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In brief: Board invites public to talk about schools

Wed., Jan. 26, 2011, midnight

The Spokane Public Schools board will be available to talk to the community at Grant Elementary School tonight before the regularly scheduled board meeting.

Citizens can meet with board members and top administrators to talk about any topic, including what’s happening in district, curriculum, class size or the budget.

The informal meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the school’s library, 1300 E. 9th Ave. The board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Grant available for emergency center

Lincoln County Fire District 1 announced Tuesday it is raising money to build a new multi-use Emergency Response Center in Sprague, which will serve 17 miles of Interstate 90 and the surrounding communities.

The fire district has secured a $1 million grant from FEMA but must raise $333,000 in matching funds to receive the grant, said fire Chief Scott Clemenson.

The all-volunteer fire district provides first response and ambulance service to fires, accidents and medical emergencies that happen in the Sprague area, including Interstate 90. Without the first responders, people would have to wait for emergency response from Spokane or Ritzville, which could take an additional 20 to 25 minutes, a fire department news release said.

“The Sprague Emergency Response Center will dramatically improve emergency services to Sprague, the surrounding communities and the tens of thousands of travelers that pass through our district on Interstate 90 each day,” he said.

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Chase leads to arrest, squad car damage

Two Spokane police cars were damaged late Monday in a pursuit that began when an officer asked a man why he was sitting in his car dressed in black in a neighborhood plagued by burglaries.

Police say Kenneth S. Crowston, 47, sped away from Officer Jay Kernkamp after Kernkamp approached him about 11 p.m. in the area of West Central Avenue and North Belt Street.

Crowston sideswiped Kernkamp’s patrol car then rammed Officer Paul Bode’s patrol car head on, forcing Crowston’s Escort into a yard at Central and Morton Street, according to police. Crowston was pulled from the vehicle and arrested after a struggle.

Neither officer was injured in the incident.

Crowston was booked into jail on two counts of second-degree assault, attempting to elude a police officer, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest, and remains jailed on $100,000 bond. After his arrest, prosecutors charged him with second-degree robbery for an alleged incident at Sears at the NorthTown Mall in November.


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