June 6, 2011 in City

In brief: Tipped semitruck blocks lanes on I-90


A Minnesota driver was injured Sunday when his Kenworth semitruck flipped on its side and blocked westbound lanes of Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass.

Idaho State Police said the driver, 38-year-old Timothy J. Monsen, of Brainerd, Minn., was taken to Shoshone Medical Center after the truck he was driving went over on its right side a few moments before 1 p.m. The extent of his injuries was not disclosed.

ISP blocked both westbound lanes until late Sunday evening as crews cleared the wreckage. Westbound traffic was diverted to one eastbound lane.

Police said Monsen was taking a curve to the right, traveling between 65 and 68 mph. The cause of the accident was listed as “a combination of weight, speed and momentum” that tipped the trailer.

Monsen was wearing a seat belt, the ISP report said.

Three arrested after pair of robberies

Two men and a woman reportedly were taken into custody late Saturday following an investigation of two recent armed robberies in north Spokane.

SWAT officers around 7 p.m. Saturday surrounded a house near Napa and Decatur, according to KHQ News. Three suspects eventually came out and were taken into custody.

They were not identified, and Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe said no more information would be available Sunday.

Officers tracked down the suspects based on witness sightings of a brown Cadillac tied to the two incidents, KHQ reported. The first robbery reportedly occurred Saturday afternoon when a man holding a handgun approached a woman near a North Spokane Walmart and demanded her purse. Roughly 90 minutes later a second similar incident occurred in the parking lot near the Sears at NorthTown Mall. After tracking the car to the north Spokane neighborhood, police cordoned off the area and took up positions. The two men came out within a few hours. The woman came out later, according to reports.

No injuries reported in Valley garage fire

A Spokane Valley fire crew spent 90 minutes Sunday morning putting out a garage fire at 1620 N. Rio Grande Lane.

The owner of the attached home called in the report. A smoke detector in the garage apparently caught the man’s attention.

Firefighters responded and entered the garage and contained the fire.

The owner, his daughter and a friend escaped the house unharmed. Investigators have not identified a cause of the fire.

Second man held in Pullman robbery

A second man has been arrested by Idaho County sheriff’s deputies in connection with a Pullman home invasion.

He is 27-year-old Jeremiah J. Lafave, who has an address listed in Lewiston. He was arrested at a relative’s home in Stites, Idaho, according to a Pullman police report.

Last week Idaho officials also arrested 35-year-old Matthew White and said evidence at his home linked him to the home invasion.

Lafave is being held in the Idaho County Jail until extradition to Whitman County. He faces robbery, kidnapping, burglary and theft charges.

Rockwell painting wows ‘Roadshow’

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene delivered a “wow” moment for “The Antiques Roadshow” on Saturday after a Norman Rockwell painting was deemed to be worth an estimated $500,000, tied for the second most valuable item ever appraised in the 15-year history of the Public Broadcasting Service television program.

The artwork is a 1919 original oil-on-canvas painting by Rockwell titled “The Little Model.” A collection of Chinese jade items appraised last year holds the show’s highest value at $710,000 to $1,070,000.

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