Archive - Jun 2013 - News Article
Last week, Lech Radzimski, Ken Tyndal and I attended the Washington State Prosecutors Association meetings and trainÂ¬ing in Chelan. I attended the membership meeting, which all prosecuting attorneys in the state attend, and then joined the deputies for training sessions on various topics. We were briefed on some of the legislation that comes into effect on July 28, 2013.
Here is a brief sample of some of the changes in our criminal laws:
1009-Chapter 89 -- Allows retailer to sell liquor through self-checkout lanes, as long as an employee verifies age during the checkout.
The Colville Rotary Club, in partnership with the Colville Parks and Recreation Department, Clark's All-Sports, and Outback Bicycles of Kettle Falls, is hosting monthly bike clinics throughout the summer. The clinics are held in the parking lot next to the Colville Swimming Pool from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas may be the farthest holiday from peopleâ€™s minds now that summer is here. However, in the final days before the school year ended, Stephanie Wilsonâ€™s first grade class at Hofstetter Elementary could think of little else. Children were preoccupied with making decorations for the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. They join other students and organizations from all over the state that are contributing decorations and tree skirts to the evergreen tree that will be selected from the Colville National Forest (CNF).
Stevens County Sheriff Deputies arrested Eric Harris Monday, June 24 around 7 p:15 p.m. Harris was arrested on a warrant for the murder of his younger brother, Larch Harris, that took place last Sunday. Eric Harris was found hiding in a mobile home, less than a mile from his residence where the shooting took place. Harris was taken into custody without incident and transported to Stevens County Jail. He was booked on charges of 1st degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm. His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25.
Several years ago, Michelle Chingâ€™s college experience wasnâ€™t that different from milÂ¬lions of other young adults across the country---the 2008 Colville graduate was trying to pay her own way by working nights as a cocktail waitress while attending school full-time. She also took occasional work as a lifeguard at a water park on Oahu, studying fashion design during the day at University of Hawaii.
But the long nights began to take their toll on Chingâ€™s studies, and most importantly, her health.
Stevens County Sheriff â€˜s Department Deputies and EMTs responded to a vehicle fatality on Orin Rice Road last Sunday morning, according to Sheriff Kendle Allen.
Around 4:45 a.m., a passerby noticed a 2007 Dodge truck lying on its side near Wonch Road and called 911. First responders discovered the truckâ€™s occupants, driver Ron Holland, 52, passenger Wade Holland, 35, and passenger Kasey Dallman, 32. Both Ron and Wade Holland, who were uncle and nephew, were declared dead at the scene.
Emergency responders were called to a structure fire at Brown Boyz Island BBQ in Colville last Saturday afternoon.
Colville Fire Chief Joe Hirsch said the fire started around 3 p.m. The Colville Volunteer Fire Department responded with nine firefighters, two fire engines, a ladder truck and one support vehicle.
Hirsch said there were three employees inside the restauÂ¬rant at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely and no injuries were reÂ¬ported.
So, whatâ€™s more dire than the need to fix Colvilleâ€™s streets, straighten out the issue of diagonal parking, or pass an ordinance concerning the feeding of wildlife in the â€˜Villeâ€™s neighborhoods?
According to Eric Durpos, Municipal Services Administrator for the City of Colville, itâ€™s how to fund the repairs for the cityâ€™s long-suffering storm water infrastructure. Durpos says the city has been searching for funding strategies, applying for grants, and cutting back on costs while updating an aging storm water system that is in critical need of repair.
The Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office has completed its sexual misconduct investigation of Colville police Officer Rex Newport and has turned the case over to prosecutors.
Wednesday morning, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said he has formally requested that the state Office of Attorney General handle charging decisions and any potential prosecution of the Colville officer.
Newport, who has worked for Colville police for about 15 years, was placed on administrative leave in March.
Colville police, firefighters and Stevens County Ambulance EMTs responded to a vehicle collision around noon on Tuesday, June 11 when a cement truck rear-ended a car on 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street. One of the car's occupants was transported to Providence Mount Carmel Hospital and later released. Two other vehicle occupants were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The driver of the cement truck was not injured.