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Man dies in vehicle crash

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An Otis Orchards man died early Saturday after he drove off an embankment in Spokane Valley.

Timothy E. Nicholas, 46, was eastbound on East River Road at about 7 a.m. when his 1998 Honda Civic left the roadway near North Malvern Road, and went down an embankment, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Nicholas was ejected from the car and died at the scene, according to a press release. Dispatchers received a call about the crash at 7:03 a.m. The caller said a large, black dog prevented him from checking the car. Sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers, who responded to the call, said that in order to reach the victim they were forced to pepper-spray the dog, who appeared to be guarding Nicholas’ body.

Sheriff deputies later learned that Nicholas left his home at about 6 a.m. to buy cigarettes at a store in Post Falls. According to the press release, it did not appear that he was wearing a seatbelt.

Teen crash victim’s condition improves

The condition of a 14-year-old boy seriously injured last week when the pickup truck he was in crashed into an abutment near Greene Street and Illinois Avenue has improved, Spokane Police said.The teen, who has not been identified, was in a pickup driven by Michael Lewis Herman on June 12 when the crash occurred. Herman, 32, died at the scene.

The boy was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was listed Friday in satisfactory condition, said police spokesman Dick Cottam in a press release.

Reward offered in search for suspect

A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a man wanted for alleged drug violations.

Brian Sykarie Robinson, 30, is accused of delivering crack cocaine four times last summer. He has been convicted 11 times for crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon and committing a drive-by shooting.

Robinson is 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Robinson’s whereabouts can call Secret Witness at 327-5111. Callers do not have to give their name to be eligible for the reward.

Ferries cleared to resume after bomb threat

Seattle A man was arrested after a bomb threat shut down a state ferry route for about three hours Saturday night, the State Patrol said.

The man was suspected of phoning in the hoax bomb threat that halted service on the Edmonds-Kingston run from about 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., officials said.

Troopers believe the suspect got in an argument with a ferry worker before landing in Kitsap County and calling in the threat, Trooper Lance Ramsay said.

The man, who was not identified, will be held in the Kitsap County Jail.

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