In brief: Reardan police chief shoots, kills man
The police chief in the one-officer town of Reardan, Wash., shot a man to death Monday after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle in a cemetery.
The suspect, identified only as male, died after “an exchange of gunfire” with Gary Redmond, said Trooper Troy Briggs, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. Redmond is a former Spokane County sheriff’s deputy. He was fired after being arrested for drunken driving in 2000.
WSP detectives were investigating the shooting, which occurred just after 11 a.m. Monday at the Reardan Cemetery.
Briggs said it was not yet known who fired first.
Reardan is on U.S. Highway 2 in west Lincoln County.
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City Council delays parking fine decision
A plan to raise parking meter fines from $15 to $25 or $20 if paid within six days won’t be decided until a new City Council is sworn into office.
Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan has pushed the increase, arguing that Spokane’s fines are low compared with many cities of similar size. But the council has resisted and said Monday night that raising the fine is premature. During the last meeting of the year Monday, the council voted to push the decision on a fine increase to next summer.
The delay was approved after Councilman Jon Snyder said city employees believe that the costs associated with maintaining the city’s parking system are more than revenue brought in from fines. However, he said, the city is making changes next year to save money. He argued that the council shouldn’t vote on the plan until it’s clear if current fines will cover costs.
Ban lifted on use of wood stoves
Restrictions on use of fireplaces and wood stoves throughout Spokane County were lifted Monday by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency.
An air stagnation advisory issued by the National Weather Service, which is what prompted the burning restrictions, was expected to be lifted today, officials said. Air quality is projected to be good even though regulators expect some increase in particulate levels as wood stove use resumes.
The agency advises burning only seasoned dry wood, and to never burn garbage or household paper waste, including Christmas wrapping.