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In brief: Woman, 54, identified as victim of house fire

Tue., Jan. 21, 2014, midnight

Post Falls police have identified a body that was found in a burning home early Saturday evening.

Officials say 54-year-old Debra Kern’s body was found inside her home when firefighters arrived. Post Falls police Chief Scot Haug said Kern used medical oxygen, and evidence at the home suggests the fire was caused by a combination of lit cigarettes and the medical oxygen.

Haug said an autopsy has been scheduled.

Kern lived at the home with her stepfather, who wasn’t home when the fire started.

Associated Press

Legislators schedule public teleconferences

OLYMPIA – While Spokane-area legislators are spending most of their time for the next two months in Olympia, some are trying to keep in touch with constituents by shifting the standard “town hall meeting” from a place to a phone number.

Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, has a one-hour teleconference starting at 6:30 p.m. today.  Constituents can call (800) 759-2155.

Sen. Andy Billig and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli have a joint telephone town hall on Wednesday starting at 6:15 p.m. Residents of the district may get a phone call shortly before that asking if they want to participate and can follow the prompts to connect to the session. Those who don’t receive a call can call (877) 229-8493 and enter 18646 to participate.

Republican Reps. Kevin Parker and Jeff Holy are having a one-hour conference at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Constituents can call (800) 759-5308 to listen and press the star key to ask a question.

Jim Camden

Drive-by shootings hit Moses Lake neighborhood

Investigators are trying to make sense of two drive-by shootings in the same Moses Lake neighborhood.

A 16-year-old riding his bicycle was shot and injured Monday afternoon as he tried to escape in the Larsen Housing Area. Bullets hit his right shoulder and right forearm, according to Grant County officials.

The attack followed a Saturday night drive-by shooting where no one was hurt though bullets struck two cars.

John Stucke

Two escapees captured driving stolen vehicle

BOISE – Officials in Idaho County say two men who escaped from the North Idaho Correctional Institution over the weekend are back in custody.

The sheriff’s office said Caleb Joe Thomas and Ridge Scott Dains were captured Monday morning near Walla Walla while driving a stolen vehicle.

On Sunday, the sheriff’s office received a report that a vehicle, firearms and ammunition had been stolen from a residence west of Grangeville. Clothing found at the scene matched that worn by the inmates.

Associated Press


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