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Tonasket M&O levy passing at above 62 percent

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District levy was passing above 62 percent late on the evening of Tuesday, April 27.

With 1,529 votes received as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the levy was passing with 955 “yes” votes for 62.46 percent. Just 574 votes were cast “no”, which was a 37.54 percent.

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Tansy Fae Arwen Mathis and David Eugene Richards sit behind the defense table during their murder trial for the killing of Michelle Kitterman, a 25-year-old pregnant Oroville woman, at the end of February 2009. Photo by Emily Hanson

Jury finds Tansy Mathis guilty of first degree murder

OKANOGAN – After less than 24-hours in deliberations, the jury for the Michelle Kitterman murder trial has found Tansy Fae Arwen Mathis and David Eugene Richards guilty.On April 22 at around 11 p.m., the jury found Mathis, 30 of Tonasket and Spokane, guilty of aggravated first degree murder, first degree manslaughter of an unborn child, first degree kidnapping and tampering with evidence, Sheriff Frank Rogers said. Richards, 34, Spokane, was found guilty of second degree murder and first degree manslaughter plus the enhancement of being armed.A third suspect, Brent Lane Phillips, 39 of Spokane, pled guilty earlier to first degree murder and testified at the trial. The fourth suspect, Lacey K. Hirst-Pavek, 35 of Tonasket, is scheduled to begin her trial on July 6.

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Edwin Lewis Buchert

Edwin Lewis Buchert

Edwin Lewis Buchert was born in Watertown, S.D., June 19, 1918 to Ed and Effie Buchert. He went home to his Lord and God April 10, 2010 at the North Valley Nursing Home.

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Arnold Lindbergh Birch

Arnold Lindbergh Birch was born in Whitetail, Mont. on May 27, 1927, the seventh of Archie and Vera Birch’s ten children.

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Rosalie J. Clinkenbeard

Rosalie J. Clinkenbeard, 56, of Wenatchee, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at her home in Wenatchee.

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Tommie J. Kammeyer

Tommie J. Kammeyer

Tommie ‘Bama’ J. Kammeyer passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2010.

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Daniel L. Pavek, wanted by the State of Washington to testify in the murder trials of Tansy Mathis and David Richards, has been missing for three weeks.

Pavek wanted by state

TONASKET – Daniel L. Pavek is missing and the State of Washington is looking for him.

Pavek, husband of Lacey Hirst-Pavek, who has been charged with First Degree Murder of Michelle Kitterman and First Degree Manslaughter of Kitterman’s unborn child

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Detective Mike Murray holds up Michelle Kitterman's left shoe, which was found near her body, for the jury to see as evidence toward the end of testimony Monday, April 19. Murray also showed the shirt, jacket, jeans and bra Kitterman was wearing the night

Testimony wraps up in murder trial

OKANOGAN – After a full day of testimony on Monday, April 19 at the murder trial of Tansy Mathis and David Richards, testimony was expected to continue through the early part of the week with the jury receiving the case by the end of the week for deliberation.

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Arbor Day Celebrations April 24 and 29

TONASKET – In his first proclamation as mayor, Patrick Plumb announced during the Tuesday, April 13 Tonasket City Council meeting that the Arbor Day celebration will be on Saturday, April 24 at about 3:30 p.m.

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Ruby Ruth Wiltz

Ruby Ruth Wiltz, 99, a life long resident of Washington passed away in Walla Walla, Wash. on Feb. 2, 2010.

Ruby was born in Molson, the fourth of 14 children. She grew up and attended school in Chesaw and Molson.

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