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June 13, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Morning Memo/Wednesday: Amber Alert … County embezzling? … Mount Rainier trail

Weather: Don’t expect to see the sun much today. Mostly cloudy, chance of showers, with a high near 61. Thursday looks brighter and Friday, even better. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

An Amber Alert is out for Cursten Drakeford, 6, Kali Drakeford, 9 and Ashton Drakeford, 8. (Marysville Police Department photos)

Amber Alert: Three missing Marysville children believed to have been taken by their parents may be headed to South Carolina in violation of their custody agreement. The father is accused of a violent history toward the children.

KING5 reports that the family may also be headed to Missouri. The family may have been spotted at a gas station in Moses Lake yesterday afternoon. Officers are checking surveillance video, according to KING.

The car is believed to be a silver 1998 Pontiac Grand AM with license plate number AGJ9693. Anyone with any tips on the family or the car’s whereabouts is asked to call 360-363-8300.

County money for cocaine? An ex-Franklin County official pleaded not guilty after being accused of stealing more than $2.8 million from the county to pay for cocaine and gambling habits. The Tri-City Herald reports Dennis Huston, 65, allegedly opened a bank account in 1989 in the name of a Spokane company and began billing the county for equipment. How did no one notice for more than two decades?

Mount Rainier trail washed out: Officials say the popular Comet Falls Trail has been temporarily closed because of a washout. The closure is one mile beyond the trailhead. Crews will try to reach the area next week, but there’s no timeline for when the trail will be reopened.

And if you like hiking: Biting black flies are back for their second spring in Spokane. If you like to hike or camp in the area, avoid ponds and streams around dawn and dusk. Ouch, Spokane.

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