February 11, 2009 in City

In brief: Coeur d’Alene men killed in crash

 

A father and son from Coeur d’Alene died in a head-on crash Tuesday morning on an icy stretch of U.S. Highway 95 north of Athol. Two other people were seriously injured in the collision at Granite Hill in Bonner County, the Idaho State Police said.

Norman Flom, 67, and Jason Flom, 35, were killed after the 1987 Toyota pickup driven by Norman Flom crossed the center line and struck a northbound 2007 Chevy Silverado.

Neither was wearing a seat belt, police said.

The driver of the Silverado, Robert Winey, 51, of Bonners Ferry, and his passenger, Patricia Winey, 46, of Post Falls, were taken to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene, where they were listed in serious condition Tuesday afternoon.

They were wearing seat belts, investigators said.

Traffic was reduced to one lane for several hours.

Spokane

Man accused of making threats

Former Spokane Valley City Council candidate David Elton was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday on charges that he threatened to kill Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan and one other person, whom police declined to identify.

Elton was arrested at the Public Safety Building after he was interviewed by detectives, said Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe.

Elton has been a prominent presence at some Spokane City Council meetings in recent weeks. On his Web site, he says he is leading an effort to recall Shogan. In an e-mail to various media representatives Monday, Elton appeared to address the accusations.

“I have never harmed anyone and never will,” Elton wrote. “The creative writing experiment was ill advised … but I am simply a hyperactive political activist.” Elton has said that he has bipolar disorder.

He was booked on two felony counts of harassment.

Coeur d’Alene

Tutu’s daughter to speak at event

Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual human rights banquet in Coeur d’Alene on March 16.

Tutu will speak on “Healing the Wounds of Racism and Other Forms of Prejudice” at the banquet sponsored by the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations and the Human Rights Education Institute.

Tutu consults and lectures worldwide on the topic of erasing prejudice and bigotry. She has served as a consultant for the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town, the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence. She also conducts race relations workshops.

Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut and Brevard College.

The banquet starts at 6 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave. Tickets are $35 per person.

For more information, call Tony Stewart at (208) 765-3932 or the Human Rights Education Institute at (208) 292-2359.

From staff reports


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