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In brief: Rathdrum man dies in motorcycle crash

An Idaho motorcyclist died after a crash Saturday morning on State Highway 20, four miles south of Cusick, Wash.

Jonathan M. Franco, 27, of Rathdrum, was pronounced dead at Newport Hospital of injuries sustained in the 9:53 a.m. crash, according to a Washington State Patrol news release.

He was riding a Suzuki GSX-R600 on Highway 20 when he rear-ended a Plymouth Voyager driven by Ronald M. Sumner, 64, of Spokane, who had slowed down for an injured deer in the roadway, the news release said. Both were westbound.

Debris from the motorcycle struck a third car, an eastbound Jeep Liberty driven by Dale A. Smith, 62, of Ione, Wash. Smith’s passenger, Marilyn J. Smith, 61, was injured and treated at the scene.

No other injuries were reported in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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Passport processing moving to Garland

The Spokane Post Office is moving the location for processing passport applications.

Beginning Oct. 1, the applications will be processed at the Shadle Garland Station at 1903 W. Garland Ave., rather than at the Rosewood Station, a U.S. Postal Service news release said.

Passport applications will be processed at the Shadle Garland site from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Applicants must have the proper identification and proof of U.S. citizenship with them at the time of processing to complete the application. Passports are $135 for applicants 16 years of age and up and $105 for applicants under 16. Passport photos can be taken on site for $15.

Fees can be paid with cash, check or money order.

For forms and additional information, visit

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Motorcyclist dies from crash injuries

A motorcyclist who was injured in a crash last weekend has died.

Robert E. Bean, 72, died at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center at 3:45 p.m. Friday, the Washington State Patrol reported.

On Sept. 18, Bean, of Spokane, was westbound on Interstate 90 on a Harley-Davison motorcycle when he left the roadway to the right and was thrown , a WSP news release said.

WSP has not determined the cause of the crash.

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