Region in brief: Desmet man ejected, dies in one-car crash

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

PLUMMER – A Desmet, Idaho, man was killed Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on Lovell Valley Road west of U.S. Highway 95.

William “Sonny” A. Davison, 22, was ejected from a Jeep Cherokee that sped into a ditch and vaulted forward more than 200 feet.

Joseph M. Matt, 24, also of Desmet, was taken to Kootenai Medical Center with injuries. Matt also was ejected from the Jeep. His condition was not immediately available.

Alcohol was a factor in the 1:10 p.m. crash, Idaho State Police officials said. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, and it was unclear who was driving, according to police.

The Jeep went off the north shoulder, overcorrected and crossed the centerline.

It crashed into a ditch and flew up 9 feet before coming to rest 237 feet from the road, according to police.

Staff reports

Reported kidnapping was a family dispute

A kidnapping reported in north Spokane on Tuesday turned out to be a dispute between family members headed to visit a Spokane County Jail inmate.

A teenage girl tried jumping out of the family’s car as it was stopped at West Cascade Way and North Wall Street about 12:30 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Family members pulled her back in and “she starts screaming bloody murder,” said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

Witnesses reported a kidnapping to 911, and state, county and city law enforcement responded to the call.

Ecology offers plans for polluted beaches

Two Spokane River beaches are targeted for action to reduce exposure to heavy metals.

At Flora Road, the Washington Department of Ecology has proposed putting a layer of clean gravel over polluted sediments. At Barker Road South, Ecology officials want to install a fence along the Centennial Trail to keep people away from contaminated soil near the river.

Nine Spokane River beaches were identified as polluted from mining waste that washed downstream. Cleanup has been completed on four beaches.

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Becky Kramer

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