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Region in brief: Searchers recover body after fall

Wed., April 14, 2010, midnight

A 62-year-old man died early Sunday after he fell down an embankment while chopping wood in Shoshone County.

Rescue crews found the body of the man, whose name has not been released, about 14 miles into the Steamboat drainage near the Coeur d’Alene River. His car was located nearby.

Family members called the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office on Monday after they discovered the man’s body.

They set out to look for him after he left to cut wood about 6 a.m. on Sunday but never returned.

The man’s family and friends helped the sheriff’s investigators and members of the Prichard Quick Response unit recover the body on Monday.

City seeks speeding ticket refunds

PORTLAND – For 10 years, Portland police say, officers have automatically boosted fines against drivers caught speeding on Marine Drive, assuming that it was a state-designated safety corridor. But it’s not.

Now Mayor Sam Adams says he’ll ask Multnomah County Circuit Court to issue refunds to any drivers who can prove they paid inflated fines and to remove the black mark of a safety corridor violation from their driving records.

Only the Oregon Department of Transportation can designate high-crash stretches of highways as safety corridors with enhanced fines. The Oregonian says about 32 miles of U.S. Highway 26 make up the only state safety corridor in the Portland metro area.

Portland police Lt. Bryan Parman says patrol officers were confused by city signs reading “Entering a Safety Corridor” on roads approaching Marine Drive. The city installed the signs in 1999 as a warning, hoping to reduce speeding and traffic deaths on the treacherous 15-mile road. But Marine Drive was intended to be a safety corridor in name only.


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