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January 24th, 2012

City snowplows also bring out parking tickets

January 24, 2012

Some city residents were in for more of a surprise than the couple of inches of snow last week.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Department deputies issued about 10 tickets to motorists who ignored the no-parking signs that are found downtown, in new residential areas or locations that have narrow streets.
The posted signs make it illegal to park on the street from 3-8 a.m. daily from October to March.
The tickets, depending on which deputy wrote them, carry a $20 to $35 fine.

January 20th

City purchases equipment for Swinyard Park video surveillance

January 20, 2012

The Deer Park City Council has begun the first steps in installing a surveillance camera at Swinyard Park.
The council agreed to purchase $9,400 in remote camera equipment for the park and a central control system in city hall from WOW, a wireless company in Spokane.
The city has set aside $21,700 for video surveillance equipment in this year’s budget. The equipment is designed to control crime problems in the park and as a safety measure at city hall.
Director of Community Services Roger Krieger expects the surveillance equipment to be operational by this spring.

January 12th

State budget cuts could target community fairs

January 12, 2012

In what has become a yearly tradition, community fair organizers have begun fretting about the state’s financial commitment to the events.
With the Legislature looking to close a $3 billion budget shortfall this spring, the $2 million the state spends on fair funding is on the chopping block.
Clayton Community Fair Manager Janice Purdy said her event receives about $3,000 a year in state funds. That money must be used for youth premium awards, ribbons and trophies.

January 3rd

Investigation continues into Starbuck homicide

January 3, 2012

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, which has a person of interest in the Chanin Starbuck homicide investigation, continues to interview witnesses and follow up leads developed from those interviews. They are also reviewing digital evidence taken from the crime scene.
Starbuck’s body was discovered in her Deer Park home on Dec. 3 after neighbors became concerned about the accumulation of mail in front of her house.
The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Starbuck was strangled a few days earlier.

December 30th, 2011

Deer Park pharmacy hit by armed robber again

December 31, 2011

For the second time in less than a month, an armed robber struck The Medicine Shoppe at E11 "H" Street in Deer Park.
The latest incident occurred at about 4 p.m. Friday by a man who handed employees a note demanding pain medication. The suspect vaguely resembled the man who robbed the same business on Dec. 5.
In the Dec. 29 robbery, the suspect handed employees a note and indicated he was armed with a gun, although no firearm was displayed.

December 29th

Driver needs extrication following Monroe Road accident

December 29, 2011

Emergency crews from Spokane County Fire District No. 4 and Deer Park Ambulance spent a part of Thursday morning extricating a driver following a one-vehicle accident on Monroe Road.
The driver of the Dodge pickup, whose name was not immediately released, went off the roadway, traveled a short distance and struck a tree. When emergency crews arrived at around 11:15 a.m., they found the truck on its side.
Fire crews needed to cut off the top of the pickup to free the driver who was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

December 28th

McMorris Rodgers's Congressional seat may get smaller

December 28, 2011

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ district may get a little smaller, according to the latest proposal submitted by the Washington Redistricting Commission on Dec. 28.
The commission is charged with carving up the state into 10 Congressional districts, one more district than the last redistricting effort 10 years ago.
To make room for the new district, which will sit mostly in Thurston and Pierce counties under the latest plan, the other districts underwent geographical reconfigurations to ensure each one had approximately 672,450 residents.

December 27th

Deer Park man killed in Christmas Day traffic accident

December 27, 2011

Updated 5 p.m. on Dec. 27
Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies are trying to determine the cause of a one-vehicle accident on Dec. 25 that took the life of Bradley J. Updegrove, 45-year-old Deer Park man.
The fatal crash occurred around 9 p.m. at the north 27800 block of Cedar Road (just south of Owens Road). A motorist driving by the area found a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche crashed against a tree. Deputies found the driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, without a pulse. Shortly after medics arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.

December 21st

Area churches plan holiday services

December 21, 2011

Area churches will celebrate the holidays with various Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
The Deer Park Open Door Congregational Church at N205 Main St. will hold Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. along with its traditional 9:30 a.m. Sunday service.
St. Mary’s Presentation Catholic Church at E602 Sixth St. will hold Christmas masses at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 9 a.m. on Christmas Day.

December 16th

WUTC approves portion of Avista's rate hike request

December 16, 2011

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved an Avista Corp. rate hike request, just not in the amount the company requested.
The three-member commission agreed to let Avista collect an additional $23.7 million in electric and natural gas revenues starting on Jan. 1. The company had requested an additional $44.5 million when it made its rate hike application last spring.

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