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In brief: Bail is $750,000 for murder suspect

The married boyfriend of convicted killer Shellye L. Stark must remain in Spokane County Jail on $750,000 bail, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Brian L. Moore, 43, arrived at the jail early Tuesday after Spokane detectives accompanied him from California. He was arrested in Orange County on April 27 on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Dec. 9, 2007, shooting death of his girlfriend’s husband, Dale Robert Stark.

Moore is accused of helping concoct the murder plot and Stark’s self-defense claim, which a jury rejected in March.

Moore’s public defender, John Rodgers, asked for Moore to be released on his own recognizance. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Ellen Kalama Clark imposed the bail and emphasized that Moore must not contact Stark, who’s serving a 50-year prison sentence in Gig Harbor. Moore’s arraignment is scheduled for next Tuesday.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Seven arrested in park sting

Seven men were arrested Friday on charges of lewd conduct during a sting operation by Spokane police.

Officers in plain clothes conducted the operation in People’s Park and High Bridge Park west of downtown after complaints about lewd acts taking place there. Arrested were: Nathan A. Seaman, 20; Michael D. McReynolds, 26; Kevin W. Roberts, 34; Barry E. Corigliand, 42; Richard J. Magers, 45; Gary L. Schmidt, 60; and Jimmy L. Conn, 63.

People’s Park is the area where 22-year-old Zuriel Roush, who remains in the Spokane County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, allegedly met men for anonymous sex and may have knowingly infected his partners with HIV.

Sara Leaming

Salvage worker in critical condition

A worker with a Lewiston salvage company was in critical condition Tuesday night at Deaconess Medical Center after falling and hitting his head while dismantling equipment at a former mill site in Priest River.

Bob Finnell, an employee of J and B Salvage of Lewiston, fell about 8 a.m. while taking apart a kiln used to dry lumber, said Bruce Brewer, a business analyst with Idaho Forest Group, the property owner.

Idaho Forest purchased the property from J.D. Lumber in October and auctioned off the equipment, Brewer said. The companies that bought it, including the Lewiston salvage firm, were responsible for dismantling and removing what they purchased, Brewer said.

Alison Boggs

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