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In brief: Guilty plea planned in threat to doctor

DENVER – An attorney for a Spokane man accused of threatening a Colorado abortion doctor says his client is planning to plead guilty.

Seventy-year-old Donald Hertz previously rejected a plea deal in February and asked for a trial on allegations that he called the Boulder Abortion Clinic in June and threatened to kill members of Dr. Warren Hern’s family.

The alleged threat came weeks after the slaying of Dr. George Tiller, who operated an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kan.

Hertz’s attorneys said this month that he had reconsidered his decision to go on trial.

Hertz attorney W. Russell Van Camp said Friday his client would plead guilty under an agreement with prosecutors.

A hearing is set for Monday but Van Camp says it may be postponed because Hertz has the flu.

Associated Press

Early morning fire destroys duplex

A Spokane Valley duplex was destroyed by fire Saturday morning, causing an estimated $350,000 in damage.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a fire at 2214 N. Marguerite Road about 2:30 a.m. and found flames coming from two adjacent garages attached to two duplex units, officials said.

The fire spread from the garage areas to both residences. One unit was vacant at the time of the fire. A resident in another unit was alerted by a smoke detector and escaped safely. Two cats were rescued from the blaze and are recovering at a veterinarian’s office, fire officials said.

The fire started in the garage of one duplex unit, officials said. The cause was undetermined.

Sara Leaming


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