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Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00
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Chewelah School District is
hosting its annual Back to School
Barbecue and Open House on
Monday, August 31 from 5-7 p.m.
at Gess Elementary. All students
and parents are invited for the
chance to see schedules, meet
teachers and staff, see classrooms,
eat a barbecue dinner provided
by the Chewelah School District,
and check out other opportunities
available to students.
The First Day of School for
Chewelah, Mary Walker and
Valley school districts will be
Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00
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Dash cams and firefighting equipment were recently stolen from fire trucks parked at the Arden Fire Hall on Aug. 24 while fire truck drivers were in having a cup of coffee between shifts. According to Arden Fire Chief Joe Paccerelli, two adults or teenagers waited until the fire crew had gotten out of their trucks to take a break and then started looting the trucks, taking dash cams and other equipment.
“We are staging a lot of resources down here and we have crews coming and going 24 hours a day,” Paccerelli said. “One of the crews came in to get a cup of coffee and when they went back to start up the truck for the next crew, they saw two people, one with a black hoodie and one with a grey hoodie taking things from the trucks.”
Paccerelli said it is believed the thieves came and left on foot. While the loss of the equipment is frustrating, Paccerelli said it is the footage on the dash cams that holds special importance for the fire fighters.
“Those dash cams had the first 32 hours of firefighting footage from the Marble Valley fire where it was a real gun fight to keep it under control. We had 64 homes on the Philpott Road that were threatened, 22 of which were touched by the fire and we only lost one mobile home,” said Paccerelli. “So it isn’t the loss of the equipment particularly, our insurance will cover that, it is the loss of the footage that our guys were going to be able to keep as a memory of their hard work. It just burns me that we have good willed people that are fighting for their community and these scumbags come in and steal from them.”
Anyone with information related to the theft or people selling fire equipment, including a small silver dash-camera, please contact Stevens County Sheriff’s Department at 684-5296.

By Jamie Henneman, The Independent Staff

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00
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A Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputy shot and killed a man in Hunters last week while responding to a domestic situation near the Hunters-Shop road. According to the Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team, on August 19 at approximately 7 p.m. Stevens County Deputies were responding to a domestic situation in the 4900 block of Hunters-Shop Rd in Hunters. The suspect, Jason T. Hale, 29, had a felony conviction, was armed and also had a felony warrant for his arrest.
Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputies located the suspect who fled on foot. An altercation ensued and Hale produced the firearm. In response, one deputy fired his weapon striking Hale. Life saving measures were attempted, but Hale died from his injuries, according to SIRR. Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen said the county will not be releasing the name of the deputy involved until SIRR has completed more of their investigation.
No other citizens or deputies were injured during the incident.
The incident continues to be an active and ongoing investigation. SIRR detectives and Spokane County Forensic Unit Technicians will continue to process evidence, interview witnesses and interview the deputies involved with this incident.
The SIRR Team is comprised of multiple agencies in Eastern Washington, including the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, Spokane Police Department, and Airway Heights Police Department.

By Jamie Henneman, The Independent Staff



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