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In brief: Police search for robbery suspects

Spokane Valley police were searching Sunday for two men in connection with a robbery early Saturday in the parking lot of the Spokane Valley Oxford Suites.

A man and his girlfriend were confronted by a man with a pistol while an accomplice waited in a car, police spokesman Dave Reagan said in a news release.

The man gave up all his cash, and the suspects drove east on Indiana in what the victim described as a ocean blue Mitsubishi Galant or Subaru sedan, Reagan said.

The suspects were described as black with short black hair. The gunman was 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet 3 inches tall, 170 pounds and had a foreign accent, Reagan said. The driver was described as slightly shorter and chubby.

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call (509) 242-TIPS.

– Staff reports


Police arrest man wanted in Louisiana

An FBI tip led Lewiston police Friday to a hitchhiker wanted on three counts of murder connected to an incident in Bossier City, La.

The agency alerted Idaho State Police that Robert L. McCoy, 34, had likely hitched a ride in a semitruck heading for Lewiston, police Sgt. Glen Rogers said in a news release. The ISP notified Lewiston police.

Officers stopped the truck in the 500 block of Sixth Avenue and arrested McCoy. They found a .380-caliber pistol behind the passenger seat. The driver is not facing charges, Rogers said.

McCoy was booked into Nez Perce County Jail, where he remained Sunday, Rogers said. He faces an additional charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

– Pia Hallenberg Christensen


Attorneys must keep case, judge says

A judge has denied defense attorneys’ requests to withdraw from the murder case of Keith A. Brown, saying they are adequately representing their client.

First District Judge Fred Gibler on Friday denied the requests by public defenders Isabella Robertson and Janet Whitney to withdraw because Brown could file state bar complaints.

Brown, 47, and his wife, Tyrah Brown, 26, are scheduled to be tried separately this summer for first-degree murder in the shooting death of 48-year-old Leslie Breaw at Priest Lake in January 2007.

– Associated Press