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In brief: Feds charge man with killing grizzly

Jeremy M. Hill, 33, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, has been charged with killing a grizzly bear, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced Monday.

The information filed Monday in U.S. District Court alleges that on May 8 Hill shot and killed a grizzly bear that was on his property in Bonners Ferry. The grizzly bear is classified as a threatened species in the Lower 48 states, according to the Endangered Species Act of 1975, and protected by federal law.

The charge of killing a threatened species is punishable by up to one year in prison, a maximum fine of $50,000, and up to one year of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rich Landers

Officials identify man killed in rollover

A man killed in a rollover auto accident Saturday near Cheney has been identified as Eric Henager, 24, of Cheney.

Detectives have not determined who was driving the 2005 Subaru Outback in which Henager was found dead at 2:22 a.m. on Cheney-Spangle Road, just south of Curtis Road, Spokane County sheriff’s Cpl. Dave Thornburg said late Monday. Officials say alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Injured in the crash was Mark Russo, 24, of Cameron Park, Calif., Thornburg said.

Detectives hope two women who were given a ride home from the men just before the crash will come forward, as well as anyone else who may have seen the vehicle that night.

Thornburg believes the men were coming from either Wild Bill’s Longbar or Goofy’s Tavern in Cheney before dropping the women off, Thornburg said. Anyone with information is asked to call Thornburg at (509) 477-2710.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Man missing from trial faces new charges

A Spokane man wanted by Crime Stoppers after skipping the last part of his robbery and assault trial was arrested recently after shots were fired at a neighbor trying to stop a burglary.

Larry A. Powell, 54, is now awaiting sentencing and arraignment for separate assault and robbery cases after he was arrested last week, accused of stealing property from a home in the 8500 block of East Cataldo Avenue in Spokane Valley, then shooting at a neighbor who tried to stop him. No one was injured in the July 30 confrontation.

The shooting occurred just days after a Spokane County jury convicted Powell of assault and robbery for an incident at Kmart last fall. Powell didn’t show up for the last days of the trial, but court proceeded without him.

Meghann M. Cuniff



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