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In brief: Spokane teenager drowns in Blue Lake

Mon., July 8, 2013, midnight

Spokane teenager Mitchell Raymond drowned Saturday in a swimming accident at Blue Lake south of Coeur d’Alene. Divers removed his body Sunday.

Raymond, 14, was a student at All Saints Catholic School in Spokane.

“May God give His comfort to Mitchell’s family and our community,” Principal Kathy Hicks posted Sunday on the school’s Facebook page.

Raymond’s body was located in 15 feet of water, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Divers found it after 4 p.m. after searching the lake more than seven hours Sunday and two hours Saturday evening.

Raymond was swimming with three other juveniles near a boat and became separated from them. His father, siblings and friends searched for the missing swimmer, and another boater called 911 around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The county’s dive rescue team and other emergency crews were sent to the remote lake, which is part of the chain lakes around the Coeur d’Alene River.

An autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death.

Police arrest pair on theft charges

A drunken argument turned into two theft arrests in north Spokane late Saturday night.

Spokane police responded to a call of two people arguing and fighting in the street near Knox Avenue and Cedar Street late Saturday night, Officer Tracie Meidl said. The neighbor who saw the incident said the two appeared to be intoxicated.

When officers arrived, they found Joshua W. Miller, 26, and Jon E. Temple, 27, who matched the description of suspects from a robbery reported earlier Saturday evening at the Walgreens at 1708 W. Northwest Blvd.

The suspects were just a couple blocks from where the robbery occurred, she said.

As police were arresting the suspects, they received a call for a 7:30 p.m. robbery at the General Store and Ace Hardware at 2424 N. Division St., Meidl said. Miller and Temple matched the description provided by employees from that reported robbery as well.

Police found Miller and Temple’s car nearby with the stolen merchandise in the back, Meidl said.

Miller and Temple were booked into Spokane County Jail on theft charges.

Woman critical after drifting downstream

A woman was in critical condition Sunday after she was pulled unconscious and unresponsive from the Spokane River near the Spokane Valley Mall.

The woman, in her early to mid-30s, was rescued by two kayakers on the river, the Spokane Valley Fire Department said. They brought her to shore, where Spokane Valley police officers performed CPR on her until fire department and ambulance crews arrived.

After about 15 minutes of CPR and advanced life-support medical care, the woman was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with a pulse.

Preliminary information indicates that the woman and her husband had been floating the river and became separated from their inner tube, and the woman submerged and drifted downstream from near Evergreen Road.

Her husband got out of the river and approached a person on the Centennial Trail, who then called 911 at 2:10 p.m. Responding officers spotted the woman drifting downstream at Mirabeau Park.

The rafters were not wearing appropriate flotation equipment, increasing their risk for drowning, officials said.

Rollover kills teen south of Lind

A Montana teenager died Sunday when the car she was riding in rolled over on U.S. Route 395 eight miles south of Lind, Wash.

Lineesa R. Abernathy, 18, of Kalispell, died in the accident, the Washington State Patrol said.

The driver, Ryan W. Ek, 18, also of Kalispell, was injured and taken to Richland Hospital.

The 2006 Chevrolet Aveo was northbound when it drifted off the highway, crossed the median and rolled across both southbound lanes, the WSP said.

The accident in Adams County occurred shortly before 3 p.m. and partially blocked one lane of the highway.

The cause was under investigation.


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