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In brief: Holiday affects offices, services

Sun., July 4, 2010, midnight

Government offices and other services will be affected by the Independence Day holiday.

Buses: Bus routes will operate on their regular Sunday schedule today, and on holiday schedule Monday.

Garbage: Collection will be normal this week in Spokane, Kootenai County, and areas served by Waste Management Services. Garbage facilities and transfer stations will be closed today, but open Monday.

Government: Federal, state, county and city offices in Washington and Idaho will be closed Monday. Spokane County commissioners will not meet Tuesday. Spokane City swimming pools and golf courses will be open all weekend.

Libraries: Closed Monday in Spokane, Spokane County and Coeur d’Alene.

Liquor stores: Open today and Monday.

Mail: No mail service Monday.

Parking meters: Free Monday.

Resident finds apartment afire

A fire at a South Hill apartment complex Friday night left a woman homeless and killed two cats, the Spokane Fire Department said.

Firefighters were called to the apartments at 2801 S. Grand Blvd. about 5:40 p.m. First arriving crews found smoke coming from a second-floor unit.

The resident said she arrived home to find her apartment on fire.

Firefighters located the woman’s two cats, but they could not be revived. The blaze was confined to one unit, fire officials said. The cause is under investigation.

The American Red Cross was providing housing for the displaced resident.

Collision injures Spirit Lake pair

Two people were injured Saturday in a rear-end collision on U.S. Highway 95 near the Fighting Creek Store, the Idaho State Police reported.

Mark J. Hetherington, 46, of Alberta, Canada, was southbound on U.S. 95 in a pickup with a travel trailer in tow when he attempted to turn into the parking lot, the ISP said.

The trailer was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by Stanley S. Hoisington, 77, of Spirit Lake, the ISP said. Hoisington and his passenger, Laurel L. Hoisington, 65, were transported to Kootenai Medical Center, where they were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Hetherington was not injured.

Motorcyclist hurt in highway crash

A motorcyclist was injured Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car on Cheney-Spokane Road near the intersection with U.S. Highway 195.

The motorcycle was northbound on Cheney-Spokane Road in front of the Trading Co. Store about 4 p.m. when it collided with a northbound car turning into the store parking lot.

Spokane Fire Department officials said the motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, suffered a severe leg injury and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. His condition was unknown, said Battalion Chief Bruce Moline.

It was not known if either driver was cited.

Search fails to find missing climber

SEATTLE – Search crews returned to base camp at Mount Rainier on Saturday with no further clues of a 57-year-old climber’s whereabouts after another day of combing the mountain.

Mount Rainier National Park spokeswoman Lee Taylor said a 30-member team scoured the mountain for Eric Lewis, of Duvall, Wash., who has been missing since Thursday. She said they will rely on air searches.

Lewis and two other people were ascending near the 14,000-foot level Thursday in low visibility with Lewis the last climber on the rope line. When the first two climbers stopped to rest, they discovered Lewis had unclipped from the rope.

Three injured

in shooting, chase

AUBURN, Wash. – Three people were seriously injured in an early Saturday shooting in Auburn that ended with a short police chase and three arrests.

Two women and a man in their late teens and early 20s suffered gunshot wounds, according to KOMO News. Police responded to 911 calls around 1 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived at the scene, two vehicles were fleeing. Three people were arrested after a short chase.

A motive has not been established. The three people shot are described as seriously injured.

Tonya Harding marriage is official

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Tonya Harding has married again.

Clark County Deputy Auditor Karen Updike told the Columbian newspaper she issued a marriage license to Harding, 39, and Joseph Jens Price, 42, on June 23.

The auditor’s office received the signed license back on Tuesday.

A national figure skating champion in 1991 and a two-time Olympian, Harding in 1994 was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association because of her role in an attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Harding’s then-husband Jeff Gillooly helped plan the assault.

Harding later had a short career as a professional boxer.


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