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In brief: McMorris Rodgers opens campaign

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced on Tuesday what’s been no secret for months: She’s running for re-election.

McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, kicked off her campaign in Colville. She is scheduled to make campaign appearances in Walla Walla today and in downtown Spokane on Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel.

Her main competitor so far is Democrat Rich Cowan, of North by Northwest, a Spokane-based film production company.

Man sentenced for shooting death

A 20-year-old man who pleaded guilty in a 2007 murder was sentenced recently to 15 years in prison.

Derrick Gregory Martin-Armstead also was ordered to pay $6,651 restitution after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the Nov. 12, 2007, shooting death of Daniel Burgess, 30.

Burgess was killed in the living room of a home at 2413 N. Dakota Ave.

Martin-Armstead; his girlfriend, Jaleesa D. Anderson, 22; and her brother, Marc A. Anderson, 20; were each charged with a single count of first-degree murder. Martin-Armstead’s charge was reduced as part of a plea deal.

The Andersons, who are out of jail on bond, are scheduled to go to trial in June.

Martin-Armstead was arrested Oct. 24 after an informant told police he’d implicated himself in the murder during conversations at the jail in May and June 2008.

Third suspect arrested in December killing

A third suspect has been arrested in the December death of a 23-year-old Rosalia man whose body recently was recovered from a Whitman County creek.

Lorin Travis Carlon, 35, is accused of helping Frank Lazcano, 24, of Pine City, and Daniel Lazcano, 20, of Spokane, try to avoid arrest after the shooting death of Marcus Allen Schur, officials say.

Whitman County sheriff’s deputies arrested Carlon Monday on a felony charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

The Lazcano brothers were arrested Friday and remain jailed on murder charges.

Schur’s body was pulled from the creek at the south end of Bonnie Lake after a fisherman spotted his body. An autopsy showed he was shot to death.

Schur had been missing since a dinner party on Dec. 27.

Detectives are still investigating a motive, Whitman County Undersheriff Ron Rockness said Tuesday.

Schur’s mother, Grace Schur, said memorial service plans are not yet finalized. A donation fund to help with expenses has been set up at the Bank of Fairfield.

Teen charged in drive-by shooting

A 17-year-old Spokane boy has been charged with attempted murder for a drive-by shooting last week at a north Spokane home.

Travis W. Wood is accused of shooting out the front window of a home in the 500 block of East Maxine Avenue about 4 a.m. on March 26.

Another shooting was reported at the home March 2 – the same day the homeowners’ granddaughter reported Wood to police as the suspect in the theft of her cellphone, according to court documents.

No one was injured in the shootings.

Wood was arrested on a juvenile warrant at his apartment at 202 E. Wedgewood Ave. hours after the March 26 incident. Police found a .38-caliber pistol in the apartment, as well as a box of ammunition with 11 rounds missing.

Police also obtained a search warrant for Woods’ mother’s 1991 Chevy Blazer that revealed a .38 shell casing. Wood was charged Friday with first-degree attempted murder and drive-by shooting.

Child shot at school released from hospital

SEATTLE – A third-grader who was critically wounded when a gun in a classmate’s backpack accidently fired has left a Seattle hospital.

Amina Kocer-Bowman was released Tuesday afternoon from Harborview Medical Center. She walked out of the hospital on her own. Her surgeon, Dr. Eileen Bulger, said Amina was doing well. Her father said the family was “happy to have her with us.”

She underwent five surgeries after the Feb. 22 shooting that shattered her elbow and ripped through internal organs.

The bullet fired from a .45-caliber handgun in the backpack of a 9-year-old classmate who brought it to Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton.

The Kitsap County prosecutor charged the boy’s mother and her boyfriend with felony assault for negligently allowing the boy access to the gun. They have pleaded not guilty.

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