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In brief: Incredible Corn Maze closes for season weeks after teen’s death

From Staff Reports

The North Idaho Halloween attraction where a young man portraying a zombie was killed earlier this month has closed for the season.

The Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser posted the notice on its Facebook and Web pages Monday night. No explanation was given for the early closure. The season was to run Sept. 26 through Saturday.

A free drive-in movie scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

Jeremy T. McSpadden Jr., 18, died Oct. 10 when he was run over by a converted school bus that was part of the “Zombie Slayer Bus” attraction. McSpadden, who was working at the site, ran up to the bus, tripped and fell under the rear wheel, witnesses told investigators.

The business reopened a week later while the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the fatal accident. That investigation is continuing.

Suspect in fatal stabbing sought after no-show

Spokane police detectives are searching for a woman they accuse of stabbing a man to death in his Browne’s Addition apartment.

Richard W. Whipple’s body was discovered Oct. 2 at his apartment at 1600 W. Pacific Ave. in Spokane after neighbors reported a bad odor coming from his residence for a week.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Chrystal L. Huff, 40, who was seen by a witness entering Whipple’s apartment with Whipple on or about Sept. 25, according to court documents.

Huff has previous convictions for assault, violating a protection order, obstructing a law enforcement officer and conspiracy to possess a controlled substance.

Detectives are searching Whipple’s social media records and his phone, which Huff was carrying when she was arrested on an unrelated warrant earlier this month. After her arrest, she refused to make a statement about Whipple’s death, according to court records.

Detectives are seeking help locating Huff. She was scheduled to meet detectives for an interview regarding the homicide investigation and did not show up. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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