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Parking rates to go up

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The City Council voted unanimously Monday to raise parking rates.

Meters will need to be plugged between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. – an hour earlier and later than now.

Rates for 90-minute meters will increase 20 percent, while all others will increase 25 percent.

The changes will take effect in coming weeks, as the meters are reprogrammed.

Officials said the city needs the changes partly to make bond payments stemming from the city’s settlement with the Cowles Co. over the River Park Square parking garage.

That settlement severed the public-private ownership of the garage.

The Cowles Co. also owns The Spokesman-Review.

For the last few years the city has collected about $1.8 million annually from parking meters.

Next year bond payments for the garage will increase from $1.8 million to $2.2 million.

The council also voted to hire a seventh employee to write parking tickets.

Administration officials expect the changes to raise an additional $500,000 to $700,000.

– Jonathan Brunt

Omak

Deputy shoots, kills man

An Okanogan County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man Monday during a foot chase that started at the scene of a rollover crash in Omak, the county sheriff said.

About 5:15 a.m., authorities responded to the one-vehicle crash on Robinson Canyon Road, where four passengers were injured. But deputies could not locate the driver. He soon was spotted several blocks away and ran from police, Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

Police confronted the man, and he pointed a gun at an officer. A deputy was forced to fire, killing 18-year-old Bradley L. Behrens, of Okanogan, Rogers said.

Behrens had reportedly stolen the vehicle that rolled. Rogers said his office is investigating whether a carjacking early Monday near Okanogan is connected.

Rogers called in the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the shooting.

– Nick Eaton

Spokane Valley

Emu a handful for deputy

A Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy spent early Monday capturing a loose emu.

The ostrichlike bird was sighted about 6 a.m. at Chapman and Twilight roads, just off of Saltese.

“Anyone know the number of a good emu wrangler?” the deputy radioed to dispatch after chasing the bird for more than half an hour. About 7:20 a.m., it was in custody.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife handles wildlife and the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service takes care of pets.

“We get everything else by default,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan.

– Amy Cannata

Vandals damage golf green

Vandals hit a Spokane Valley golf course early Sunday, carving 6-foot-tall profanities and racial epithets into the first green and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The vandals etched the words into the grass at Painted Hills Golf Course using a flag stick sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., according to a Spokane Valley Police news release.

The course at 4403 S. Dishman-Mica Road was damaged last year by teenagers who were prosecuted for driving onto the fairways.

“It happens every year,” said owner Tim McElhinny. “It will take a while to heal up.”

McElhinny estimated it could cost up to $100 per square foot to repair the damage. The foul language and slurs cover more than 500 square feet.

Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 242-TIPS.

- Amy Cannata

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