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Route 291 paving may cause delays

Crews will be paving Highway 291 at Nine Mile Falls 24 hours a day through the weekend.

The work was originally planned for night hours only but has been extended.

Drivers should expect long delays because of single-lane traffic. Vehicles may be forced to wait as long as 30 minutes to get through the area.

Paving should be completed Sunday if the weather cooperates. Crews need dry weather.


81-year-old man missing with car

Spokane police appealed Friday for help in locating an 81-year-old man with dementia who was believed to have driven off in his daughter’s car.

Clarence J. Shoaf was last seen about 2 a.m. Friday in the vicinity of the West Wynn Motel, 2701 W. Sunset Blvd. Police said he may be driving a silver 1992 Cadillac deVille with Washington license 387-PJK.

Anyone who sees the car is asked to call 911.

Meals on Wheels van thief sought

Spokane police were searching Friday night for a suspect who stole a Meals on Wheels van and abandoned it with a load of food and the keys still inside.

“It looks like all the food is still in it,” Sgt. Joe Walker said. “It’s kind of knocked around a little bit. He probably wasn’t driving too well.”

The charity van was stolen about 10 a.m. from the 1200 block of West Second in downtown Spokane. The keys apparently were left in the vehicle.

Walker said the thief hastily abandoned the van Friday night in the parking lot of a large apartment complex in the 2200 block of Southeast Boulevard. He apparently spotted a motorcyclist who recognized the van from news reports and was following.

The motorcyclist “did the right thing” by reporting the sighting to police and following the vehicle without trying to apprehend the suspect himself, Walker said.

A police dog was unable to track the thief after he fled on foot.

Walker said the motorcyclist described the suspect as white, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, thin, and with a baseball cap and a stubble beard.

Spokane Valley

Blaze destroys trophy business

Fire destroyed a trophy shop Friday morning in Spokane Valley.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but the damage reached into thousands of dollars, said Spokane Valley fire spokesman Bill Clifford. The cause of the fire at 12710 E. Sprague Ave. remains under investigation.

The shop owner told firefighters he left to run errands about 8 a.m., and when he returned 20 or 30 minutes later he saw smoke coming from the building, Clifford said. The owner rescued his two dogs from the building and called 911.

The blaze was knocked down in 20 minutes but caused extensive damage to the building and its contents.


Father admits killing children

Jim Junior Nice will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Friday in 5th District Court to murdering his three children in Twin Falls last year.

Under Idaho law, the 33-year-old Nice will be automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole for his conviction on three counts of first-degree murder.

Nice agreed not to challenge his conviction or sentence as part of a plea deal, KTVB-TV reported. He avoided a possible death sentence.

The children were found dead Dec. 21 in a house in Twin Falls.

Prosecutors say Nice used rat poison and over-the-counter medication to kill 6-year-old twins Justin and Spencer and their 2-year-old sister, Raquel.


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