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February 21st, 2013

Body discovered in Stevens County

February 21, 2013

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to identify an elderly male who was found deceased on Feb. 13 on a mountain east of Addy by a citizen who was hiking in the area.
The death does not appear to be criminal in nature.
The male is thought to be transient and had no identification with him. He is approximately 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5 and weighs approximately 128 pounds. He had salt-and-pepper long hair that was pulled back in a ponytail and a long beard. The male has brown eyes and a mole above the right eye on the eyelid.

February 20th

Sheriff's Department seeks Albertson's pharmacy robber

February 20, 2013

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person who robbed the pharmacy at Albertson’s on U.S. Highway 395 and Hastings Road on Thursday.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, a male came up to the pharmacy counter at around 11 a.m. threw a red re-usable grocery bag on the counter and demanded “narcotics.” The pharmacist put the narcotics in the bag and the male left the store.

February 14th

DPMS locked down after suspicious individuals spotted nearby

February 14, 2013

Deer Park Middle School was shut down for a short time on Thursday afternoon.
The lockdown was predicated after that two individuals were walking near the school carrying rifles. It was called off after Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies contacted the individuals and transported them out of the area.
On the school district website, Superintendent Becky Berg praised the DPMS staff and students for their actions during the lockdown.

Mary Walker voters OK levy request

February 14, 2013

Mary Walker School District patrons approved a four-year, $225,000 annual maintenance and operations levy.
The levy request, replaced the current $225,000 annual levy, received 56 percent approval (312-245).
The levy will cost school district property owners $1.40 for every $1,000 of assessed property, according to school district officials. The current levy has an assessment rate of $1.68.
The approval also means the school district will receive $417,814 in state levy equalization funds. If the levy had been rejected, the school district would not receive any equalization funds.

February 7th

Elk arrest leads to methamphetamine charges

February 7, 2013

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Truman responded to a suspicious person call near Miller's One-Stop on Newport Highway at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 after an anonymous caller stated William Harriman, 33, and his wife, Kamille Harriman, 30, were staying in Elk.
The caller also said the Harrimans were driving a white 1990's Chevrolet extra cab truck.

February 6th

Driver faces DUI charges after U.S. 395 accident

February 6, 2013

A portion of U.S. Highway 395 near Owens Road was closed for little more than an hour early Wednesday morning following a one-car rollover.
When emergency crews arrived at around 3 a.m., they found the driver outside the vehicle while a female passenger was trapped inside.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4 firefighters were able to free the woman. She was transported to a Spokane hospital with non-threatening injuries.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Washington State Patrol.

January 15th

New senator takes oath of office

January 15, 2013

Recently appointed Sen. John Smith took the oath of office on Jan. 13 to become the 7th Legislative District senator.
Prior to the official kickoff of this year’s legislative session, Supreme Court Justice James Johnson administered the oath to Smith, who stood before friends and family.

January 9th

Chattaroy motorist involved in pedestrian accident

January 9, 2013

A 20-year-old Chattaroy woman was involved in a fatal car-pedestrian accident on U.S. Highway 2 on Tuesday night.
Sarah Babcock was traveling northbound on the highway near the Big R Store at around 8:20 p.m. when she struck a female pedestrian.
The woman, whose name was not yet been released, was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Washington State Patrol investigators, who have not filed any charges, have not ruled out that the pedestrian was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

December 27th, 2012

WUTC approves Avista rate hike plan

December 27, 2012

State regulators on Dec. 26 conditionally approved a multi-party settlement agreement that will allow Avista to raise electric and natural gas rates for the next two years for its Washington customers.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) accepted a settlement that allows Avista to implement a rate increase for electric and natural gas customers over the next two years. New rates went into effecton Jan. 1.

December 21st

Accident slows down U.S. 395 traffic

December 21, 2012

Updated Dec. 22 — One driver needed to be extricated following a two-car accident around 4 p.m. Friday at the intersection of H Street and U.S. Highway 395.
The female driver of a Honda sedan needed to be extricated. A child in the back seat was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Washington State Patrol investigators said the driver of the Honda tried to enter the highway when she was struck by a northbound Ford Explorer.
The driver of the Ford Explorer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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