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Youth conference site shifts to church

Sun., July 19, 2009, midnight

The Odyssey Youth Center’s weekend Youth Conference for Hope, scheduled to begin Friday at Itron at Liberty Lake, will now be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 301 S. Freya St., in Spokane.

“We are grateful to Bethany Presbyterian for stepping in at the last minute to house this first-ever conference that we expect to be informative and helpful to the hundreds of people who will be attending,” said Sandra Williams, executive director of the center, which serves lesbian and gay youth.

Itron cited the cost of keeping lights and air conditioning on over the weekend in its decision not to host the event, Williams said.

The conference will feature topics geared toward young people, parents and educators. For more information visit or call Williams at (509) 323-2306.

Seattle man held in fatal Twisp shooting

A 49-year-old Black Diamond, Wash., man was shot and killed Friday night at a hotel in Twisp.

The shooting occurred at about 10:40 p.m., and the man died from his injuries two hours later at Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, police said. The suspected shooter, a 57-year-old Seattle man, was arrested and booked into the Okanogan County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and reckless endangerment.

The incident was still under investigation, and a possible motive had not been determined, police said in a news release.

No further details, including the name of the victim or suspect, were available Saturday night.

‘Vulnerable’ man’s whereabouts sought

A man described by police as “vulnerable” walked away from his caregiver Saturday.

Jeffrey Williams, 53, was last seen at the McDonald’s at Havana Street and Sprague Avenue about noon, Spokane police said. He is 5-foot-8 and 250 pounds with graying brown hair. He was wearing a white mesh cowboy hat, green T-shirt and blue jeans, and was carrying several tote bags when he disappeared.

In a news release, police said Williams likes to hang around large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer.

“Williams is considered a vulnerable adult with mental issues and has difficulty in social environments,” the release said.

Anyone with information about Williams’ whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.


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