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Sunday, December 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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In brief: Spokane man dies after Saturday accident near Newport

From Staff Reports

A Spokane man died Sunday after the car he was riding in Saturday night hit a ditch along state Highway 211 west of Newport, Wash.

David Pitts, 56, was a passenger in a car driven by Jeffrey H. Schoeny, 21, of Kapaa, Hawaii. Schoeny was driving south about 8 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of the Toyota 4Runner, according to the Washington State Patrol. Pitts was not wearing a seat belt. Schoeny, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

The WSP said Schoeny was driving too fast for the conditions.

Missing woman’s body found in Loon Lake

Investigators say a body recovered in Loon Lake on Sunday is a woman who went missing while canoeing last month.

A lake resident found the body 500 yards west from where the canoe was recovered, Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen said. Responders had to cut out a section of ice on the lake to recover the body.

Allen said he believes the incident was an accident and does not suspect foul play.

Marine deputies and dive teams had been searching the lake, which is about 30 miles north of Spokane, earlier this month for Susan Yager, 51, of Tacoma.

Yager never returned home after a Thanksgiving weekend stay at a cabin on the lake.

Two arrests made with help from K-9 units

Police arrested two men in separate cases Friday with the help of K-9 partners.

Spokane Valley police arrested 24-year-old Aaron Doney on Friday morning in connection with a burglary in Wyoming.

Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Thurman found footprints in the snow Friday morning and began searching with K-9 Laslo. They reported locating Doney hiding under the engine of a van around the 1000 block of South Herald Road, where they believed he lived.

When Doney tried to climb over a nearby 8-foot fence, Thurman released Laslo. The dog brought Doney to the ground.

Also Friday, law enforcement arrested 55-year-old Phillip Lindgren, who had entered a residence on the 2500 block of West Dean Avenue in violation of a domestic violence protection order, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy John Cook and K-9 Ekko searched the apartment when city police could not get Lindgren to come out after 30 minutes. Ekko entered a closet near the back of the residence within a couple of minutes and found Lindgren under a pile of clothes.

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