Friday, December 16, 2016

Star Wars, Avista rate hike denied, untested rape kits & more headlines

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NEWS: Experts call for more transparency and accountability in the use of law enforcement confidential informants.

STAR WARS: Rogue One comes out today. And let's face it, you can read this review (and it's not that long, so you probably should), but you're going to see it anyway. Better get your tickets now.

MUSIC: Another Spokane vinyl shop? Mike Roberts hopes to carve out a niche for himself with the 150-square-foot space on Northwest Boulevard.


Anthony Garver, the man whose escape from a psychiatric hospital on the west side launched a two-day manhunt in Spokane County, was sentenced to two years in prison for a probation violation. Garver was accused of murder in Snohomish County in 2013, but was found incompetent to stand trial and was committed to Western State Hospital. (Olympian)

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is in the running to be Donald Trump's Secretary of Agriculture. (Idaho Statesman)

• A Mount Vernon police officer is in "very critical" condition after being shot in the head last night. The 61-year-old officer has not been identified, and three suspects have been arrested. (Seattle Times)

• For years, 6,000 white cardboard boxes containing evidence of sexual assaults have sat untouched by Washington State Patrol Crime Lab analysts. But now thanks to about $3.5 million in state money and federal grants, law enforcement is (slowly) making a dent in the backlog. (Seattle Times)

• Avista will not raise your electric or natural gas rates next year, according to a decision by the Utilities and Transportation Commission. (KXLY)

• The Seahawks defeated the L.A. Rams to clinch the NCF West last night. But don't get too excited. (Seattle Times)

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Mitch covers cops, crime and courts for the Inlander. He moved to Spokane in 2015 from his hometown of St. Louis, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri. He likes bikes, beer and baseball. And coffee. He dislikes lemon candy, close-mindedness and liars. And temperatures below 40 degrees.