Sheriff’s deputies kill dog in Deer Park
A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a dog that lunged at him while he was handcuffing a man Tuesday night in Deer Park, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
Deputy Jeff Conway approached a car about 11:45 p.m. on A Street, said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan. The car had been driving slowly through Deer Park and the driver appeared to be acting suspiciously, Reagan said. At the time, the driver was stopped and talking to a man who was holding the pit bull mixed breed on a leash.
The man with the dog, Randall S. Goodwin, 18, started to walk away even though Conway ordered him to stop, Reagan said.
Conway took Goodwin by the arm and led him to a patrol car, Reagan said. He also requested that Deputy Brian Lawler, who was nearby, come to the scene to assist.
Reagan said that when Goodwin was being led to the car, the leash slipped off the dog, which jumped on the hood of a patrol car and started to growl. Goodwin yelled at the deputies and resisted them as they were attempting to place him in a patrol car, Reagan said.
While the two deputies were handcuffing Goodwin, the dog lunged at them and advanced on Lawler, Reagan said. Lawler fired one shot at the dog.
Goodwin was cited for obstructing a public servant and was released at the scene, Reagan said. Deputies placed the dog in a plastic bag and allowed Goodwin to take it with him.
The driver of the car was cited for not having a valid driver’s license and for not having proof of insurance.
He was released at the scene.
Police seek information in morning shooting
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about a shooting that injured a 25-year-old man early Wednesday.
The man was dropped off about 4 a.m. at a hospital in north Spokane, said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Reagan. He had a gunshot wound in his right calf. The bullet did not hit a bone, and the injury was not life-threatening.
The man, who was intoxicated, told deputies that he had been at a party with 15 to 20 people at a home several miles east of state Highway 2 and North Mount Spokane Park Drive, Reagan said. He reportedly told deputies that he did not know the last name of the person who dropped him off.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
Police officers break into car to arrest driver
Officers broke a car window and cut a man’s seat belt to arrest him Wednesday.
Police got a call just before 3 a.m. that a Chevy Lumina was parked in a lane along South Sullivan Road, a major Spokane Valley thoroughfare.
Officers found a man slumped over the wheel of the Lumina, apparently asleep or unconscious, according to a press release from the Spokane Valley Police Department.
The driver allegedly woke up when an officer knocked on the window and drove away northbound. The man was driving without headlights, according to police.
Police chased the car to the 15300 block of East Third Avenue. Officer Tim Jones thought the Lumina was going to drive into a house and drove onto the lawn to stop the car, police said, causing the two cars to bump slightly.
The driver of the Lumina backed up and continued driving, police said. The car – which was smoking and had a flat tire – eventually stopped near Barker Road. The driver would not leave the car, police said.
Eventually, officers broke the car window and cut the seat belt to get the man out of the car.
The driver was identified as Donald J. Mayberry, 328 S. Fiske. Officers eventually used pepper spray and shocked him with a taser to arrest him, police said.
Officer Sarah Riojas cut her hand on broken glass and needed stitches. Police said Mayberry assaulted one of the officers.
Mayberry, 32, was arrested on suspicion of trying to elude a police vehicle, third-degree assault and possession of methamphetamine after drugs were allegedly found in the car.
Police also determined Mayberry had three felony warrants for driving with a suspended license.
EWU, classified staff reach deal on contract
Eastern Washington University reached a new contract with its classified staff last week.
The contract, negotiated with the Washington Federation of State Employees over an eight-month period, will go into effect July 1. It guarantees close to 300 workers a 3.2 percent base wage increase, as well as a $500 lump-sum payment in the first year, a 1.6 percent lump-sum payment in the second year and incentive pay of up to $800.
The two-year contract was tentatively completed on Sept. 19 and Eastern employees ratified it with 91.6 percent approval.
Judge to make decision on Everett monument
A federal judge says he will decide within three weeks how to proceed in a lawsuit seeking removal of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Everett police headquarters.
In a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik focused on the history of the 6-foot granite monument, erected in 1959 outside what was then City Hall by the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
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