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Woman dies, 3 injured in crashes involving horse

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A woman died and three other people were injured in two crashes involving a horse on the highway northwest of Boise.

Ada County officials say the woman's car hit a horse on State Highway 16 just after 5 a.m. Monday. Deputies say the car then went off the highway, traveled about 300 yards through fields and fences before hitting a rock wall.

The victim's name hasn't been released. Both of her passengers were injured.

A short time later, another car hit the horse that was lying in the road and flipped onto its top. One person was injured.

The horse hit by the cars died at the scene, while a second horse found running loose in the area was corralled. Deputies are searching for the owner of the horses.


Body recovered from Snake River

(Information in the following story is from: Post Register,

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in eastern Idaho have recovered the body of a 68-year-old Blackfoot man from the Snake River.

The Bingham County Sheriff's Office tells the Post Register that a search team recovered the body of Michael Birch at about noon on Saturday southwest of Blackfoot.

Authorities say the search started Friday night after Birch didn't return from a fishing trip.


E. Idaho family seeks damages from Idaho Falls

(Information in the following story is from: Post Register,

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Two eastern Idaho brothers have filed a tort claim seeking damages from Idaho Falls contending police used stun guns on them because they're black.

The Post Register reports that Victor Delosanto Madrigal and Victor Manuel Madrigal filed the tort claims Feb. 24.

Allissa Madrigal, the wife of Victor Manuel Madrigal, also filed a tort claim, a precursor to a lawsuit against a public entity.

Combined the claims seek about $280,000.

On Aug. 31, police responded to a noise complaint. Manuel Madrigal was arrested for battery on an officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Delosanto Madrigal was arrested for resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

In February, a jury acquitted Manuel Madrigal of all charges. The City Attorney's Office later dropped all charges against Delosanto Madrigal.

Idaho Falls Police Chief Mark McBride says the officers' actions in August weren't racially motivated.


Semis crash; westbound I-84 closed in E. Oregon

The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 are closed in Eastern Oregon while the wreckage from a pileup of several semitrailer trucks is cleared.

The closure extends from Ontario on the Idaho border to Pendleton.

An Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman, Tom Strandberg, says authorities hope to have the westbound lanes open again after midday.

The wreckage is on Cabbage Hill, the mountainous stretch south of Pendleton best known as the place where a tour bus plunged down a hillside in 2012, killing nine people and injuring 38.

The pileup last night left vehicles backed up behind the wreckage.

Overnight, authorities closed the eastbound lanes to let backed-up cars get around the pileup. Strandberg said the eastbound lanes would be closed again Monday morning to allow trucks to do the same.


Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

KXLY reports the city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

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