February 6, 2011 in City

In brief: Sentence reduced in cyclist’s death

From Wire Reports

SANDPOINT – A driver who killed a cyclist and injured a runner competing in the Spokane-to-Sandpoint relay last summer has been granted a reduced sentence.

Thirty-one-year-old Bowdeen S. Kahuhu of Newport, Wash., had her one-year sentence reduced Friday in 1st District Court to six months, over the objections of the victim’s family.

Kahuhu killed 46-year-old Patricia Anne Lambie, of Greenacres, and injured a 17-year-old relay runner on Aug. 14 in what police said was a case of drowsy driving.

Kahuhu pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in November. The Bonner County Daily Bee reported that Kahuhu’s attorney petitioned for a reduced sentence so Kahuhu could care for her eight children.

Lowered flags will honor officer

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire has ordered flags on all state buildings flown at half-staff Tuesday in memory of a slain corrections officer.

Jayme Biendl was strangled Jan. 29 at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Biendl , who was 34, worked alone in the prison chapel, where inmates were allowed to visit and worship alone.

Named as the chief suspect is Byron Scherf, 52, a sex offender serving life in prison for the abduction and rape of a Spokane-area real estate agent in 1995.

A memorial service for Biendl is planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Everett’s Comcast Center.

Taxi knocks pig from pedestal

SEATTLE – A famous bronze pig at Seattle’s Pike Place Market was damaged by a taxicab early Saturday.

A taxi driver hit the gas when he was rear-ended nearby and plowed into Rachel, a 550-pound, bronze piggy bank, KING-TV reported. The pig has stood outside the market’s famous fish-throwing stand since 1986, and is a favorite photo prop for tourists, some of whom straddle it like a horse.

The crash knocked the pig off her concrete base, which will have to be repaired.

The piggy bank collects $6,000 to $9,000 every year for social services.

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