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In brief: Couple’s lottery ticket worth $1 million

Sat., Nov. 17, 2007

A Spokane woman was so confident she had a winning lottery ticket that she told her co-workers she wouldn’t be at work on Friday.

And she was right.

Lorri and Patrick Schaff won $1 million Thursday in Washington Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Raffle.

“My wife and I looked on the Lottery Web site for the ticket numbers,” Patrick Schaff told lottery officials. “When I saw we had all of the numbers, I looked at the ticket and the screen, the ticket and the screen, over and over again to be sure – that’s when my knees buckled and I had to sit down.”

Lorri Schaff plans to retire from the Spokane Athletic Club and focus on becoming a full-time dog breeder, according to the press release. Her husband is a Spokane Community College maintenance mechanic.

Two hurt trying to help woman

Two good Samaritans were hurt Friday while trying to help a woman being beat up by her boyfriend.

Tony R. Lewis, 41, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault, said Officer Teresa Fuller, a Spokane police spokeswoman. The woman left the area after the fight, and police couldn’t find her.

The incident began about 9:30 p.m. at 525 W. Sinto.

Witnesses told police Lewis and the woman were arguing, and she tried to leave. Lewis jumped through a window pane and busted through a door to chase her. Police say he hit her over the head with a 1½-inch dowel, knocking her to the ground.

When a witness came to the rescue, Lewis broke his nose with a 9-pound boulder, Fuller said.

Police say another man came to help and ended up with a gash on his head – compliments of Lewis’ dowel.

Candy store heist ends in crash, arrest

A candy store robber was captured Friday after crashing his getaway car into a truck.

A man and a girl inside the truck were taken to a hospital, said Spokane police Officer Mike McCasland. The man may have broken ribs.

The robbery suspect, who has not been identified, was not injured.

About 4:30 p.m., police were called to See’s Candy, 4302 N. Division, where workers told them a gunman had demanded money.

He took the cash and fled in a car, only to crash a few blocks away, McCasland said.

The man, who did not take any candy, was charged with first-degree robbery.

Student who reported gun will get reward

A Lewis and Clark High School student will receive a $75 reward for telling a school resource officer that a classmate had a gun.

CrimeStoppers of The Inland Northwest, a nonprofit organization, encourages students to report when their classmates have weapons or drugs at school.

If the information results in the removal of drugs or weapons from school property, the student is given cash, said Spokane police Officer Janice Dashiell. The program never reveals the identities of students who are rewarded.

Since the program began five years ago, it has paid more than 30 rewards to Spokane County students, Dashiell said.

– Jody Lawrence-Turner


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