Archive - 2012 - News Article
A 26-year-old Spokane man, Jesse Johnson, who took Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies on a high-speed chase through Chattaroy on Oct. 1, faces numerous felony charges.
The chase started after Crime Check had received reports of a stolen vehicle in Spokane at around 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 1. A short time later, another Crime Check report detailed a shoplifting incident involving the same vehicle at the Safeway store at N10100 Newport Highway.
Since early July, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office has taken 44 copper wire theft reports in unincorporated Spokane County as well as Spokane Valley. The thefts have affected a wide variety of contractors, utility companies and cell phone companies.
The monetary loss from these thefts has not only cost these companies thousands of dollars, but has also affected customers from loss of services.
The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office is seeking information concerning a robbery at Wallgreens at N12315 Division on Sept. 9.
Deputy T. Liljenberg responded to the store, where he spoke with store employees who told him that at about 10 a.m., a white male entered the store and asked if he could borrow a cigarette from any of the employees. Employees told the individual they did not smoke.
Area emergency crews had a busy Friday afternoon.
At around 3 p.m., firefighters from Spokane County Fire District No. 4 (Stations 41, 42, 45 and 49) and the Department of Natural Resources were called out to an acre-size brush and timber fire on Dalton Road near Owens Road.
The fire closed a portion of Dalton Road, which forced traffic, including school buses, to find alternative routes through the area.
While fire crews were getting the Dalton Road fire under control, DNR was called to another brush fire in a remote area near Horseshoe Lake.
The first bill for the new Cedar Road construction project may come due before the city receives any grant funding.
In a memo to the Deer Park City Council, the cityâ€™s Director of Community Services, Roger Krieger, noted a $24,895.35 task order for survey work and engineering to determine what rights-of-way necessary for completion of the project and working with affected property owners on the donation of properties consistent with previous written commitments to participate in the project.
The aggravated murder trial of Clay Starbuck is expected to begin on Oct. 22
The 47-year-old Deer Park man was arrested on Feb. 8 and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his ex-wife, Chanin, whose body was found in her home last December. An autopsy showed Chanin Starbuck had been beaten and strangled.
Starbuck, who made a brief Superior Court appearance on Aug. 28, is also charged with sexually violating human remains.
Prosecutors claim Starbuck killed his ex-wife as to not have to pay child support for the coupleâ€™s five children.
In one of the final items to consider before the start of the new school year, the Deer Park School Board approved the 2012-13 budget on Monday.
The $25.5 million budget is very similar to the one adopted by the school board last year.
Last yearâ€™s budget was based on an enrollment of 2,356 full-time equivalent students. This yearâ€™s estimate is 2,263 FTE students. The district finished last year with 2,276 FTE students.
The Newport Highway was closed for about an hour on Friday morning after a driver with a medical issue lost control of his pickup truck and hit a tree near Oregon Road.
Spokane County Fire District No. 1 emergency crews arrived at around 8:30 a.m., and found a man trapped inside. After being extricated, the driver, whose name was not immediately released, was taken by ambulance to Providence Holy Family Hospital.
A 53-year-old Kathryn Burger, who had brain surgery 11 months ago and suffers from seizures and short-term memory loss, was found by a neighbor after disappearing from her home on Friday morning.
Burger recently had brain surgery.
Republican Stevens County Commissioner candidates Mark Beck and Wes McCart were the survivors from the Aug. 7 primary election and will now face off in the Nov. 3 general election.
Beck, a former Stevens County Fire District No. 1 fire chief, was the top vote-getter in the District 1 county commissioner race with 554 votes. McCart, a rancher, finished second with 533 votes. Another Republican, Tom Hale, placed third with 420 votes and will not advance to the general election.