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In brief: Officials identify victim of I-90 crash

The Washington State Patrol identified the woman killed in Friday’s 10-vehicle collision east of Ritzville as 52-year-old Jean B. Amidon.

Amidon, who was from Whitefish, Mont., died at the scene Friday after she rear-ended a tractor-trailer rig stopped for collisions on westbound Interstate 90, according to a WSP news release. She was then struck by a third vehicle in a chain reaction that resulted in a pileup 7 miles east of Ritzville on I-90. Excessive speed for the snowy conditions was a factor in the crash, according to the WSP.

Of the 11 people involved in the crash, four were injured and transported to East Adams Rural Hospital. Eight of the vehicles were towed from the scene.

The accident, which occurred at 12:46 p.m., blocked westbound I-90 for more than 12 hours, according to the release. Emergency crews cleared the scene shortly after midnight Saturday morning.

Information sought on bank robbers

Spokane police are seeking two men in connection to a bank robbery Friday morning.

Shortly after 9:45 a.m., two black men in their 20s entered the U.S. Bank at 3909 N. Lincoln St. and demanded money, police say. The men were wearing ski masks and indicated they had a gun.

The two fled with cash. Officers attempted to track the men with K-9s, but were unable to locate the suspects. Anyone who has information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Sword attack suspect arrested

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Police have arrested a man accused of cutting his brother with a samurai sword during an argument at a Grants Pass motor home.

Preston James Sweaney, 23, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Beaverton, Oregon State Police Sgt. Jeff Fitzgerald said.

Sweaney, 23, got into an argument with his brother and cut him on the arm and side with the sword, police said. Nathaniel Sweaney, 21, was taken to a local hospital. Another man who tried to intervene was cut on the hand.

Preston Sweaney was booked into the Washington County Jail on pending arrest warrants.

Charges are pending in the Grants Pass case.



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