Updated December 8 (p.m)
Spokane County Sheriff's Department major crimes detectives continue to investigate the suspicious death of Deer Parkâ€™s Chanin D. Starbuck.
Detectives are asking for the publicâ€™s assistance and would like to talk to anyone who may have had contact with Starbuck over the past 30-plus days.
Starbuckâ€™s body was discovered by deputies while conducting a welfare check at her home in the 500 block of north Reiper Ave., about 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 3. A caller to 911 reported seeing uncollected mail and packages at the home and requested the welfare check.
Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s deputies are looking for a man in his mid-20s who robbed the Deer Park Medicine Shoppe at gunpoint on Monday and made off with an undisclosed amount of oxycontin.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said a clean-shaven, white male walked into the pharmacy at around 4:40 p.m. and gave an employee a note demanding oxycontin while displaying a silver-colored handgun in his waistband.
The employee handed the suspect some oxycontin and the man ran across Main Street to the back of the Salty Dog restaurant.
A graveside service was held on Dec. 3 at the East Prosser (Wash.) Cemetery for former Deer Park resident/businessman Donald R. Springer, 85, who passed away on Nov. 29 in Richland, Wash.
Born to Carl Clinton and Frances May (Read) Springer on Oct. 26, 1926, in Kelso, Wash., he attended Deer Park High School and entered the Naval Reserve at the age of 17.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at The Church of the Nazarene, N9004 Country Homes Blvd, Spokane, for Deer Park resident Sheryl K. (Evans) Cook, 55, who passed away on Nov. 11.
Born on Sept. 30, 1956, in Whittier, Calif. as the second child of WD "Dub" and Woodene Evans, the family moved to the Spokane area in 1966. She graduated from Riverside High School in 1974.
The Deer Park boys basketball team, using a 8-3 run to close out the game, defeated the Chewelah Cougars 63-56 on Thursday in the season opener for both schools.
The Cougars, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, trimmed the Deer Park lead to 55-53 on a basket by Brandon Smith with 2 minutes to play. The Stags responded with free throws by Reese Ferguson and Uconn Peone sandwich between a jumper by Zach Mohr to extend the margin to 60-53 with less than a minute to play.
The Deer Park girls basketball team, paced by four players in double figures, easily dispatched the Chewelah Cougars 61-32 on Thursday in the season opener for both schools.
The Lady Stags wasted little time taking control of the game, building a 10-2 lead in the first couple of minutes. The margin grew to 28-8 midway through the second quarter on Alison Ruygrokâ€™s second three-pointer of the game. A Kimmie Brazington put-back gave the Lady Stags a 44-18 lead just before halftime.
The Deer Park volleyball team, coming off its best season in almost a decade, had one player earn postseason honors in voting by conference coaches.
Middle hitter Kimmi Brazington was selected to the second team.
Named to the first team were outside hitter Jaime Weisner and KC McConnell, both of Clarkston; outside hitter Sequoia Lofton, middle blocker Latasha Lofton and setter Aaliyah Ashley-Meek, all of West Valley; and libario April Oviatt and outside hitter Brittany Harvey, both of Pullman.
A funeral service was held on Nov. 30 at the Deer Park Church of the Nazarene for longtime Clayton resident Veryl L. Kellmer, 83, who passed away on Nov. 25.
Among his survivors is his wife of 63 years, Dolores.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 at Spokane Memorial Garden, S.5909 Cheney Road, for former Wild Rose Prairie resident Harold M. â€śIkeâ€ť Eickmeyer, 85, who passed away on Nov. 20 in Yuma, Ariz.
Born on Aug. 27, 1926, in Spokane to Martin and Helen (Proctor) Eickmeyer, he was raised on his parents' Wild Rose Prairie farm and graduated from Mead High School. He served in the Air Corps in World War II and he met his wife of 65 years, Louella (Redetske) Eickmeyer while stationed in Kansas. They operated a gas station in Great Bend, Kan., prior to moving to Spokane.
Interment will be held this summer at Peone Cemetery in Mead for Spokane Deer Lake resident James E. DeFreese, 79, who passed away on Nov. 22.
Born on Feb. 25, 1932, to the late Bill and Vera DeFreese, he was captain of the Mead High School 1949 football team and graduated from MHS in 1950.
Mr. DeFreese established DeFreese Roofing and ran it successfully for almost 50 years. He and his crew roofed many Spokane area homes built in the 1950s through the 1990s.
He married Jaclyn S. Bartleson in 1950 and although they later divorced, they remained lifelong friends.