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June 11th, 2011
The three Deer Park School Board races drew plenty of interest during last weekâ€™s candidate filing period.
DP School Board incumbents Jeff Whittle, Carri Breckner and Eric Keller will all face election challenges this fall.
Whittle and Breckner will face primary election challenges in August.
Whittle will meet Joshua Gilstrap and Paul Lewis in primary election while Breckner will face Linda Hjelm and Keith Reilly. The top two vote-getters in both races will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.
Keller will face off against Marie Layman in the general election.
Felony charges against a 34-year-old Deer Park man were dismissed on June 9 on technical grounds.
U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled that the search warrant used to find more than 600 child pornography images on Andrew V. Davisâ€™ computer was invalid because police failed to disclose when seeking the search warrant that key information came from a girl who had lied to detectives in other cases.
It is alleged that Davis received those images from September 2005 to November 2009.
Davis, a convicted sex offender, faced a minimum of 15 years in federal prison if convicted.
A herd of sheep on a farm on McDougal Road were the latest domestic animals attacked by pack of wild dogs last week.
The animals, owned by Eric and Debbie Keller of Deer Park, were being housed at Jim and Doreen Carlsonâ€™s (Mrs. Kellerâ€™s parents) ranch. The dogs killed four sheep and wounded 13 others.
The sheep, the 4-H projects of the Kellerâ€™s four children, were taken to the Carlson ranch on May 30 and were attacked the following night.
Keller said her parentsâ€™ dog barked that night but nothing out of the ordinary.
The 2011 election season began in earnest on Monday, the start of the week-long candidate filing period for various local and state elections.
Leading the filings on Monday was former Deer Park City Councilwoman Dee Cragun, who filed for the city council seat currently y held by Randy Bean. Cragun, who continues to attend city council meetings, was the only city resident to file for a council seat on Monday.
Incumbent Jeff Whittle was the only Deer Park School Board candidate to file on the first day.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s major crimes detectives will seek criminal charges against an inmate they say provided a legend drug to a second inmate who used them to commit suicide last fall.
In his affidavit requesting criminal charges, detectives wrote that given the totality of the evidence, probable cause exists to charge Ronald F. Edwards with one count of delivery of a legend drug and one count of second-degree manslaughter.
On Sept. 20, Corrections Deputy Janice Nuxoll-Zollars found inmate Christopher Devlin dead in his cell.
Faced with a possible $1.2 million deficit in the 2011-12 school year, Riverside School District officials have formulated a plan to spread the cost-cutting pain across the board.
â€śWe are here to do this together,â€ť Superintendent Roberta Kramer told the audience on Thursday at the school districtâ€™s second town budget meeting this year.
Spokane County Fire District No. 4, in the midst of a five-year revitalization plan, has begun looking at replacing Station 41 in Deer Park.
Deputy Chief Randy Johnson, speaking at the May 17 Deer Park Chamber of Commerce meeting, said fire district officials have made inquiries about available property within the city limits. He has also not ruled out placing the new station near the current building on the city hall campus.
The current fire station in Deer Park was built in 1986 and has gone through many renovations in the past 26 years.
Deer Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3067 will host a number of Memorial Day events on Monday.
The Postâ€™s Color Guard will hold brief celebrations at Kelly/Holy Redeemer Cemetery on north Colville Avenue at 10 a.m. at the Woodland Cemetery on Monroe Road at 11 a.m.. Another ceremony, including the laying of memorial wreathes, will be held at the city hall Memorial Rock at noon.
The Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office continues to investigate several reports over the last few months involving the killing and injuring of domestic animals by a pack of dogs. The incidents appear to be centered near the Bittrich-Antler and Scotts Valley Road areas as well as the 6800-7200 block of State Highway 291 in Southern Stevens County.