January 3rd, 2012
Bruce M. LeBlanc, 55, of Shady Cove, Ore., passed away on Dec. 27, 2011, in Cataldo, Idaho.
His is survived by his son, Jesse LeBlanc; his daughter, Natalie LeBlanc; a granddaughter, Aurora Petersen; his mother, Zelda LeBlanc; a brother, Tony (Christy) LeBlanc, a brother, Thomas LeBlanc, a brother, Byron LeBlanc; a sister, Cheryl Adams; a niece Allissa LeBlanc and her children; and a nephew, Jonathon (Caitlin) LeBlanc.
Bruce was born in Spokane on Aug. 4, 1956 and graduated from Deer Park High School in 1974.
The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office, which has a person of interest in the Chanin Starbuck homicide investigation, continues to interview witnesses and follow up leads developed from those interviews. They are also reviewing digital evidence taken from the crime scene.
Starbuckâ€™s body was discovered in her Deer Park home on Dec. 3 after neighbors became concerned about the accumulation of mail in front of her house.
The Spokane Medical Examinerâ€™s Office determined that Starbuck was strangled a few days earlier.
December 30th, 2011
For the second time in less than a month, an armed robber struck The Medicine Shoppe at E11 "H" Street in Deer Park.
The latest incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Friday by a man who handed employees a note demanding pain medication. The suspect vaguely resembled the man who robbed the same business on Dec. 5.
In the Dec. 29 robbery, the suspect handed employees a note and indicated he was armed with a gun, although no firearm was displayed.
Emergency crews from Spokane County Fire District No. 4 and Deer Park Ambulance spent a part of Thursday morning extricating a driver following a one-vehicle accident on Monroe Road.
The driver of the Dodge pickup, whose name was not immediately released, went off the roadway, traveled a short distance and struck a tree. When emergency crews arrived at around 11:15 a.m., they found the truck on its side.
Fire crews needed to cut off the top of the pickup to free the driver who was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 30 at Riplinger Funeral Home, Spokane, followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m. at Spokane Memorial Gardens for former Riverside teacher James R. Gady, 78, who passed away on Dec. 26.
Born on Aug. 18, 1933 in Spokane, he graduated from Mead High School and served with the Army Corps of Engineers as a sergeant in the Korean War. After returning from Korea, he married Marjorie Becker on Oct. 12, 1956.
He attended Whitworth College and earned his bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees. He then taught in the Riverside and Mead School districts.
It is understandable if Riverside head boys basketball coach KC Ahrens has a flashback to his teenage years when the Rams face Columbia-Burbank on Friday as part of the Sun Dome Shootout.
The Coyotes are coached by D.J. Traver, a teammate of Ahrens at Riverside in the mid-1990s.
Traver, a member of the Ramsâ€™ 1993 state championship football team, would eventually move to the Tri-Cities and graduate from River View High School.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Peaceful Valley Church on Allen Road in Elk for longtime Elk resident Harry Bland, 72, who passed away on Dec. 20
Family graveside services will be held at Fairmount Memorial Park.
Born on May 27, 1939, in Ardmore, Pa., to Dr. George W. and Helen Bland, he served in the U.S. Air Force from August 1961-65. He worked for Camp Chevrolet for 30 years.
Mr. Bland attended Peaceful Valley Church and enjoyed family, friends, and the great outdoors.
He was preceded in death by one son, Brad.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgersâ€™ district may get a little smaller, according to the latest proposal submitted by the Washington Redistricting Commission on Dec. 28.
The commission is charged with carving up the state into 10 Congressional districts, one more district than the last redistricting effort 10 years ago.
To make room for the new district, which will sit mostly in Thurston and Pierce counties under the latest plan, the other districts underwent geographical reconfigurations to ensure each one had approximately 672,450 residents.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Dec. 28 at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Wenatchee for former Deer Park resident Jim D. Pleger, 72, who passed away on Dec. 22.
A 1957 Deer Park High School graduate, he was a business owner and independent truck driver and also worked in sales at a Ford dealership in Newport. He was part owner of Papas Trucking in Malaga, Wash.
He married Janet K. Pehling on May 5, 1962.
The couple lived in Newport until 1982. They lived in Malaga for 18 years before moving to Wenatchee.
His wife, Janet, predeceased him on July 27, 2011.
Updated 5 p.m. on Dec. 27
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies are trying to determine the cause of a one-vehicle accident on Dec. 25 that took the life of Bradley J. Updegrove, 45-year-old Deer Park man.
The fatal crash occurred around 9 p.m. at the north 27800 block of Cedar Road (just south of Owens Road). A motorist driving by the area found a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche crashed against a tree. Deputies found the driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, without a pulse. Shortly after medics arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.