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Former legislator dies of cancer

Wayne Meyer in May  2007.  (File / The Spokesman-Review)
Wayne Meyer in May 2007. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Former Idaho Rep. Wayne Meyer died early Tuesday of colon cancer. He was 59.

Meyer, a bluegrass farmer and Republican from Rathdrum, served in the Idaho House from 1995 to 2004 and held positions on the Education, Business and Joint Finance-Appropriations committees.

Meyer fought to secure funds to protect North Idaho’s underground drinking water source, sponsored a bill that made the huckleberry the state fruit, helped maintain simulcast dog-racing in Idaho, and helped create the dual enrollment system that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college courses for credit. He was also a high school basketball referee for 22 years.

Meyer’s funeral is scheduled for Friday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene.

Spokane

SNAP will take calls for aid Saturday

People looking for help in paying their power bills have one extra day this week to request it.

Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs will accept phone calls for energy assistance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, this week only.

The federal government doubled the funds available for energy assistance in Washington and Idaho this year.

The number is (509) 242-2376.

Coeur d’Alene

Police say woman lied about rape

A woman who said she was raped in a North Idaho College restroom by a man disguised as a woman has been charged with lying to police.

The woman faces a charge of filing a false report, said Sgt. Christie Wood, spokeswoman for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department.

When detectives reinterviewed the woman, her story didn’t match information police had uncovered, Wood said.

The woman, who is not a student at the Coeur d’Alene college, told police the attack occurred Jan. 30, but she didn’t report it to campus security until Feb. 6.

Her name was not released.

Spokane County

Volunteers sought for tax committee

Spokane County is seeking volunteers for an advisory committee that will track spending from a tax designed to raise money for emergency communications and Crime Check.

The committee will ensure that residents are informed about how the county is using money generated from the one-tenth of 1 percent sales and use tax.

Of the six members on the committee, two will serve one-year terms, two will serve two-year terms and the final two will serve four-year terms.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Ginna Vasquez at (509) 477-2265 or gvasquez@spokanecounty.org.

OAKLAND, Calif.

Charges dropped against musician

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has dropped charges against a member of the group Saving Abel and an employee of the band accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl to perform oral sex after a concert in Oakland, Calif.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys for 33-year-old Jason Null, of Corinth, Miss., and 21-year-old Brandon Danger, of Tampa, Fla., say a video recording contradicted the girl’s claims. The charges were dropped Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers says the video taken after a concert in Oakland last week shows the girl led people to believe she was older and was not forced into the sex act with Danger.

Null, a guitar player with Saving Abel, and Danger, a guitar stringer, were facing felony sex charges.

Saving Abel performed at the Spokane Arena on Monday.

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