May 8, 2013 - News briefs

Sentencing date set 20 in Bridges case

OKANOGAN – Sentencing is set for June 20 for a man who admitted last week that he killed his girlfriend in 2011.

The first-degree murder trial Benjamin R. Bridges, 47, was scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 7, in Okanogan County Superior Court.

In an unanticipated move, Bridges entered a guilty plea to first-degree murder/domestic violence the afternoon of Wednesday, May 1, for the October 2011 death of Vickey Lee Renner-Harvey, 59.

Emma Paulsen, one of Bridges’ attorneys, declined to comment until after sentencing. Brian Gwinn, Bridges’ other public defense attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Renner-Harvey’s body was found Oct. 8, 2011, in Douglas County, just across the Columbia River from Brewster. The case later was transferred to Okanogan County.

Bridges was accused of beating Renner-Harvey to death with a rock.

Vehicular homicide case goes to county

OKANOGAN – A vehicular homicide case is being referred to Okanogan County for prosecution.

Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan said his office was notified late last week that the Colville Confederated Tribes will refer Michael M. Moore to state court.

Moore, 30, was arrested the evening of April 28 in east Omak and taken to the Colville Tribal Corrections Facility in Nespelem on suspicion of vehicular homicide and hit and run-injury/death.

He was the driver of a vehicle that crashed early that morning on Rodeo Trail Road near Omak. Ryan Lee Porter, 21, died at the scene.

Tribal Police Chief Cory Orr described Moore after the crash as a tribal descendant and Porter as white. The crash occurred on a county road, but within the reservation.

Orr could not be reached for additional comment.

As of May 6, Moore had not been transferred to the county jail.

Sloan said he hadn’t yet reviewed the case to determine whether charges would be filed.

Freedom Foundation tour on to Republic

REPUBLIC — The Free WA Tour will host a free event from 7-8 p.m., Friday, May 10 at the Prospector Inn, 979 S. Clark Ave. The Free WA Tour is presented by the Freedom Foundation, which has a mission “to advance individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited, accountable government,” according to its website.

There will also be a second free event in the area from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 11 at Hometown Pizza, 738 Riverside Drive in Omak. For more information, call 800-769-6617.

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