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Sirens & Gavels drownings archive

THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Drowned boy's friend didn't call 911

A 17-year-old Spokane boy who prosecutors believe is the first county resident charged with failing to summon assistance was arraigned Wednesday in Juvenile Court. Police say the boy was drunkenly horsing around with 18-year-old Alexander Allen (pictured) on the Post Street Bridge July 18 when...

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Autopsies: Bhutanese men drowned

Three Bhutanese refugees found dead in the Spokane River drowned in their submerged vehicle, officials said today. Krishna Dhital, 21; Dilli Ram Bhattarai, 28; both of Tukwila, and Bhattarai’s cousin, 17-year-old Krishna Dhakal, of Spokane (above, left to right), were missing for nearly a month...

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THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011

Spokane County Sheriff’s dive team members, with the help of tow truck operators, recover a car from the Spokane River with three bodies inside on Wednesday. Spokane police believe the bodies were those of three Bhutanese refugees missing for several weeks. (Colin Mulvany)

3 bodies found in car in Spokane River

Krishna Dhakal and his family braved death to flee from Bhutan to Nepal to escape harsh cultural persecution and human rights abuses. He spent most of his life in refugee camps in Nepal, and resettled in Spokane two years ago seeking a better life. Tragically,...

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