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In brief: Mobile home fire leaves woman dead

A woman died Saturday in an Otis Orchards mobile home fire.

Neighbors told authorities the woman, who was not identified Saturday, lived at the rural home with her son. He was not home at the time, fire officials said.

Spokane Valley firefighters were called to 4115 N. Canal Road about 3:15 p.m. on a report of a fire with a woman trapped inside, said Capt. Jeff Bordwell, department spokesman. Two neighbors tried to get into the home to rescue her, but the heat and fire were too much.

Fire crews arrived to find “flames shooting out the front door and a window,” Bordwell said.

“We were unable to get to her in time,” said Spokane Fire Chief Mike Thompson.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, Bordwell said.

Authorities were unsure if the woman rented or owned the home.

Spokane

Prostitution sting nets six arrests

Six women were arrested Friday in a prostitution sting.

The whole operation took less than two hours, said Spokane police Officer Tim Moses. “It shows there’s still a problem out there,” he said.

Officers posing as potential customers contacted the women on East Sprague between Division and Freya streets. “In each case, the females solicited sexual services in exchange for money,” said Officer Brian Eckersley. The sting was conducted at 2 p.m.

The women arrested on a charge of prostitution were: Laurie A. Bazemore, 47; Aubrey L. Shults, 33; Arwen K. Stepak, 39; Kimberly Jo Allen, 43; Lisa M. Gomez, 30; and Deborah D. Dempsey, 38.

“We do these operations about every two months,” Moses said. “As the weather warms up, we will be out there more.”

Vox seeks names of great graduates

The Vox, a monthly newspaper produced by area teens, is looking for suggestions: Do you know a graduate who will change the world?

Vox staff will feature five graduates who promise to improve our world. The feature will run in the June/graduation edition.

The candidates don’t have to be college-bound, with a perfect grade-point average. There are a variety of ways students might go out and change the world. They could include, but certainly aren’t limited to: determination, overcoming adversity and helping others, going above and beyond the call of duty, or a drive toward success.

This isn’t a contest. It’s a story.

Please send suggestions by Tuesday to Vox adviser Erin Daniels-Bangle at erind@ spokesman.com or 999 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane WA 99201.

From staff reports


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