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Company lists Ridpath for sale

The historic Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane is for sale for $8.5 million, less than two years after a Las Vegas hotelier bought it, according to a Phoenix-based hotel broker.

Douglas Da Silva bought the hotel, at 515 W. Sprague Ave., in September 2006 for $6.75 million. Swoboda Hospitality Specialists now lists it for sale online.

A Swoboda representative referred questions to Da Silva, who declined comment Monday evening.

Da Silva owned the Artisan Hotel in Las Vegas and four other properties when he bought the Ridpath from Red Lion Hotels, he said at the time. The hotel has since updated its street-level restaurant, and this past fall a company headed by Da Silva sold the adjacent, roughly 10,000-square-foot retail Halliday Building, according to news reports.

The Ridpath opened in 1900 and is the oldest continuously operating full-service hotel in Spokane, according to hotel information.

– Parker Howell

Deputies involved in shooting named

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released the names of two deputies involved in a shootout Friday morning with a convicted felon near Interstate 90 and Thor Street.

Deputy Tyler Smith, hired in April, stopped a car at Second Avenue and arrested the driver, who police say had a suspended license. The passenger, Jason L. Mann, 25, ran off. Deputy Jeff Thurman found him behind a convenience store at Third Avenue and Thor Street.

Police officials say Mann, wanted on a felony escape warrant, pulled a gun and fired at Thurman, who returned fire and hit Mann. Officer Glenn Bartlett said Thurman provided aid to Mann before the suspect was taken to a hospital.

Thurman, hired in 2001, and Smith remain on personal leave or regularly scheduled days off, Sgt. Dave Reagan said.

– Thomas Clouse

Spokane County

Bag at WSP office didn’t hold bomb

The Spokane County sheriff’s bomb squad determined Monday that a green gym bag left near the Washington State Patrol office did not contain an explosive. But it appears someone wanted police to think it did.

The sheriff’s bomb squad responded about 7:30 a.m. to the offices near the Geiger exit of Interstate 90 and used an X-ray to look at the bag, Trooper Mark Baker said.

The bag contained a phone book, wires, a light bulb and computer tape, Baker said.

“It’s my feeling that someone intended to make it look like” a bomb, Baker said.

As a precaution, WSP officials evacuated part of the office.

The WSP’s criminal investigative unit will search for evidence in an effort to determine who left the bag, Baker said.

– Thomas Clouse


Offices, services affected by holiday

The following offices and services are affected by today’s holiday.

•All city, county, state and federal offices, including U.S. post offices and public libraries, are closed.

•Washington and Idaho state liquor stores are closed.

•Most banks are closed.

•Garbage pickup will be one day late this week throughout Spokane and Kootenai counties.

•Free parking in downtown Spokane and Coeur d’Alene; meters don’t have to be plugged.

– Staff reports


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