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November 7th, 2012
The Republican candidates for Spokane County Commissioner came through victorious in Tuesdayâ€™s general election.
Incumbent Todd Mielke bested Democrat challenger John Roskelley 80,656-69,281 for the District 1 seat. In the District 2 race, Shelly Oâ€™Quinn outpolled Daryl Romeyn 81,281-68,256.
In the Stevens County Commissioner races, incumbent Malcolm Friedman lost to Steve Parker 6,027-5,554 in the District 3 race. In the District 1 race, Wes McCart got past Mark Beck 5,907-5,236.
All the Stevens County candidates were Republicans.
All elections will be certified on Nov. 27.
Updated 8:19 p.m.
According to NBC News, President Obama has won re-election after winning Ohio. The call gave him 274 electoral college votes. A candidate needed 270 votes to win the election.
The Spokane County Engineerâ€™s Office and the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force has received funding from Washington Traffic Safety Commission for the Monroe Road safety project.
The primary goal of the safety project is to reduce the traffic collisions on an 11-mile-stretch of Monroe Road, which has a posted speed limit of 45 mph.
Avista Utilities is offering a cash reward to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction for those responsible for the theft of copper wire from a pair of north Spokane substations.
Avista Utilities personnel in Deer Park reported to Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies that sometime between Oct. 16-24 someone stole more than one-half mile of copper wire from the companyâ€™s substation on Dahl Road. In addition, another 450-500 feet of copper wire was stolen from its Little Spokane substation during the same time frame.
A Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s deputy involved in the fatal shooting near Springdale last week was involved with the shooting of a vehicle prowling suspect at Loon Lake in March 2011.
Deputy Travis Frizzell and Reserve Deputy Nick Wolfe responded to a 911 call on Deer Creek Road on Oct. 19. During the call, the pair came in contact with an armed 66-year-old John Peterson, who was on the phone.
Peterson moved toward Wolfe while pointing his gun. The reserve deputy fired one shot, fatally wounding Peterson.
Deer Park High School was evacuated Wednesday morning following a bomb threat left in the girls bathroom.
The threat, written on a stall, said a bomb would go off at 1 p.m.
Sheriffâ€™s department deputies and Spokane County Fire District No. 4 personnel were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters staged at Deer Park Elementary School.
Students were sent to nearby Arcadia Elementary School.
A bomb sniffing dog from Fairchild Air Force Base arrived in the afternoon. The canine sniffed the parking lot and the school. Students were allowed to go back to the school at around 2:30 p.m.
An investigation continues into a sheriffâ€™s deputy-involved shooting near Springdale on Friday night.
According to police reports, a Springdale man called the Stevens County Dispatch Center at around 11 p.m. on Friday. A short time later deputies arrived at the manâ€™s home on Deer Creek Road and a confrontation ensued.
A shot was fired, hitting the man. Emergency crews on the scene pronounced the man dead.
The Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team has taken over investigation of the incident. The deputies were placed on administrative leave.
An 18-year-old Spokane man, who was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into Fat Daddyâ€™s in the Wandermere Mall, appeared to have gone in a crime spree. One of his victims was a Riverside High School student.
Mitchell Sander, who was originally charged with second-degree burglary, face another second-degree burglary charge along with two counts of attempted burglary and a single count of vehicle prowling.
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.