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In brief: Two teenagers killed in Grant County crash

Two teens are dead and another was in critical condition Thursday after their car crashed into a power pole in Grant County .

The three juveniles were westbound on Highway 28 about six miles east of Soap Lake about 4:15 p.m., when their car left the roadway and struck a power pole, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Rich Magnussen.

Two of the individuals in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, and a third was transported to a hospital in critical condition, he said.

The crash is under investigation, Magnussen said.

Police say 13-year-old used scissors to stab child

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday night by Spokane police in connection with a scissors stabbing triggered by an argument over the television volume, officers said Thursday.

The child who was stabbed suffered wounds to the left shoulder and chest; the injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Several other people were in the home in the 2800 block of West Broad Avenue during the 9:30 p.m. incident.

The 13-year-old was arrested at another residence and booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention on a charge of first-degree assault.

Reward offered for information on gunman

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify the masked gunman who robbed a pharmacy of OxyContin last week.

Detectives released photos of the jacket and a knit hat used as a mask Wednesday in hopes someone will recognize them and call for the reward.

Police found the items in a trash container behind a school district building. The robber ran north to the building after leaving the Albertsons at Trent Avenue and Argonne Road with the pills about 9:10 a.m. on July 9.

The man had a black semiautomatic handgun he pointed at an employee. He’d entered the store wearing a dark hooded Hurley jacket with the hood up, along with gray or faded jeans.

The man was described as in his early to mid-20s, 6-feet tall to 6-foot-5.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or submit tips online. To see the photos, visit the Sirens and Gavels blog at www.spokesman.com/ blogs/sirens.

Crews fight second fire near city’s Camp Sekani

Firefighters put out a small brush fire in the vicinity of Camp Sekani along East Upriver Drive on Thursday, the second brush fire in the area this week.

Spokane County Fire District 9 crews reported that the 2:10 p.m. fire covered about a quarter acre near the city-owned park property located outside the Spokane city limits along the Spokane River northeast of Upriver Dam.

On Monday, city and District 9 firefighters fought a five-acre fire during heavy winds a short distance to the southwest. That fire was determined to have been caused by human activity.

Transients have been living in the area, officials said.

Both fires occurred on the southern slope of Beacon Hill on the north side of the river.


 

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