Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday in his annual “statement of conditions and affairs of the city” that the city’s progress in the last year has given him “optimism and confidence.”
Unlike previous years when Condon warily looked to the future in “a time of financial uncertainty,” this year he said he was “excited” and wanted to be sure to keep the city’s “foot steadily on the gas pedal.”
He said his bright outlook is a result of lowering crime rates citywide, more sales tax revenue than previously expected, and construction totaling about $538 million within city limits in 2013.
Motorcyclist identified in Valley crash
A 27-year-old man who died in a Spokane Valley motorcycle crash Saturday was identified as William Cody Murphy.
Murphy died of head and chest injuries at the scene, the Spokane County medical examiner said. Murphy’s motorcycle struck another vehicle around 10 p.m. at the intersection of East Broadway Avenue and North Burns Road.
Teens wanted after man’s death located
Two teenagers who lived at a home near Riverside in Okanogan County where a man was found dead late Sunday were located driving a stolen truck Monday afternoon.
Patrick M. Alltus, 39, was found in his home at 151 Hosheit Road around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers. Officials are not releasing the cause of death, but in a news release Rogers said there was evidence of “a lot of violence at the scene.”
Authorities were looking for Parker M. Bachtold, 15, and Shalin E. Alltus, 15, who lived at the home where Patrick Alltus was found. Police in Oregon took them into custody around 3:30 p.m. south of Eugene driving a stolen vehicle, according to Rogers.
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