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Man Robbed at Gunpoint While at Rest Stop

Man Robbed at Gunpoint While at Rest Stop

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office is looking for anyone who may have witnessed an armed robbery at rest stop along highway 195 on Friday morning.

Aron M. Taylor, of Lewiston, was stopped at the Horn School Rest Area, near Rosalia, when a white male approached him with a gun. The suspect pointed the gun at Taylor and demanded money and took Taylor's cell phone.

The suspect took off in a white, older model, Pontiac traveling southbound on 195. Taylor followed the car for about five miles and reported that there appeared to be three passengers in the car and that one of them struck and cracked the front windshield.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25 years old, heavyset with dark hair and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a heavy winter jacket and hat.

Whitman County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating and ask that if anyone witnessed the incident or has any other information that they contact the Sheriff's Office at (509) 397-6266.

Click it or Ticket Presents Positive Results

Click it or Ticket Presents Positive Results

As part of Target Zero Task Force, a traffic safety program that strives to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030, Click it or Ticket recently showed successful results. The goal was to pursue unbuckled and distracted drivers.

More than 130 police and sheriff agencies statewide worked the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Between May 20th and June 2nd, extra law enforcement patrolled Spokane, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Ferry County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cell phones or other electronic devices.

During these patrols, 297 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 101 cell phone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets.

Other tickets issued during extra patrols included

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Get nonstop from Spokane to L.A.

Getting to Los Angeles just got quicker and easier. Spokane International Airport will accept the first passengers to embark on a nonstop flight from GEG to LAX on Tuesday. They're doing it in style.

Passengers will be given a celebrity welcome, complete with chair massage and breakfast. Paparrazi will be on hand, capturing the headlines and taking photos of the travelers against a backdrop of the golden California sand and surf. Each person also can participate in a raffle for California-themed prizes.

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Safety tips for a safe drive on Memorial Day

Many families take to the open road over Memorial Day to take advantage of the long weekend and to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Idaho State Police wants to remind all drivers to remain safe.

 

Last year there were 129 crashes in Idaho with 81 injuries and two fatalities. Idaho State Police has provided these safety reminders which are great for both Idaho and Washington drivers:

 

Wear Your Seatbelts: Police in both Idaho and Washington will be strictly enforcing seat belt laws and drivers with children are reminded to make sure all children are in age appropriate safety seats and that children under 12 are in the back seat.

 

Designate a Driver: Nearly 30 people a day die in an alcohol related crash. Make sure to designate a driver before anyone in your party drinks.

 

Moscow increasing seatbelt enforcement

Moscow increasing seatbelt enforcement

The Moscow Police Department is participating in a statewide seatbelt enforcement mobilization. The enforcement will run from May 20th to June 2nd and aims to increase the rate of seatbelt use in the area.

In Idaho, the penalties for not wearing a seatbelt differ for drivers and passengers depending on age. Some laws to keep in mind:

  • Drivers are required to have all passengers under the age of six in a child safety restraint.
  • Adult drivers are responsible for juvenile passengers and will be fined if juveniles are not wearing seatbelts.
  • Juvenile drivers are responsible for their own seatbelts as well as for other juveniles not wearing seatbelts
  • Adult passengers are responsible for their own seatbelts.

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.

 

“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.

 

After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.

 

Moscow prepares for Main Street project

 

Official press release from the City of Moscow: 

In preparation for the Main Street Grind and Inlay Project later this summer, City Water and Street Department crews will be performing utility repairs on Main Street between 6th and “A” Street beginning on Tuesday, February 12.

The Main Street Grind and Inlay Project, to occur this summer, will consist of milling the top 2 inches of the existing asphalt in the travel lanes only, sealing any existing cracks, applying a geotextile fabric to inhibit reflective cracking, and replacing the 2 inches of asphalt. The project will be followed by a slurry seal applied to the full width of Main Street, including the parking lanes. The base project will run from 6th Street to 3rd Street, with additional alternatives extending the project north to 2nd or “A” Street depending on bids received.