February 11, 2014 in City

In brief: Spokane Valley woman dies in Interstate 90 collision

 

A 55-year-old Spokane Valley woman died in a one-car crash early Monday that blocked one lane of westbound I-90 at North Argonne Road briefly, the Washington State Patrol said.

Patricia Siebenforcher was pronounced dead at Sacred Heart Medical Center on Monday morning, according to a news release. The 1994 Kia sedan she was driving entered the highway shortly after 7 a.m. and crossed all three lanes of westbound traffic, colliding with the center median, according to the WSP.

Siebenforcher was wearing a seat belt and the incident appears to have been caused by a medical condition, according to the news release.

Crews were on scene for about an hour, blocking one lane of traffic.

Woman dies in Bonners Ferry house fire

A 26-year-old woman, Veronica Abraham, died in a Bonners Ferry house fire Friday.

Fire investigators Monday announced the identity of Abraham’s body after using dental records, according to a press release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Foul play is not suspected.

It’s the second fatal fire in the Bonners Ferry area in the past two weeks. William Kahn, 74, died in a house fire near Moyie Springs on Jan. 27.

Advertisers drop out over drink name

Controversy over a cocktail name has now spilled into the finances of a radio station owned by the same person.

Advertisers are withdrawing business from 104.5 Jamz after owner Jamie Pendleton refused to drop “Date Grape Koolaid” from the drink menu at his Daiquiri Factory.

Findlay Hyundai Mazda and Nissan in Post Falls announced on its Facebook page Monday that it would withdraw advertising on the radio station. Other businesses are taking similar steps as protests continue over the drink name that many say trivializes rape.

And Facebook took down the Daiquiri Factory’s page under its Community Standards criteria.

Food giant Kraft has demanded that Daiquiri Factory drop the reference to its Kool-Aid brand.

Pendleton wrote on his radio station website that he will not acquiesce to the pressure of protesters and advertisers.

Henrikson pleads not guilty

A North Dakota man and former business associate of a Spokane man killed in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme pleaded not guilty to weapons charges in federal court Monday.

James Henrikson, 34, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested near Bismarck last month.

Court documents show Henrikson had business dealings in the North Dakota oil patch with Doug Carlile, who was shot and killed by an intruder Dec. 15 at his Spokane home.

Fifty-year-old Timothy Suckow, of Spokane, is charged with Carlile’s murder. Suckow has pleaded not guilty to the charge of first-degree murder against him.

During his court hearing Monday, Henrikson said he would contest federal agencies’ efforts to seize his property outside Watford City, a town on the edge of the Bakken oil fields.

A trial in the weapons case has been tentatively scheduled for April. Federal authorities have indicated Henrikson may face further charges. So far, prosecutors have not filed any charges against Henrikson related to Carlile’s death.

Dog missing after fatal crash on I-5

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Vancouver, Wash., veterinary clinic said it’s hoping to locate a Yorkshire terrier missing since her Oregon owner was killed in a storm-related Interstate 5 pileup in southwest Washington.

The East Padden Animal Hospital posted a photo of the missing dog named Daisy to its Facebook page, the Columbian reported.

The Washington State Patrol said 39-year-old Matthew Scott, of Tualatin, Ore., died in the crash last Thursday that involved 28 vehicles. Seven other people were injured. A fierce winter storm brought snow and treacherous driving conditions to much of the Northwest.

The newspaper said the dog was wearing a collar with tags.


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