A Colville tribal member was killed Thursday morning in a fatal vehicle crash about 10 miles north of the Keller Ferry in Ferry County, the Washington State Patrol reported.
Colville tribal police and state troopers responded to the scene, and the investigation was turned over to tribal police. The identity of the victim and details about the one-vehicle accident were not available on Thursday.
The highway was blocked to traffic for several hours during the crash investigation, troopers said. The incident was reported prior to 9 a.m.
Fire prompts evacuation
About 50 patients from an assisted living home in Nespelem were evacuated overnight after a fire threatened an area of the town for several hours.
American Red Cross officials said they dispatched an emergency disaster unit to the town on the Colville Indian Reservation to care for the patients and other residents.
Sheron Sheldon, executive director of the Red Cross for the north Cascades and Okanogan regions, said that the evacuation also involved residents of a senior apartment facility and about 25 homes in the White Buffalo neighborhood.
Shelters were set up at a Roman Catholic church and the community center in Nespelem while firefighters brought the wild fire under control by early this morning. Residents were allowed to return home; however, the assisted living home patients were kept overnight at the community center.
Sex offender alert issued
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of a Level 3 sex offender now living in Otis Orchards.
David L. Harcrow, 59, was convicted in Spokane in 1990 for two counts of first-degree rape of a child. His victims were 5- and 7-year-old girls. Harcrow was also convicted of sodomy, after he picked up a hitchhiker and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint.
Harcrow is now living in the 3000 block of North Garry Road, officials said. He is not wanted by law enforcement at this time, and is no longer under supervision by the state Department of Corrections.
Level 3 offenders are considered those most likely to reoffend.
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