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In brief: Crash on highway kills boy, injures 3

An 8-year-old boy was killed in a two-car collision Saturday night eight miles north of Moses Lake.

Daniel Vazquezlopez was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene, the Washington State Patrol said.

The boy was a passenger in a 2000 Toyota 4Runner driven by Teresa Vazquezlopez, 50, of Ephrata, Wash., the WSP said.

The woman, who was wearing a seat belt, was northbound on state Route 17 when she drove off the right side of the road, overcorrected and struck a 2013 Toyota Highlander.

She was injured and airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

Two people in the Highlander, Danny L. and Tamra S. O’Neal, of Othello, Wash., were injured and taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.

The accident remains under investigation with charges pending, the WSP said.

Driver killed in crash on forest road

The driver of a Honda Civic died early Sunday northwest of Kellogg after the car went off a forest road and down an embankment, struck a rock and large tree, and caught fire, the Idaho State Police said.

Police had not released the identity of the driver as of Sunday evening. In a news release, the ISP said it was awaiting confirmation.

The accident was reported at 3:18 a.m. The 2002 Civic was eastbound on U.S. Forest Service Road 209 near Bumblebee Road, in Shoshone County, when the driver drove off the right shoulder while negotiating a corner, the ISP release said.

WSU football player treated after fight

A Washington State University football player was treated at a hospital early Sunday after a party ended in a fight involving players from the WSU and University of Idaho teams, Pullman police said.

Mansel Simmons, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital after another player allegedly punched him in the face about 1 a.m. near the corner of Ash and Maple streets, the Daily Evergreen student newspaper at WSU reported.

Police said the suspect allegedly pulled a knife on Simmons before striking him. They did not identify which school the suspect attends.

WSU athletics spokesman Bill Stevens told the Daily Evergreen the football team will deal with the matter internally.

Injured skier rescued from Stevens Pass

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – The Snohomish County sheriff’s office said rescuers in a helicopter airlifted an injured skier from the mountain backcountry at Stevens Pass.

In a release, the sheriff’s office said the skier suffered an injured back after losing a ski and falling 100 yards.

The skier was transported to Providence Hospital in Everett. The identity was not released.

Rise in prostitution prompts legislation

HELENA – Legislators are looking at a number of human-trafficking measures in response to alarming reports of increased prostitution near the Bakken oil fields.

House Bill 218 is aimed at preventing child-sex trafficking in Eastern Montana by funding counseling, training and education programs in communities there.

Three other measures are designed to punish perpetrators and grant victims access to assistance.

House Bills 478 and 488 have both passed the House and need the approval of the Senate. Both chambers have endorsed Senate Bill 259.



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