Friday, July 15, 2011

MORNING HEADLINES: SPD cans a dud. Plus, the awesomest crime of the week.

Posted on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Spokane Police Department fire officer with 25-year-record of misconduct — Detective Jeff Harvey was fired for interfering with a Fish and Wildlife officer, but his personnel file shows he'd disciplined twice for use of force, once for abusing sick leave and multiple times for interpersonal problems with his colleagues. (KXLY) 

Easily the best story of the week — An intoxicated 23-year-old man in Coeur d'Alene entered a stranger's garage, stripped naked, took a dump on the floor, slipped into the hot tub naked, was confronted with the barrel of the owner's gun, got barricaded in a room of the house, slipped out the window when police arrived (still naked!), ran from police, hid under a tarp, then finally got busted. Awesome. (CdA Press)

Harry Potter fans freaking out — Fans started lining up at 10 am yesterday for last night's midnight showing of the last installment of the Harry Potter series. (KREM)

U.S. settles claims with Hanford victims — The Department of Energy has tentatively agreed to settle with 139 plaintiffs who have complained of thyroid disease after living downwind of the nuclear plant. (SR)

Parks department needs volunteers in order to stay alive — In a turn of events that would make Ron Swanson groan with Libertarian pleasure, the city's parks department has been so weakened by budget cuts that it's now relying on volunteers to cut the grass, clean the bathrooms, pick up trash, etc. (SR)

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