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In brief: Sheriff’s office backs charges in bus incident

Sat., May 14, 2011

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday recommended battery charges be filed against three Kellogg High School students who allegedly stripped the clothing off another student during a bus ride back from a softball game.

“We got all the paperwork from Shoshone County on Wednesday,” Maj. Ben Wolfinger said Friday. “We’ve sent it to the prosecutor with the recommendation that they file battery charges.”

Prosecutor Barry McHugh said no charging decision had been made.

The girls were celebrating a softball victory on the bus ride to Kellogg when the alleged incident occurred, news reports said. District officials told a TV station the students have been kicked off the team but not suspended or expelled. The incident occurred this month.

Accident at railyard tilts car-loaded train

A dozen BNSF Railway train cars derailed at an east Spokane railyard early Friday morning.

Called auto racks, the train cars were loaded with automobiles, BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said. Two of the derailed train cars were tilted at 20-degree angles. Crews had righted some of the cars by mid-morning, but were waiting for heavy equipment to arrive from Kamloops, B.C., and Billings to clear the rest, he said.

The train cars were moving at less than 3 mph on a track in the railyard east of Havana Street and south of Trent Avenue, known historically as Yardley. The cause of the accident hadn’t been determined, Melonas said. None of the rail cars or autos appeared to have been damaged, he said.

70-year sentence in Craigslist slayings

TACOMA – A woman convicted in a fatal home-invasion robbery linked to an ad on Craigslist has been sentenced to more than 70 years in prison.

A Pierce County judge sentenced 22-year-old Amanda Knight on Friday, nearly a month after a jury convicted her of six crimes, including first-degree murder, in the April 2010 death of James Sanders at his Edgewood home.

Prosecutors say that Knight called Sanders, answering to an ad about a diamond ring he posted on Craigslist. When Knight and co-defendant Kiyoshi Higashi arrived at Sanders’ home, they tied up his wife and family. Higashi was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for shooting Sanders after he struggled with the intruders.

Two other defendants in the case – Joshua Reese and Clabon Berniard – are awaiting trial.

Donation jar thief hit by bus in Seattle

SEATTLE – Seattle police say a man who stole a donation jar from a downtown business ran into the street and was hit by a bus.

Police say no one was chasing the man at the time Thursday and the Metro bus driver attempted to stop but couldn’t avoid hitting the man.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries.


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