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In brief: Memorial service for hiker is today

A celebration of life is planned for a young Spokane woman who died recently while hiking with friends.

The service for Lois Ordway-Fleck will be today at 1 p.m. at the Spokane Faith Center, 3330 W. Central Ave.

Donations can be made in Ordway-Fleck’s honor at by clicking on her photo on the right-hand side of the home page.

Destiny Rescue USA is a Christian nonprofit that protects and rescues vulnerable children from abuse and trafficking, a cause Ordway-Fleck fought for.

Ordway-Fleck, a 2012 Mt. Spokane High School graduate, fell and died while hiking at the Indian Painted Rocks Trail in the Little Spokane River Natural Area on Thursday.

Student, 18, hits cop en route to classes

An 18-year-old late for classes Tuesday morning hit a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car on Interstate 90 in Spokane Valley.

Deputy Cole Speer, a school resource officer at Central Valley High School, was headed east on I-90 when he was hit by a Ford Expedition that entered the freeway at Pines Road and immediately crossed all three lanes of traffic, said Deputy Craig Chamberlin, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

The Expedition hit the marked patrol car on the passenger side, then spun around before coming to rest on the shoulder, Chamberlin said.

Speer’s patrol car fishtailed, but he was able to regain control. Neither driver was injured. The teen, Zachary J. Adams, told the deputy he was late for college classes, Chamberlin said.

Adams was cited for an unsafe lane change.

Kids under 18 can get passes for fair

Today is Family Day at the Spokane Interstate Fair. Youth passes available at Safeway stores allow children under 18 to be admitted free when with a paying adult.

The lineup for today at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St., includes:

• Museum and train rides open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Inland Empire Railway Historical Society.

• 11:30 a.m., racing pigs.

• 2:45 p.m., vocalist Charlie Marie.

• 4 p.m., Paul Isaak, juggling and comedy.

• 7 p.m., Huey Lewis and the News (tickets $15-30 at the fair office, or 800-325-7328).

General admission to the fair is $10 for adults; $7 for ages 7-13 or 65 and older; and free for children 6 and under.

Montana man missing since weekend

MISSOULA – The Missoula County sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in the search for a Frenchtown, Mont., man who has been missing since last weekend.

Officials say 27-year-old Josh Carter hasn’t been seen since he walked out of the Frenchtown Club bar just after midnight Friday, got into his pickup truck alone and drove away.

His mother tells authorities it’s not like her son to leave without telling anyone and the family is unaware of any issues of depression or thoughts of suicide.

Searches by family members and deputies have offered no new information.

Carter is a white man, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has short, black hair and brown eyes and was driving a yellow 1974 Ford flatbed pickup with Montana license plate 4-34237A.

People for Puget Sound to quit operations

SEATTLE – The Seattle conservation group People for Puget Sound will cease operations this fall and transfer its work to other environmental organizations.

Executive Director Tom Bancroft told the revenues have fallen short.

Bancroft said policy and advocacy work will be assumed by the Washington Environmental Council and environmental restoration work will be assumed by EarthCorps.


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