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Two Valley Teenagers Injured In Altercation With Group Of Men

Two teenagers were injured early Monday when they were attacked by a group of men outside a Spokane Valley home.

Deputies said up to four men about 20 years old jumped out of a pickup truck about 2:30 a.m. and started fighting with the two 17-year-old boys in front of a house in the 10200 block of East Valleyway.

One of the boys suffered a severe cut to his ear. The other had a cut over his eye and a swollen nose. Both were treated at Valley Hospital and Medical Center and released.

The boys told deputies that a blue Toyota pickup truck pulled up in front of the house. The occupants of the truck started taunting the boys, prompting the fight, said sheriff’s Lt. David Wiyrick.

High-speed chase ends in arrest

A driver led deputies on a highspeed chase through the Valley early Sunday before he was arrested in the city.

The chase wound through the Valley and reached speeds over 110 miles per hour before deputies ended their pursuit because it posed a danger to the public, Wiyrick said.

A few minutes later, a Spokane police officer spotted the car abandoned in the 2600 block of North Market and arrested 24-year-old Travis Thomas Lobo.

A police dog found Lobo hiding under some bushes, Wiyrick said.

The 1988 Jaguar was reported stolen from Huntington Beach, Calif., last week. It had Idaho plates that were registered to a Chevrolet Citation, Wiyrick said.

Lobo, who gave a California address, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of attempting to elude a police vehicle and first-degree possession of stolen property.

Deputies began chasing the Jaguar on Flora Road near Broadway about 2:30 a.m. The car raced onto Interstate 90 at the Pines interchange and sped west at over 110 mph, Wiyrick said.

The car left the freeway on the Thor/Freya exit, ran a stop sign and sped north on Freya at about 80 mph before deputies ended their chase, Wiyrick said.

Explosion trips school alarm

An explosion that rattled a door at a Valley elementary school and set off the school’s alarm system late Sunday was the result of a small, home-made explosive.

The explosive, which was hung on a door handle at Pasadena Park Elementary, 8508 E. Upriver Drive, blew up at about 10 p.m., deputies said.

Deputies, who told school officials the device looked like a string of firecrackers, used a police dog to search the school, but did not find anyone inside.

The school was not damaged, said principal Larry Bush.

Man with knife captured

A security guard captured a man who threatened him with a knife Monday.

The guard told deputies he was driving along First Avenue, between Sargent and Dishman roads, when another man motioned for him to stop about 3:40 a.m.

As that man walked up to the guard’s car, he waved the knife in the guard’s face.

When the guard got out of his car, the man lowered the knife, pulled a bag of marijuana from his coat and laid both on the ground, Wiyrick said.

The guard handcuffed the man to a fence, then waited for deputies to arrive.

Deputies arrested Chad E.M. Backman, of Addy, Wash., on charges of intimidation with a weapon and possession of marijuana.

Woman charged with taking car

A woman was arrested with a stolen credit card and checkbook after leaving a stolen car early Sunday, deputies said.

Kari Jolene Shelly, 21, was charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission and second-degree possession of stolen property.

Deputies saw Shelly, who gave her address as 1109 S. Edgerton, walk away from a blue 1987 Chevrolet Camaro in the 6300 block of East Seventh, Wiyrick said. The car had been reported stolen earlier that day.

When deputies questioned and searched Shelly, they found the credit card and checkbook in her pocket, Wiyrick said.

The owner of the credit card and checkbook told deputies they were taken when her car was broken into at a North Side movie theater parking lot.

, DataTimes