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In brief: College student’s body found along highway near Moscow

The Idaho State Police on Saturday said the body of a college student missing for two weeks had been found.

Joshwa C. Merriken, 36, of Moscow, was walking south on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 95 just south of Moscow wearing dark clothing and no reflective gear, according to an ISP news release. Merriken was a Lewis-Clark State College student who was last seen Sept. 30 walking from Lewiston to Moscow, 30 miles away. Authorities believe he was hit that day between 4:30 and 7 p.m., possibly by a late 1980s or early 1990s Ford pickup with a camper.

Anyone with information that could help identify the vehicle is asked to call the ISP at (208) 799-5150.

Staff reports

Firefighters douse house blaze, but major damage reported

A North Side home sustained significant smoke and fire damage Saturday night.

Spokane fire crews responded to 717 E. Rich Ave. after a fire was reported at 7:28 p.m.

The first firefighters on the scene saw smoke coming from the house.

They entered through the back door and saw flames in the basement and the fire advancing up the stairs toward the second floor, fire officials said.

Crews had the fire knocked down in about 20 minutes. Officials believe the single-family home was not occupied at the time of the fire.

An investigator was called in to determine the fire’s cause.

Staff reports



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