October 7, 2012 in City

In brief: Police say men tried selling ‘Avista’-labeled copper wire

From Staff Reports

Two men were arrested on felony charges after they allegedly tried to sell more than 600 pounds of copper wire stamped with the word “Avista” to a Post Falls recycler.

Post Falls police said Jason W. Wing, 28, and William R. Fossell, 22, were arrested on Oct. 3.

Two Spokane contractors had reported break-ins at their construction sites in the previous week and several rolls of copper wire belonging to Avista Utilities had been stolen, according to a Post Falls Police Department news release.

One of the contractors identified the wire, as well as tools Wing and Fossell had in their van, as belonging to him, the release said. The copper wire was valued at more than $1,600.

Wing and Fossell face felony charges of possession of stolen property.

In-person voting starts Tuesday

Kootenai County voters on Tuesday may begin in-person absentee voting for the Nov. 6 general election.

Voting absentee is allowed at the county elections office, 1808 N. Third St. in Coeur d’Alene. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The office also will be open two Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for absentee voting, which is growing in popularity.

Registered voters need to bring a photo identification in order to cast a ballot.

New residents or any who have moved and wish to re-register must bring a photo ID and proof of residency, such as a utility bill, showing the current residence address and dated at least 30 days prior to the voting date.

Kootenai County mails absentee ballots with return postage prepaid.

Sample ballots are available online at www.kcgov.us/elections/sample/ 2012_General; call (208) 446-1030 for information.

Five deer killed, left to rot

Five white-tailed deer were killed and left to rot north of Spokane on Sept. 28 in a poaching case state wildlife police are still investigating.

 Spotlighting was reported around 1 a.m. near the intersection of Farwell and Peck roads. Two fawns killed in the incident apparently were intentionally run over, officers said.

 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police are looking for more tips. Report poaching incidents by phone at (877) 933-9847, or text message to TIP411. Rewards are offered.

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