.
The police found all three cars by 10 a.m. – the Mustang at Riverside Avenue and A Street, the Buick at Sprague Avenue and Howard Street and the Malibu near First Avenue and Madison Street.
Only the Malibu did not appear to be damaged.
Police have no suspects but did take nine different fingerprint cards as evidence. Police are asking residents who saw suspicious activity in that area on Saturday morning to call (509) 242-TIPS.