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In brief: Regional shelter plan to be discussed tonight

Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, midnight

A proposal to build a new regional animal-control shelter will be discussed in a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. today.

Nancy Hill, director of the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, and county Commissioner Todd Mielke will answer questions about the proposed SCRAPS shelter and a Nov. 8 ballot measure to pay for it.

Voters will be asked to approve a property tax levy up to 5.8 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for a maximum of nine years.

The owner of a $200,000 home would pay up to $11.60 a year. However, officials expect to be able to reduce the rate or the number of years as much as one-third by renovating an existing building near the county fairgrounds.

Tonight’s meeting will be at the Spokane Humane Society office at 6607 N. Havana St.

Another meeting is planned at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the basement hearing room of the county Public Works Building at 1026 W. Broadway Ave., next to the county courthouse. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is to join Mielke and Hill at that meeting.

John Craig

Police identify man who was shot in head

Spokane police have identified Raymond P. Bates as the man who was shot Monday while trying to steal medical marijuana plants.

Bates, 49, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday on a first-degree robbery charge. He was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the back of his head before being booked into jail.

Police found him near North Crestline Street and East Empire Avenue after an acquaintance called police to say he’d been shot while trying to steal marijuana plants.

According to police, Bates fled the home at 1023 E. Gordon Ave. with at least one marijuana plant after being shot by the female homeowner, identified in court documents as Darcee Kapfer. Kapfer lives at the home with Jason Kirby.

Kapfer said she armed herself with an 8-foot piece of wood, but the thief grabbed it and struck Kirby, so she retrieved a .38- caliber revolver from her home and fired it at him five times, according to court documents.

A man who reportedly drove Bates from the robbery has not been located, nor has the truck they were driving.

Kapfer, who did not call police after firing the shots, has a medical marijuana authorization, police said. Police found 11 plants in her yard, which is under the legal limit.

Meghann M. Cuniff


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