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In brief: SpokeFest group offers safety funds

Wed., April 2, 2014

The association that brings SpokeFest to Spokane each year has grants available to schools and nonprofits for projects promoting bicycle safety and education.

The SpokeFest Association has $2,500 available, which could be used to buy equipment, for publications or to promote an event.

The application is available at under the Education link.

Submit the completed electronic application to spokefest@

Applications are due by May 15 and funding will be available on June 1.

Ex-police officer sentenced for sex crimes

Former Colville police officer Rex Newport was sentenced to 29 months in prison Tuesday and must register as a sex offender when he is released, according to the Washington attorney general’s office.

Several women accused Newport of following them home from bars and forcing them to have sex with him. Newport’s sentence on convictions of residential burglary, unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation, custodial sexual misconduct, making a false statement to law enforcement officers and official misconduct also brought a 36-month probation requirement and $1,100 in court costs.

Shooting victim not talking with police

A shooting victim dropped off at Holy Family Hospital around noon Tuesday is not cooperating with investigators, Spokane police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said.

The victim is in critical condition, she said.

The driver has been located and is not considered a suspect at this time.

Police believe the man was shot at a home in the 5300 block of East Grace Avenue, Cotton said. Three people inside the home were being interviewed Tuesday afternoon.

Three GOP finalists for county clerk job

Spokane County commissioners are considering three candidates submitted by Republicans to fill the job of county clerk until this fall’s election.

They are Mike Volz, John Christina and Tim Fitzgerald.

Commissioners said they want to review the candidates’ resumes and backgrounds and learn more about why they are seeking the job, which involves managing Superior Court records.

County Clerk Tom Fallquist, a Republican, stepped down from the office in February after 32 years due to a medical condition.

Suspect in string of vehicle break-ins jailed

Haley L. Adams, 29, has been jailed on suspicion she is involved in a rash of car break-ins, including 11 in one night in Liberty Lake. Court documents show that another woman and two men also are suspected in the crimes and are being sought by police.

Police attempted to pull over a white Oldsmobile Aurora that was driving north in reverse in the southbound lanes of Harvard Road just before 4 a.m. on March 20.

The man and woman inside fled after the Aurora crashed at Harvard and Euclid, but police recovered a long list of items reported stolen in Liberty Lake the same day.


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