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In brief: Shooting victim had multiple wounds

Wed., Jan. 19, 2011, midnight

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim in Sunday’s police shooting as Kenneth R. Dennis after an autopsy Tuesday. He died of gunshot wounds, but the medical examiner would not release how many.

Dennis, 26, became the fifth person killed by law enforcement in Spokane County since August. Police said he armed himself with a knife during a domestic violence investigation early Sunday.

The names of the two Spokane police officers involved have not been released, but one has been identified as a 48-year-old sergeant with 18 years of experience and the other as a 31-year-old officer with two years of experience.

An officer arrived at 5726 N. Elgin St. at 3:57 a.m. Sunday. Shots were fired at 4:02 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

Investigators say they found a large knife near Dennis.

A multiagency team comprised of officers from the State Patrol, the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.

Driver of car injured in collision with bus

One person was injured in an accident involving a car and a school bus about 4:16 p.m. Tuesday at Perry Street and Baldwin Avenue.

Two Dunham Bus Services employees were on the Spokane school district bus, but no children were aboard, police said. Spokane police would not release the name of anyone involved.

The woman driving the 1994 Chrysler Concorde was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment of a leg injury. Her condition was not known Tuesday night.

The bus was driving north on Perry Street at the time of the accident. The car was driving south. The crash occurred when one of the vehicles crossed the centerline, but police were trying to figure out which vehicle it was.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor. No citations have been issued.

Teach for America expands in state

SEATTLE – A national organization that recruits recent college graduates into teaching is ready to expand its program in Washington state next fall.

Teach for America announced Tuesday it will bring up to 35 corps members to Puget Sound schools starting next fall.

Janis Ortega told the Seattle Times the organization that operates in 39 other regions across the country has decided it has enough momentum to go forward.

The group ran a small pilot in the Seattle area in the mid-1990s, but wants to come back permanently.

The Federal Way School District was the first to sign up. Seattle Public Schools is going to give Teach for America recruits a chance to interview for open positions.

Teach For America has raised $4.8 million to support a program here including donations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Bezos Foundation.


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