Archive - 2012 - News Article
The first changes in Deer Parkâ€™s liquor retail sales market, changed abruptly with the passage of Initiative 1185 in November, were felt last week in Olympia.
The Bi-Mart Corp. on Jan. 24 applied for a change in its current liquor license at its Deer Park store at S.412 Main St. to include the sale of spirits once the initiative takes effect in June.
The corporation also applied for the same change in its liquor license for its Cheney store.
A 23-year-old Spokane man died Tuesday night after his car collided with a semi-trailer on U.S. Highway 395 near Deer Park.
Sean A. Dieringer Burns was northbound on the highway near Half Moon Road at around 9:30 p.m. when his 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo crossed the center line, according to the Washington State Patrol. The car struck a southbound 2012 Freightliner semi driven by Randall L. Degner, 55, of Colville. Both vehicles were totaled.
Burns died at the scene, WSP troopers reported. Degner was injured, but was not taken to the hospital,
Both men were wearing seat belts.
Some city residents were in for more of a surprise than the couple of inches of snow last week.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department deputies issued about 10 tickets to motorists who ignored the no-parking signs that are found downtown, in new residential areas or locations that have narrow streets.
The posted signs make it illegal to park on the street from 3-8 a.m. daily from October to March.
The tickets, depending on which deputy wrote them, carry a $20 to $35 fine.
The Deer Park City Council has begun the first steps in installing a surveillance camera at Swinyard Park.
The council agreed to purchase $9,400 in remote camera equipment for the park and a central control system in city hall from WOW, a wireless company in Spokane.
The city has set aside $21,700 for video surveillance equipment in this yearâ€™s budget. The equipment is designed to control crime problems in the park and as a safety measure at city hall.
Director of Community Services Roger Krieger expects the surveillance equipment to be operational by this spring.
In what has become a yearly tradition, community fair organizers have begun fretting about the stateâ€™s financial commitment to the events.
With the Legislature looking to close a $3 billion budget shortfall this spring, the $2 million the state spends on fair funding is on the chopping block.
Clayton Community Fair Manager Janice Purdy said her event receives about $3,000 a year in state funds. That money must be used for youth premium awards, ribbons and trophies.
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.