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In brief: Man found after house fire identified

Thu., Sept. 13, 2012

The man who set his home on fire then killed himself Friday in the Wolf Lodge neighborhood has been identified.

John H. Parkin, 45, was served a temporary protection order and told to move out of his home on Searchlight Lane pending a hearing Friday at 12:30, a news release from Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Parkin was escorted from the home by deputies, who were informed later that afternoon that Parkin had returned to the home.

Investigators confirmed that Parkin started the fire in the modular home then shot himself. The home was destroyed. When firefighters entered, they found a badly burned body.

Today’s Spokane Interstate Fair events

Today’s activities and events at the Spokane County Interstate Fair, 404 N. Havana St., include:

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., crocheting and knitting contest.

• 11 a.m., build your own edible beaver dam.

• 2:45, singer Karen McCormick.

• 5 p.m., singer Devon Wade.

• 6:15 p.m., Mark Yuzuik, hypnotist.

• 7 p.m., Styx concert (tickets $10-25 at the fair office, or 800-325-7328).

General admission to the fair is $10 for adults; $7 for ages 7-13 or 65 and older; and free for children 6 and under.

AG: Health club must change practices

A Liberty Lake health club must change business practices that violate state consumer protection laws, the state Attorney General’s Office says.

The office filed a complaint last week in Spokane County Superior Court alleging Physzique failed to include in their contracts notices that the club may not raise fees more than once a year and that customers have the right to cancel if they move more than 25 miles away. Physzique contracts also allowed the health club to raise the amount debited from customer accounts each month, but state law only allows clubs to increase fees once a year. Some customers were also charged $175 for “free” consultations if they did not show up.

The club will pay $15,000 in attorney’s fees. It will also pay a $20,000 civil penalty if it fails to follow the terms of the agreement.

“Physzique also used deceptive advertising, along with health claims that can’t be backed up with scientific evidence,” said Assistant Attorney General Brooks Clemmons. “These are misleading tactics that violate state laws to protect consumers.”

The Better Business Bureau received 14 complaints against the health club in the last year and received the bureau’s “F” rating for failure to address a pattern of complaints and misleading advertising.

UI student hurt in fall from fraternity roof

MOSCOW, Idaho – A University of Idaho student was injured when he fell from the roof of a fraternity house.

Moscow Police Lt. Dave Lehmitz says 21-year-old Kurt Wrobel of California suffered facial fractures and other injuries when he landed on concrete at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was hospitalized in Spokane.

Witnesses reported Wrobel climbed out of a window and was trying to open the window in a nearby locked room when he fell from the second story of the Alpha Tau Omega house.

Lehmitz says Wrobel had been drinking earlier in the evening at a party at another fraternity house.

Man pleads guilty to hog-tying nephew

A North Idaho man charged with hog-tying his 12-year-old nephew to keep him from running away has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Shane Lee Crawford of Laclede had been charged with felony injury to a child after the boy, who has a mild form of autism, was hog-tied a year ago. Crawford pleaded guilty Tuesday.

The plea agreement calls for a 180-day jail sentence with 135 days suspended and credit for 45 days served. The sentence would run concurrently with Crawford’s sentence for misdemeanor injury to a child for choking his son.

Crawford would be under supervised probation into the fall of 2013.

Portland council approves fluoridation

PORTLAND – The City Council approved a plan Wednesday to add fluoride to Portland’s water, meaning Oregon’s biggest city is no longer the largest holdout in the U.S.

The ordinance calls for city water to be fluoridated by March 2014.

Dental experts say fluoride is effective in fighting cavities. Opponents of public fluoridation say it’s unsafe and violates an individual’s right to consent to medication.

“Reasonable people can disagree, but the science is on the side of fluoridation,” Mayor Sam Adams said after the unanimous vote.

Opponents also say council members rushed into action without a public vote. They plan to collect almost 20,000 signatures in the next 30 days to force a referendum early next year – before the mineral is added to a water supply that serves about 900,000 people in Portland and a few suburbs.

Man admitted killing, inmate says

SYCAMORE, Ill. – An inmate testified Wednesday that he overheard a man accused of the 1957 slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl recently tell another cellmate that he choked the child to death with a wire.

The testimony came on the third day in the case – one of the oldest cold-case murders to go to trial. Jack McCullough, 72 and a former Washington state police officer, has pleaded not guilty to abducting and murdering Maria Ridulph.

Christopher Diaz, who was locked up at the same jail as McCullough while McCullough awaited trial, told the court he also heard McCullough boast that he had brushed aside an offer from the state to cut a plea deal.

Diaz, charged in a separate case, insisted prosecutors did not offer him anything for his testimony.

Also Wednesday, forensic anthropologist Krista Latham testified that an examination of the girl’s exhumed remains last year suggested she was stabbed in her chest and throat area.

In testimony Tuesday afternoon, McCullough’s half-sister testified that their mother, Eileen Tessier, said on her death bed that McCullough had killed Maria.

Constitution Day celebration planned

The Esther Reed Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites the public to celebrate the upcoming Constitution Day at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Manito Park.

Actors in period costume will perform a nonpolitical re-enactment of events surrounding the writing and signing of the Constitution.

The event will be staged at the George Washington monument adjacent to the Park Bench Café. The Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.


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