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Police say man at park threatened recruiters

Sun., June 28, 2009

A man was arrested Saturday afternoon after police said he threatened to “blow up” the U.S. Army recruiting tent set up in Riverfront Park for Hoopfest.

Keith M. Stroupe, 40, was booked into Spokane County Jail on suspicion of felony harassment, said Senior Patrolman Timothy Moses of the Spokane Police Department.

The original call came in just before noon, Moses said. Stroupe also made threats at a second Army recruiting station at Spokane Falls Boulevard and Washington Street, Moses said. Though Stroupe disappeared into the crowd, one of the recruiters had filmed him with his cell phone, enabling police to identify him in the crowd two hours later, Moses said.

Alison Boggs

Transient suspected of trying to grab purse

No one called 911 or stopped to help a woman as she was attacked Saturday in broad daylight by a would-be purse-snatcher on North Argonne Road, Spokane Valley police said.

The woman was walking in the 2300 block of North Argonne when a transient grabbed her purse, police said in a news release. The two struggled and the woman was knocked to the ground but managed to hang on to her purse.

The transient, whom the woman described as 40 to 50 years old, 6 feet tall with a medium build and gray hair, was last seen walking south, the release said. The woman said he had a distinctive gait, as though he suffered from bad hips or knees. He wore a blue plaid flannel jacket over a blue shirt and jeans.

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

Alison Boggs

Replacement home also burns down

A home being built to replace one destroyed by fire in March 2008 burned to the ground Saturday morning, said Spokane County Fire District 10 Chief Nick Scharff.

The home at 6108 N. Garfield Road was about 95 percent complete when fire broke out early Saturday, Scharff said.

“The same structure burned a little over a year ago, and they were in the process of rebuilding,” Scharff said. About 40 firefighters from districts 10, 9, and 5 responded to the 6:23 a.m. call, along with crews from Fairchild Air Force Base, he said.

Scharff estimated damage to the 5,000-square-foot home at about $450,000. A passer-by saw smoke coming from the house and called 911, he said. No one was injured, and the home’s owners are living on the site in a fifth-wheel travel trailer, Scharff said.

The cause was under investigation. Scharff said contractors had been working on the home as recently as Friday afternoon.

Alison Boggs


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