Archive - Apr 20, 2012
A 53-year-old Chattaroy man was booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday after he was found with a missing teenage girl in Cusick.
Carrie Lane had been reported missing for a week. She contacted her family on Thursday to say she was with Steven Tofte, who is Laneâ€™s uncle by marriage.
U.S. Marshals, Pend Oreille and Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s deputies and Spokane Police officers found the pair in a parking lot in the Colville National Forest.
Tofte told a Spokane television station that he had no sexual contact with Lane and that he spent the week trying to talk her into returning home.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. on April 29 at the Loon Lake Elementary School, 4001 Maple St., for area resident Michael D. â€śBig Mikeâ€ť VanDenElzen, 36, who passed away on April 13.
Mr. VanDenElzen was a student at Spokane Community College and worked as a building contractor.
He was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribe and several Native-American organizations.
He is survived by his mother, Linda Dyer; a brother, Tim Dyer; five children; a niece; two nephews and many friends.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. on April 21 at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, N1306 Monroe, Spokane, for Deer Park area resident Irvin Steffen, 84, who passed away on April 14, 2012, in Spokane.
Born on Aug. 27, 1927 in Dickinson, N.D., to Fred and Emelia Steffen, he served in the Army and worked for the Veteransâ€™ Administration Hospital for 30 years.
He was a member of the Deer Park Lutheran Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1474 in Spokane.
A son, Kevin; a sister; and six brothers predeceased him.