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Gonzaga student faces charges for weapons

A Molotov cocktail found in a Gonzaga University parking lot on Tuesday led to the discovery of firearms and ammunition at an off-campus location this week, according to the Spokane Fire Department.

Timothy D. Parker, 18, was expelled and faces charges for the weapons, the Fire Department said.

Investigators found unspecified “prohibitive items” in Parker’s dorm room, but no weapons were found on campus during the search, the Fire Department said.

“It appears that at no time were other students and/or staff in danger from the situation,” Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said in a news release.

Coeur d’Alene

Blue Alder timber sale ready for bids

The Forest Service has finalized the Blue Alder timber sale east of Coeur d’Alene.

The project will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire on a 13,500-acre area of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests by thinning fire-prone trees and replacing them with heartier ponderosa pines, western larch and white pine. In some areas, rural homes butt up against the forests’ boundary.

The project includes 950 acres of prescribed burns, nearly 1,300 acres of logging and 22 miles of road closures to improve the water quality in streams, said Ranotta McNair, the forests’ supervisor.

The Blue Alder sale was developed with input from the Coeur d’Alene Forestry Coalition. The group includes timber industry officials, environmentalists, elected officials and other stakeholders. The group spent two years on the collaborative effort, which included meetings and visits to the site.

The project was conducted under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act.

The Blue Alder sale is expected to go out to bid this year, with logging beginning later this year or in early 2010.


Man charged with assault in stabbing

Spokane police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a man on Tuesday.

Terry Cleaver, 45, was arrested Thursday on a first-degree assault charge.

The victim, who has not been identified, is in stable condition at Deaconess Medical Center, police said.

The stabbing occurred at a northeast Spokane home where the two men got into an argument about a car, police said. The victim drove himself to Holy Family Hospital after he was stabbed, and was then taken to Deaconess.

Police think others may also be involved in the incident and are asking anyone with information to call Crime Check at (509) 463-2233.

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