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Region in brief: Hope drowning victim identified as Troy woman

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office has identified a body found floating in Lake Pend Oreille near Hope, Idaho, as a woman from Troy, Mont.

The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about 12:47 p.m. Thursday reporting a body in the water near Kramer’s Marina in Hope.

An autopsy performed Friday showed Joan Lyons drowned, Lt. Doug Harris said in a news release Monday.

There were no signs of foul play or traumatic injuries to Lyons’ body, Harris said.

Toxicology samples have been submitted to a laboratory for examination, but results will not come back for several weeks, he said.

Lyons, 59, lived on a sailboat at Kramer’s Marina during the week while working in the Sandpoint area, the release said.

Harris said Lyons had been in the water since Wednesday night.

Power outage affects 2,500 in Coeur d’Alene

About 2,500 customers in Coeur d’Alene were without power for two hours Monday, including the Kootenai County 911 emergency center, Avista Utilities reported.

The outage occurred just before 2 p.m., and power was restored to all customers just after 4 p.m., Avista officials said.

Affected customers were west of U.S. Highway 95 and north of the Spokane River, extending as far west as Huetter.

The outage affected at least 14 emergency agencies served by the Kootenai County, and emergency calls were routed to a backup center in Post Falls, officials said.

It was unclear what caused the outage.

Truck driver arrested after log-toting rig spills load

A St. Maries man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Monday after rolling his semi-truck loaded with logs on a North Idaho highway, closing the road for more than four hours.

Idaho State Police said Al W. Maddox, 33, and his passenger were ejected from the log truck, after the rig rolled on state Highway 3 near Harrison.

Police said Maddox was southbound in the truck about 7 a.m. when the truck left the roadway, and he overcorrected causing the truck to roll, spilling the logs.

Maddox was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where his condition was unavailable Monday night.

No information was available on the condition of the passenger, who was not identified.

Maddox was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, the ISP said.

Police officer charged in DUI suspect’s killing

EVERETT – An Everett police officer has been charged with manslaughter for killing a suspected drunken driver in a restaurant parking lot.

The 41-year-old officer, Troy Meade, was charged Monday with recklessly causing the death of 51-year-old Niles Meservey, of Stanwood.

Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roe said the use of deadly force was not justified.

The Everett Herald reports it’s the first time a police officer in Snohomish County has faced prosecution for a shooting in the line of duty.

Meservey was shot June 10 while at the wheel of his idling white Chevrolet Corvette, boxed in by three police cruisers in the parking lot of Chuckwagon Inn.

Officers had responded to a report of a drunken driver.


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