June 30, 2010 in City

In brief: Verner will sign ordinance for stronger ombudsman

The Spokesman-Review
 

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Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will sign the ordinance approved Monday night by City Council members that strengthens the police ombudsman’s powers, city spokeswoman Marlene Feist said.

Verner’s support is unnecessary for final adoption of the ordinance even though she has veto authority. The proposal was approved Monday by the City Council on a 7-0 vote – more than enough support to override a veto.

The mayor has been hesitant to endorse independent investigatory power for the ombudsman. Last year, she noted that Ombudsman Tim Burns hadn’t asked for extra authority. Her administration argued that pushing for more oversight could hurt the city as it tried to bargain with the Spokane Police Guild for wage and benefit contract concessions. When the issue was under consideration by the council last month and last week, Verner said she would wait for a final version before taking a stance.

In a news release Tuesday afternoon Verner said her goal is for oversight that earns the “trust of the citizens.”

Forecast for weekend includes showers, sunshine

National Weather Service forecasters are promising a mix of sun, clouds and showers for the next six days.

The July Fourth holiday weekend may be a bit disappointing with below-normal temperatures likely. However, Sunday evening and Monday could bring the start of a period of improving weather.

Highs are expected to reach the upper 70s in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas Monday with mostly sunny skies.

Today should be sunny, although cooler, thanks to a batch of drier air off the North Pacific.

Showers may arrive as early as Thursday and become more numerous as the weekend nears. In Coeur d’Alene, there is a 50 percent chance of showers on Friday and Friday night. In Spokane, there is a 40 percent chance on those days.

Temperatures in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene will also be below normal with highs of about 70 today and Thursday and the mid-60s on Friday before slowly rebounding on Saturday and Sunday.

North Idaho man sought

on sex abuse charges

A Bonner County, Idaho, man is wanted on child sex abuse charges.

Ted Norman “Bear” Engelbrecht, 50, is wanted on felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16 and sexual abuse of a child under 16, the Priest River Police Department announced Monday.

The charges were filed in Bonner County District Court. The case is sealed, records show.

Engelbrecht is known to drive a maroon 1991 Ford Ranger pickup with a black canopy, Idaho license plate7BE8662.

Anyone with information on his location should call their local law enforcement agency.

World Harmony Run to pass through Inland Northwest

A relay run that spans the globe promoting world peace will pass through the Inland Northwest on Thursday, touching down in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint.

The World Harmony Run, founded in 1987, has grown to teams of runners who carry a torch across six continents, logging more than 45,000 miles in 140 countries. Runners in the USA World Harmony Run will travel 10,000 miles through the 50 states.

In Coeur d’Alene, local runners are invited to join the run at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Centennial Trail trailhead at Interstate 90 and Northwest Boulevard. They will run a mile south to the Human Rights Education Institute, where a public reception will be held.

The reception coincides with the opening of the institute’s next six-month program, titled “Pause 4 Peace,” featuring an international timeline display focusing on moments of peace from 1850 to 2010.

Follow the World Harmony Run online at worldharmonyrun.org/usa.


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