The owner of a Spokane Valley under-21 dance club was cited early Saturday for allowing alcohol to be served at the club during an after-hours party.
Sheriff’s deputies were called to The Sound Factory, 6515 E. Sprague, about 4 a.m. after an off-duty deputy learned about the party at the club.
Deputies found about 50 people inside and dozens of beer containers, said Lt. David Wiyrick.
The club’s owner, Visut S. Kaemuonghul, 23, was cited for allowing alcohol consumption in an unlicensed public place.
Patrons told deputies they had paid a $6 entrance fee to get into the club.
Convenience store robbed
Three people knocked down a convenience store clerk Friday night and stole beer from the store.
The clerk told deputies two men and a woman each took two 12-packs of beer from the cooler, walked to the counter like they were going to pay for them and then dashed out the front door.
Deputies said the clerk jumped over the counter and tackled one of the men. The other man grabbed the clerk and shoved him to the ground, while the woman raced to the car.
The two men put the beer into the trunk of the brown or red 4-door car, got into the car and the trio fled, Wiyrick said.
The men were described as 18 to 20 years old. One was about 6-foot-4, 280 pounds. The other was about 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds with sandy blond hair.
The woman was between 18 and 20, 5-foot-1, and had blond hair.
Fire damages home
Flames ripped through the living room of a Valley home early Sunday, chasing a teenager from the burning house.
Firefighters arrived at 2703 N. Ella about 1:15 a.m. to find a front window broken out by the fire and the house locked. They broke open the front door and extinguished the fire, but not before smoke filled the house.
David Bowers, the homeowner’s 17-year-old son, was in his basement bedroom when the fire started. Bowers told firefighters he smelled the smoke, called firefighters and fled to a neighbor’s house. He was not injured.
Bowers told firefighters he had been smoking inside the house and had tossed the leftover filters onto the floor. Investigators believe the filters started the fire.
Damage was estimated at $5,000.
Apartment building burns
A single-story Valley apartment building was heavily damaged by fire Friday night.
The fire started in the bedroom of one of the Avalon Apartments’ four units about 9 p.m. It quickly spread through the shared attic, damaging all of the units at 4210 N. Avalon, said Valley Fire Inspector Eric Olson.
The occupant of the apartment where the fire started was not home when it broke out. None of the other residents was injured.
Man arrested with stolen pickup
Deputies arrested a man in the Valley with a stolen pickup truck on Sunday night.
Roger D. Daut, 18, of 1418 W. Gardner, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of second-degree possession of stolen property.
Deputies found the stolen 1979 Chevy pickup at 4005-1/2 S. Bowdish. It had been reported stolen from the city.
The pickup was reportedly involved in an accident earlier Sunday, leading deputies to the house.