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Poppy’s Tavern robbery

Spokane Valley Police Cpl. Jim Wakefield assists the manager of Poppy’s Tavern up onto a sidewalk after she had her hands bound with zip ties and was robbed Wednesday morning by an armed gunman. She freed herself from the ties after about 10 minutes. SR photo/Dan Pelle

For those of you wanting more details on yesterday's armed robbery at Poppy's Tavern in Spokane Valley, reporter Tom Sowa has a story in today's paper. The manager of the bar, who has not been named by police, was reportedly tied up with zip ties before the robber made off with cash and two beers. The same woman was assaulted during a robbery at the bar in 2011. An arrest was made in that case. Click here to read Tom's story.

HuHot employee robbed at gunpoint

An employee of the HuHot Mongolian Grill located near Sprague and Bowdish reported to police that two armed, masked men took his deposit bag and cell phone at about 12:30 a.m. this morning. The two reportedly ran away behind Spokane Valley City Hall and a police K-9 tracked them to a spot where they may have gotten into a truck or SUV and driven away, according to a police press release. The victim's cell phone was found in the grass.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that helps solve the crime. Anyone with information should call the tip tine at (800) 222-TIPS or visit www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org. Click here for more details on the robbery.

Armed robbery next to Liberty Lake police station

As it turns out, if you rob a place next door to the police station, it really doesn't take police long to arrive at all.

A man armed with a rifle reportedly locked an employee and resident of Guardian Angel Homes in Liberty Lake in a room after stealing a bag of narcotics at 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. The assisted living facility is located across the street from the Liberty Lake Police Department.

Liberty Lake police officer Mike Thomas and two Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded within one minute, according to a press release from Police Chief Brian Asmus. They spotted a man walking in a field nearby and saw him throw something under a parked car, Asmus said. The man, identified as 28-year-old Timothy J. Martinez of Spokane, was quickly arrested. A bag of medication and what appeared to be an assault rifle with a laser sight was found under the car. The rifle turned out to be an Airsoft Rifle that had been modified to look more realistic, Asmus said.

Click here for more details.

Armed robbery at convenience store

The McDonald Food Mart at Sprague and McDonald (across from our office) was robbed at gunpoint a few minutes ago. Police are already on scene. The robber is described as a white male with blond hair wearing a checkered jacket. It is not known what direction he left in. More when I have it.

1:06 p.m. update: Police are chasing a man seen heading east on Valleyway. Sheriff's Office is telling Barker High School to lock down.

1:07 p.m. update: Police have in custody a man at Broadway and Mamer who fits the description of the robber.

1:10 p.m. update: Officers are calling for a K9 search of the area for the gun.

1:21 p.m. update: K9 search underway, brief school lockdown over. Quick work by the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Bits and pieces

There was some excitement after I left work last night. An armed man robbed the Dollar Tree store at 9211 E. Montgomery at 7:20 p.m. Witnessess said they saw him loitering around the front of the store for quite some time before he did the deed. Click here for more information, including a description.  

Reporter Jody Lawrence-Turner has a story today on why the local bonds failed, including one for the Central Valley School District. Theories include the economy and vote by mail. See more from Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small here.

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