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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

In brief: Crash in Spokane Valley kills man and woman

Spokane Valley investigators say alcohol and speed were likely factors in a single-vehicle crash that killed two in Spokane Valley Tuesday night.

The two were pronounced dead at the scene of the 7:05 p.m. crash on the 9500 block of East Broadway Road.

An adult female was driving a red Corvette with an adult male passenger. Evidence at the scene showed the vehicle left the roadway and struck a small tree and telephone pole before smashing into a large tree head on, mangling the car’s front end, according to police. Debris from the crash was flung 75 to 100 yards from the crash site. Neither person has been identified.

Witnesses told authorities the vehicle appeared to be going about 60 to 70 mph. The speed limit in the area is 35 mph.

Pedestrian seriously injured in collision

Spokane police responded to a pedestrian-involved collision at First Avenue and Cedar Street that landed a 75-year-old man in a hospital Tuesday night.

Police say the unidentified pedestrian was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with a serious head injury. He was in critical condition as of Tuesday night, said Spokane police Sgt. Jason Hartman.

No arrests have been made at this time. Police do not believe the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Cedar Street was closed from First Avenue to Riverside Avenue as authorities investigated. Hartman said witnesses administered first aid while waiting for police and crews from the Spokane Fire Department to respond.

Grand jury indicts six on marijuana charges

Eight pounds of marijuana and more than 1,000 plants seized from a Spokane County home in November have led to federal charges against six suspects. 

A grand jury this month indicted Jerad J. Kynaston, 23; Samuel M. Doyle, 25; Brice C. Davis; Jayde D. Evans, 24; Tyler S. McKinley, 27; and Peter M. Magana, 23, on marijuana manufacturing charges for plants found Nov. 2 during a search at 11900 N. Judkins Road.

Along with 8 pounds of pot, Spokane County sheriff’s detectives found 695 marijuana plants and 500 plants that had recently been harvested.

Detectives searched Doyle’s home in the 10900 block of East Seventh Avenue in Spokane Valley on Nov. 16.

All suspects except Davis pleaded not guilty to the charges last week in U.S. District Court and remain in the Spokane County Jail without bail.

Each charge carries 5 to 40 years in prison unless the defendant has a previous felony drug conviction, in which case the minimum sentence is 10 years.

Kynaston was convicted in Spokane County in 2009 for possession of five pounds of marijuana. He also was convicted in Sherman County, Oregon, in 2010 for possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana. Doyle is on probation for possessing 10 pounds of marijuana in Oregon.

Felon who pledged to reform is back in jail

A 30-year-old felon who pledged to turn his life around several years ago is back in jail after a long-term investigation into stolen property trafficking.

Victor Alonzo Luna was arrested Tuesday after a SWAT team secured his home in the 12700 block of East 31st Avenue in Spokane Valley, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Luna has 10 felony convictions that include assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, riot, burglary and possession of stolen property, which prompted the use of the SWAT team.

The Spokane Valley property crimes unit had been investigating Luna for dealing in stolen property. Detectives observed him purchasing several items he believed to be stolen, police say.

Luna gave an extensive interview to The Spokesman-Review in 2005 while a member of  Going Home, the Washington State Re-entry Project, a pilot program to keep young felons with a history of serious violent crime from victimizing the neighborhoods in which they are released.

At the time, Luna said every day “on the outside” is a major victory.

“So many times I wanted to go back to (crime). Money’s tight, and it’s so much easier money,” Luna said.

District judge files to run for Superior Court seat

Spokane County District Court Judge John O. Cooney has filed the necessary paperwork with the state to officially begin his run for a Superior Court seat being vacated by Judge Jerome Leveque.

Earlier this year, Leveque, 70, announced his intention to retire on Dec. 31. Because he will have mostly finished his term, Gov. Chris Gregoire will not need to appoint someone prior to the general election. The primary election is Aug. 7.

Cooney defeated Mark Laiminger in the 2006 election for his District Court seat and ran unopposed in 2010. Cooney announced his bid earlier to run for Leveque’s seat and filed paperwork last week with the state Public Disclosure Commission, which is necessary to accept campaign donations.

S-R accepting listings for summer camp guide

As winter begins to wind down, The Spokesman-Review is ramping up plans for the annual Summer Camp Guide. We’re now accepting submissions for the print section, which publishes April 28, and the online listing, which can be found at all spring and summer. If you would like your listing to be included at no charge in these sections, please email the info to summercamps@, fax to (509) 622-1163 or mail to The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane WA 99210 attn: Summer Camps.

Please include the name and location of the camp, dates of operation, general theme, any costs, recommended ages, contact information and any other details readers might want.

Listings received after 5 p.m. April 2 will be included in the online version but won’t be guaranteed for the print edition.

For more information on the section, please email summercamps@spokesman .com.

Earthquake off coast gives Oregon ‘weak jolt’

BANDON, Ore. – The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 off the Oregon coast caused no reported damage. Only a smattering of reports were received from people who felt it as a weak jolt.

The shallow quake was recorded at 7:31 p.m. Tuesday more than 150 miles west of southern Oregon. It did not generate a tsunami.

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Dale Grant told the Associated Press the quake occurred in a seismically active area and was “not uncommon at all.”

In his words, “These are the ones we like – nobody gets hurt and there’s no damage.”