In brief: Murder charges filed in shooting of hunter

John Jennings, left, and Adam Jennings are accused of killing Michael Carrigan in Okanogan County in September 2013.
John Jennings, left, and Adam Jennings are accused of killing Michael Carrigan in Okanogan County in September 2013.

Two men were arrested Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder for the September shooting death of a grouse hunter in Okanogan County.

Adam Shaun Jennings, 27, and John Wayne Jennings, 57, are charged with shooting Michael R. Carrigan about 6 miles from Chesaw, Wash., according to a news release. Carrigan, who is from Hoquiam, was with a friend when Carrigan exited their vehicle to shoot a grouse but was shot himself.

Carrigan’s body was found about 100 yards away from a residence. Two occupants were interviewed at the time, and several items were removed from the home. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office did not confirm whether the Jenningses were the occupants of the home.

Adam Jennings faces charges of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of firearms. John Jennings faces charges of first-degree murder and delivery of a firearm to an ineligible person.

Kaitlin Gillespie

Fire destroys much of apartment unit

Spokane firefighters responded to a blaze that destroyed much of a second-floor apartment unit in a West Central house Tuesday night. No one was injured.

Shortly after 7 p.m., a fire started in the wall of the second floor of the home on 2300 block of West Gardner Avenue.

It appeared to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring, Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said.

The home was originally built as a single-family dwelling but has since been converted into two apartments, Schaeffer said. The downstairs unit appeared to be in good condition, but the entire upstairs was heavily damaged. A cat was unaccounted for.

“It makes it really complicated for us because it seems to be a normal home,” but entering individual units is difficult in houses-turned-apartments, Schaeffer said. In this case, firefighters originally entered the home from the first floor, but the only access to the second-floor fire was from the outside.

Kaitlin Gillespie

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