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Tekoa boy, 17, dies in accident

Wed., July 8, 2009, midnight

A Tekoa teen was killed Tuesday after the truck he was riding in went off a road and rolled several times in southern Kootenai County.

Brandon W. Hay, 17, died at Kootenai Medical Center, the Idaho State Police reported. The driver, Travis W. Sines, 18, of Worley, and another passenger, Jonathan R. Hill, 18, of Tekoa, were injured. Both were taken to KMC.

Sines was westbound in a 1999 Toyota 4Runner at about 1:22 a.m. on Lovell Valley Road when the vehicle drifted off the right shoulder on a curve, the ISP said. He lost control and the vehicle rolled several times, ejecting Sines and Hay.

The vehicle landed upside down in the ditch and caught fire. Witnesses helped Hill get out of the vehicle. Sines and Hay were taken by helicopter to KMC, where Hay died. Hill was taken by ambulance. Sines was in critical condition and Hill in fair condition Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Alison Boggs

Robbers get cash at Go Wireless

Two robbers hit the Go Wireless store at 13908 E. Sprague Ave. on Monday and escaped with cash, the Spokane Valley Police Department reported.

The robbers entered the store about 7:50 p.m., gestured as if they had pistols and demanded money, police said in a news release. They ordered an employee to place cash in a tan bag, then fled, heading east.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Crime Check: (509) 456-2233.

Staff reports

Post Falls man likely drowned

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department has identified a man that authorities presumed drowned Monday in Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Divers couldn’t find Robert J. Meadows, 49, of Post Falls, in water up to 140 feet deep, the department said in a news release. Meadows was in a boat owned by Michael J. Kidd, of Post Falls, who told authorities Meadows jumped out of the boat about 300 yards north of Arrow Point. Kidd said he threw two life jackets to Meadows and dived in to help him, but Meadows pushed him away and went below the surface, the release said.

Winds were blowing up to 25 mph and the lake was choppy. The pair had been at the Carlin Bay Resort and were headed to Coeur d’Alene in Kidd’s 1985 16-foot Bayliner Capri, the release said. Recovery efforts using side-scan sonar equipment were due to continue.

Alison Boggs


 

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