An Everett man died early Saturday when his pickup rolled on Interstate 90, 18 miles west of Spokane.
Matthew G. Pitts, 33, died at the scene of the 4:12 a.m. crash, according to the Washington State Patrol. Pitts was eastbound in a Ford F350 pickup when he entered the median, rolled and struck an embankment.
A 12-year-old passenger was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Authorities said Pitts was driving too fast for conditions. Neither drugs nor alcohol was involved. Both Pitts and the passenger were wearing seat belts.
Post Falls hunter found uninjured
An overdue Kootenai County hunter was located uninjured Saturday.
Michael E. Horrocks, 65, of Post Falls, was hunting in the Coeur d’Alene River area and was driving up to the Laverne Saddle area when his vehicle got stuck in more than 2 feet of snow, according to a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department news release. He was dressed and prepared for winter conditions and slept in his vehicle overnight.
He was reported missing about midnight Friday. At 9 a.m., the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department, officers from the U.S. Forest Service, and other area search and rescue units launched a search.
At noon, Horrocks was located walking down a Forest Service road. He did not need any medical assistance.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department officials remind those recreating in the outdoors to provide family or friends with detailed information on where they will be traveling in the backcountry and when they intend to return home. They also recommend that anyone going into the backcountry take extra food, water, warm clothing, a flashlight and first aid supplies.
Apartment fire routs 17 residents
Eleven adults and six children were displaced after a blaze broke out in their apartment building Friday.
No injuries were reported, but two cats died of smoke inhalation in the fire at 2013 W. College Ave.
The fire, which was reported at 4:25 p.m., sent flames and heavy black smoke through the converted house. The house is divided into six units, according to a Spokane Fire Department news release.
The fire was located in the bathroom of a first-floor unit toward the rear of the building, the news release said. The fire was knocked down quickly, but not before that apartment unit was heavily damaged. The other units sustained light smoke damage.
Fire officials estimated $50,000 in damage. The power was disconnected until an electrician could repair the fire-damaged wiring.
Red Cross responded to assist the tenants. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Twenty-three firefighters responded to the fire.
Army jury convicts staff sergeant
JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. – The Army has won its 11th conviction in an investigation of war crimes involving Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers.
Staff Sgt. David Bram, 27, was found guilty Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for covering up wrongdoing in Afghanistan when he could have stopped it, the News Tribune reported.
Bram was found guilty of assaulting a private who blew the whistle on drug use in their platoon, soliciting another soldier to join him in a scheme to murder Afghan civilians, impeding an Army investigation and disobeying a general order by possessing photos of casualties.
A five-soldier jury found Bram not guilty of abusing Afghan detainees and planting an AK-47 magazine near a corpse after a shooting in January 2010.