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In brief: Rockwood Clinic hires Patmas as CEO

The Rockwood Clinic has hired a new chief executive officer to lead its array of multipractice clinics.

Dr. Michael Patmas takes over Feb. 3 for the retiring Dr. Craig Whiting.

Trained in internal medicine, Patmas has been working as a health care executive for years, most recently as the chief medical officer of Woodland Healthcare in Woodland, Calif.

Before Woodland, Patmas was chief executive of St. Alphonsus Medical Group in Boise.

Rockwood Clinic is a key component of the integrated Rockwood Health System, which also includes Deaconess Hospital and Valley Hospital.

Packaged pot leads to man’s arrest

Grant County authorities arrested a man after a tip from postal workers led them to a 3-pound block of marijuana in a package earlier this week.

Moises J. Tello Quintana, 26, was booked into the jail Monday on charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to deliver, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office. The case against the Royal City, Wash., man began with a postal worker spying a suspicious package last week that was posted for an address that didn’t exist. Police dogs indicated the package tested positive for drugs, and a federal search warrant revealed a 3-pound block of marijuana last week.

Authorities repackaged the drugs and waited. When Quintana picked up the shipment, police followed him home to a residence north of Royal City and arrested him. While there, they also discovered 10 grams of cocaine in his home, according to the news release.

Basement house fire extinguished

Spokane firefighters doused a basement fire that sparked sometime around 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Spokane Fire Department.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which brought five engines and two ladders to the home at 2004 W. Gordon Ave. Firefighters made quick work of the flames, confining fire damage to two basement bedrooms. The damage is estimated around $40,000.

Sophia is top name third year in row

Parents in Washington chose Liam and Sophia more often than any other names for their babies born last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Department of Health.

Liam edged out Mason, 2011’s top boy name, by one baby. Ethan, Alexander and Benjamin also made the top five names for boys. There were 409 babies named Liam.

More boys than girls were born in Washington in 2012: 44,696 boys with 7,761 different names and 42,719 girls with 10,533 different names.

The top three girl names – Sophia, Emma and Olivia – were each given to more than 430 babies. Isabella and Ava were the fourth and fifth most popular, with 324 and 310 baby girls.

Sophia was at the top for a third year in a row and has been in the top four girl names since 2007.

S-R database to list holiday homes

The Spokesman-Review is creating a database of holiday homes. Visit and click the “Add a location” button. There, you’ll be asked to provide an address for the festive home, as well as a brief description of the display. We’ll need your contact information, too, but don’t worry – we’ll keep that information to ourselves.

The list will be posted at that website, where you can see all of the addresses, sort them by neighborhood or even create maps for your own personal tour.


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