Archive - 2012 - News Article
The Loon Lake School District will join the Deer Park and Riverside School districts in running a maintenance and operations levy election on April 17.
Unlike the other two levy measures, the Loon Lake four-year $226,000 request was not run earlier this year.
If approved, the Loon Lake request will cost property owners 63 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The generated funds will be used for various educational programs â€” such as music and physical education â€” the food service department, technology, grounds improvement and non-high payments.
Alarmed by the growing number of burglaries and vehicle prowlings in the rural areas of Spokane County, the sheriff's department asks residents to take additional precautions.
Burglaries and vehicle prowlings have increased 53 percent for the months of January and February 2012 as compared to 2011.
King County Councilman and attorney Bob Ferguson, who is running for state attorney general, made a campaign stop on March 3 at the Deer Park Pizza Factory to meet with 7th Legislative District Democrats.
Judge Bruce Hilyer, who is running for Washington State Supreme Court, attended the meeting.
â€śAs a fourth generation Washingtonian, my roots run deep in our state,â€ť said Ferguson, who has campaigned in 31 Washington State counties. â€śIn the 19th century, my great-grandparents homesteaded along the Skagit River. I have lived and worked on both sides of the mountains.â€ť
Three people were injured in a one-car accident on March 1 at Elk-Chattaroy and Tallman roads.
According to Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department collision investigator Deputy J. Thurman, the vehicle was traveling west on Elk-Chattaroy Road when it drove onto the shoulder of the roadway. The driver was not able to negotiate the vehicle back onto the road and struck a large tree head-on.
The family of four was not wearing their seatbelts which contributed to their injuries, he said.
Updated on March 5
Most of the more than 100 animals seized from a farm in Elk last week by Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) have found new homes.
â€śIt has been a long week for SCRAPS but we think we see a light at the end of the tunnel,â€ť said SCRAPS Development Coordinator Jackie Bell. â€śOur community has been so unbelievably supportive of SCRAPS by donating time, money, supplies and now adopting these animals,â€ť she continued.
SCRAPS has adopted all of the animals from this seizure.
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.