In brief: Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivers baby girl, Brynn
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered her third child Sunday morning, a girl named Brynn Catherine.
The baby was born at 6:19 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, the congresswoman announced via Twitter.
“Nothing compares to the miracle of bringing a new life into the world. She’s beautiful and seems to be taking it all in stride. Our hearts are full,” she said.
Brynn joins brother Cole, 6, and sister Grace, 2. McMorris Rodgers is married to Brian Rodgers, a former Navy commander.
Medical examiner identifies found body
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a body found in the Spokane River as Donald J. Kuest, 46.
Two hikers spotted Kuest floating face-down near Upriver Drive about 3 p.m. Friday.
The medical examiner said Monday that Kuest died of drowning and hypothermia.
Sheriff’s deputies said Friday the body showed no obvious signs of foul play, but the manner of Kuest’s death hasn’t been released.
Reward offered for illegal shooting of elk
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States and its Wildlife Land Trust for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for illegally shooting a cow elk near Moscow, Idaho.
A landowner discovered the carcass of the elk on his property, which is located between the cities of Moscow and Troy. The elk was dragged a short distance then abandoned, according to Idaho Fish and Game reports.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Idaho Citizens Against Poaching at (800) 632-5999 or Idaho Fish and Game’s Lewiston office at (208) 799-5010.
Fire partnership near to cover Eagle Ridge
The Spokane Fire Department hopes to partner with county firefighters in an effort to serve the Eagle Ridge development southwest of downtown.
Under an agreement that is being considered by the Spokane City Council, the Fire Department and County Fire District 3 would combine efforts when responding to calls in the upscale Latah Valley community. In a news conference announcing the partnership Monday morning, Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams said the agreement would drive down insurance premiums for residents but have no effect on service times.
“We have heard figures anywhere from $300 to $1,000 a year,” Williams said of the savings per resident, which would vary based on individual policies. Williams said he expects the council to sign off on the agreement next week.
Drug arrest leads to cache of stolen goods
An arrest on drug charges led Spokane police to a cache of stolen goods.
Daniel Sukin, 52, was arrested Friday on suspicion he was dealing heroin, according to a Spokane Police Department news release. Investigators then obtained a search warrant for several storage units in Sukin’s name, where they found tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise they believe was stolen.
Among the items, which appear in photographs on the department’s Facebook page, are power tools, bicycles and dozens of keys. Police also found several Xbox 360 consoles, bicycles, digital cameras, trading cards and an autographed football jersey that appears to have been signed by former Seattle Seahawks free safety Eugene Robinson.
Illinois airman dies in Idaho canyon fall
BOISE – Authorities have released the name of the airman from Mountain Home Air Force Base who died in a fall in a southwestern Idaho canyon.
The 366th Fighter Wing said Airman 1st Class Alexander L. Van Meter died while hiking in Bruneau Canyon on Sunday. The 22-year-old from Herscher, Ill., was an electro-environmental technician in the 366th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
The Idaho Army National Guard used a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to recover his body.
The commander of the 366th Fighter Wing, Col. Chris Short, called the death a tragedy and the loss of a valued member of the unit.
The cause of death remains under investigation.
Roadkill salvage permits available today
HELENA – State wildlife officials say permits to salvage road-killed deer, elk, antelope and moose will be available online beginning today.
The new law that allows for the salvage of road-killed wildlife for food became effective last month.
People who salvage road-killed animals must complete a permit within 24 hours of salvaging the animal. There is no charge for the permits.
Anyone who salvages a road-killed animal must remove the entire animal from the roadway. The salvaged animal must be used for personal consumption and cannot be donated or used for bait or pet food.
Some law enforcement officers who respond to collisions with animals will have the ability to process a permit on site, but others will have to go to the state Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.
Pierce County executive vetoes weed store ban
TACOMA – Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has vetoed the county council’s ban on licensed marijuana businesses.
The News Tribune reported that the council wanted to prohibit the businesses from operating until the federal government removes pot from its list of controlled substances.
In a letter to the council Monday, McCarthy said the ban conflicts with state law. She said the county must comply with state law, which permits the licensing of marijuana businesses, and said the council should focus on zoning where those businesses can go.
A number of cities and counties around the state have adopted moratoriums seeking to prevent or delay the operation of marijuana businesses. Washington’s Liquor Control Board, which is implementing the legal pot law, has asked the state attorney general for an opinion on whether such measures are legal.