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In brief: City recruiting police officers

Kelty (Courtesy Spd / The Spokesman-Review)
Kelty (Courtesy Spd / The Spokesman-Review)

The Spokane Police Department is recruiting officers.

The city of Spokane Civil Service is accepting written application packets until Friday, Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said.

Civil service exams will be given from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13, DeRuwe said. A person must pass the exam to be eligible for officer positions.

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Medical Lake

Sex offender lives in city

A level 3 sex offender is living in the 700 block of East Ladd in Medical Lake, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

James G. Kelty, 63, was convicted of first-degree child molestation and indecent liberties, authorities said. Kelty was released from prison in March 2005 after serving 10 years.

Kelty molested two children, a boy and a girl, for several years, starting when they were 7 and 5, authorities said. Kelty, who is deaf, was a rehabilitation counselor at the time of the abuse.

Kelty is not wanted by police. He is no longer under state supervision.

Spokane Valley

Council votes to cancel contract

The Spokane Valley City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to give notice it will cancel its contract for District Court services, even though members don’t really want to break the contract – and even though their action may reduce the number of judges available.

Council members say they just want to study alternatives in view of Spokane County commissioners’ recent decision to cancel the city’s contract for snowplowing.

The council gave the court contract cancellation notice to preserve the city’s option to form its own court in 2010. Otherwise, the soonest the city could do so under state law would be 2015.

County commissioners and District Court judges have said they will allow Spokane Valley to withdraw its cancellation notice by Dec. 1.

County commissioners voted Monday to send a letter requesting a study that could lead the Legislature to reduce the number of District Court judges authorized for Spokane County from 10 to eight.

The proposed reduction reflects Spokane Valley cases as well as those handled by the newly independent Spokane Municipal Court.


Animal patrol plan under review

A Navy plan to use dolphins and sea lions to patrol its Hood Canal submarine base is set for environmental hearings next month.

Nearly two years ago, Navy officials announced the start of work on an environmental impact statement for the Swimmer Interdiction Security System at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

The resulting draft impact statement, listing five options for securing the four-mile waterfront, is the subject of hearings Feb. 11 in Silverdale and Feb. 12 in SeaTac.

The Navy’s preference is for a combination of trained California sea lions and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to guard against swimmers breaching the base’s water perimeter. Other alternatives are to use sea lions only, human swimmers or remotely operated equipment, or to make no change.

From staff and wire reports

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Freeman students march in unity to honor memory of slain classmate Sam Strahan

UPDATED: 9:38 p.m.

Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where they sheltered in fear last September following the shooting that killed 15-year-old Sam Strahan and injured three girls.