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In brief: Weather delays beach opening

Fri., June 10, 2011

The opening of Honeysuckle Beach in Hayden has been delayed because of high water and low temperatures.

Initially set to open Saturday, the beach will now open June 18, according to a city of Hayden news release. Once open, lifeguards will staff the beach from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The boat launch is open to the public and the city has implemented a launching fee. Daily fees are $6 for Hayden residents, $8 for nonresidents and $15 for water sports commercial activity.

Season passes, which are sold at Hayden City Hall, are $30 for residents, $60 for nonresidents and $150 for water sports commercial activity.

Tasered driver had diabetic episode

A driver was Tased on Thursday for resisting arrest before police realized he was having a diabetic episode.

The incident started about 4:45 p.m. when dispatch got a report of a man driving erratically on Seltice Way in Post Falls – “slow, fast and all over the lane,” said Post Falls police Sgt. Kathy Eshoo.

By the time an officer caught up to him, the man had driven over a porch and clipped the corner of a house, before stopping in the yard, she said.

The man did not comply with police orders and was Tased, Eshoo said. Then he began fighting with officers. They got him on the ground and in handcuffs, then realized he was having a medical episode.

“Within a couple minutes, it became evident he was not coherent as to what was going on,” she said. “It appears he had extreme low blood sugar.”

No one was injured in the incident, though the house did receive superficial damage. The man was treated at the scene. He was not arrested.

“He apologized to us for his actions,” Eshoo said. “He had no idea what he had done.”

Man arrested after North Side stabbing

A North Side resident on his way to work Thursday confronted a car prowler and was stabbed, Spokane County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies arrested Benjamin A. Farnum, 22, for second-degree assault.

The resident reported that he was leaving for work about 5 a.m. when he saw a man looking into the windows of his vehicle in the 1500 block of East Center Street.

He challenged the man and then attempted to stop him from leaving in a pickup truck. The resident tried to remove the keys from the pickup ignition, but he and the prowler became entangled.

The prowler pulled a knife, stabbed the resident and then tried to drive off with the resident hanging from the vehicle. The vehicle went into a field where the struggle ended.

The prowler drove off, but his teenage passenger told deputies where to find him. Farnum was arrested at a home in the 500 block of East Columbia Avenue. The pickup was nearby, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, sheriff’s spokesman.

Some state offices shut by furloughs

Before going to a state office today, call to make sure it’s open. Some won’t be because it’s the last unpaid furlough day scheduled to help ease the state’s budget problems.

Others will be working because their office or department has already met the targeted savings ordered last year by the Legislature.

Closed for the day are the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Fish and Wildlife, General Administration, and Services for the Blind. So are the Conservation Commission, Human Rights Commission and Transportation Commission.

Some state workers were exempt from furloughs, such as Washington State Patrol troopers, corrections officers, child protection workers and emergency public health workers.

Reward offered on eagle shooting

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting of a golden eagle in Asotin County.

Sometime around Feb. 1, the eagle was killed with a shotgun on Weissenfels Ridge, about 4 miles east of Anatone. Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Penalties for violating both acts can include up to a year in jail and fines ranging from up to $100,000 or $250,000 per violation.

To report tips, call C.W. Roberts, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent at (509) 546-8344 or (509) 727-8358; or Brendan Vance, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer at (509) 480-0832. Callers may remain anonymous.

Native Project poker tournament

Native Project’s annual poker tournament is Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights.

The event raises funds for the Indian Youth Summer Program.

Admission is free and $50 buy-in tickets are on sale at the Native Project and Native Health Clinic, 1803 W. Maxwell Ave., Spokane, or at the door.

Call Tara Dowd at (509) 325-5502 for details.

Entertainment for county fair set

Organizers of the Spokane County Interstate Fair announced Wednesday this year’s grandstand lineup.

Neal McCoy will play Sept. 12, followed by The Osmond Brothers on Sept. 13, Weird Al Yankovich Sept. 14, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Sept. 15, and Switchfoot Sept. 16. All musical performances begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the grandstand events go on sale July 11 and can be purchased through all Tickets West outlets, by calling (800) 325-SEAT.


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