May 21, 2011 in City

In brief: Man, 18, gets 20 years in fatal beating

From Staff Reports

A teenager who beat a Spokane man to death in November 2009 has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Nicholas X. Parrish, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt this week to 250 months in prison.

Police say Parrish was drunk when he and Justin A. Summa attacked Kent S. Moses, 60, in an alley behind Moses’ home near Bridge Avenue and Nettleton Street on Nov. 29, 2009.

Parrish returned to the alley after the beating to rifle through Moses’ pockets and beat him again.

Moses later died at a hospital. A shoe print on his face helped identify his assailants.

Summa pleaded guilty in February to second-degree assault and was sentenced to five months in jail.

Parrish also is to pay $3,719 restitution.

Lake Spokane boat launch open

The Washington Department of Natural Resources is temporarily opening the boat launch at Lake Spokane Campground this weekend.

The boat launch at Lake Spokane Campground will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday. The campground will not be open. A security company will open and close access to the launch area.

The boat launch is about 18 miles northeast of Reardan, off U.S. Highway 291.

Medical marijuana bill stays alive

OLYMPIA – Washington’s most populous counties would be allowed to set up pilot programs for medical marijuana cooperatives under the latest version of a bill trying to remain alive in the special session.

The bill would allow counties with more than 200,000 people, or the cities in them, to adopt ordinances for co-ops to grow and dispense medical marijuana. The cities or counties could set rules for security, inspections and allowable amounts of the drug, and would report results to a special task force that would give findings to the Legislature in December 2012. Unlike some previous proposals, the state would not keep a patient registry.

The bill received a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Friday but does not yet have support from leaders in both chambers necessary to get a vote in the special session dedicated primarily to budgets.

Two arrested on drug charges

A 2-week-old girl and an 18-month-old boy were taken from a Spokane Valley apartment during a methamphetamine investigation early Thursday, police said Friday.

Detectives with the Spokane police drug unit arrested Matthew P. Maffia, 34, and Kayli N. Hamilton, 24, for possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Police seized meth, paraphernalia and cellphones from the apartment, 12020 E. Marietta Ave., Apt. 17, spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.

 The children were placed with Child Protective Services and referred to Spokane County’s Drug Endangered Children program, which provided medical evaluations and follow-up care.

Police also found two revolvers and a rifle at “a nearby location” that could bring more charges against Maffia, who has felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing firearms. The serial number on one of the revolvers was ground out, leading police to believe it was stolen.

Maffia’s extensive criminal history includes 16 felony convictions for drugs and stolen property, DeRuwe said.

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