Two people robbed a Valley drivein restaurant Sunday night.
At about 9:30 p.m., shortly after the Sizzlin Quick, 517 N. Pines, had closed, a man with a handgun and another person, whose gender was unknown, approached three employees leaving the restaurant.
The robbers forced the employees back into the restaurant, tied their feet and hands and pulled the phone cord from the wall, Wiyrick said.
They then opened the safe and removed cash.
The employees were able to release themselves from the restraints after the robbers left, deputies said.
One suspect was described as 5-foot-10 and husky. He was wearing a nylon stocking over his face, a baseball cap and tan trousers. He carried a black handgun.
The other suspect was described as 5-foot-10 and thin, wearing a nylon stocking over the face, a baseball cap, a light-colored jacket and dark pants.
Rape suspect arrested
A Valley man was arrested Sunday and charged with third-degree rape.
A woman who lives in the 11900 block of East Broadway told deputies that she met a man at a tavern and then later at a Valley restaurant.
They then went to her apartment, where she said he attacked and raped her, said sheriff’s Lt. David Wiyrick.
A deputy had stopped a driver for a traffic violation earlier that evening; that driver and his vehicle matched the description of the alleged rapist.
Deputies questioned and arrested Ricky D. Dobson, 26, 2208 S. Fawn.
Fire damages house, garage
A house and garage on East 11th Avenue were damaged by a fire last Saturday morning.
Firefighters responding to the fire in the 15100 block of East 11th removed the garage door and two vehicles inside the garage and extinguished the blaze.
Arnold Rocky, who lives in the house, was not home at the time of the 7:40 a.m. fire. The cause of the fire is not known, said inspector Eric Olson. Damage was contained mostly to the garage; the house had smoke and water damage.
Vehicle fires extinguished
Firefighters put out three vehicle fires last Friday.
On Friday morning, an engine compartment fire damaged Junna Wieskop’s 1979 Ford pickup truck. The fire started around 9:40 a.m. on the 2500 block of South Best Road.
A fire at about 10:40 a.m. caused about $1,000 of damage to the interior of Gary Brondt’s 1964 Chevrolet. No one was in the vehicle on the 900 block of North Fancher.
Firefighters broke the driver’s window with an axe and put out the fire with about 35 gallons of water.
On Friday night, a 1974 Ford van caught fire as Susan Prentice was driving on I-90, west of Barker.
She told firefighters she heard a pop under the hood and smoke started rolling out. She pulled over and got everyone out of the van. Firefighters responded and put out the fire. No one was hurt.
Driver attempts to elude deputy
A speeding driver attempted to elude a deputy Wednesday.
A deputy spotted a car going 52 mph in a 25 mph zone on the 14100 block of East 4th.
The driver ran a stop sign at 4th and Adams and proceeded at speeds exceeding 60 mph. With the deputy in pursuit, the driver cut over to Sprague and headed west, nearly hitting several vehicles. The car then turned south on Evergreen, almost striking a telephone pole, before finally stopping.
Brian Keith Kaatz, 28, E. 12402 4th, was arrested for felony eluding. The deputy found material believed to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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