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Region in brief: Man’s body recovered from Lake CdA

Sun., Aug. 16, 2009

The body of a Post Falls man, missing and presumed drowned in Lake Coeur d’Alene since July 6, was recovered Saturday morning.

Robert J. Meadows, 49, was found near Arrow Point.

Initial reports said Meadows was out boating with another man when he jumped in the water. He refused a life jacket and an offer of assistance before going under, according to a news release from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s office had been using side-scan sonar and a cadaver dog to search for Meadows, who was found in about 137 feet of water a few hundred yards west of Arrow Point. Due to the depth of the water, the department used a submersible remote operated vehicle to help recover the body.

An investigation is continuing.

Nina Culver

Police seek witnesses after assault death

A man died after being assaulted in the area of Lincoln Street and Indiana Avenue at 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police received a report of a fight and arrived to find the man nearly unconscious and barely breathing, according to a news release from the Spokane Police Department. He later died of his injuries. His name and other information about the crime are not being released pending notification of his family.

The department’s Major Crimes unit is conducting an investigation. Police ask that anyone who witnessed the fight call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Nina Culver

MySpace search leads police to tagging teen

WENATCHEE – A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to tagging several homes with graffiti in crimes that police solved by searching the social-networking site MySpace.

The Wenatchee World reports Erick Sanchez, of Wenatchee, was sentenced to two months in jail Wednesday in Chelan County Superior Court after pleading guilty to second-degree malicious mischief. He was charged as an adult.

Police received numerous graffiti complaints in June and suspected that a local street gang was responsible. Court records show investigators used MySpace to search for nicknames that were included in the graffiti. Sanchez’s MySpace page included pictures of some of the graffiti.

Associated Press


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