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Michigan woman killed in crash

A three-car crash on state Route 2 north of Spokane killed a Michigan woman Wednesday afternoon.

Margaret J. Brabant, 69, of Sault Ste. Marie, died when the 1998 Toyota Camry she was riding in collided with a 1995 Nissan Altima, then struck a 2001 Dodge Stratus, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Camry’s driver, Timothy J. Kelley, 61, of Gallup, N.M., was taken to the emergency room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he remained Wednesday night.

The collision occurred at 4:32 p.m. at Newport Highway and Shady Slope Road when the southbound Altima, driven by Camera M. Cox, 22, of Spokane, collided with Kelley’s northbound Camry.

The Camry rotated, striking the Stratus, which was northbound in the neighboring lane, WSP said.

All four people were wearing seat belts, according to WSP. Cox was transported to Providence Holy Family Hospital and was released by 9 p.m. The Stratus’ driver, Jerry Winterholler, 67, of West Jordan, Utah, was not injured.

Businessman charged with DUI

A prominent Coeur d’Alene businessman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after a two-car accident Tuesday night.

John A. Beutler, owner of Century 21 Beutler and Associates, failed to stop at a stop sign while headed west on Walnut Avenue around 9 p.m. in his Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department reported. A Geo Metro headed south on Third Street hit the Jeep as it traveled through the intersection. The Geo’s driver and his young son told police they were not injured; they were evaluated at a hospital and released.

“I feel terrible there was an accident,” Beutler said. “I got in a hurry and made a mistake I will regret for a long time.”

While waiting to be interviewed by police, Beutler urinated along the side of the street, in potential view of about 10 people, the police report said. Beutler said, “I feel bad about that, but I just had to relieve myself.” Beutler’s blood alcohol content was 0.12, above the legal limit of .08.

He was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and public urination, and he posted bail.

Police seek man in mall robbery

Police are asking for help finding a man who robbed a NorthTown Mall store at knifepoint Tuesday night.

The man was trying to steal clothes from Kohl’s when store security tried to stop him about 8 p.m., according to the Spokane Police Department.

“The suspect pulled a knife and swung it at a security officer in an attempt to retain the stolen merchandise,” Officer Matt Rose said in a news release. The man was seen running southbound across Wellesley Avenue.

No one was injured in the incident, which was captured by surveillance cameras.

The robber was described as a white, age 25 to 30, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds with dark brown hair and a dark brown goatee. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a red T-shirt and blue jeans.

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

Motorcyclist injured in collision

A motorcycle driver was flown to the hospital with serious injuries Tuesday evening after a truck struck him in northern Spokane County.

The 7 p.m. collision occurred when the truck driver, who was headed westbound on West Monroe Road, turned left onto Bernhill Road and struck the motorcycle, which was heading east on Monroe. The truck driver told authorities the sun was in his eyes and he didn’t see the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist is reported to have compound fractures and serious injuries. His condition was not available Wednesday.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies at the scene said the truck driver will not be charged.

Fire damages law office in Valley

Fire damaged a law office on North Pines Road early Wednesday.

The 5 a.m. fire at Waldo, Schweda and Montgomery, 2206 N. Pines Road, was spotted by a clerk at a nearby 7-Eleven, who reported smoke coming from the building’s roof.

Spokane Valley firefighters found the offices filled with smoke and located the smoldering fire along a ceiling fan in a bathroom. Crews removed ceiling and insulation to get at the fire and to make sure it had not spread to adjacent areas.

Bill Clifford, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, said the loss would be about $60,000, including repair of widespread smoke damage.

Tribe gives money to schools, project

Two colleges, 15 school districts and a drug-addiction program received donations totaling $1.8 million from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe this week in an annual distribution of a portion of its gaming revenues.

Since 2001, the tribe has donated more than $12 million through the program, according to a news release. The 2009 distribution is the largest annual amount so far. The tribe pledged to donate 5 percent of its gaming revenue annually, the release said.

“This money not only represents the success of the tribe’s casino, but the vision of our elders who believed that gaming was a means to an end,” tribe Chairman Chief Allan said.

Among the school districts receiving funding were Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Plummer-Worley, Lakeland, St. Maries and Wallace. Washington State University and North Idaho College also received donations, as did the Idaho Meth Project.



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