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In brief: Marijuana dispensary owner shoots man

The owner of a new Spokane marijuana dispensary shot a man outside the store Sunday night.

The man was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center after being shot in the abdomen, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. Neither the store owner nor the man shot have been charged with crimes, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The owner of NW Healing Arts, 8311 N. Market St., told sheriff’s deputies he saw a shadow in the back of his shop around 11:30 p.m. He was on alert because of recent burglaries at his business, he told deputies.

The two men exchanged words in front of the shop, and the owner saw him make a threatening move. He fired his shotgun once. The other man stumbled away, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The dispensary owner administered first aid until law enforcement arrived, deputies said.

Kip Hill

Wastewater released into Idaho rivers

Heavy rains and flooding led to releases of untreated wastewater into the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River and the St. Maries River downstream of Fernwood, Idaho, officials said Monday.

Most of the wastewater is greatly diluted by heavy river flows, but members of the public should avoid contact with surface water in those areas until further notice, sewer district officials said.

Both the South Fork Sewer District and Fernwood Water and Sewer District have contacted state regulators.

Becky Kramer

Suspect arrested in pipe bomb blast

A Bonners Ferry man was ordered held on $300,000 bond Monday in a case involving a pipe bomb exploding and hurting two men at a home early Sunday.

Allen Jeffery Avery, also known as Allen Jeffery Stafford, faces charges of unlawful use of a destructive device or bomb – a felony – and malicious injury to property, a misdemeanor.

Avery, 19, a 2013 graduate of Bonners Ferry High School, was arraigned Monday before 1st District Magistrate Judge Justin Julian and waived his right to an attorney.

The bomb was placed outside the front door of a house in the 7300 block of Apache Street, which is within a block of Boundary Community Hospital.

The two residents opened the door just after 1 a.m. Sunday, saw the bomb and closed the door as the device exploded, injuring them both, investigators said.

Scott Maben


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