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In brief: U.S. attorney general makes surprise visit

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Spokane Thursday evening. He plans to visit federal court employees.

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Holder will be in town only a short time for routine court business.

The visit was not announced and appeared to be a surprise even to many local elected leaders.

Frank Harrill, supervisory senior resident agent of the Spokane office of the FBI, said Thursday that he could not confirm that Holder is in town.

State Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, sent a message on Twitter on Thursday that Holder was at the Davenport Hotel. He included a brief comment: “Interesting.”

An SUV with a placard that said “official FBI business” was parked in front of the Davenport Thursday night.

Chattaroy man dies in mobile home fire

A Chattaroy man was found dead in a house fire he apparently started after barricading himself in his room.

Spokane County Fire District 4 responded to the call about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday after the man’s parents called police saying he was shooting fireworks in the house, a single-wide mobile home, spokeswoman Megan Hill said.

Police were first to the scene, Hill said, and by the time firefighters arrived, “it must have been burning for some time.” Hill said firefighters struggled to find the man, identified by the medical examiner’s office as Brian S. Love, 42.

“He was barricaded in there. … There was lots of furniture held up in one place and a mattress of some sort,” she said. The man also had ammunition in the house that was exploding, which could have been confused with fireworks.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the flames, and Love was pronounced dead at the scene. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Drugs missing from clinic after break-in

An estimated $11,000 in drugs were discovered missing from the Kootenai Neurology Clinic on Ironwood Drive in Coeur d’Alene Monday morning after someone broke a window to gain entry.

Employees discovered the theft when they arrived just before 7 a.m. Monday. A locked refrigerator had been pried open and nearly 900 doses of an unspecified liquid medication were missing, according to a police report. A laptop was taken from the nurses work room. A mailbag was also missing, but the mail inside it had been dumped on the floor, the report said.



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