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In brief: Family of four ID’d as car crash victims

Tue., May 28, 2013

The family of four from Stanwood killed in a Sunday car accident near the Gorge Amphitheatre included Gabriel Ochoa, 35; Dioselina Buenrostro, 33; and two girls, Yesenia “Jessie” Ochoa, 4, and Sandra Ochoa, 9.

The family’s SUV collided with a compact hatchback at an intersection, then struck a guardrail and plunged into an irrigation canal.

The SUV sank and was pulled with the current about 100 yards downstream.

Rescuers removed all four occupants. The adults were dead at the scene; the girls died at Quincy Valley Medical Center, said Kyle Foreman, spokesman for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighter files claim about harassment

SANDPOINT – A North Idaho firefighter has filed a $1 million claim against the Sagle Fire District contending the district failed to stop harassment from a supervisor following the end of a romantic relationship.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reported that Katie Loper filed the claim Wednesday, citing negligence, wrongful termination, defamation and lost wages.

The claim is a precursor to a lawsuit against a government entity.

Loper contends the harassment began after she ended a relationship with a supervisor and that her complaints to higher-ups failed to lead to a solution.

The claim says a doctor advised Loper not to return to work until a plan for a safe work environment was put in place. Loper contends that plan amounted to the supervisor being on his best behavior around her.

Teen spoke of bombs, Oregon schoolmates say

ALBANY, Ore. – Classmates of an Oregon teenager accused of planning to blow up his high school say the 17-year-old discussed bomb-making in the weeks before his arrest, but did not speak of a plot to inflict damage.

Thomas Stone, who attends West Albany High School, told KATU-TV that Grant Acord discussed bomb-making materials with him in class a couple of weeks ago.

“You know, I didn’t think much of it ’cause he’s kind of a strange kid,” Stone said. Acord was arrested Thursday night after police got a tip that the youth was making a bomb to blow up the school about 75 miles south of Portland.

On Saturday, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said Acord will be charged as an adult with attempted aggravated murder. It’s unknown if Acord’s relatives have hired a lawyer to represent him or if he will be assigned a public defender at today’s arraignment.

Haroldson said investigators found six bombs in a secret compartment under the floorboards of Acord’s bedroom, along with written plans, checklists and a diagram of the school.


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