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Reward doubled in pharmacy robberies

The reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible for seven recent pharmacy robberies now could be as much as $10,000, double the previous offer, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The robber or robbers have hit Inland Northwest drug stores seven times since June 4, including one yesterday.

Police suspect one man is responsible for all of the thefts. He appears to be in his 20s, is described as 6 feet tall with a medium build and dark skin, and wears dark knit caps.

He demands OxyContin pills, powerful painkillers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Inland Northwest at (509) 242-8477 or Crime Stoppers USA at (800) 242-8477.

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Additional officers out for DUI emphasis

Eight extra officers will be out today looking for drunken drivers in Spokane County.

“The patrols are part of the X-52 DUI and Speed Patrols funded with a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission,” WSP spokesman Trooper Mark Baker said in a news release.

Since February, the Washington State Patrol and Spokane-area law enforcement agencies have participated in eight patrols, of which four were dedicated to catching drunken drivers and four dedicated to speeders, Baker said.

Authorities have arrested 27 people for DUI and cited 125 speeders, according to the release.

Officials are working to secure funding for the patrols to continue Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2009.

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Fairchild rescue flight helps stranded camper

A crew from Fairchild Air Force Base rescued a stranded camper in the Cascade Mountains Thursday.

The 39-year-old man had been stranded in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area for nearly a week and was suffering from dehydration and other heat-related illnesses when the five-person 36th Rescue Flight arrived in a UH-1N helicopter, according to a news release.

The local sheriff’s department had already placed the man on a litter and started an IV when the crew arrived, and the crew transported him to a waiting ambulance. He was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Officials suspicious of series of small fires

Two small blazes erupted on Sunset Hill Friday night, and fire officials consider them suspicious.

Similar fires were reported in the same area last weekend – two on Sept. 12 and two on Sept. 13, said Patrick McCabe, a fire official with the state Department of Natural Resources.

“It’s got our eyebrows raised,” McCabe said.

Crews from Fire District 10 got a call about 7:20 p.m. and discovered two fires – one 10 feet by 20 feet, the other 50 feet by 50 feet – burning between Lewis Road, Geiger Road and the Sunset Highway. The blazes were contained within 45 minutes, and crews found little evidence.

“We don’t know what happened,” McCabe said.

Meghann M. Cuniff


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