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In brief: Head-on crash kills Post Falls man

Fri., Jan. 10, 2014

A Post Falls man died Thursday morning in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 95 south of Sandpoint.

Darrel C. Kirking, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Idaho State Police reported.

Barbara A. Farrington, 70, of Thompson Falls, Mont., was headed south on Highway 95 around 7:30 a.m. when her 2003 Ford Focus crossed into the northbound lane and collided with Kirking’s 1999 Ford Escort, the ISP said.

Kirking was wearing a seat belt.

Farrington, who was not wearing a seat belt, was injured and taken to Kootenai Medical Center.

The crash is under investigation.

Highway 95 was blocked for 2 ½ hours.

Car wash attack results in arrest

At least one Spokane man was arrested after witnesses reported another being hosed down at a car wash on a chilly morning earlier this month.

Joseph D. Wiggins, 28, was booked into Spokane County Jail earlier this month after a bank employee reported seeing Wiggins and others using a car wash hose on another man near 12120 N. Division St. around 8 a.m. on Jan. 2. Police arrived to find several items that appeared to be stolen in an SUV registered to Wiggins, as well as drug paraphernalia. The man being hosed down “appeared to be under the influence of some controlled substance,” according to investigators.

The recorded temperature range in Spokane that day was between 32 and 35 degrees.

Wiggins is facing theft and drug possession charges.

Two plead guilty in identity theft scam

Two residents of Spokane and a resident of Lawrenceville, Ga., were recently sentenced in a debit/credit card fraud scheme in which the proceeds were used to buy diesel fuel, which was then resold at a profit.

Last month, 35-year-old Yanoysy Hernandez-Hernandez, of Spokane, and 42-year-old Ernesto Morales, of Lawrenceville, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of aggravated identity theft. Spokane resident Osmany Ruiz Lemas, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

The men would obtain credit card and debit card numbers and load them on to gift cards, which were then used to purchase the diesel fuel, with the charges applied to the stolen credit and debit accounts. The fuel was transported illegally in modified vehicles and resold at a profit.

U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko sentenced Hernandez-Hernandez to 30 months in prison and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and $807 in restitution. Morales received 36 months in prison and was ordered to pay $16,681 in restitution. Lemas was sentenced to five years probation.

Idaho farmers get fewer crop subsidies

BOISE – Direct payments from the government to Idaho farmers and ranchers dropped 17 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year.

University of Idaho agricultural economists told the Capital Press that the projections are based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

John Foltz, dean of University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, said government payments to Idaho farmers will likely continue to decline in future years.

The subsidies are paid to farmers whether they plant or not and are part of the farm bill.

The GOP-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate last year wrangled over renewing the nation’s farm bill after passing competing versions of the five-year, roughly $500 billion measure.

Sides disagree about crop subsidies.


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