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In brief: Allred filing to fix in-kind reporting error

BOISE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred is amending his campaign’s financial disclosures to include an in-kind contribution worth $3,000 to $4,000 for work done by the Boise-based business consulting firm he just joined as a partner.

Several employees at HB Ventures conducted an analysis last March or April meant to examine how far Idaho’s economy had fallen behind neighboring states and why.

HB Ventures is now touting this work for Allred on its website.

But Allred, who lost to Gov. Butch Otter by 26 percentage points on Nov. 2, didn’t report his new firm’s contribution on campaign disclosure documents earlier this year.

Allred said Wednesday he was filing new paperwork to correctly account for the contribution.

Man sentenced for vehicular homicide

A 21-year-old Otis Orchards man was sentenced to about five years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in connection to a crash that killed a 19-year-old woman and injured another man.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt sentenced Alex C. Walker, 21, to serve 59 months in prison for the collision on June 26, 2009, that killed 19-year-old Ashley M. Jennings.

Both Jennings and her friend, who was 22 at the time, were walking in the road in the 14200 block of East Rockwell Avenue at 3 a.m. on June 26 when they were struck by a 1979 Chrysler Cordoba driven by Walker, according to court records. The friend suffered two broken legs and other injuries.

Walker drove away from the scene but called Spokane Valley police 45 minutes later and was taken into custody at a convenience store on Barker Road.

Walker pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and a second charge of vehicular assault. Sypolt sentenced Walker to 20 months for the assault charge, but that sentence will run concurrently – or at the same time – as the 59-month sentence for vehicular homicide.

Deer attacks dogs, injures couple

ASHLAND, Ore. – An Oregon couple and their two dogs are the most recent victims of seasonal attacks by aggressive deer, which has become an annual problem in Ashland.

Cyd and Gary Ropp told the Daily Tidings they were walking their two dogs near Ashland’s downtown post office last weekend when a deer reared up and attacked the dogs.

The attack lasted for more than three minutes and left the couple bloody and bruised from falling on the pavement to avoid the doe as they tried to protect their dogs. The dogs were OK.

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