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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009

Region in brief: Resident, cousin surprise burglars

A Grant County resident and his cousin who surprised three men attempting to burglarize his home Monday night ended up in a gunfight with the would-be thieves and accidentally ran over one of them with his car.

According to a report from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Steele Brown and his cousin arrived at Brown’s home six miles southwest of George, Wash., about 6:20 p.m. and found a man in a ski mask standing near a car in the driveway and two other men trying to run.

As Brown sped past in his car, the masked burglar attempted to open his car door and was run over, authorities said. As Brown drove, his car was shot at by another burglar, deputies said. Brown’s cousin returned fire from the car with his own handgun. No one was injured.

The three burglars remained at large Tuesday. Authorities were searching for an older, gray or silver four-door Pontiac.

Sara Leaming

Man who died in fall from cliff identified

The 56-year-old Spokane Valley man who died Monday after falling from a cliff in the Dishman Hills Natural Area was identified Tuesday by his family.

Stuart Anderson was “geocaching” with his wife Monday, when he apparently slipped on wet pine needles and fell about 100 to 150 feet off a sheer rock cliff, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said. Geocachers use GPS coordinates left on Internet sites to find prizes left by others.

His family issued a statement describing Anderson as a “loving father, husband, grandfather, son, brother, and friend.”

“There are no words to describe how meaningful he was to everyone he knew,” the statement said. “His humor and zest for life will be deeply missed.”

A memorial service for Anderson has been scheduled for Friday at Heritage Congregation. The time has yet to be announced.

Sara Leaming

Vehicle chase ends in crash; four arrested

Two members of a street gang and two juveniles were arrested early Tuesday in Grant County after a chase involving a stolen vehicle.

The pursuit began after a car reported stolen from Mattawa, Wash., was spotted by a deputy in the Lower Crab Creek area about 12:30 a.m. The deputy attempted to stop the stolen car, and a chase ensued. The pursuit ended in Yakima County when the stolen vehicle collided head-on with a patrol car, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.

Arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of a stolen firearm were Ruben Lucio, 25, and Jose Luis Olivares Garcia, 21, both of Mattawa. Two juveniles were arrested on the same charges.

Olivares and Lucio are convicted felons and members of a Hispanic gang set known as Sureños, authorities said.

Sara Leaming


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