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Driver killed when truck misses curve on Highway 97

A Harrison, Idaho, man was killed Friday night when his pickup failed to make a curve on state Highway 97 and the vehicle went off the road and down an embankment near milepost 78.

The 2001 Dodge Ram hit a tree, and Travis D. Cox, 36, died at the scene of the accident, the Idaho State Police said. Cox was alone in the truck.

Temblor rattles Methow Valley

A small earthquake shattered the Saturday morning calm in the Methow Valley but apparently caused no damage.

Jane Pappidas, who lives with her husband outside Winthrop, Wash., said she felt the shaking, then heard a sound: “I thought something had blown up. It felt like a blast.”

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a quake measuring 2.4 on the Richter scale about two miles south of Winthrop and six miles north-northwest of Twisp. It was estimated at a depth of 6.7 miles.

An Okanogan County sheriff’s dispatcher said the office received numerous calls reporting the disturbance but no reports of damage.

Knife-wielding man arrested

A 40-year-old Spokane man was arrested early Saturday after a two-hour standoff with police; he faces a first-degree assault charge for attacking his neighbor with a butcher knife.

Spokane police said they received a call from a man living in the 100 block of East Bridgeport Avenue who said he’d gone to his neighbor’s house Friday evening to ask a favor, and the neighbor attacked him with a knife. They wrestled, and the man received injuries that aren’t life threatening before he escaped and called police.

While police were talking to the victim, Michael Miethe came onto his porch with knife in hand and yelled at officers that they’d have to shoot him. Then he went back into his house.

Police called hostage negotiators and their SWAT team, and negotiators talked with Miethe for nearly two hours before he came out of the house. The SWAT team used sponge rounds to subdue him, and he was arrested and taken to a hospital for injuries from the rounds and a possible overdose.

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