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March 26th, 2014
The number of retailers in Washington illegally selling tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row.
An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15 percent of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013 â€” thatâ€™s about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009 the rate was much lower, at about 9 percent.
Kelli Hughes, no stranger to royalty duties, was crowned the 60th Miss Deer Park in ceremonies in Deer Park High Schoolâ€™s Ken Fisher Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening.
In addition to her latest honor, Hughes, daughter of Josh Hughes and Teresa and Ryan Polensky, was the 2011 Clayton Fair Queen.
Joanna Goodner, daughter of Tony and Dawn Goodner, and Kelcie Lenz, daughter of Jeff and Cindy Lenz, were chosen this yearâ€™s princesses. The princess title carries a $675 scholarship.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office Deputies and K-9 Deacon were able to locate a suspect who had violated a domestic violence protecting order and fled a Deer Park residence during the late hours on March 11.
The incident began when Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Daniel Dutton responded to a possible domestic dispute in the 400 block of South Evergreen Court in Deer Park around 9:30 p.m. Several deputies responded to the area to help locate the suspect who reportedly left the scene on foot prior to their arrival.
Yokeâ€™s Fresh Market in Deer Park was among the 10 â€śLuckiest Storesâ€ť in Eastern Washington, according to the Washington State Lottery office.
A Lucky Store is any retail locations that sold a winning ticket worth $1,000 or more in the previous year.
The Deer Park Yokeâ€™s store was tied for third in Eastern Washington with six lucky tickets sold over the past year.
Rosauerâ€™s Super Market at West Third Avenue in Spokane is the â€śLuckiest Storeâ€ť in Eastern Washington with 10 big wins in 2013, up from seven big wins in 2012.
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of persons involved in a theft of a medical marijuana dispensary in Elk.
Employees at JDâ€™s Garden at N39817 Newport Highway determined the burglary took place sometime late on March 2 or early on March 3. More than 20 ounces of marijuana, two custom marijuana pipes and 38 THC infused chocolate bars were stolen.
Mary Walker School District officials are still sorting out events surrounding a bus crash today that sent 6-8 students to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
The bus was traveling on Cemetery Road near State Highway 231 when it left the roadway and landed on its side.
Law enforcement officials said the road was covered by a sheet of ice.
The students were able to escape from the bus by the time emergency crews arrived. The uninjured students were taken to school on another bus.
A gun found by school children on Jan. 23 has been confirmed by the Washington State Crime Lab as the weapon used to kill Harry â€śEdâ€ť Giesbrecht, 53, at his Deer Park home on Jan. 4.
Richard Klepacki, 62, was arrested for Giesbrechtâ€™s murder shortly after the shooting.
A Deer Park Elementary School-aged student found the gun next to the road while on the way to the school bus stop. The child picked up the gun, brought it to the bus stop and threw it on the ground. A parent waiting at the bus stop noticed the gun and retrieved it. The weapon was loaded.
A Deer Park woman recently hit the jackpot while playing the Washington Lotteryâ€™s â€śHit 5.â€ť
The lucky winner, who asked Lottery officials not to release her name, visited the Fred Meyer store on N12120 Division on Feb. 14 and decided to check her Hit 5 ticket.
Thinking that she had won, she had her grandson check to ensure she did in fact have a winning ticket.
She shared, â€śthis is just unbelievable!â€ť
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.