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In brief: Jail officers named after inmate’s death

Wed., Feb. 27, 2013

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has named the six deputies involved in a struggle Sunday morning with a man who later died in a restraint chair in the Spokane County Jail booking area.

The involved deputies are Brad Dahlin, William Miller, Sandy Rief, Timothy Wirun, Alfred Torres and Kenneth Kuiper, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said in a news release.

Christopher J. Parker, 33, was pronounced dead Sunday about two hours after calling 911 to say he was diabetic and had ingested methamphetamine. A Spokane police officer called Spokane Fire Department paramedics, who checked on Parker and cleared him to be transported to the jail on an outstanding warrant.

While there, investigators said, Parker became uncooperative and the corrections deputies used force and shocked Parker with a Taser. They placed him in a restraint chair, where they later noticed he had stopped breathing.

Flu kills another in Spokane County

A second person died from influenza in Spokane County this week.

The Spokane Regional Health District has confirmed 128 influenza hospitalizations in Spokane County this season as compared to 37 influenza hospitalizations during the same period last year. There have been 11 new hospitalizations since Feb. 19. SRHD is also reporting there have been seven new cases of whooping cough reported this week, for a total of 279 total cases since the beginning of May 2012.

Award-winning poet to visit SFCC

National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney will speak at Spokane Falls Community College today.

Finney, who read from her work at Gonzaga University on Tuesday, will read at 11:30 a.m. in the Building 24-110 Auditorium (the sn-w’ey’-mn building). The event is free and the public is invited.

Finney, who teaches writing at the University of Kentucky, won the National Book Award in 2011 for her collection of poems, “Head Off & Split.”

Man approaches girl outside school

A man approached a Hamblen Elementary School student Tuesday morning and told her that her parents didn’t want her in school that day and he needed to take her home. He reached out and touched the girl’s shoulder. At that point the girl did what she has been told to do: She ran.

Principal Rita Forsythe said police are looking for a man about 5-foot-11 with dark hair and a light brown complexion who was driving a dark or black SUV.

The elementary-age girl was able to give District Resource Officer Walt Pegram a detailed description of the man who approached her near a forested area on Crestline Street next to the school. Pegram said the description of the man and the vehicle matched that of an incident in December.

A Kettle Falls man was charged with DUI after a two-vehicle crash in Stevens County on Tuesday morning.

The Washington State Patrol said Shaun M. Mercer, 48, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when his southbound pickup veered into the left lane of state Route 395 roughly eight miles south of Colville.

Mercer struck a northbound pickup driven by William R. Dewitt, 74, of Addy, according to a release from the patrol.

Mercer’s vehicle went off the roadway, struck a culvert and came to rest in the roadway. Dewitt’s vehicle went off the roadway into a northbound ditch.

The incident occurred about 9 a.m. A Medstar helicopter transported Mercer to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where a spokeswoman said he was listed in serious condition Tuesday.

Dewitt was taken by ambulance to Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital. His status was not available.

Man, 26, identified as shooting suspect

Investigators have identified 26-year-old Terrance R. Jones as a suspect in a possibly gang-related shooting in Spokane Valley last week.

Police are searching for Jones for felony charges of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to a release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Jones is described as 5-foot-7, 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He may still be armed, the release said. The shooting occurred Feb. 21. Two vehicles were traveling in the area of Evergreen and Indiana until one vehicle stopped, and shots were fired from the other vehicle before it left the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said. One man was shot and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Fred Meyer stores recall wheat bread

SALEM – Fred Meyer has recalled five types of private label wheat bread after discovering pieces of plastic in loaves delivered to stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

The Oregonian reports the bread was also sold in QFC stores in Oregon and Washington. They all have a March 8 sell-by date. Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill said the plastic was discovered in the retailer’s Clackamas, Ore., bakery. She said so far no customers have reported finding any plastic in purchased loaves. She said loaves have been pulled from store shelves.


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