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In brief: Friday shootings unrelated, Spokane police say

Police don’t believe two shootings in Spokane late Friday are connected.

Police were called to the emergency room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center just before 8:30 p.m. Friday after hospital workers reported that a woman with multiple gunshot wounds to her chest had been dropped off.

The woman was able to give some information to police, which led them to the crime scene at the Wendy’s parking lot on Division Street just north of North River Drive, said Major Crimes Lt. Mark Griffiths. The woman’s car was found in the Zip’s parking lot several blocks to the north.

“We have not had an opportunity to interview her fully,” Griffiths said. The unidentified victim is expected to survive.

Responding to a report of a gunshot just before 10 p.m. at 2228 N. Astor St., police discovered a man dead from a gunshot wound, Griffiths said. His identity will be released after an autopsy is complete.

Police are not releasing suspect information for either shooting, but the incidents are not random, Griffiths said. Witnesses are still being interviewed. “We believe the victims and the perpetrators are known to each other,” he said. “There were multiple people involved in both incidents.”

CdA sets recycling record

Coeur d’Alene residents recycled nearly 418,000 pounds of materials in December, the most recorded since single-stream curbside recycling was introduced in the city in October 2010.

“That’s a 13 percent increase over December 2012,” said Coeur d’Alene Finance Director Troy Tymeson. “That means 208 tons of material was not placed in the landfill at Fighting Creek – kudos to recyclers.”

About 70 percent of Coeur d’Alene residents recycle, according to city estimates. Recycling materials from the waste stream extends the life of the landfill, saving taxpayers money in the long run, said Roger Saterfiel, Kootenai County’s solid waste director.

The county has not raised its annual recycling rate since January 2010, Saterfiel said. Currently, those who own a home in Kootenai County pay a solid waste fee of $93 per year. Businesses pay $67 per ton, which has also remained constant for several years.

Badges mark ISP anniversary

IDAHO FALLS – Idaho State Police troopers are wearing new badges to commemorate the agency’s 75th anniversary.

Troopers started wearing the badges Wednesday and will wear them through the year, the Post Register reported.

The badges are similar to those worn by troopers when the agency was known as the Bureau of Constabulary. The badges have a five-pointed star within a circle. The circle is engraved with “Idaho State Police – 75th Anniversary.” The badges are silver for troopers and gold for commanders.

Troopers will keep the badges when the anniversary observance ends.

Oregon allows ‘benefit’ firms

PORTLAND – Oregon has become the 20th state to allow formation of “benefit” corporations, an alternative business structure that allows companies to consider a wider range of goals as part of their mission instead of focusing on shareholders’ demands for short-term profits.

At least 29 companies registered Thursday under the new law with Secretary of State Kate Brown, who held a celebration for them, the Oregonian reported.

Among the companies were Equilibrium Capital, Neil Kelly of Portland, the Rogue Creamery, and Eugene-based Good Clean Love, which offers sexual health products.

The new status will help companies that want to make a profit but “also want to use their businesses to tackle social and environmental problems,” Brown said.


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