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February 14th, 2012
Updated Feb. 16
The Deer Park School District officials received some good news following a second round of ballot counts for its $1.96 million annual replacement maintenance and operations levy
The gap between yes and no votes shrunk on Wednesday afternoon it is still is short of the 50 percent approval needed for passage.
The measure now trails 1,615-1,559.
Riversideâ€™s $3.27 million annual educational program was rejected 2,195-1,389 by voters as of Wednesday. The school districtâ€™s $1.28 million capital projects levy trailed 2,431-1,186.
Deer Parkâ€™s Clay D. Starbuck, 47, who was arrested on Feb. 6 in connection with his ex-wifeâ€™s murder, was formally charged with aggravated first-degree murder on Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court.
He was subsequently charged with sexually violating human remains on Friday after detectives believe Starbuck placed his wifeâ€™s body in a sexually suggestive pose after he killed her.
Spokane County Traffic Engineers began placing weight restriction signs on affected roads throughout Spokane County on Monday. The restrictions will limit the size and weight of vehicles that are allowed to travel on specific roads throughout the county.
Sheriffâ€™s deputies will allow a two-day pubic education period before enforcing the restrictions on Feb. 15. The fine for violating the posted weight restriction is $411.
The Spokane County Engineers web site details the restrictions countywide.
An investigation into the December homicide of a Deer Park woman has revealed that a call to the 911 communications center from the victimâ€™s cellular phone was not immediately forwarded to the sheriffâ€™s office for investigation.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Department Public Information Officer Craig Chamberlin explained that hang-up calls into the 911 center fall into two categories. A Phase One call gives the cellular phone number and the cellular tower location. A Phase Two call gives the number plus the latitude and longitude of the cellular phone.
The ex-husband of a Deer Park woman who was found murdered in her Reiper Avenue home on Dec. 3 was charged with first-degree murder and second-degree burglary in connection with her death.
Clay Starbuck was taken into custody on Monday.
Chanin Starbuckâ€™s body was discovered following on a welfare check request from friends and family after they noticed a large amount of mail not being picked up at her home. Deputies found Starbuck's body on the bed.
Although largely unknown outside her district in Eastern Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers could be the next U.S. vice president.
First elected in 2004, McMorris Rodgers is now in her second term as vice chairman of the Republican Conference, which makes her the highest-ranking Republican woman on Capitol Hill. She has built a significant amount of behind-the-scenes clout, and has become one of her partyâ€™s most influential leaders on issues like international bailouts, earmark reform and the fight against Obamacare.
If you believe Punxsutawney Phil, keep those snow shovels handy. If youâ€™re Deer Parkâ€™s groundhog (if Deer Park had one), spring is just around the corner.
Earlier today, Phil, who seems to be the countryâ€™s preeminent groundhog, saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.
Yet, in cloudy Deer Park (3,000 miles from Philâ€™s home) any groundhog would have a hard time seeing his shadow, meaning an early spring.
And if we need a tie-breaker, Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia agrees with the Deer Park forecast.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office major crimes detectives are assisting Fire Districts 4 and 9 with the investigation of a mobile home fire on Bull Run Road on Thursday morning.
The fire was reported at approximately 5 a.m. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the doublewide mobile home was fully engulfed.
According to mobile home occupants there were five people who lived in the home, three adults and two children. Both children and two of the adults were able to safely exit the residence. An adult female was not able to exit the home.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s detectives are requesting the publicâ€™s help in identifying a male who possibly robbed The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy in Deer Park twice last month.
On Dec. 5, at approximately 4:40 p.m., a male robbed The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy at gunpoint. The suspect demanded oxycontin and displayed a silver pistol tucked in his waistband.
At approximately 4 p.m. on Dec. 30, the pharmacy was robbed again at gunpoint by a man demanding pain medication. During this incident, the suspect indicated he was armed with a gun, although no firearm was displayed.
The first changes in Deer Parkâ€™s liquor retail sales market, changed abruptly with the passage of Initiative 1185 in November, were felt last week in Olympia.
The Bi-Mart Corp. on Jan. 24 applied for a change in its current liquor license at its Deer Park store at S.412 Main St. to include the sale of spirits once the initiative takes effect in June.
The corporation also applied for the same change in its liquor license for its Cheney store.