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In brief: Campaign targets speeders in school zones

Spokane-area law enforce- ment today will begin a campaign called “Twenty is Plenty” to target speeders in school zones.

The campaign involves the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, and Spokane, Spokane Valley and Cheney police.

A state study showed that the average student has an 80 to 90 percent rate of survival if he or she is struck by a car traveling 20 mph or slower, said Peggy Gilliland, Spokane County traffic safety coordinator. That same student has a 90 percent chance of death if the car is traveling 25 to 35 mph.

Fines range from $185 to $784, depending on the speed listed on the infraction.

“School zone citation fines will not be waived, reduced or suspended,” Gilliland said.

Valley police seek robbery suspect

Spokane Valley police are investigating the reported armed robbery Sunday night of a McDonald’s Restaurant at Broadway Avenue and Sullivan Road. The man loitered in the parking lot for 20 minutes before entering the business about 10:45 p.m. and displaying a handgun, said department spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan.

An employee placed cash into a food sack and handed it to the robber, who fled west through the parking lot.

Investigators are looking for a dark-skinned white male who appeared in his late 20s to mid 30s. He stood about 5-foot-7 to 6 feet and had a pockmarked face. He wore a black stocking cap, scarf, dark gray hooded jacket or sweatshirt, blue jeans, and size 13 tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Spokane Valley police at 242-TIPS (8477).

Fundraiser threat ends with arrest

A 40-year-old Spokane man was arrested Saturday at the South Side Senior Center after police say he threatened a server and a sheriff’s sergeant with a knife during a wine-tasting fundraiser.

After being refused samples by a server who said he showed signs of intoxication, Dennis P. Flack allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket and made threatening remarks, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said Flack again brandished the knife when contacted by sheriff’s Sgt. Pete Bunch, who was working security at the fundraiser for the Lewis and Clark High School senior all-night party.

After Bunch pulled a gun, Flack dropped the knife and was arrested with the help of a Spokane police officer. Flack faces two charges of felony first-degree assault. He told police he lives at Union Gospel Mission and remained in the county jail Monday.

Bonner County

Icy lake a danger, officials warn

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office warned people to stay off iced-over lakes for now, after two men plunged into Lake Pend Oreille while ice fishing Monday.

“More sustained colder weather will be necessary before the ice is frozen solid enough for activities such as ice fishing to be performed safely,” the sheriff’s office said.

Three men were fishing on the lake in front of the Condo Del Sol complex on the north end of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint.

From staff reports