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August 22nd, 2013

Stevens County libraries plan equipment upgrades

August 22, 2013

Various branches of Libraries of Stevens County, including the one at Loon Lake, will be closed over the next month to complete technology upgrades.
Most branches will be closed for two consecutive days to allow for equipment upgrades and installation and staff training. Only one branch will be closed at a time.
The library district currently uses Microsoft XP, but many current Microsoft programs cannot be accessed with that operating system, hence the need for the equipment change.
The equipment upgrades will also include replacing some of the library district’s older computers.

August 16th

Judge upholds Starbuck's no-contact order with children

August 16, 2013

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt, who issued a no-contact order between convicted Deer Park murderer Clay Starbuck and his three minor children until they become legal adults, upheld his ruling last week.
Sypolt made the original ruling on July 18 when he sentenced Starbuck to life in prison without parole for the Dec. 11 murder of his ex-wife, Chanin, in her Deer Park home.
Starbuck’s attorneys claim that the defendant subjected his children to no psychological or physical harm while he was a parent, according to KREM-TV.

August 7th

Smith leads in early primary election returns

August 7, 2013

Incumbent Seventh District Sen. John Smith easily beat back challenges from a pair of fellow Republicans in the Aug. 6 primary election.
Smith has garnered 8,631 votes in the preliminary ballot count on Wednesday afternoon. Brian Dansel sits in second place with 4,900 votes and appears to be Smith’s opponent in the general election.
Mike Brunson is in third place with 3,618 votes.

August 5th

City gearing up for Main Street construction

August 5, 2013

City officials expect construction on the first section of south Main Street could begin within the next week.
Director of Community Services Roger Krieger said a pre-construction meeting with Cargile Construction will be held early next week and he would be surprised if the actual work did not begin by early next week.
The project will rebuild Main Street from the U.S. Highway 395 entrance to Crawford Avenue.
The first section from the highway to the “H” Street roundabout will be done this year with the rest of the street work planned for 2014.

July 23rd

Pair arrested after shots fired at couple

July 23, 2013

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a drive-by shooting on the Newport Highway at 7:30 p.m. on July 21.
An adult female complainant told Deputy Damon Anderberg that she and her boyfriend had been shot at multiple times by three men in a vehicle between 2:30-3 a.m.
She told Anderberg that she and her boyfriend were at a store at the intersection of Day-Mt. Spokane and Newport Highway. She said they saw 19-year-old Jarrod Markosian, 18-year-old Jesse Pollard and another adult male at the store.

July 18th

Starbuck receives life prison term

July 18, 2013

Clay Starbuck’s fate was sealed on June 4. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Gregory Sypolt made it official on Thursday.
Starbuck was convicted last month of premeditated first-degree murder with aggravating circumstances in the killing of his ex-wife, Chanin, in her Deer Park home in December 2011. Under state sentencing guidelines, Starbuck was required to receive a life sentence with no chance of parole for his crime. In addition, he also received a 12-month sentence for his conviction of violating human remains.

July 17th

Second victim dies in Chattaroy mobile home fire

July 17, 2013

Updated July 22:
A Chattaroy couple were killed following a mobile home explosion and fire on Wednesday evening.
Investigators continue to center their investigation on the fire being deliberately set as part of a domestic dispute.
Mike Asselin, 51, who passed away on Friday, and his wife, Sheila, had been separated for the past couple of months. Investigators have not ruled out the possibility that Asselin had disconnected one of the mobile home gas tanks and then set a match to the escaping gas.

July 9th

K-9 unit aids in arrest of Elk fugitive

July 9, 2013

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies received information that 49-year-old Robert S. McDonnell might be staying at a residence in the 14900 block of East Blanchard Road in Elk and might have an active warrant for his arrest.
After checking McDonnell’s name, it was found there was a confirmed Department of Corrections felony warrant for an escape community custody charge.
When deputies arrived at the location on July 3, they found the door of a travel trailer wide open and a lighter, cigarette rolling papers and tobacco on the ground nearby.

July 3rd

Concert, fireworks planned for the Fourth

July 3, 2013

The annual “As American As Apple Pie” concert will be held at 7 p.m. on July 4 in the parking lot of the Deer Park First Baptist Church, E1205 Crawford Ave.
The concert will feature performances from the Deer Park Orchestra and Chorus along with guest soloists James Hicks from Spokane and Eric Walsh of Spokane Valley.
The audience, who will be treated to free apple pie and ice cream before the concert, should bring their own lawn chairs and bottled water.

July 2nd

Fire danger increases in Spokane County

July 2, 2013

The fire danger on Department of Natural Resources protected lands in Spokane and Lincoln counties and Stevens County Fire Districts 1 and 2 has been increased to “high.”
In Pend Oreille County the fire danger has been increased to “moderate.”
A statewide burn ban on all DNR protected land will remain in effect until Sept. 30.

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