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Three men questioned in string of robberies

Three men arrested after an armed robbery Wednesday night are being questioned about a string of robberies in Spokane County in the past month.

Nedzad Mesanovic, 20, of Spokane; Miroslav Veselinovic, 22, of Spokane; and Reza Abghari, 26, of Colbert, were driving a dark Ford Taurus that a Spokane police officer recognized from a robbery report at the Zip Trip at 711 W. Hastings, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

In light of a recent string of robberies, the officer headed toward a convenience store at Francis Avenue and Elgin Street, where he spotted a similar-looking Taurus parked behind a nearby fence.

The men sped away in the car, according to the Sheriff’s Office, but were stopped by several patrol officers who found cigars stolen in the earlier robbery and “a realistic-looking pellet gun,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Abghari has a record that includes a conviction for third-degree assault and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in 2005 for shooting a teenage girl between the eyes “while pretending to be a gangster,” according to previously published reports.


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Ethics Commission: Mayor David Condon honest in handling of Frank Straub questions

UPDATED: 8:09 p.m.

The final complaint targeting Mayor David Condon for his handling of the ouster of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub was unanimously dismissed by the city’s Ethics Commission on Wednesday, who said the complaint was fueled by opinions, not facts or evidence presented by former City Council President Joe Shogan.