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April 20th, 2012
A 53-year-old Chattaroy man was booked into Spokane County Jail on Thursday after he was found with a missing teenage girl in Cusick.
Carrie Lane had been reported missing for a week. She contacted her family on Thursday to say she was with Steven Tofte, who is Laneâ€™s uncle by marriage.
U.S. Marshals, Pend Oreille and Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s deputies and Spokane Police officers found the pair in a parking lot in the Colville National Forest.
Tofte told a Spokane television station that he had no sexual contact with Lane and that he spent the week trying to talk her into returning home.
Updated April 19
Riverside School District officials will have to hold their breath until their maintenance and operations levy is certified on April 27.
The measure is currently deadlocked at 2,135-2,135 after a second day of vote tabulations.
A similar levy request failed in February. To help make a second try more palatable for voters, the Riverside School Board lowered the levyâ€™s assessment rate from $3,90 per $1,000 to $3.42.
The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department continues to investigate a one-car fatal accident on Dennison-Chattaroy Road on Friday night.
Deputy Dan Dutton had arrived on scene at around 11 p.m., prior to traffic investigators, and saw an adult male driver inside the vehicle. Medics arrived with Dutton and pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.
Evidence showed the vehicle was traveling westbound on Dennison-Chattaroy Road. The vehicle crossed eastbound lanes of traffic, left the roadway and struck a tree head-on.
A small electrical fire on Thursday morning forced a short evacuation of students at Deer Park Middle School.
Units from Spokane County Fire District No. 4â€™s Stations 41 (Deer Park), 42 (Chattaroy) and 46 (Riverside) were dispatched to the scene after it was reported a large amount of smoke was accumulating in a sixth grade portable classroom.
An investigation by SCFD4 personnel attributed the smoke to an electrical malfunction.
SCFD4 officials said the smoke, while uncomfortable, was not a serious health hazard.
Area Democrats will hold their precinct caucuses at various locations at 1 p.m. on April 15.
The purpose of the caucuses is to elect delegates to the upcoming Spokane County Convention later this year as well as discussing the Democratic Partyâ€™s platform.
Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has filed a request with the county prosecutorâ€™s office to have 32 felony first-degree animal cruelty charges filed against Elkâ€™s Michelle Stiner.
In addition, SCRAPS is seeking five misdemeanor second-degree animal cruelty and 86 confinement in an unsafe manner charges.
All the charges stem from a Feb. 23 raid on Stinerâ€™s ranch on Bruce Road where SCRAPS officials, veterinarians and volunteers found nearly 100 animals in need of appropriate food and medical attention.
Many of the animals were adopted by caring homes.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers made it official on April 3: she will seek re-election to her fifth term in the U.S. House in Washingtonâ€™s Fifth Congressional District.
Rachel Goodner was crowned the 58th Miss Deer Park in front of a sellout crowd at the Ken Fisher Performing Arts Center at Deer Park High School on Saturday night.
Goodner, daughter of Tony and Dawn Goodner, earned a $1,000 scholarship for winning the title. She also earned scholarships for winning the creative and performing arts section with her vocal rendition of the French song â€śJe Suis Malade,â€ť and the judgesâ€™ interview, fitness and scholastic sections.
Updated on April 2
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s and Spokane Police detectives arrested three suspects on Saturday believed to be connected to several burglaries and the trafficking of stolen property in the north Spokane and south Stevens County areas.
A reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest for a 43-year-old Springdale man who is wanted on an arson charge.
Jesse J. Icard, who is 5-foot-8 and, 135 pounds, has a last known address is State Highway 231 in Springdale. Icard has a 24-year local criminal history to include a conviction for vehicular assault and misdemeanor convictions.
Crime Stoppers fugitives are wanted criminal suspects who are avoiding capture by police. This makes them potentially dangerous, and should only be contacted by law enforcement professionals.