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June 4th, 2013
It took a Spokane County Superior Court jury less than a day to find Clay Starbuck guilty of murdering his ex-wife, Chanin, in her Deer Park home in December 2011.
Starbuck, who took the stand in his own defense on May 29, faces up to life in prison.
His defense team said they would appeal the verdict.
The jury, which heard closing arguments from both sides and final deliberation instructions on Monday, reached its decision late Tuesday evening.
After three days of interviews and weekend of deliberations and negotiations the Deer Park School Board selected Jon Swett as the new school superintendent on Monday.
Swett, who oversees the high schools at Spokane School District 81, currently lives in the Riverside School District but his three children attend the Deer Park schools.
Swett, who replaced Becky Berg, will assume the superintendent post on July 1.
Thieves broke into the GreenHouse Community Center thrift store at N31 Main St. in Deer Park early Thursday morning at took a small floor safe containing more than $250.
It appears the thieves, after disabling the outside security camera, forced open the back door and headed for the safe, which would have taken more than one person to carry.
They also ransacked a portion of the store but nothing else appeared to have been stolen.
The store opened for business at its normal hour on Thursday.
The 10th annual Deer Park Summer Concert Series will feature some familiar faces this year.
The concert series will kick off on June 22 at Mix Park with a performance by 6 Foot Swing. The band was among the performers last year.
Other bands scheduled for this summer are:
â€˘ Stagecoast West on June 29.
â€˘ The steel drum band Bram Bata from the Tri-Cities on July 6.
â€˘ Bluegrass band Big Red Barn on July 13.
â€˘ The Master Class Jazz Orchestra on July 20.
â€˘ Men of Rhythm, featuring a â€śBig Bandâ€ť sound, on Aug. 3.
â€˘ The Sara Brown Band, specializing in blues and soul music, on Aug. 10.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies Michael Northway and Joseph M. Spink received the stateâ€™s Law Enforcement Medal of Honor in ceremonies today in Olympia.
Northway and Spink were seriously injured while trying to apprehend a federal fugitive in north Spokane. The deputies were able to return the gunfire, forcing the suspect, Charlie Wallace, to flee the scene.
The fugitive later led various law enforcement personnel on a car chase that ended when the fleeing suspect crashed at the intersection of Crawford Avenue and U.S. Highway 395 in Deer Park. Moments later he took his own life.
The 2013 election season, limited mainly to local races, will officially start on May 13.
Residents must officially file their candidacy in the election office where they reside, in person or online, between May 13-17.
The only regional race is the state senate seat currently held by Republican John Smith, who was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Morton. The race this fall is to fill the final year remaining on Mortonâ€™s four-year term.
The senate race carries a $421.06 filing fee. State law bases filing fees on 10 percent of the positionâ€™s annual salary.
Two Spokane area financial institution ATM machines have fallen prey to a new scam. The scam involves the suspect(s) super gluing the cancel button, or another similar type button, down on the machine so the victims transaction cannot able be processed. The result of this technique is that it is possible the machine will not release the victim's debit or credit card.
Members of the Deer Park School Board publically discussed the upcoming superintendent search for the first time in an April 23 forum at the high school.
The meeting, conducted by board members Joanne Greer and Jeff Whittle, outlined the timeline for the superintendent search as well as answer questions from the dozen district patrons and staff in attendance.
â€śWeâ€™re not starting over, weâ€™re moving forward,â€ť said Whittle on the search plan to find a replacement for Becky Berg, who will assume the superintendent post in the Marysville School District on July 1.
The video depositions of Clay Starbuckâ€™s children will go on as planned following a decision by a Spokane County Superior Court judge on Friday.
Starbuck is accused of killing his ex-wife, Chanin, in her Deer Park home in December 2011.
His family had tried to block the depositions while prosecutors believe the childrenâ€™s testimony will give them a better idea on what Starbuck did the day his wife died.
Both sides stated their case in court last week with the judge ruling that depositions will commence on April 18.
Starbuckâ€™s trial is expected to begin on May 6.
A treasure trove of stolen property was recovered at a rental home on Arlington Road north of Deer Park this week.
A half dozen stolen cars were discovered on April 3 after the tenants were evicted. A local towing company spent most of the day removing the cars, which were eventually returned to their rightful owners.