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Officials issue sex offender alert

Spokane law enforcement wants to alert residents to three level 3 sex offenders who have recently moved.

James Wesley Twiggs, 51, was convicted of second-degree child molestation involving a 12-year-old boy in 1995 and indecent liberties involving a 10-year-old boy in 1981, officials said. Twiggs has moved to the 14700 of block South Ben Apple Way.

Kenneth Smith, 25, was convicted of first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation involving an adult woman in 2002, police said. Smith is now living downtown.

Russell Klauder, 23, was convicted of first-degree child molestation, police said. He is a transient.

County’s first flu case reported

The flu has made it to Spokane.

Health officials said Wednesday that lab tests have confirmed the county’s first case of influenza. A man in his 40s has the illness, which can be especially serious for young children and older adults.

Last year about 100 Spokane County residents died from complications of influenza and thousands were sickened. Influenza can cause fever, body aches, coughing and headaches.

The Spokane Regional Health District urges vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older. The Panhandle Health District announced last month the season’s first flu death in North Idaho, an especially early start to the season there.

Lincoln County

Woman dies in two-car crash

A Wilbur, Wash., woman died Wednesday in a two-car accident on state Route 2 near Davenport.

Denise J. Ullery, 51, was eastbound when her 2000 Dodge Caravan collided in the westbound lane with a 2000 Subaru Forester about 6:30 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

The Subaru’s driver, Gerald F. Robeson, 51, of Medical Lake, was treated and released at the Lincoln Hospital in Davenport, but Ullery died at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, according to WSP.


Group aims to help orcas with cleanup

The Puget Sound Partnership is considering ways to help the sound’s resident killer whales in its plan to clean up the region.

The agency wants to increase the distance between the endangered animals and vessels, direct its cleanup efforts first to areas where the whales travel and work to increase salmon runs.

Pollution and dwindling Chinook salmon stocks are thought to play a role in the declining orca population.

David Dicks, the partnership’s executive director, said Wednesday the situation is urgent and requires both immediate and long-term action. The agency will present its overall sound cleanup plan to the Legislature on Dec. 1.

Youth symphony receives grant

The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra is getting $500,000 from the Wallace Foundation.

The New York art and culture philanthropy group also is giving $1.6 million to the Washington State Arts Commission. Executive Director Kris Tucker says some of that money will be distributed to small arts groups in the Puget Sound area.

The grants were made under the Wallace Excellence Awards, a city-based approach to broadening audiences for the visual and performing arts.

From staff and wire reports