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In brief: Plane crash victims not identified yet

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating the cause of death of two males recovered Sunday from airplane wreckage in the rugged Cascades.

The victims are believed to be a father and son from the Deer Park area.

Identification of the victims was being withheld until the medical examiner’s office completes its investigation, possibly today. Investigators were waiting for dental records to confirm identities.

The single-engine Piper PA 22 reportedly left an airstrip at Elk Heights in Spokane County on Friday and never made it to the occupants’ planned destination, the annual Arlington Fly-In. FAA records show that the Elk Heights airstrip is owned by Matthew and Nanine Annis and that Matthew Annis is the owner of a 1953 Piper PA 22.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

Mike Prager

Narrowing of I-90 to last until Aug. 4

Repair work on Interstate 90 through east Spokane was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday, forcing traffic onto two narrow construction lanes in each direction.

Drivers on Monday had one last day with unrestricted lanes prior to the start of the project from Altamont to Havana streets, where overpass bridges are being repaired and resurfaced through Aug. 4.

In addition, seven on- and off-ramps will be closed.

Drivers might want to consider alternate routes such as Sprague, Second, Third and Fifth avenues.

Transportation officials said late afternoon is likely to see the worst of the slowdowns on eastbound I-90.

Staff reports

Man robs credit union, flees on mountain bike

A man wearing a beanie hat and bandanna robbed a South Hill credit union Monday before escaping on a bicycle.

No one was injured in the robbery, which occurred about 2:25 p.m. at Spokane Teachers Credit Union, 820 E. 29th Ave.

The robber is described as a white man with a thin build, 6 feet tall and in his late 20s or early 30s, according to the Spokane Police Department.

He wore light-colored jeans, a long-sleeve white shirt, a black beanie-style hat and a bandanna over his face.

He left on a silver and maroon mountain bike with an undisclosed amount of money.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Meghann M. Cuniff


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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.