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In brief: Thunderstorms bring hail, rain, wind

Wed., June 4, 2014, midnight

A second round of thunderstorms moved through Inland Northwest on Tuesday, dropping large hail and flooding city streets.

A deluge inundated streets in Coeur d’Alene about 5 p.m. Another storm cell from the west moved across downtown Spokane about 5:20 p.m., causing water to pond along streets.

Earlier in the day, a separate line of thunderstorms in northeast Washington and North Idaho brought large hail to Sandpoint where the stones measured an inch in diameter.

The National Weather Service received reports from Springdale in Stevens County of hail ranging in size from golf balls to pennies.

Spokane International Airport on Tuesday had only a trace of rain during the afternoon storms, but Felts Field to the east reported 0.26 inches.

Less than 24 hours earlier, thunderstorms caused a series of power outages in the Spokane area. Spokane International Airport recorded 0.13 inches of rain on Monday. Felts Field had 0.27 inches.

City street closures to help with filming

Streets will be closed and traffic and parking restricted in the western portion of downtown Spokane today through Friday to accommodate filming of “Z Nation,” a new SyFy Network television series.

The network has ordered 13 episodes, all of which will be filmed in the Spokane area this spring and summer and are scheduled to begin airing in the fall.

The following restrictions are in place:


• Madison Street will be closed from Riverside to Second avenues. 

• Riverside both directions and Sprague westbound at Madison Street will be closed temporarily, for no more than 10 minutes at a time.

• First Avenue will be closed from Adams to Monroe streets.


• Madison will be closed from Sprague to Second avenues.

• First Avenue will be closed from Jefferson to Monroe streets.


• First Avenue will be closed from Jefferson to Monroe.

• Madison will be closed from First to Second avenues.

• Railroad Alley will be closed from Adams to Monroe.

Millwood farmers market changes site

The street in front of Millwood Presbyterian Church will be shut down today to allow the church’s weekly farmers market to be held from 3 to 7 p.m.

The market usually has been in the church parking lot at 3223 N. Marguerite Road, but the Union Pacific Railroad has recently imposed parking restrictions along its nearby track that eliminated market customer parking. Marguerite Road will be closed between Dalton and Euclid avenues from 2 to 8 p.m. today to allow the market to set up in the street, said the Rev. Craig Goodwin.

The change will free up the church’s parking lot for market customers and will be evaluated later this week to see if it can continue.

Man dies when truck leaves road, hits tree

A 57-year-old man died when his truck struck a tree on Talache Road near Shepherd Lake in Sagle, Idaho, on Tuesday morning, the Idaho State Police said.

Charles D. Corliss was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred around 8:30 a.m., according to a news release. The ISP is trying to determine what caused Corliss’ 1986 Chevy pickup to leave the roadway and strike the tree.

Corliss was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Cyclist hit by deputy still listed as critical

A 15-year-old cyclist hit by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car is in critical but stable condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Monique Cotton.

The investigation into the collision involving Deputy Joseph Bodman on May 23 is being led by the Spokane Police Department because of the severity of Ryan Holyk’s injuries. Little information is being released until the investigation is complete.

Cotton said she can confirm Bodman had a green light driving west on Sprague Avenue when Holyk entered the street at Vista Road.


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