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Vandals Roll Parked Vehicle Over Bank Into Power Pole

Thu., Jan. 5, 1995

Vandals broke into a vehicle parked in the Shadle Shopping Center lot Dec. 27, releasing the brake and rolling the vehicle away.

The 1979 Jeep Cherokee rolled over an embankment, through a fence and into a power pole next to Glover Middle School before bursting into flames, said Dick Cottam, spokesman for the Spokane Police Department.

The impact cut off power to the school, Cottam said. The school’s students were on winter break.

The Jeep sustained about $7,000 in damages. About $2,000 in damage was done to the fence, Cottam said.

Mystery truck

Spokane Police are asking for help identifying a white pickup that was involved in a serious accident Dec. 26 on Ash near Nora.

The truck was southbound on Ash about 7:30 p.m. when it abruptly changed lanes, Cottam said.

Karrie Williams had to swerve her 1985 Mustang to avoid a collision with the truck. Her car struck a power pole.

Both Williams and her passenger, Brenda L. Wayne, 27, were hospitalized. Wayne was thrown through the car’s windshield and suffered severe cuts to her head and neck. She underwent surgery and remains in serious condition.

The pickup is described as a newer, white truck with tinted windows, an extended cab and short bed, possibly a Chevrolet.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the police traffic unit at 625-4121.

Burglars strike

A rash of burglaries occurred Christmas Day and during the following week.

Burglars broke into homes in the West Central, Shadle, Hillyard and Logan neighborhoods, stealing video games, answering machines, computers, tools and other valuables.

Burglars also broke into C&H; Auto Repair, E620 North Foothills Drive, over the holidays. The thief took a stereo system from a car parked at the business.

The intruder also broke into a motor home at the same location, but did not steal anything.

Burglars broke into the Bicycle Barn, N9304 Newport Highway, on Dec. 28. They set off an alarm but fled before police arrived.

Officers did not think anything was stolen from the business.

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