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Shelter’s volume of cats a record

The Spokane County animal shelter has handled a record number of cats this year – 2,587 according to the agency – and 55 of those came from three hoarding and abandonment cases in Spokane Valley in the last few months.

This week, 11 cats were removed from the residence of a woman who animal control officers say was hoarding the animals.

The woman is cooperating with authorities, according to a release from Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, and neither her name nor the location of her home was released.

On Sept. 8, officers removed 27 cats left in an empty apartment at the University Village Apartments, according to the release.

The agency is seeking charges of animal abandonment and animal neglect against the couple accused of leaving them.

At the same apartment complex in July, SCRAPS found 17 cats abandoned in a public laundry room, said the agency’s Patricia Simonet.

SCRAPS is seeking donations to help cover the medical care and housing of this year’s large volume of cats.

Healthy cats and kittens that have been rescued are available for adoption at the shelter on North Flora Road.

– Peter Barnes


‘Bandit’ slapped with more years

Unless he becomes the oldest criminal in history, the “bandanna bandit” will never ride again.

James. R. Parmelee, 44, flummoxed detectives for months in 2003 with a string of armed robberies that fit the same description.

The gun-wielding robber would walk into businesses in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene with a bandanna partially obscuring his face.

Then in October 2003, Parmelee was convicted of three robberies and two assaults and was sentenced to serve 29 years in prison.

Investigators also had named him a suspect in nine other cases that police had blamed on the “bandanna bandit.”

At the same time, Oregon authorities were waiting to take him to trial on several robberies in the Portland area.

This week, an Oregon judge sentenced Parmelee to serve an additional 47 years in prison, which will be served after he finishes what’s left of the 29-year sentence in Washington state, said Sgt. Troy King of the Portland Police Bureau.

Thomas Clouse