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In brief: Counterfeit bills used at two stores

Sun., Feb. 7, 2010

This surveillance image shows a man using a counterfeit bill at a Spokane Valley convenience store.Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)
This surveillance image shows a man using a counterfeit bill at a Spokane Valley convenience store.Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office (Courtesy of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office)

Someone passed bad $100 bills at two Spokane Valley convenience stores, and police would like help finding the perpetrator or perpetrators.

On Wednesday a man paid for lottery scratch tickets with a counterfeit $100 bill at the GTX Truck Stop at 18723 E. Cataldo Ave., said Sgt. Dave Reagan, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The suspect was white, in his 50s, with a beard.

On Thursday, a man purchased $50 in scratch tickets with a counterfeit $100 bill at Shell, 13823 E. Broadway Ave. He was given $50 in change, Reagan said. The man was white, in his 40s, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 165 pounds and balding.

Anyone with information should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Shotgun goes off after I-90 chase

An 18-year-old Spokane man was arrested in Idaho on eluding, reckless driving and drunken driving charges Friday after a high-speed chase in Shoshone County that ended with the man pointing a shotgun at his own head.

The Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a suicidal man eastbound on Interstate 90 about 4:20 p.m. The driver, Andrew T. Graves, refused to stop, accelerating to more than 100 miles per hour as he eluded deputies.

The chase ended in Wallace as deputies rammed Graves’ Ford Mustang to a stop with their patrol vehicles. At least one other car was damaged in the chase.

Graves then got out of the car and pointed a loaded shotgun at his head. After a brief negotiation attempt, a deputy grabbed Graves from behind. During the struggle the shotgun fired. No one was injured.

Roundup of horses ends at 1,922

RENO, Nev. – Federal land managers have concluded a major roundup of wild horses from the range north of Reno.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials today said 1,922 mustangs were removed from the Calico Mountains Complex.

Agency spokeswoman JoLynn Worley says an estimated 600 horses remain in the complex, which is within the “appropriate management level” of 600 to 900 set for the area.

She says the agency had planned to remove about 2,500 horses, but many mustangs roamed out of the complex after the roundup began Dec. 28.

No hall pass for parents’ car

SHORELINE, Wash. – Sheriff’s deputies say a 17-year-old boy crashed his parents’ car through the doors of Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, then drove it down the hall.

The car finally stopped 75 yards later when it hit a security office. Two school workers were still on the property and heard the crash.

Police found the teen on school grounds after the crash late Friday night. He was taken into custody and then taken to Harborview Medical Center for a mental evaluation. Investigators say they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role.

The boy is a student at the school. He was not injured.

Mill’s timberland approved for sale

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho – A judge in North Idaho has authorized a Portland-based company administering the assets of the defunct Three Rivers Mill to sell the mill’s timberland.

Second District Judge John H. Bradbury on Thursday ruled that Inverness Inc. could sell the land to Bennett Forest Industries, of Grangeville, or Minnaloosa Land Co., of Hayden, depending on which company had the highest bid.

Bradbury also directed Inverness to pay $6,500 to Elk Mountain logging company of Grangeville for unpaid debts.

Lawmakers must pay for free lunch

OLYMPIA – Seven Washington legislators and an aide have been told to pay back up to $18 each for box lunches they ate at a discussion of marijuana laws.

The Legislative Ethics Board threw out a complaint against lawmakers who invited travel writer Rick Steves to the Capitol in October to talk about several topics, including decriminalizing marijuana. But legislative administrative leaders say those who ate free lunches provided by the American Civil Liberties Union should pay the state the value of the food because it can be considered part of the $90 a day spending allowance they receive.

The Olympian newspaper reports that two senators and a Senate staffer are repaying $18 each. Five House members are paying just $9.50. House counsel Tim Sekerak said the House conducted a formal investigation into the cost of the box lunch before deciding on the lower charge.


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