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Region in brief: ‘Real’ summer begins for area students

Friday the 13th proved lucky for students in many school districts, including the two largest in Spokane County.

More than 40,000 kids in the Spokane and Central Valley districts have nearly three months free of textbooks, teachers and WASLs – unless they’re attending summer school. West Valley also let out Friday, while classes continue until Wednesday at Mead.

Although it varies from district to district, school for Spokane kids begins again Sept. 2. Between now and then, many districts must approve budgets that will include some cuts, and figure out how to absorb the rising cost of gasoline and food. Spokane Public Schools expects its long-term trend of declining enrollment to continue, while some suburban schools cope with swelling numbers.

And, of course, there are hallway floors to wax, classroom walls to paint and construction projects to complete.

But all that’s academic – if you’re a kid.

Dan Hansen


Residents help police nab suspect

Citizens helped Spokane police catch a reckless driving suspect who officers say drove so fast through a residential neighborhood that they had to stop the pursuit because it was too dangerous.

Police arrested Robert J. Tillett, 26, Friday afternoon after witnesses saw him and his female passenger flee on foot near the area of North Wall Street and West Mansfield Avenue following a chase. Police tried to stop Tillett in his 1992 white Buick Regal about 1:40 p.m. near North Adams Street and West Maxwell Avenue, but Tillett sped away, reaching speeds near 50 mph before police ended the pursuit, according to a news release.

Tillett was booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of felony eluding police and two counts of driving with a suspended license.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Burglary suspect’s arrest ends standoff

A 32-year-old burglary suspect was arrested Friday morning after a standoff for several hours at his home with Spokane police and SWAT team officers.

Douglas Carney had been wanted in connection with a reported burglary and assault at about 3 a.m. at a residence in the 900 block of West Nora Avenue.

Carney is alleged to have climbed up a fire escape at his ex-girlfriend’s residence, Officer Teresa Fuller said.

Once inside, the suspect chased the new boyfriend, bit him and the two men fought and wrestled, Fuller said.

Carney left that residence in the 900 block of West Nora Avenue and returned to his home in the 1700 block of West Dean Avenue. He finally surrendered to police at about 7:35 a.m. without incident, Fuller said.

Carney was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and domestic violence, Fuller said in a news release.

Thomas Clouse


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