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.
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
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.
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.
OROVILLE – With the county commissioners’ decision to accept North Central Washington Media, Inc.’s bid for their legal advertising the Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald remain Okanogan County’s official newspaper of public record.
OKANOGAN – Ballots for the April 27, 2010 Tonasket Special Maintenance and Operation Levy Election went into the mail Thursday, April 8.
OKANOGAN COUNTY – As of April 9 Okanogan County had the lowest response to the U.S. Census and there are just two days left to act by mail, according to the U.S. Census Office.
TONASKET – Chief Financial Officer of North Valley Hospital District Bomi Bharucha is the acting administrator until a new one is found.
OROVILLE – At their Tuesday, April 6 meeting, the Oroville City Council learned that Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial Park has been officially transferred over to the City of Oroville.
OKANOGAN – Brent Phillips testified in the murder trial for Tansy Mathis and David Richards on Monday, April 12, the second day of testimony in the trial, which began on Tuesday, April 6 with the selection of the jury, which heard opening statements on Friday, April 9.
Poll of the Week
Should the Oroville School Board have renewed OHS Social Studies Teacher Ryan Frazier's Contract
- Yes, he has made a change in students' lives and got them excited about school (46%, 64 Votes)
- Yes, the board should have gone with Principal Kristin Sarmiento's evaluation and recommendation (25%, 35 Votes)
- I don't have enough information to say one way or another (16%, 22 Votes)
- Yes, with the understanding he address Supt. Steve Quick's concerns (14%, 19 Votes)
- No, the issue went through the superintendent and board and should be dropped there (9%, 13 Votes)
- No, we elect local school boards to make these sorts of decisions for us (8%, 11 Votes)
- No, Supt. Steve Quick recommended the first-year probationary teacher's contract not be renewed (5%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 140