Archive - 2013 - News Article
The numbers are in and Liam and Sophia are the top baby names in Washington from 2012, according to the Department of Health, which tracks a variety of state vital statistics, including births, deaths, marriages, and divorces.
In 2012 there were 87,415 babies born in the state. The most popular day for births in 2012 was Friday, June 28 when there were 311 Washington babies born.
Area entrepreneurs believe it will be easier (and more profitable) to grow marijuana than to sell the weed.
In the first week of license applications to produce, process and sell marijuana under the terms of Initiative 502, most of the requests are to produce and process the plant. Only a small number of businesses have applied for a retail license.
The Washington State Auditorâ€™s Office did not find any problems in the recently completed accountability audit for the city of Deer Park.
The audit, which covered internal controls and audit procedures for 2012, looked at such areas as the cityâ€™s financial condition, cash receipting, compliance with grant requirements and bidding and prevailing wage procurements.
Spokane Major Crimes detectives are excavating property on Walters Road in Elk, believed to be the gravesite of Ramona Childress, who went missing last November.
Detectives were directed to the site by a witness who told investigators last month that he helped Jason Flett bury her body on the property after Flett killed her.
Jason Flett, 27, who was Childressâ€™ boyfriend, was arrested on Nov. 13 and charged with second-degree murder. He is expected to make his first court appearance relating to the Childress killing on Nov. 15.
A Washington State Patrol trooper was injured in a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 395 at around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near Larsen Beach Road near Loon Lake.
According to the WSP report, the trooper was southbound on the highway when he tried to make a U-turn to chase down a northbound vehicle. During his turn, he was rear-ended by another southbound car.
The trooper, whose name was not released, was transported to a Spokane hospital with neck pain. The driver of the other car was not hurt while his passenger was transported by hospital with unspecified injuries.
The grass roots state senate campaign waged by Ferry County Commissioner Brian Dansel still leads incumbent 7th District Sen. John Smith 13,369-11,698 after two days of voting.
Dansel, who was buried by Smith, in campaign fund-raising and spending, won in voting in only two of the five counties that make up the 7th District. In Stevens County, he holds a 4,183-3070 margin. He also won Ferry County 1,476-546.
A police chase that started in Spokane Valley, traveled along U.S. Highway 395 near Deer Park and ended near the Wandermere Bridge with the arrest of two men.
Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies David Lawhorn and Lamont Petersen responded to a suspicious vehicle call at E6623 Trent Ave. Both deputies approached the suspicious vehicle on a dead-end road. When the driver of the vehicle saw the deputies, he accelerated towards Petersen's marked patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed with no lights on.
For the second time in a year, an inmate from the Airway Height Correctional Facility was killed while working with a Department of Natural Resources clean-up crew in Stevens County.
Daniel J. Hall, 47, was killed Thursday afternoon while helping clean up recently logged property, although details regarding the accident have not been released.
Last October, another inmate was killed in Stevens County when he was electrocuted while cutting down a tree near power lines.
The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) will file the necessary CR103 for Initiative 502 later this week. Filing the CR103 is the formal procedure for adoption of the proposed rules for the implementation of I-502 and the final step in the rulemaking process.
These rules will serve as the basis for Washingtonâ€™s newly created recreational marijuana market and are the result of 10 months of research and public input. Thirty days after adoption the rules will become effective, November 16.
Spokane County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a burglary in the Elk area on Oct. 1 where more than $11,000 worth of property was stolen.
Deputy Michael Beckman responded to a residential burglary call near the 35000 block of Newport Hwy. The deputy spoke with the homeowner who told him he had recently inherited the house.
The homeowner said he had not been there in a couple weeks and when he came by on Tuesday he discovered that someone had broken into the detached garage and residence.