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In brief: Man dies in rollover crash

SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009

A 54-year-old Spokane County man died early Saturday in a one-car accident on the Palouse Highway near Sands Road, south of Spokane.

The driver, whose identity was not been released, was headed south when he failed to follow a curve in the road, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He went off the left side of the road, and his BMW rolled five times.

The accident happened between midnight and 6 a.m. Saturday, when sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. The driver was dead, Reagan said.

He said speed and alcohol appeared to be factors in the accident.

Staff reports

Fire destroys mobile homes

A family’s home southwest of Spokane was destroyed by fire Friday night.

Crews were called to 6915 S. Mabel Road about 8:15 p.m. Friday after a neighbor reported seeing flames coming from two attached mobile homes, said Spokane County Fire District 3 Battalion Chief Russ Mace.

The structures, about two miles south of the Spokane International Airport, were a total loss, Mace said. No one was home at the time of the fire, but the residents returned while firefighters were at the scene.

Mary Dougherty, who lives adjacent to the home, said she called 911 after her daughter spotted the flames. Dougherty said a mother, father and several children lived in the residence.

Spokane County property records indicate that the property is owned by Alexey and Olga Zolotov.

Jonathan Brunt

Vox seeks promising grads

The Vox, a monthly newspaper produced by area teens, is looking for suggestions: Do you know a graduate who will change the world?

Vox staff will feature five Spokane-area graduates who promise to improve our world. The feature will run in the June edition.

The candidates don’t have to be college-bound or have a perfect grade-point average. Maybe they’re especially determined or have overcome adversity to help others. Maybe they go above and beyond the call of duty or a strong drive toward success.

This isn’t a contest. It’s a story – and we are soliciting ideas from readers to write it.

Please send your suggestions by April 28 to Vox adviser Erin Daniels-Bangle at or 999 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane WA 99201, by April 28. Members of the Vox staff can’t be nominated, and the student must be a teenager graduating from a Spokane-area school this year.

Staff reports

Indio, Calif.

Doctors to evaluate Duncan

Joseph Duncan III will undergo mental evaluation to determine if he’s fit to stand trial on charges of kidnapping, torturing and killing a 10-year-old Riverside County boy more than a decade ago.

A judge in Indio ordered Friday that two doctors examine Duncan and report back in May.

Duncan could face the death penalty if convicted.

Duncan already has received life and death sentences in Idaho for the 2005 killing of a 9-year-old Dylan Groene, the abduction of his sister, Shasta, and the murders of his older brother, mother and mother’s fiance.

Associated Press

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