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In brief: Spokane Valley firefighter dies of cancer; service Friday

Thu., Aug. 21, 2014

The Spokane Valley Fire Department will bid farewell to retired firefighter Capt. Mark Normington during a memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday at Hennessey Valley Funeral Home, 1315 N. Pines Road.

Normington, who retired in 2012, died Aug. 10 at age 58. He had been with the department since 1986 and was a “top notch” driver and pump operator, Capt. Jeff Bordwell said. Normington worked out of the Evergreen Fire Station for many years and retired from the Otis Orchards Fire Station.

He died of multiple myeloma cancer, which also claimed Spokane Fire Department fire equipment operator John Knighten in 2013. Normington’s death is presumed to be related to his job but has not yet been ruled a line-of-duty death, Bordwell said.

Normington is survived by his wife, Vicki, three sons and a daughter.

Mother, son accused in pot business burglary

A mother and her son were arrested Saturday after reportedly breaking into a marijuana business in the 12900 block of East Indiana Avenue in Spokane Valley.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., a Spokane Valley police officer noticed a man standing near the business with his face concealed by a hoodie, according to a police news release. When the officer parked at a nearby lot to watch the man, he noticed a silver car with a woman slouched in the driver’s seat, the release said.

The officer watched the man approach the business and enter it through a partially open roll-up door. He came back outside carrying several marijuana plants and ran toward the silver car.

Police arrested Jonathan McElroy, 24, on a charge of second-degree burglary. His mother, Sherri Melton, 45, is facing charges of second-degree burglary and possession of methamphetamine.


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