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October 26th, 2012

Stevens County deputy involved in another police shooting

October 26, 2012

A Stevens County Sheriff’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.

October 24th

Bomb threat forces DPHS evacuation

October 24, 2012

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.
Sheriff’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.

October 21st

Springdale man killed in deputy-involved shooting

October 21, 2012

An investigation continues into a sheriff’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 man’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.

October 4th

Teen arrested following crime spree

October 4, 2012

An 18-year-old Spokane man, who was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly breaking into Fat Daddy’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.

October 3rd

Chattaroy car chase leads to felony arrest

October 3, 2012

A 26-year-old Spokane man, Jesse Johnson, who took Spokane County Sheriff’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.

September 26th

Area copper thieves have been busy

September 26, 2012

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.

September 19th

Search on for Wallgreens robbery suspect

September 19, 2012

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning a robbery at Wallgreens at N12315 Division on Sept. 9.
Deputy T. Liljenberg responded to the store, where he spoke with store employees who told him that at about 10 a.m., a white male entered the store and asked if he could borrow a cigarette from any of the employees. Employees told the individual they did not smoke.

September 7th

Emergency crews have a busy Friday afternoon

September 7, 2012

Area emergency crews had a busy Friday afternoon.
At around 3 p.m., firefighters from Spokane County Fire District No. 4 (Stations 41, 42, 45 and 49) and the Department of Natural Resources were called out to an acre-size brush and timber fire on Dalton Road near Owens Road.
The fire closed a portion of Dalton Road, which forced traffic, including school buses, to find alternative routes through the area.
While fire crews were getting the Dalton Road fire under control, DNR was called to another brush fire in a remote area near Horseshoe Lake.

September 5th

First Cedar Road construction bill comes due

September 5, 2012

The first bill for the new Cedar Road construction project may come due before the city receives any grant funding.
In a memo to the Deer Park City Council, the city’s Director of Community Services, Roger Krieger, noted a $24,895.35 task order for survey work and engineering to determine what rights-of-way necessary for completion of the project and working with affected property owners on the donation of properties consistent with previous written commitments to participate in the project.

August 31st

Clay Starbuck trial to start in October

August 31, 2012

The aggravated murder trial of Clay Starbuck is expected to begin on Oct. 22
The 47-year-old Deer Park man was arrested on Feb. 8 and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his ex-wife, Chanin, whose body was found in her home last December. An autopsy showed Chanin Starbuck had been beaten and strangled.
Starbuck, who made a brief Superior Court appearance on Aug. 28, is also charged with sexually violating human remains.
Prosecutors claim Starbuck killed his ex-wife as to not have to pay child support for the couple’s five children.

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