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In brief: Spokane City Council members to get raise in 2015

Spokane City Council members will get a 4 percent raise next year, the first increase since 2008.

The city’s Salary Review Commission gave final approval to the plan Thursday evening following a sparsely attended public hearing at which just one person testified: a local pastor who supported the pay bump.

Council President Ben Stuckart’s salary will climb to $57,200 a year, while council members will see their annual pay go to $31,200 in January. All also are eligible for city health care benefits, a $1,800 per year auto allowance and a $540 annual cellphone allowance.

In Spokane, council salaries are set by the volunteer commission, which isn’t scheduled to meet again until 2016.

David Wasson

Good Samaritans pay couple’s bill

Good Samaritans stepped forward to help a Sagle, Idaho, couple pay off their Avista bill.

Dave Ross and Patty Earnest were featured in a Saturday story about past due amounts coming due for utility customers who fell behind on their winter payments. Ross’ medical bills contributed to the couple’s financial hardship.

The couple have received several donations that paid off their outstanding and current balances with Avista.

“We want to thank everyone who made a donation,” Earnest said. “At this point, we’re paid up.”

Becky Kramer

Zillmer case given to prosecutors

No charges have been recommended by investigators in the officer-involved shooting of Jedadiah Zillmer, 23, near the Spokane Valley Mall on Feb. 11. The case has been forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office.

Zillmer, who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, told dispatchers that night that he wanted police to shoot him. He led police from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase from Spokane to Idaho and back. Three guns were found in his possession, according to court documents.

Nina Culver