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In brief: SUV owner pays parking tickets

Thu., Aug. 28, 2014, midnight

An SUV owner who on Tuesday became the first person in Spokane in more than two decades to have a vehicle “booted” for unpaid parking tickets already has his Ford Expedition back, said city spokesman Brian Coddington.

The boot, which the city has begun placing on cars that have four or more unpaid tickets to immobilize them, was removed Wednesday morning after the owner, whom Coddington declined to name, paid the $4,072 he owed in tickets and fines.

The city has a parking enforcement vehicle with a license plate recognition system that scans parked cars throughout the downtown area. If a car eligible for the boot is scanned, it alerts the employee. If the car’s registered owner matches the person who received the unpaid parking tickets, the boot can be placed on the car.

The Expedition was parked near the Spokane County Courthouse.

After a car is booted, the owner has 48 hours to pay the fines in full or the car will be impounded.

Until this week, the city hadn’t used a parking boot since the late 1980s. The Spokane City Council last year reauthorized their use.

Convicted killer gets case revisited

Editor’s note: A previous version of this brief incorrectly identified where Dwayne Woods was being detained due to a reporter’s error. Woods is being held on death row at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.

A man sentenced to death for his role in the brutal slaying of two women in a Spokane Valley trailer in 1996 has won another look at his case, though at least one judge said it’s unlikely that review will change his fate.

Dwayne Anthony Woods is being held at Washington State Penitentiary following his 1997 conviction on two counts of first-degree aggravated murder in the bludgeoning deaths of Telisha Shaver and Jade Moore, along with raping Moore.

Since then, multiple appeals have been filed by Woods to overturn his conviction and sentence. In a decision handed down Monday, three judges for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out many of Woods’s most recent claims, saying his objections were filed improperly or at the wrong time. However, they did order the U.S. District Court to take another look at his claim that defense attorneys ignored their duty when they did not attempt to  discredit  Venus Shaver, an eyewitness to the beatings who said she was in and out of consciousness as Woods bludgeoned her sister and Moore.

Woods’ execution was delayed pending the outcome of this appeal in February 2009. Since the filing of that appeal, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a moratorium on the death penalty while he is in office.

Safe deposit box items still unclaimed

OLYMPIA – About 700 people who received letters saying they may have unclaimed safe deposit box items are running out of time to claim them before the state gets those items ready for an auction.

The state Department of Revenue sent letters last month to those people in a last-ditch effort to connect the contents of boxes with their owners. The department, which administers the state’s unclaimed property program, has scheduled a two-day auction in November to dispose of the items turned over to the state because the person renting the box stopped paying. It also operates a  website with a search engine that allows anyone to check if he or she has some long-forgotten item like a rebate check or a refund.

The department keeps the contents of safe deposit boxes for up to five years after it receives them, but eventually it auctions the items off and places the proceeds in an account in case the owner or an heir shows up sometime down the road.

Oregon deputy shot in traffic stop

PORTLAND – A gunman shot and seriously wounded a Klamath County, Oregon, sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday during a traffic stop, and police are looking for a suspect in a black Jeep Cherokee.

Officials said the deputy was hit in the face and taken first to a Klamath Falls medical center, then flown to OHSU Hospital in Portland. His name has not been released.

Hanford worker seen for exposure

Richland – A Hanford electrician working at the nuclear reservation’s SY Tank Farm reported symptoms of possible chemical vapor exposure Wednesday.

The worker was the 44th person at Hanford this spring and summer to be medically evaluated for possible exposure to vapors from waste held in underground tanks.

A second worker who was in the SY Tank Farm had no symptoms and declined a medical evaluation, according to Washington River Protection Solutions.

Access to the area has been restricted until sampling results are available.

Paul Bunyan’s lost ax returned

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office recovered the beloved Paul Bunyan figure’s missing ax on Tuesday night in the Lake Cushman area, according to the statue’s owner, Lloyd Prouty.

The ax fell from the statue along Highway 101 while en route to an event over the weekend.


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