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In brief: Man fleeing security hit by car downtown

A 39-year-old theft suspect was hit by a car in downtown Spokane on Friday while attempting to flee from department store security officers.

Macy’s store employees were in pursuit of William D. Isaacs, who was eastbound on Main Street, when Isaacs ran into traffic on Stevens and was hit by a southbound car, Spokane police said.

Isaacs allegedly stole merchandise from the department store about 2 p.m. and was caught by security who initiated the pursuit. A citizen also joined in the chase, Spokane police Officer Glenn Bartlett said.

Isaacs was taken by ambulance to a hospital for injuries to his shoulder and leg.

He is wanted on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for theft and now faces a new theft charge, Bartlett said.

Sara Leaming

Dam’s open gates curb river activities

The Spokane River will be closed to boaters and swimmers between the Spokane Street Bridge and the Post Falls Dam during the holiday weekend, Avista announced Friday.

Spill gates are open at the dam because of higher-than- normal flows, Avista spokesman Hugh Imhof said.

“In recent years the median date for closing the gates has been June 18, however, the date has occurred as late as July 8 in 2008 and as early as May 22 in 2005,” Imhof said.

For current information on Spokane River flows and Lake Coeur d’Alene elevation, call (208) 769-1357. For information on Spokane River flows and Long Lake elevation, call (509) 495-8043.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

Holiday affects offices, services

Government offices and other services will be affected by the Independence Day holiday.

Banks: Most closed Monday.

Buses: Routes will operate on the regular Sunday schedule on July 4, and on holiday schedule Monday.

Garbage: Collection will be normal this week in Spokane, Kootenai County and areas served by Waste Management Services. Garbage facilities and transfer stations will be closed Sunday but open Monday.

Government: Federal, state, county and city offices in Washington and Idaho will be closed Monday. Spokane County commissioners will not meet Tuesday. Spokane city swimming pools and golf courses will be open all weekend.

Libraries: Closed Monday in Spokane, Spokane County and Coeur d’Alene.

Liquor stores: Stores in Washington and Idaho will be open Sunday and Monday.

Mail: No service Monday.

Parking meters: Free on Monday.

Sara Leaming



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