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June 13th, 2012

Deer Park man arrested on lewd conduct charges

June 13, 2012

A 20-year-old Deer Park man was arrested on June 12 while a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy was investigating another incident in the city limits.
Deputy Dan Dutton was investigating a domestic situation in Deer Park. While speaking with the homeowner, there was a knock at the front door and the homeowner told Dutton there was someone there to see him.

June 12th

City ready for Forest Avenue reconstruction project

June 12, 2012

With the small south Main Street construction project completed, work on the south Forest Avenue refurbishing project will start around June 25.
The project, to be done by Spokane Rock Products, will completely repave Forest Avenue from Crawford Avenue to “D” Street. Sidewalks, curbing and street lights will be also be placed on both sides of the street.
Deer Park Director of Community Services Roger Krieger expects the project to take between 6-8 weeks to complete.

May 31st

Another section of NSC to open on June 13

May 31, 2012

Drivers will get their first chance to try out a new connection between U.S. Highway 395 and the northern half of the 10-mile North Spokane Corridor (NSC)on June 13.
Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) built two gracefully curving bridges at the north end of the route (near the Wandermere Golf Course) and completed a four-lane section of divided concrete freeway linking the NSC with U.S. 395. A fully paved pedestrian and bicycle path parallels the new freeway, connecting to other trails along the route.

May 25th

Copper thieves strike Avista power poles

May 25, 2012

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information regarding the theft of approximately 1,600 feet of copper wire sometime between May 6-22.
Avista Utilities officials said the wire was stolen between two power poles in the area of North Spotted and West Wild Rose roads. The estimated cost to replace the wire is $12,000.
Anyone with information about this theft is urged to call Crime Check at 456-2233

May 18th

Investigation continues into U.S. 395 fatal accident

May 18, 2012

(Updated May 20)Washington State Patrol investigators who thought more than one person may have been involved in a fatal one-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 395 on Friday morning, now believe the driver was alone in the pickup truck.
According to the WSP, 19-year-old Jesse Cox was southbound on the highway between Hatch and Monroe roads at around 5:45 a.m. when he left the roadway and rolled a couple of times before it came to rest in a backyard of a home on Ballard Road.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene they found a body that had been apparently ejected from the vehicle.

May 16th

Riverside levy survives recount challenge

May 16, 2012

The hand recount of the Riverside School District maintenance and operations levy did not change the outcome of the $2.9 million a year measure.
The final recount ballot tally, which includes ballots from Spokane and Pend Oreille counties, showed the levy passed 2,161-2,150 votes. Those ballot counts from the same as when the levy was certified on April 27.
Five Riverside School District voters petitioned to have the ballots hand counted. Chattaroy’s Leonard Terzenbach paid $1,083 for the recount, based on a cost of 25 cents a ballot.

May 9th

Elk arrest yields stolen Deer Park pickup

May 9, 2012

A 38-year-old Spokane man was arrested in Elk last week following a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup truck.
Michael S. Wheeler, 38, who has a history of trying to elude police officers, was arrested at gunpoint on May 3 after a high-speed chase ended on Elk-Chattaroy Road near Deer Park Creek Road.
The chase began near 36900 Valley Road after Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Daniel Rahn spotted a 1986 Dodge pickup parked in his neighbor's driveway.

May 2nd

Riverside levy headed for a hand recount

May 2, 2012

Certification of the Riverside School District’s maintenance and operations levy has been placed on hold while the Spokane County Elections Office staff conducts a hand recount on the more than 4,300 ballots cast in the April 17 election.
Five school district voters submitted a petition along with the $1,000 fee on April 30 to have the ballots hand counted this week.
In the first round of ballot tabulations (done by machines), the levy, which will generate about $2.88 million from local property tax assessments, passed 2,161-2,150.

April 29th

Fisherman drowns in Waitts Lake mishap

April 29, 2012

(Updated May 2)
Stevens and Spokane County water rescue crews have found the body of the 48-year-old who drowned Saturday morning in Waitts Lake while fishing.
According to witnesses, Frederick Barker apparently lost the grip on his fishing pole while trying to reel in a catch. Barker, who was not wearing a life jacket, jumped into the water to retrieve the pole but apparently was quickly overcome the water’s frigid temperatures.
Other people in his boat, including his wife, threw him life jackets but he was unable to retrieve one of them before going under.

April 27th

Missing Deer Park man found in Spokane

April 27, 2012

Updated May 2
A 55-year-old Deer Park man, who had been missing for about a week, was reunited with his family.
Orin Storrud, a U.S. Army veteran with mental health issues, was reported missing by his sister, Mona Storrud, after she returned home from her granddaughter’s school on April 23. He was found in a homeless shelter in Spokane four days later.
Mona Storrud said she received reports that her brother had traveled to Missoula, Mon., before returning to Spokane.

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