February 18, 2014 in City

In brief: Loud music may have led to shooting


A fight about loud music Saturday afternoon may have prompted a drive-by shooting.

Spokane police are searching for a dark-colored SUV that drove up to a home in the 800 block of West Walton Avenue after 4 p.m. Saturday and honked its horn, Spokane police Lt. Mark Griffiths said. When the victim stepped outside on his porch, one of the occupants fired, Griffiths said.

Witnesses said multiple people were inside the vehicle and it’s unclear who fired a shot.

Investigators say an earlier fight at the address that day over music coming from the home may be connected.

Priest Lake rep won’t seek re-election

BOISE – Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, has decided not to seek re-election, so he can spend more time working to keep invasive quagga and zebra mussels out of Idaho waterways.

Anderson said he’s already working on that issue “pretty much full-time,” and needs to focus on it. “I feel like my primary job now is on invasive species – I need to do that. I don’t want us to lose our waterways in the Columbia Basin.”

Of his legislative post, Anderson said: “There’s other people out there that can do this and can do it well.”

Senator wants veto override power

BOISE – A North Idaho senator wants lawmakers to be able to override a governor’s vetoes even if they come after the legislative session ends.

Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, introduced legislation Monday to allow the speaker of the House and the president pro-tem of the Senate to order the governor to call a special session of the Legislature to allow for a veto override if the governor has vetoed a bill after lawmakers wrap up their session; the Idaho Constitution allows only the governor to call special sessions.

Vick said he wasn’t prompted by any particular veto, but by his previous service in the Montana Legislature, which has a system in which lawmakers are polled, without reconvening, for possible post-session veto overrides. In Washington, post-session vetoes can be overridden in the Legislature’s next session.

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