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Myers brothers ordered to jail for code violations

Aug. 12 hearing will revisit issue and could lead to more penalties if cleanup not completed


A 45-day window of time for Dennis and Michael Myers to adhere to a court order and do general cleanup of their property at the former Fish Lake Resort passed May 1 without appropriate action.

This past Monday, July 8, Spokane County District Court Judge Greg Tripp ordered the Myers brothers to serve two days in jail for still not being compliant with the March 18 order.

The men will serve two days in Spokane County jail July 12 and 13.

Tripp had suspended the brothers' original sentences – each potentially having to serve up to 180 days and being fined $2,000 – until inspectors could determine if they had honored a requirement from the Spokane County Building and Planning Department.

In the most recent court decision, two days of the 90-day jail sentence were reinstated for continued violation of the demand.  

Monday, Tripp also ordered the Myers to comply with the Spokane County Zoning Code and clean up their property within 30 days of the court's latest order. A review hearing is set for Aug. 12 to determine compliance with this directive, senior deputy prosecuting attorney David Hubert wrote in an email.

At issue are junk vehicles and general litter on the property. But a bigger problem is a house that sits along Cheney-Spokane Road that burned in 2006, but still sits prominently along a busy roadway, and at the entrance to Spokane County’s Fish Lake Park and biking access at the Fish Lake trailhead.

Other violations outlined by the county include a double-wide mobile home parked adjacent to the former DJs Tavern.

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