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Divers retrieve man’s body from Spirit Lake

Mon., March 26, 2012, midnight

The body of an 18-year-old Spirit Lake man was pulled from the icy waters of Spirit Lake on Sunday afternoon.

Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies identified the man as Luke Anana-Kuewa.

Sheriff’s Major Ben Wolfinger said Anana-Kuewa’s body was found by a walker or walkers in an area known as the Mill Pond, a shaded section of the lake, around 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies were unable to access the site by boat because of ice on the lake. There is no nearby road, Wolfinger said.

Divers went to the scene to make the recovery, Wolfinger said.

An all-terrain vehicle was sent into the wooded area to retrieve the body.

The man’s identity was released after his family had been notified.

Neither the cause of Anana-Kuewa’s death nor how he went into the water were immediately known.

Wolfinger said detectives will interview potential witnesses to determine what happened, but he cautioned the public to not take risks by walking on unstable ice.

Submersion in very cold water can cause hypothermia lead to death in a matter of minutes.

Inmate found dead in cell at Spokane County Jail

A Spokane County Jail inmate was found dead on top of his bunk inside a cell early Sunday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said.

The death was discovered when jail personnel went to the man’s cell to administer medication.

He appeared to be sleeping, they said.

An effort to revive the man, who was not breathing, was not successful.

Sheriff’s detectives have initiated an investigation based on procedures at the jail, Deputy Mark Gregory said in a news release about 2:30 p.m.

A cellmate was taken to another part of the jail.

The identity of the victim was withheld pending a medical examiner investigation.

There were no apparent signs of trauma or a struggle, Gregory said.

Autopsies pending on men killed in motorcycle-bike crash

Spokane Valley police investigators are investigating an accident Saturday night that claimed the lives of a motorcyclist and a bicyclist.

Autopsies are expected on both victims in the 7:30 p.m. crash at Buckeye Avenue and Dick Road in the Millwood area.

Identities of the men will be released after the autopsies, police said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory, a spokesman for police, said witnesses reported the motorcycle rider was traveling at a high speed.

Both male victims were taken for hospital treatment.

The bicyclist made it to surgery, but he died several hours after the collision.

Officers said the bicyclist was westbound on Buckeye and stopped at a stop sign at North Dick Road between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

The male cyclist then proceeded into the intersection, where he collided with the motorcyclist, who was northbound on Dick Road and did not have a stop sign.

The motorcyclist was declared dead at a local hospital, the Sheriff’s Office said.

It was not known if drugs, alcohol or speed were factors in the accident.

Authorities noted that neighbors in the area had called police to complain about a motorcyclist driving around the area at high speed.

Few details on body found in Bonnie Lake near Rosalia

The Whitman County sheriff and deputies pulled a body on Sunday from the waters of Bonnie Lake, which straddles the line between Whitman and Spokane counties.

Details about the death were not available Sunday evening.

Sheriff Brett Myers was working with deputies on the case.

Bonnie Lake is about 10 miles west of Rosalia.


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