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In brief: Mayor Condon accepts ALS ice bucket challenge

Spokane Mayor David Condon has announced he will accept the ALS ice bucket challenge at noon today on the Gonzaga Prep football field with members of the school’s football team.

People who are challenged are asked to make a donation to an ALS charity or dump a bucket of ice water on their heads. Many do both.

The ice bucket challenge has resulted in $22.9 million in donations to the ALS Association since July 29 compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Nina Culver

Couple found in car died of gunshot wounds

The Spokane Valley couple reported missing after their Spokane Valley home was damaged in a fire Thursday died of gunshot wounds to the head.

The couple was found Friday in their Kia at a private family cemetery about 10 miles southeast of Tensed, Idaho, according to Benewah County Coroner Ron Hodge. Sandra E. Tiffany, 68, had a single gunshot wound to the back of her head, Hodge said. Retired dentist John R. Tiffany, 76, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the front of his head.

Spokane Valley Fire Department investigators believe John Tiffany may have set the blaze in his home on Bettman Road. He was captured on surveillance video buying cans of gas only hours before the fire.

Nina Culver

Five injured in crash involving student driver

A driver’s education car with a student behind the wheel was involved in a head-on collision Monday on U.S. Highway 95 north of Bonners Ferry, the Idaho State Police reported.

A 14-year-old student driver was southbound in a Chevy Malibu about 11 a.m. when the vehicle collided with a northbound Toyota pickup driven by Garrett E. Graupner, 49, ISP said in a news release.

The teen and passenger Travis W. Hinthorn, 42, were taken to Boundary Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry. A 14-year-old passenger was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Graupner was taken to Sacred Heart and listed in satisfactory condition Tuesday night. His 9-year-old passenger also was taken to Sacred Heart. Their conditions were not available Tuesday night. All five are residents of Bonners Ferry.

ISP said it had not determined which driver was at fault.

Nina Culver


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