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In brief: Driver arrested after man struck, killed on I-90

Sun., Dec. 16, 2012

The Washington State Patrol says alcohol or drugs were involved when a car hit a man Friday on the shoulder of I-90 west of downtown Spokane.

Robert J. Dyer, 24, of Coeur d’Alene, was driving a Chevrolet Camaro westbound when the car struck and killed Scott A. Moore, 56, of Priest River, Idaho, who had pulled over and was assisting with another car that had been in a crash, according to a WSP news release.

Dyer had just fled the scene of a collision with another car near the Freya Street exit when the second crash occurred, the WSP said Friday. He was taken into custody Friday night.

Vehicular homicide charges are pending.

Avista called out to rescue model plane from power lines

The pilot of a model airplane watched emergency crews rescue his kit aircraft Saturday afternoon after he crashed it into live power lines near Andrew Rypien Field in Hillyard.

Throwing rocks at the plane did no good, pilot Doug Silvers said. He thought he might wait until some windy weather rocked it out of its tangled perch near Bridgeport Avenue and Cook Street, but a friend called 911 instead.

Fire crews determined they weren’t equipped to retrieve the plane from a 13,000-volt power line and reported the situation to Avista.

Using a bucket truck and an extendable high-voltage stick, Avista line serviceman Steve Palmer plucked the aircraft to safety. The plastic plane was only slightly damaged, the owner said.

Palmer noted the situation was a first during his 34 years in the electrical industry. “I’ve had cats on poles, raccoons on poles, squirrels on poles, birds on poles, but this is the first airplane on a pole,” Palmer said.

Lewis-McChord soldier dies of wounds from IED

A soldier from upstate New York has died of wounds suffered in an attack on his unit in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Reid, of Rochester, died Thursday at a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. He was 26.

The Defense Department said Reid was wounded Dec. 9 by an improvised explosive device.

Reid enlisted in the Army in 2006. He served with the 53rd Ordnance Company of the 3rd Ordnance Battalion, and had been deployed from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.

This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.


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