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Five-hour standoff ends in arrest

Spokane police arrested a robbery suspect late Wednesday, ending a five-hour standoff on the city’s North Side.

Jomo K. Martin, age unknown, was arrested at 1317 N. Madelia after a SWAT team used tear gas to force him out. Martin was booked into the county jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Police said he is a suspect in several robberies.

Police went to the address about 6 p.m. and saw Martin reach for a handgun, according to a police press release. Nearby houses were evacuated and streets blocked from Mission to Boone and Helena to Pittsburg.

– Benjamin Shors

Sewer pipe overflows, undermining parkway

Heavy rainfall caused a sewer pipe to overflow Wednesday night, sending storm water and sewage down a hillside in northwest Spokane.

City crews closed portions of the Aubrey L. White Parkway from Downriver Golf Course to the Riverside Park Water Reclamation facility after the overflow undermined the roadway. City officials urged motorists to use Rifle Club Road if they needed to access the area.

– Benjamin Shors


All ski resorts to be open today

Snowboarders and skiers will have their pick of slopes today. Thanks to the heavy snow, every ski area in the Inland Northwest plans to be open.

Mt. Spokane, Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain and 49 Degrees North will kick off their seasons this morning. Lookout Pass has already opened.

Nearly 2 feet of snow has fallen on Mt. Spokane since Wednesday. The storm was expected to dump at least a foot on the other ski areas by morning. And more is coming this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Although the ski resorts are all planning to open, most will operate only a limited number of chairlifts this weekend.

– James Hagengruber


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