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03/26 Wednesday KOZI News Bites 3/26/2014



A killer at the age of 12, the now 23-year-old Evan Savoie has been sentenced in Ephrata, Wash., to 20 years in prison.

Savoie pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder in the 2003 slaying of 13-year-old Craig Sorger in Oasis Park in Ephrata. He was sentenced Tuesday.

A jury initially found Savoie guilty of first-degree murder and he was sentenced to 26 years in prison. That conviction was overturned on appeal.

Another 12-year-old who took part in the killing, Jake Eakin, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2005 and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Savoi and Eakin were playing in Oasis Park and invited Sorger to play. He was beaten with a rock and stabbed to death.




A Spokane County sheriff's spokesman says an off-duty Stevens County sheriff's detective shot and killed a man Tuesday night in a shootout near the northeast Washington town of Rice. The detective suffered minor wounds from shotgun pellets.

Spokane Deputy Craig Chamberlin said the unidentified detective was responding to a home in an isolated area after a neighbor called for help, saying a stranger was trying to kick in the door. When the detective arrived, Chamberlin says the intruder turned and fired a shotgun... the detective fired back, killing the man.

The detective reportedly was hit in the hand and ear by shotgun pellets. He was treated at a local hospital. The Spokane County sheriff's office is investigating.




The Grant County sheriff says four people have been arrested in a weekend arson spree that included at least 16 fires set in three Eastern Washington counties.

Sheriff Tom Jones says the Grant County fires included blazes that destroyed four haystacks valued at $300,000, and an abandoned former barracks. Fires in Franklin and Adams counties damaged or destroyed abandoned buildings and other property.

Jones says two half-brothers from Eltopia and two women were arrested Sunday night when they returned to the scene of a Franklin County fire. A sheriff's deputy spotted a car that matched the description of a vehicle witnesses had seen earlier.

The four were booked for investigation of arson, malicious mischief and criminal trespassing.

The investigation continues.