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In brief: ‘Scruffy-looking’ man robs pharmacy wielding knife

A robber stormed through the Fifth and Browne Pharmacy on Tuesday afternoon with a knife, demanding OxyContin, police said.

Employees of the pharmacy, 104 W. Fifth Ave., said the robber was a “scruffy-looking” man who wore a stocking cap, glasses and a sweatshirt. The robber bolted through the door leading into the patient parking lot with an undisclosed amount of the drug.

Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe said they believe the man has dark hair and was unshaven.

Girlfriend’s mother turns in credit union heist suspect

A man suspected of robbing a north Spokane credit union April 23 was turned in to police by his girlfriend’s mother.

Eric C. Mason, 41, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree robbery, more than four months after police say he handed a threatening note to a teller at Spokane Teachers Credit Union, 8703 N. Indian Trail Road, then fled with about $1,200.

Police said Mason’s driver’s license photo matched the robber’s image in bank surveillance photos; detectives looked at it after Mason’s girlfriend’s mother called and said her daughter drove Mason to the robbery.

Mason later admitted to his girlfriend that he’d robbed the credit union, police said. He didn’t display a weapon but wrote in the note: “Put money in envelope do not alarm! No dye pac’s no tracking devices! No problems,” according to court documents.

Mason reportedly told his girlfriend he planned to turn himself in, but Spokane police Lt. Dave McGovern said he left town instead.

A warrant was issued May 4; Mason was booked into Spokane County Jail on Aug. 20.

A child molester considered likely to reoffend was arraigned on child pornography charges in federal court Monday.

Donald D. Holloway, 50, has been in Spokane County Jail since December after federal authorities said he’d uploaded child pornography to the Internet. Holloway was booked into jail Dec. 22 for violating his probation on a 2002 marijuana conviction.

A grand jury indicted Holloway last Thursday on charges of receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography, which allegedly occurred between Sept. 18 and Dec. 21 in Valley, Wash.

Holloway, a level 3 sex offender, was convicted of indecent liberties in 1981 and second-degree and third-degree child molestation in 1992. His victims were between the ages of 8 and 16 and were male and female, according to the Sheriff’s Office.


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