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In brief: EWU football championship celebration set for Jan. 21

Eastern Washington University  fans will get a chance to honor the national champions Jan. 21  at Reese Court.  (Christopher Anderson)
Eastern Washington University fans will get a chance to honor the national champions Jan. 21 at Reese Court. (Christopher Anderson)

After celebrating their 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship win on the field and in the stands Friday in Frisco, Texas, the Eastern Washington University Eagles are ready to celebrate back home.

Eagles fans will flock to Reese Court in Cheney to celebrate their victory with a Football Championship Celebration at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21.

It will be the first time the championship trophy will be on display to the public.

Until then, coaches will be out of town making up for lost time recruiting future Eagles, resulting in the late date, an EWU news release said.

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Caretakers charged after report of assault of child

Two caretakers were arrested and charged with assaulting a child Thursday in their home in Marcus, Wash., north of Kettle Falls.

Brian D. Lembcke, 34, and Rebecca L. Pelissier, 37, were arrested on charges of third-degree assault of a child and booked into Stevens County Jail. They allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old girl they had been caring for. It is unclear what their relationship is to the child.

Stevens County sheriff’s deputies were called to a report the girl had been assaulted on Wednesday. They obtained a search warrant on the home to recover items used in the alleged assault. It was unclear what the items were or if any were recovered.

The case has been turned over to the Stevens County prosecutor’s office. Third-degree assault of a child is a class C felony in Washington.

Staff reports



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