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In brief: Field narrows for City Council seat

The race for a City Council seat representing Northwest Spokane is down to two.

Karen Kearney, chairwoman of the Balboa South Indian Trail Neighborhood Council, late last week withdrew her candidacy for the seat held by Steve Corker, who is running for City Council president.

The remaining candidates are Steve Salvatori, owner of the Spokane Entrepreneurial Center, and Joy Jones, program manager of Mentoring Children of Promise, a Goodwill Industries program aimed at youths who have a parent in prison.

Kearney said she decided to withdraw because of “family health issues” and is throwing her support behind Jones.

“Due to increases in demands upon my time outside of the electoral process, I cannot devote the time required for a successful campaign,” she said.

Jonathan Brunt

Council indemnifies police chief, driver

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and another city employee won’t have to pay their own money for potential awards in pending lawsuits against them and the city.

The Spokane City Council on Monday voted unanimously to indemnify Kirkpatrick and Charles W. Hanshaw.

Hanshaw was working for the street department in August 2008 when the truck he was driving struck Zachary Donovan, who was 9 at the time. Donovan was critically injured but learned to walk again. His parents, Daniel Donovan and Erica Rae Simons, are suing Hanshaw and the city.

Spokane police Detective Jay Mehring is suing Kirkpatrick and the city for defamation.

Kirkpatrick placed Mehring on unpaid leave after he was charged with felony harassment in March 2007. He was acquitted by a jury and received back pay. His suit alleges that Kirkpatrick continued to make public statements accusing Mehring of threatening his wife even after he was acquitted.

Jonathan Brunt

Injured man’s death under investigation

MISSOULA – Police are investigating the death of a 41-year-old Spokane man who was found unconscious with severe head trauma outside the Elks Club in Missoula.

Lt. Richard Sepper said Angelo Lorenzo Fuentes was found at about 12:10 a.m. Saturday and was taken to St. Patrick Hospital. It is unknown if his injuries were accidental or if he was beaten.

Employee Brock Eggleston said he saw Fuentes “laughing and joking” with people outside the club Friday night. But when he looked out just after midnight, he saw the man lying bloody on the sidewalk.

Associated Press