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In brief: Man kills brother near Colville and flees, sheriff’s office says

Mon., June 24, 2013

A man shot his brother to death just outside Colville on Sunday morning, according to a Stevens County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Eric Harris, 48, allegedly shot his brother Larch Harris, 43, after the two got into a fight, according to the release. There were several witnesses to the homicide, Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen said.

Stevens County sheriff’s deputies responded to the call at the suspect’s home on the 400 block of Haller Creek Road about 10:45 a.m., according to the release. By the time they arrived, Eric Harris had fled the scene. He is considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect has an extensive criminal record in Stevens County, Allen said. “He’s no stranger to law enforcement,” Allen said. “He’s known by most of the deputies who work this area.”

Eric Harris is 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds. He has brown hair, hazel eyes and several tattoos. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call 911 or the Stevens County sheriff’s dispatch at (509) 684-5296.

Budget talk delays could cause layoffs

OLYMPIA – Washington is now just one week away from a government shutdown.

Legislators from both parties said Sunday they were still searching for a final budget compromise that would avert the temporary layoff of many state workers. Negotiators described ongoing progress but acknowledged that there was a possibility that talks could continue dragging on.

“We’ve got some big pieces that still have to be resolved,” said House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington.

This morning, thousands of state employees will begin receiving notifications that they will be temporarily laid off if there is no budget deal over the next seven days. Republican Rep. Gary Alexander said he expected a deal would come together by the end of today, with hopes of passing the budget by the middle of the week.

“I didn’t expect a shutdown from day one, and I don’t expect one now,” Alexander said.

Washington’s current two-year budget comes to a close at the end of June, and the state believes 34 agencies will have to completely cease operations if there is no new spending plan. Another 24 agencies would face partial shutdowns and 25 would remain open.

Lawmakers have been struggling to shape a final budget since the beginning of the year, and they’re now well past a mid-April end of the regular legislative session.

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said the biggest lingering question centers around how much money to spend on education.


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