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In brief: Spokane teenager’s swim in river turns fatal

Sat., July 12, 2014

A 17-year-old from Spokane drowned Thursday night while swimming in the Black Bay area of the Spokane River in Post Falls, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities identified the drowning victim as Trey D. Daley.

Deputies responded to the Black Bay area shortly after 10 p.m., according to a news release. Several teens were reported to be swimming in the river when Daley called out he couldn’t swim anymore and went under the water without resurfacing, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Emergency personnel pulled Daley out of about 10 feet of water but were not able to resuscitate him.

Daley was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where he later died.

Staff reports

Idaho panel OKs 80 mph for stretches of interstate

The Idaho Transportation Board voted unanimously Friday to approve 80 mph speed limits for southern Idaho freeway stretches on Interstates 84, 86 and 15 that now are 75 mph, but with the condition that the new limits be reviewed in one year.

The board’s resolution, approved at its meeting Friday in Coeur d’Alene, took note of concerns raised by the Idaho Trucking Association and AAA of Idaho, and noted that the new state law allowing the higher speeds requires the board’s concurrence for them to be instituted.

The board initially had delegated that decision to its staff, who earlier announced that southern routes would see the higher speeds July 1. After public input, however, the transportation department backed off and decided the board should consider the increases. No 80 mph limits are under consideration for North Idaho, but I-90 from Stateline to Coeur d’Alene could jump from 70 to 75 mph and the stretch from Kellogg to Wallace from 65 to 70 mph, depending on the outcome of speed studies.

Betsy Z. Russell

With even warmer days ahead, tips offered to deal with heat

With high temperatures expected to go to the upper 90s and low triple digits through next week in the Inland Northwest, here are tips from the National Weather Service for coping with heat:

• Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled for the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

• Dress for summer. Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat.

• Eat light. Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.

• Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages.

• Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a doctor.

• Limit sun exposure on the skin. Use sunscreen.

• Check on the elderly to make sure they are not suffering.

• Make sure pets and other animals have plenty of water and shade.

• Do not leave pets or children in a parked car.

Mike Prager

with knife, cuts own throat

A man who cut his own throat in a confrontation with a Spokane police officer is now in the Spokane County Jail facing a charge of first-degree assault.

An officer was called to check on Joseph A. Baum, 31, at 7028 N. Division St., just after 7:30 a.m. Thursday. He was lying down on the ground originally but took a blue “Kobalt” knife from his pocket and ran away when the officer approached, according to court documents. Baum then allegedly approached the officer with the knife extended and said “You need to make a decision,” documents say.

Baum was stunned with a Taser and arrested after he used the knife to cut his own throat, according to court documents.

During a brief court appearance Friday, Baum kept his head down but a white bandage was visible covering the front of his neck. He was ordered held on $5,000 bond.

Nina Culver


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