An intruder threatened to kill a teenage girl early Monday in her Spokane Valley home.
The 16-year-old girl told deputies that she was awakened by a man who got onto her bed, held his hand over her mouth and threatened to kill her about 4 a.m.
The teenager struggled and began to scream. The commotion woke family members and the man fled through the girl’s bedroom window.
Deputies believe the man may have entered through an open window in the girl’s bedroom, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. David Wiyrick said.
The girl, who was not harmed, told deputies the man was in his 40s, about 5-foot-9 and muscular.
Car prowlers arrested
Deputies charged two men with malicious mischief following a report of car prowling early Wednesday at the University Apartments.
Ronald Brison, 18, of 514 E. Elm, was booked into the Spokane County Jail and a 17-year-old was taken to Spokane County Juvenile Detention, each on a felony count of second-degree malicious mischief.
Witnesses told deputies they saw a car leave the apartments about 2 a.m. Deputies pulled the car over at Fourth and Pierce and found two men and a woman.
Witnesses identified the two men as being involved and they were arrested.
Deputies said the two men did over $250 damage to a Toyota pickup truck.
Paper boxes torched
A half dozen paper boxes were destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.
Valley Fire investigators said boxes along 5000 block of East Malta were burned between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Investigators said somebody used a match or a lighter to set them on fire.
Investigators said the fires are still under investigation are asking anyone with information to call them at 928-2462.
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
A man who was stopped for running a stop sign in the Valley on Monday night was arrested on drug charges.
Deputies pulled Jay Klawatter, 22, over after they saw him run a stop sign at the intersection of Liberty and Vista, Wiyrick said.
A license check revealed Klawatter was wanted for third-degree theft and that his driver’s license was suspended.
Klawatter, 22, was arrested on the outstanding warrant.
A second charge - possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver - was added after deputies said they found packages of marijuana inside a container in Klawatter’s car. Deputies said they also found a substantial amount of cash.
Klawatter was taken to the Spokane County Jail.
Teen’s belt buckle stolen
Two men threatened to beat up a teenager unless he surrendered his belt buckle on Monday near the Spokane River.
A 17-year-old boy told deputies he was approached by two men on Starr Road. The teenager said one of the men attempted to assault him so he gave them his belt buckle.
The pair fled in a tan 1980s Chevrolet 4-door car.
The teenager told deputies one of the men was 6 feet tall, weighed over 200 pounds and had redish blond hair. He said the other was 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with dark blond hair.
The youth described both men as white and in their late teens or early 20s.
Gas leak forces evacuation
A gas leak forced the Monday morning evacuation of a building near the Spokane Industrial Park and sent one person to the hospital.
A supply line transferring sulfur dioxide gas from a truck to a storage tank ruptured, spewing 4.5 tons of the gas into the air.
It took Cominco American Incorporated workers 15 minutes to shut off the spill, forcing the adjoining building to be evacuated.
One person who complained of difficulty breathing at a nearby business was taken to Valley Hospital and Medical Center.