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In brief: Traffic stop leads to multiple charges

Fri., Sept. 21, 2012

A 24-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after a traffic stop last week in Spokane Valley.

A Spokane Valley sheriff’s deputy stopped Taylor J. Davis for traffic violations on Sept. 14 and impounded his car after learning Davis’ license was suspended. The deputy also found a large quantity of methamphetamine and cash, and Davis was booked into Spokane County Jail, according to a news release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Three days later, the deputy obtained a search warrant for Davis’ vehicle and found more methamphetamine, cocaine and a stolen, loaded .40-caliber pistol, the release said.

The detective developed probable cause to arrest Davis, a convicted felon, on related charges – possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a stolen firearm, and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm – but Davis had already been released from jail on the original driving with license suspended and meth charges.

The deputy obtained a search warrant for a storage locker Davis recently rented in Spokane Valley, where he found another handgun, ammunition and a stolen laptop computer. Davis was seen driving from the storage unit and was arrested on the other charges, the release said.

Tire tread tear causes wreck, injury

A multicar accident injured one person and blocked traffic on westbound Interstate 90 in Post Falls on Thursday afternoon.

Joshua Brown, of Coeur d’Alene, was westbound in a 1986 Toyota Celica about 5 p.m. near the Highway 41 interchange when the tread from one of the tires separated from the belt and caused him to swerve into the adjacent lane, a news release from the Idaho State Police said.

Brown hit two other vehicles driven by Kristin Paffile, of Post Falls, and James Downhour, of Spokane Valley. Debris from the collision damaged a Buick Century driven by Celeste Stoddard, of Liberty Lake, the release said.

Downhour’s passenger, Gina Downhour, was taken to Kootenai Medical Center with injuries. The others involved in the crash were not injured, the release said. All of the drivers and passengers involved in the incident were wearing seat belts.

Seattle incomes above average

SEATTLE – A U.S. Census Bureau snapshot of Seattle shows that Seattle’s median household income was more than $60,000 in 2011, which is about $10,000 more than the national average.

The 2011 American Community Survey also found that the median value for an owner-occupied home was $420,400, compared with the national average of $173,600.

In the figures released Thursday, the census also found that 11.7 percent of people in Seattle don’t have health insurance coverage. The national average is 15.1 percent.

Among other tallies: Nearly 20 percent of Seattle’s population is foreign-born, putting Seattle seven percentage points above the national average and that among the 25-and-older population 56.2 percent of them had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 28.5 percent nationally.

Park honors signing chimp

ELLENSBURG – A park in downtown Ellensburg will be dedicated Saturday in memory of Washoe, the first chimpanzee to communicate with American Sign Language.

Washoe came to Central Washington University in 1980 with professors Roger and Debbie Fouts, who researched communication with chimpanzees.

Washoe was born in Africa and took her name from Washoe County, Nev., where she lived for a time at the University of Nevada. She died in 2007 at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute on the CWU campus in Ellensburg.


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