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December 12th

Marijuana growing operation uncovered in Elk

December 12, 2012

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the details of a large-scale marijuana growing operation that was discovered in Elk on Dec. 11.
Investigators discovered the operation after two Inland Power and Light Co. transformers blew up because of the growing operation’s high power use. A subsequent search of a nearby building on the Newport Highway uncovered nearly 100 marijuana plants, 40 grow lights and 40 electrical ballasts.

November 30th

Body discovered in Elk near missing man's car

November 30, 2012

Spokane County Sheriff’s authorities have located a body near the vehicle of an elderly man missing since Nov. 23 on Blanchard Creek Road in a remote part of the Elk area.
Samuel H. Counts, 71, a former Elk resident, disappeared from Spokane Valley while driving to the grocery store. Counts suffers from dementia.
Airborne search crews located his car, a 2012 KIA sedan, northwest of Mount Spokane in a heavily wooded area late Friday afternoon. A short time later a body was discovered a quarter-mile from the car.

November 29th

Arrest made in pawn shop burglary

November 29, 2012

Working with a store surveillance video, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Deer Park man believed to have robbed CC’s Pawn Shop on Thanksgiving Day.
According to police reports, the pawn show was initially broken into by a pair of burglars who took a couple of thousands of dollars of merchandise.
A third burglar, believed to be Jeremiah Patterson, entered the business two hours later and stole more merchandise.
Deputies Dan Dutton and Dan Middlebos both recognized Patterson from video taken by the store’s surveillance camera.

November 28th

Sen. Morton to step down

November 28, 2012

State Sen. Bob Morton, who entered the political landscape more than two decades ago, has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1.
“I thank the people of the 7th Legislative District for the opportunity to represent them. I appreciate their support and insight into how we could make our district and state a better place for future generations,” Morton said in announcing his decision on Nov. 28
“I plan to serve as senator until January 1, 2013. I am looking forward to retirement and spending more time at home with my family in the beautiful 7th District.”

GreenHouse starts annual Tree of Sharing campaign

November 28, 2012

GreenHouse Community Center volunteers have begun accepting families for the annual Christmas Tree of Sharing.
Director Susan Peterson said Greenhouse volunteers hope to have all gifts distributed from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. between Dec. 19-22.
Christmas food will be distributed when clients collect their monthly food baskets at the food bank, W206 First St., Suite A. Clients with children will also receive an appointment time to visit the GreenHouse’s Tree of Sharing outlet at N211 Fir St. at this time.

November 14th

Pedestrian killed in State Highway 231 accident

November 14, 2012

Updated Nov. 15: Law enforcement officials have a person of interest and have impounded a vehicle following their investigation into a possible felony hit-and-run between Springdale and Ford on Nov. 13.
The Washington State Patrol has not released the name of the suspect because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation.

November 7th

Referendum 74 supporters claiming victory

November 7, 2012

After crunching numbers throughout the night, Washington United for Marriage (WUM) announced on Nov. 7 that Referendum 74 will be approved by voters.
“This is a clear win,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “We have run the numbers every which way, and we can now confidently say that we have won. This is an historic day for Washington, an historic day for our country and, most of all, for families across the state who have dreamed of this day and the wedding celebrations to come.”

Mielke, O'Quinn win Spokane County Commissioner races

November 7, 2012

The Republican candidates for Spokane County Commissioner came through victorious in Tuesday’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 O’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.

November 6th

President Obama has won re-election

November 6, 2012

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.

October 30th

Monroe Road to receive more safety improvements

October 30, 2012

The Spokane County Engineer’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.

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