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Region in brief: Highway 395 crash kills driver

A 25-year-old Colville man died Monday when he lost control of his 1992 Toyota pickup and slammed into an oncoming logging truck north of Deer Park.

Jesse L. Crayne was southbound on U.S. Highway 395 when he struck a 2002 Kenworth logging truck driving northbound at 5:40 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

The truck’s driver, Ian M. Darnielle, 28, of Colville, was not injured. The collision destroyed both vehicles and blocked the road for more than four hours.

Crayne was speeding, according to the WSP. Police reported icy conditions on roads around the region early Monday.

Idaho man dies in head-on crash

A 43-year-old man is dead following a head-on collision along U.S. Highway 95 near Athol that blocked traffic for about 2 1/2 hours Monday, authorities said.

Michael L. Johns, of Athol, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:15 p.m. crash, according to the Idaho State Police. The driver of the other car, 27-year-old Jayme Ruben Shottanana, of Bonners Ferry, was taken to Kootenai Medical Center with unspecified injuries.

Johns was driving a 1995 Dodge Intrepid, while Shottanana was driving a 2002 Jeep Liberty, the State Police said. Although troopers reported that alcohol consumption likely was a factor in the collision, the specific cause was still under investigation Monday and investigators were still trying to determine the direction each vehicle was traveling just before impact.

Woman robs coffee stand

A woman claiming to have a gun robbed a Coeur d’Alene coffee stand Monday.

The robber, described as a woman in her 20s, 5 feet tall with a medium build, demanded cash through the drive-up window at Dutch Bros. Coffee, 1680 Northwest Blvd about 5:10 p.m.

She ran southeast on Mill Avenue, witnesses said.

The woman was wearing a dark sweatshirt with the hood over her head, a blue bandanna over her face and a brown Carhart jacket with light blue baggie jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Coeur d’Alene police at (209) 769-2320.

Flu shot clinics set for Nov. 21

The Panhandle Health District will take appointments Saturday for H1N1 clinics on Nov. 21 for people in vaccination target groups in each of Idaho’s five northern counties.

The toll-free appointment line – (877) 415-5225 – will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The target groups are: pregnant women; people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months old; anyone age 6 months to 24 years old; health care and emergency response workers and people age 25 to 64 who have chronic health conditions.

The clinic will allow children under age 10 who had their first dose of the vaccine on Oct. 24 to get their second dose and meet the necessary dosage separation time. Clinics will be held 10 a.m. to noon in Boundary, Bonner, Benewah and Shoshone counties and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kootenai County, a health district news release said.

The health district also is shipping nearly 4,000 doses of the vaccine this week to doctors throughout the five northern counties for patients in the vaccination target groups.

For updates on the clinics, visit or call the toll-free H1N1 hotline at (866) 528-3501.

Forums will cover math instruction

Two forums planned this week will give the public an opportunity to weigh in on Spokane Public Schools’ high school math materials and instruction.

District officials plan to adopt textbooks for high-school level algebra and geometry. The public will be asked to write on index cards what they consider important in math instruction, officials said.

The first forum is 6 tonight at North Central High School, 1600 N. Howard, in the library. The next is 6 p.m. Thursday at Lewis and Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave., in rooms 131-132.

Additional forums will be held in late January or early February.


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Freeman students march in unity to honor memory of slain classmate Sam Strahan

UPDATED: 9:38 p.m.

Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where they sheltered in fear last September following the shooting that killed 15-year-old Sam Strahan and injured three girls.