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Region in brief: Silent robber demands cash at Chase Bank

Employees at Chase Bank, 822 W. Francis Ave., hit a silent alarm about 5 p.m. Wednesday after a man handed a teller a note demanding cash, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The robber said nothing and left on foot. No getaway vehicle was seen.

Witnesses described the robber as a white man, 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. He wore blue jeans, a dark blue sweatshirt and a dark blue baseball cap over blond hair. He had light blond stubble on his face.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Allred’s announcement broke rules, GOP says

BOISE – The Idaho Republican Party contends that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred violated federal tax rules when he sent an e-mail to members of his nonprofit citizen advocacy group announcing his decision to seek office.

In a statement Wednesday, Jonathan Parker, the state GOP’s executive director, charged that the e-mail amounts to partisan campaign activity inappropriate for a nonprofit group such as The Common Interest, and accused Allred of trying to “exploit the nonprofit tax-exempt status of The Common Interest to further his own personal and partisan agenda.”

In a statement responding to the Republican Party’s statement, Common Interest board member Marguerite McLaughlin, of Orofino, said the communication was “well within the bounds of the law,” and added, “In fact, we have acted with an abundance of caution in this matter.”

Police say man tried to lure boy into vehicle

The Moscow Police Department is looking for a man who attempted to lure a 12-year-old boy into his truck Monday near Sixth Street and Mountain View Road.

Police said the boy was approached about 3:45 p.m. by a man who told the boy three times to get into his vehicle, then grabbed his coat. The victim was able to twist free and run. The man then got into a truck, described as a brown Dodge Ram, and followed the boy north on Mountain View to F Street, where he turned west, police said.

The man is described as white, in his mid-30s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a thin build, mustache and reddish hair.

Anyone with information should call police at (208) 883-7051 or leave anonymous tips at (208) 882-3898.

Woman hit by car while crossing street dies

A woman who crashed her car and started to walk away from the accident, only to be struck by another vehicle, has died.

Micheala Larson, 38, died Dec. 3, Spokane police announced Tuesday.

She was northbound on Division Street on Nov. 20 when she lost control and struck a median about 75 feet north of Walton Avenue. Larson got out of the car and was crossing a busy street while talking on her cell phone when another vehicle struck her. No charges were filed against that driver.


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Freeman students march in unity to honor memory of slain classmate Sam Strahan

UPDATED: 3:06 p.m.

updated  Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where they sheltered in fear last September following the shooting that killed 15-year-old Sam Strahan and injured three girls.