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December 13th

Michael S. Slocum, 59

December 13, 2011

A funeral service is planned for a later date for area resident Michael S. Slocum, 59, who passed away on Dec. 11.
Born on Jan. 29, 1952, he graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1970 and later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent time stationed in Thailand and at Nellis Air Force Base.
After being honorably discharged he worked for many years at Alcoa in Addy, Wash., as an emergency medical technician and security guard.
Mr. Slocum enjoyed hunting and hiking in his spare time.

Myrna R. Walters, 80

December 13, 2011

A graveside funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the Woodland Cemetery, Deer Park, with the Rev. Richard Finch officiating, for longtime Denison area resident Myrna R. Walters, 80, who passed away on Dec. 3.
A reception will follow the service at the Deer Park Eagles Lodge, W12 South Ave.
Born in Onaway, Idaho, the family moved to Spokane when she was a child. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1949 and later from beauty school.

December 11th

Stags place third at Inland Empire Tournament

December 11, 2011

The Deer Park wrestling team, bolstered by championships by Joe Grable at 138 pounds and C.J. Rodriguez at 220 pounds, placed third at the highly competitive Inland Empire Tournament at Central Valley last weekend.
Mead won the title with 205 points, followed by Post Falls at 194.5 and Deer Park at 180.5
In addition to two individual championships, Deer Park’s Aaron Klauder (106 pounds), Cody Dehn (126), Cole Harris (132) and Dylan Miller (160) brought home runner-up medals.

December 10th

Chanin D. Starbuck, 42

December 10, 2011

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Riverside Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Bishop Bryon Wiltse officiating, for Deer Park resident Chanin D. Starbuck, 42.
Born in 1969 at Anderson, Ind., she graduated from Lake Mary (Fla.) High School and attended Florida State University. She later earned her associate’s degree in art therapy from Seminole State College.
Mrs. Starbuck, who lived in Orlando, Fla., and Alaska before moving to Deer Park, recently graduated from dental assistant's school in Spokane.

Carol D. Brooks, 68

December 10, 2011

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 17 the Tri-County Christian Center, E320 “H” St., Deer Park, with the Rev. Timothy White officiating, for Springdale resident Carol D. Brooks, 68, who passed away on Dec. 7.
Born in Clovis, N.M., in 1943, she married Sonny Brooks in 1959. Mrs. Brooks worked many years as a certified nursing assistant in nursing homes and in home health care services in Colorado and Washington. After her and her husband's retirement, they moved to Springdale in 1998.
She was a member of the Tri-County Christian Center.

December 7th

Stags overpower Bantams in GNL wrestling opener

December 8, 2011

In a match-up of two of the top Class 2A wrestling programs in the state, the top ranked Deer Park Stags easily dispatched the 16th ranked Clarkston Bantams 58-18 on Wednesday.
It was the Great Northern League opener for both schools.
The Stags, who trailed 6-0 after the first match (at 160 pounds), won the next four to 16-6 lead.
Among the wins in that stretch was a hard-pounding 4-2 decision by Dylan Miller at 170 pounds over Brock Beeler. Miller, a state runner-up last season, scored the win with a takedown with only 2 second left in the match.

Phyllis M Welch, 88

December 7, 2011

A small private service is planned at a later date for former Deer Lake resident Phyllis M. (Williams) Welch, 88, who passed away on Nov. 30.
Born on Dec. 6, 1922, in Rapid City, S.D., to Henry Clark Williams and Adeline Maude Williams (Jolly), she married Harold Stanley Welch from Deer Park on Jan.18, 1947.
She was librarian for Connell School District and served as mayor of Hatton, smallest town in Washington with 75 residents at that time, from 1979–83. She and her husband retired to Deer Lake for 25 years until health reasons moved them to Pasco, Wash., in 2005.

Stags hold off Eagles for second straight win

December 7, 2011

For the second straight game, the Deer Park boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead then held on in the second half. The latest victim of this scenario was the Lakeside Eagles, who fell 63-55 on Tuesday.
The non-league win improved Deer Park’s record to 2-0 while Lakeside fell to 1-1.
The Stags, who led 18-8 after one quarter, expanded the lead to 16 points midway through the second quarter before the Eagles started chipping away at the margin. Deer Park regrouped to take a 50-39 lead with eight minutes to play and held off Lakeside down the stretch.

December 6th

Detectives collecting DNA samples in Starbuck killing

December 6, 2011

Updated December 8 (p.m)
Spokane County Sheriff's Department major crimes detectives continue to investigate the suspicious death of Deer Park’s Chanin D. Starbuck.
Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance and would like to talk to anyone who may have had contact with Starbuck over the past 30-plus days.
Starbuck’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.

Armed robber strikes Deer Park pharmacy

December 6, 2011

Spokane County Sheriff’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.

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