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February 3rd, 2014
By ZAK LANTZ
(Editor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account written by the editor of The Punxsutawney (Pa.) Spirit, Zak Lantz. Zak was born and raised in Punxsutawney, and this account reflects more of a personal attachment to the holiday.)
This morning, I looked down and noticed something â€” I was wearing a press pass. Now, I know that it's part of my job to wear one, but it's not all that often â€” at least not in these parts â€” that I actually need one.
Deer Parkâ€™s Yokeâ€™s Fresh Market was one of the stores affected by a criminal cyber data attack last fall. It is not known whether any store customer had their credit or debit card information compromised.
The two-month-long security breach impacted a number of URM stores in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana.
The Secret Service began the investigation after a number of fraudulent credit and debit card purchases were made nationwide last fall.
In response to a request from Sharon Foster, chair of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office released a formal Attorney Generalâ€™s Opinion today regarding local ordinances affecting new marijuana businesses in Washington.
Approved by voters in 2012, Initiative 502 legalized the possession and sale of recreational marijuana in Washington.
The formal opinion concludes I-502 as drafted and presented to the voters does not prevent local governments from regulating or banning marijuana businesses in their jurisdictions.
A pair of former Deer Park residents were arrested on Monday following a stolen vehicle pursuit in Spokane.
Gary Todd, 32, and Christina Edwards, 27, face various felony charges stemming from the incident that started on the lower South Hill around 8 p.m.
Spokane Police said they spotted Todd driving away with a stolen 2013 Ford Focus on the South Hill. A short time later the car was spotted in Browneâ€™s Addition.
Spokane County Sheriff's deputies are conducting a ground and air search for suspects involved in a apparent shooting on east "D" Street in Deer Park Saturday night.
Two suspects were seen leaving the area wearing light jackets. One person has been detained by police.
There is no report on the status of the shooting victim who was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center.
December 12th, 2013
The numbers are in and Liam and Sophia are the top baby names in Washington from 2012, according to the Department of Health, which tracks a variety of state vital statistics, including births, deaths, marriages, and divorces.
In 2012 there were 87,415 babies born in the state. The most popular day for births in 2012 was Friday, June 28 when there were 311 Washington babies born.
Area entrepreneurs believe it will be easier (and more profitable) to grow marijuana than to sell the weed.
In the first week of license applications to produce, process and sell marijuana under the terms of Initiative 502, most of the requests are to produce and process the plant. Only a small number of businesses have applied for a retail license.
The Washington State Auditorâ€™s Office did not find any problems in the recently completed accountability audit for the city of Deer Park.
The audit, which covered internal controls and audit procedures for 2012, looked at such areas as the cityâ€™s financial condition, cash receipting, compliance with grant requirements and bidding and prevailing wage procurements.
Spokane Major Crimes detectives are excavating property on Walters Road in Elk, believed to be the gravesite of Ramona Childress, who went missing last November.
Detectives were directed to the site by a witness who told investigators last month that he helped Jason Flett bury her body on the property after Flett killed her.
Jason Flett, 27, who was Childressâ€™ boyfriend, was arrested on Nov. 13 and charged with second-degree murder. He is expected to make his first court appearance relating to the Childress killing on Nov. 15.
A Washington State Patrol trooper was injured in a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 395 at around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday near Larsen Beach Road near Loon Lake.
According to the WSP report, the trooper was southbound on the highway when he tried to make a U-turn to chase down a northbound vehicle. During his turn, he was rear-ended by another southbound car.
The trooper, whose name was not released, was transported to a Spokane hospital with neck pain. The driver of the other car was not hurt while his passenger was transported by hospital with unspecified injuries.