Family of woman killed wants garage closed

SPOKANE – The family of a woman killed when her car plunged from a shopping mall parking garage here wants the garage shut down.

Jo Ellen Savage died after her car drove through a barrier and fell from River Park Square parking garage’s fifth level. Savage’s family says earlier studies show the garage was in poor condition.

Robert Rembert, a Pullman attorney representing the family, has asked the city or the garage owners to take immediate action to close the garage or at least its exterior portions.

Mayor Dennis Hession said the city has contacted River Park Square, but the garage is private property and the city does not have authority to shut it down.

Idaho: Spokane man, 50, dies in avalanche

A skier from Spokane died in an avalanche near 6,838-foot Stevens Peak, Shoshone County sheriff’s deputies said.

The body of Mark Davidson Tuggle, 50, was recovered Sunday, a day after he was reported missing in a rugged area about 21/2 miles south of this north Idaho town. Deputies say he apparently died from being hit by trees or rocks in the avalanche.

Deputies said a friend saw Tuggle get hit by the slide and searched for him without success until nightfall, then hiked back to his car and alerted authorities.

Search and rescue crews were unable to begin looking for the missing man until Sunday morning because of darkness and the continuing avalanche danger, deputies said.

Coeur d’Alene lands Kroc Corps center

This city was one of six in the West selected by the Salvation Army on Monday for a $65 million Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

The 109,000-square-foot center is expected to employ about 150 full- and part-time workers and to serve nearly 700 people a day.

Mayor Sandi Bloem said the center will enable the lakeside city of 35,000 to finally have a public swimming pool.

The other winners were Honolulu; Long Beach, Calif.; Phoenix, Salem, Ore.; and San Francisco.

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