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Semitruck accident kills St. Maries man

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A 46-year-old St. Maries man died Monday after driving his 1979 Kenworth logging truck off State Highway 3.

Frank P. Stanton was southbound on Highway 3 near Rainy Hills Road when he drove over the centerline and struck a guardrail, according to Idaho State Police. The semitruck turned on its side, slid off the guardrail and down an embankment, according to ISP reports.

Stanton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stylists snip locks for Katrina victims

In solidarity with their hurricane-affected peers, hair stylists at the Burton Academy of Beauty Culture and Hair Design are holding a benefit Saturday.

The cut-a-thon will feature $5 haircuts, as well as hotdogs and face and nail painting, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the academy, which is located near the Post Falls Wal-Mart at 780 N. Cecil Road, Suite 105.

All proceeds will go to hairstylists who have lost their livelihood because of Hurricane Katrina.

For more information, call (208) 618-0120.

Free class to focus on safe winter driving

The Idaho State Police will teach a class Saturday on safe driving in the winter.

The Road Safe Driving Class includes presentations by ISP Capt. Wayne Longo and others on driving safely and preparing for the winter season. Other topics covered in the class will include dealing with aggressive drivers, DUIs and other safety issues. The class will last for about 2 hours.

Saturday’s class begins at 1 p.m. at the ISP Region 1 office, 602 W. Prairie Ave., Coeur d’Alene. To reserve a seat at the free class, call (208) 772-6055 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Officers take to rails to enforce traffic laws

Law enforcement will be patrolling North Idaho by train today and Thursday with an eye out for drivers who aren’t obeying the law.

The Officer on a Train program aims to increase public awareness of safety risks where roads and railways intersect, according to a press release. As part of the exercise, one officer will ride in the lead locomotive of a train and act as a spotter.

If the officer sees a motorist violating traffic laws, that officer will radio another officer, who will pull the driver over and write a ticket.

According to Idaho State Police, there were 23 car-train collisions in Idaho in 2004, resulting in three deaths and injuring 13 others.

Police seek suspects in assault outside bar

Spokane Police detectives are seeking more information about a woman who suffered what appeared to be a random assault outside a Spokane bar that may have inflicted permanent physical damage.

The woman, who is in her 40s, was at the Flame-N-Fox restaurant, 2401 E. Sprague, just before 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, when three men ran into the bar and began fighting with another man.

The victim, who was not with any of the men, left her table and walked outside the bar. As the three men ran outside, one of them hit the woman in the face, police spokesman Dick Cottam said in a news release.

The blow caused several fractures to her face and may have caused permanent damage, Cottam said.

Major Crimes Detective Brian Hamond said neither the female victim nor the employees of the Flame-N-Fox knew the men involved.

Hamond wants anyone with information that could help identify the men to call the TIPS line at 242-TIPS (8477).

Phone service out in CdA area

Verizon was working Tuesday night to restore phone service to between 35 and 100 customers in the Coeur d’Alene area.

It was unclear what caused the outage, and a specialized technician was heading to the area to diagnose and fix the problem, said Verizon spokesman Kevin Laverty.

Verizon began receiving reports of outages from people who have numbers starting with 665 Tuesday evening, Laverty said.

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