The following offices and services will be affected by the July Fourth holiday:
• City, county, state and federal offices will be closed.
• Most banks will be closed.
• Post offices will be closed and no deliveries will be made.
• Garbage won’t be collected in Spokane, Spokane County and Coeur d’Alene on Thursday. Collection will take place one day later than scheduled for Thursday and Friday collection areas.
• Spokane Transit Authority will be running on holiday schedules on Independence Day, which is the same frequency as Sunday, but with extended service to accommodate the Riverfront Park fireworks show.
• Drivers don’t have to plug parking meters in downtown Spokane on Thursday.
Dioceses sued over alleged sexual abuse
A man filed a lawsuit in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima and the Diocese of Spokane. The suit claims child abuse by a Yakima priest and negligence by the Spokane Diocese.
The Rev. Joseph Sondergeld, who is now dead, allegedly sexually abused the victim in 1961 when he was about 9 years old, according to the suit. At the time, Sondergeld was a priest at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Roslyn, Wash., in the Yakima Diocese. The victim, who was an altar boy at the church, alleges Sondergeld molested him on church property.
Sondergeld worked as a priest in the Spokane Diocese from 1916 to 1951. The victim alleges the Spokane Diocese knew Sondergeld had a history of child abuse, but decided to transfer him rather than report his crimes to the proper authorities, according to the suit.
The Spokane Diocese lists Sondergeld as an “admitted, proven, or credibly accused perpetrator” of child abuse. This is the third lawsuit against Sondergeld for sexual abuse of children, according to a news release.
Surveillance tape shows car explosion
An explosive device placed beneath a car in north Spokane on Saturday morning detonated with enough force to kill anyone inside the vehicle, court documents say.
Police have reviewed a surveillance tape showing the front of the house in the 5800 block of North Monroe Street, where around 4:30 a.m. “a large explosive device” detonated, sending shrapnel into surrounding yards and driveways and shattering neighboring windows. Prior to the explosion, two adults can be seen in the video walking up the driveway and out of the frame, then sprinting away less than a minute before a plume of smoke and dust rises from the 1992 Infinity Coupe.
The vehicle owner, Crystal Ross, 26, left the car at the house a few days before the explosion, residents told police. They reportedly did not know her current location.
Fish and Game has new commissioner
BOISE – North Idaho lumber company owner Brad Corkill was appointed to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission by Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday, replacing Panhandle Commissioner Tony McDermott of Sagle, whose term ended June 30.
Corkill, 62, is an avid sportsman, former longtime school board member in Kellogg and St. Maries, and served as Kootenai County Republican Central Committee chairman from 2006 to 2010.