Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
Aaron D. Miller, 24, pled not guilty on Feb. 28 to various charges stemming from his apparent three holdups of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Deer Park this winter.
Miller, who is being held on $100,000 bond, faces first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery charges.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Detectives believe Miller was the gunman who robbed the store of oxycodone on Dec. 5 after displaying a gun and placing a note on the counter demanding drugs.
Miller fled the scene on foot.
Deer Park and Riverside School District voters will get another chance to decide the fate replacement levy requests in April. The April 17 ballot measures, however, will have a different look after they were rejected by voters in the Feb. 14 election
The Riverside School Board has decided to reduce its educational programs and operations levy from $3.90 per $1,000 of assessed valuation next year to $3.42/$1,000. The original levy request received only received 39.3 percent voter approval.
The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), responding to a neighborâ€™s complaint, carried out a search on Friday morning on Bruce Road in Elk.
SCRAPS responded to complaints about the condition of more than five dozen animals, including horses, llamas, cows, sheep, goats and dogs.
When investigators arrived, they found animals lacking proper food, according to SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill.
There were also reports of dead animals on the scene.
All the large animals will be taken to an emergency shelter at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.
A 24-year-old Deer Park man was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a first-degree robbery charge stemming from the robbery he allegedly committed at the Deer Park Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on Feb. 21.
Detectives interviewed Aaron Miller and he confessed to two additional robberies at the Medicine Shoppe that occurred on Dec. 5 and 30.
Miller displayed what appeared to be a weapon during the Dec. 5 robbery and demanded Oxycodone medication, according to detectives.
A preliminary April 16 court date has been set for a Deer Park man who was arrested on Feb. 6 in connection with the death of his ex-wife.
Clay Starbuck pled not guilty to the charge of aggravated first-degree murder of Chanin Starbuck in Spokane County Superior Court on Feb. 21.
Starbuck will remain in jail after Judge Annette Plese refused to lower his $1 million bond. His attorney, Derek Reid, had asked for a bail reduction based on Starbuckâ€™s family ties and no prior criminal convictions.
The Deer Park and Riverside School District officials will begin assessing what went wrong with their various levy requests last week.
Voters rejected Deer Parkâ€™s three-year, $2 million annual maintenance and operations levy along with Riversideâ€™s $2.55 million educational programs and operations and $1.2 million facilities and technology capital projects levies.
Deer Park voters rejected the M&O levy 1,697-1,645. A simple majority is needed for passage.
Updated Feb. 16
The Deer Park School District officials received some good news following a second round of ballot counts for its $1.96 million annual replacement maintenance and operations levy
The gap between yes and no votes shrunk on Wednesday afternoon it is still is short of the 50 percent approval needed for passage.
The measure now trails 1,615-1,559.
Riversideâ€™s $3.27 million annual educational program was rejected 2,195-1,389 by voters as of Wednesday. The school districtâ€™s $1.28 million capital projects levy trailed 2,431-1,186.
Deer Parkâ€™s Clay D. Starbuck, 47, who was arrested on Feb. 6 in connection with his ex-wifeâ€™s murder, was formally charged with aggravated first-degree murder on Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court.
He was subsequently charged with sexually violating human remains on Friday after detectives believe Starbuck placed his wifeâ€™s body in a sexually suggestive pose after he killed her.
Spokane County Traffic Engineers began placing weight restriction signs on affected roads throughout Spokane County on Monday. The restrictions will limit the size and weight of vehicles that are allowed to travel on specific roads throughout the county.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies will allow a two-day pubic education period before enforcing the restrictions on Feb. 15. The fine for violating the posted weight restriction is $411.
The Spokane County Engineers web site details the restrictions countywide.
An investigation into the December homicide of a Deer Park woman has revealed that a call to the 911 communications center from the victimâ€™s cellular phone was not immediately forwarded to the sheriffâ€™s office for investigation.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department Public Information Officer Craig Chamberlin explained that hang-up calls into the 911 center fall into two categories. A Phase One call gives the cellular phone number and the cellular tower location. A Phase Two call gives the number plus the latitude and longitude of the cellular phone.