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In brief: Two men arrested after home invasion

Thu., Aug. 18, 2011

A gunpoint home-invasion robbery in southwest Spokane County early Wednesday led to the arrest of two men.

Mario Casillas, 42, and James T. Harris, 36, are accused of forcing their way into a rental unit in the 6200 block of South Pendell Lane about 1:15 a.m. and stealing money at gunpoint. The victim, Nick Wright, told police he was struck in the head and threatened with the gun while the men said he owed them money, but the victim said he’d never met the men.

Police recovered $350, Wright’s driver’s license and other stolen property after stopping the suspects at North Nevada Street and East Garland Avenue. Their car had grass stuck in it that was consistent with vehicle marks left on the grass outside the victim’s home, according to court documents.

Harris and Casillas were booked into Spokane County Jail for first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

Casillas has had a felony warrant out for his arrest since March for failing to submit a DNA sample after a felony protection-order violation conviction.

Flash mob next weekend will benefit youths

A flash mob plans to hit the streets of Coeur d’Alene sometime next weekend to benefit two organizations that serve youth – the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County and the MEB Foundation.

In order to participate in Flash Mob CdA, hosted by Sterling Savings Bank, people have to mail in or drop off registration forms including a $20 minimum sponsorship payment. Checks can be made out to the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County and mailed to P.O. Box 3781, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 83816-3781 or dropped off at Sterling Savings branches in Coeur d’Alene or Hayden.

One required dress rehearsal will be held 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 on the southeast corner of 6th Street and Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. Participants need to wear white shirts and blue or khaki shorts. The time of the flash mob will be within 48 hours after that and all communication will occur via email, a news release from Flash Mob CdA said.

A flash mob is a group of people that assembles suddenly in a public place, performs some sort of unusual act, frequently for entertainment then disperses. For more information, call (917) 992-4627 or email FlashMobCda@gmail. com.

Collision injures two Sandpoint residents

Two Sandpoint residents were injured Tuesday in a collision on U.S. Highway 95 near Careywood, Idaho.

Ardis C. Pettibon, 72, one of the injured, was driving north of the highway and crossed over the center line, colliding with a southbound vehicle, Idaho State Police said.

Ardis Pettibon and a passenger, Robert B. Pettibon, 73, were taken to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene. Their conditions were not available Wednesday afternoon.

The Pettibons were in a 2002 Acura RL when the collision occurred at 2:50 p.m. near Bayview Road. The other driver, Davis J.J. Vandane, 19, from Yorkton, Saskatchewan, was in a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He was not hurt.

Amazon founder gives $10 million to museum

SEATTLE – A Seattle history museum says founder Jeff Bezos has given the institution a $10 million gift.

It’s the largest donation in the 59-year history of the Museum of History and Industry. The money will be used to establish a “Center for Innovation” at the new home of the museum, which is set to open in fall 2012.

The new location of the museum is a few blocks from the campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

Crews finally yank paper rolls from river

LEWISTON – State officials say cleanup crews are finally done removing massive rolls of toilet paper that spilled off a truck and were lodged for weeks in the upper Lochsa River.

Idaho Department of Environmental official John Cardwell said teams removed the final remnants of the rolls last weekend when lower river flows made the work more manageable.

The Lewiston Tribune reports crews wrapped the rolls with a reinforced mesh before they were pulled out by a tow truck.

The paper landed in the water after a truck hauling the load along U.S. Highway 12 slid into the river.

Court: Farm workers entitled to $2 million

A federal appeals court has awarded nearly $2 million to more than 600 Latino farm workers who accused a farm labor contractor and two Yakima Valley growers of violating federal labor laws.

The local farm workers claimed that Valley Fruit Orchards and Green Acre Farms illegally and intentionally displaced them by hiring Los Angeles-based Global Horizons to bring in workers from Thailand in 2004.

U.S. District Judge Robert Whaley in Yakima awarded $237,000 damages to the workers in 2009, which was to be paid by Global Horizons.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision on Wednesday. The court found that the workers were entitled to damages of nearly $2 million and that Global Horizons and the growers were jointly liable.

3 Washington colleges make green list

SEATTLE – Three Washington universities are on Sierra Magazine’s list of the 20 colleges that do the most to help solve climate issues and operate sustainably. And the University of Washington is at the very top of the list.

At No. 9 is The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Western Washington University in Bellingham is No. 14.

The magazine notes that UW gets 90 percent of its energy from hydropower, and has several education programs that focus on environmental responsibility.

The only state with more colleges on the magazine’s list is California, with six universities mentioned, including the University of California at San Diego at the No. 3 spot and Stanford at No. 5.


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