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In brief: Woman found dead in Post Falls; arrest made

Post Falls police arrested a suspect in the death of a woman Monday.

Investigators say police went to a home in the area of Compton Street and Seltice Way after a caller requested a welfare check around 4:40 p.m.

When no one answered knocks at the door, police forced their way inside and found a woman dead on the floor.

Police planned to use a search warrant Monday night to find evidence.

The names of the suspect and the homicide victim had not been released.

University High teens killed in crash ID’d

Two University High School students killed in a car wreck in Spokane Valley on Saturday night were identified Monday by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

McKenzie Mott, 16, and Josie Kristine Freier, 15, were killed when the car they were riding in left the road and struck a tree. The accident occurred in the 5200 block of South Bates Road, near East Ponderosa Drive.

The 16-year-old driver of the car was listed in satisfactory condition Monday, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities haven’t released his name but he has been identified in news reports as Preston Maher, who also attends U-Hi.

The Sheriff’s Office said the driver was heading north on Bates “at an apparent high rate of speed.” The driver apparently lost control of the car and it struck the curb, becoming airborne before it hit a tree, killing both girls.

An investigation is still underway and sheriff’s deputies have not recommended charges in the incident.

Furloughs end for most at Fairchild

The federal government has recalled most furloughed civilians who perform work for Fairchild Air Force Base.

The government shutdown had closed the base library, the education center, the military testing office, the pre-teen center, youth sports, child care, the Airman’s Attic, the recycling center and the housing office. Each was reopened Monday.

Starting today, the base commissary will resume normal operations.

Also today, furloughed members for the Air National Guard’s 141st Air Refueling Wing will return to duty.

About 300 civilians and 248 inactive guardsmen were furloughed on Oct. 1.

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