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Washington’s firearm database lags behind sales

EVERETT – The Washington firearms database is missing information from thousands of handgun sales as the state struggles to keep up with the speed of purchases. The Department of Licensing began November with a backlog of 106,000 pistol transfers to enter into the database, which is used by city, county and state authorities to find owners of handguns that turn up during investigations, the Daily Herald reported Sunday.

Getting There: Driver testing going private

The state of Washington is phasing out its driver examination program and turning it over to private driving schools across the state. As of Jan. 1, the Spokane Valley licensing office, 12801 E. Sprague Ave., will stop administering driver tests.

Licensing rules tightened

Washington is cracking down on fraudulent driver’s licenses by requiring proof of legal state residency if applicants don’t have valid Social Security numbers. The new measures by the state Department of Licensing come after an Associated Press report earlier this year found the three states that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal residency – Washington, New Mexico and Utah – have seen an increase in immigrants seeking driver’s licenses.

Vestal: Foul called on Evergreen towing

Sometimes, the refs make the right call. First, the owners of Evergreen State Towing, in collaboration with two property owners, set out to tow scores of cars parked downtown for Hoopfest, charging people several hundred bucks each to get them back. Then, faced with court challenges from some of those people, the company caved and wrote off their impoundment fees.

Spokane County deputy faces license suspension

A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy faces a one-year driver’s license suspension after refusing to take sobriety tests during an off-duty drunken driving arrest early Friday. Darin Schaum, a 12-year veteran, appeared to be racing or confronting another motorist while driving his personal Dodge pickup about 1:30 a.m. near Broadway Avenue and McDonald Road, according to the Sheriff’s Office.