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In brief: Public help sought in armed robberies

Spokane police are seeking the public’s help finding a man wanted for the robberies of neighboring businesses on North Hamilton Street over the weekend.

The robber was described as a skinny white male about 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-4. He wore a black and green plaid hoodie, police said.

About 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the man entered a Zip Trip convenience store in the 2000 block of North Hamilton, showed the butt end of a gun tucked into his pants and demanded money, said Officer Ben Green. The man fled on foot.

A day earlier, police said, a man with the same description walked into Mike’s Grocery, which is next door to the convenience store, and did the same thing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Priest featured in S-R story dies

A Catholic priest whom newspaper readers met last month through a story about his chance encounter with a U.S. soldier who helped liberate his Holland village has died.

Father Arnold Schoffelmeer, 89, met Allan Wood last November when they were sharing a room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Wood noticed Schoffelmeer had a Dutch accent and asked about it. Wood was among thousands of soldiers who had parachuted into Nijimegan, Holland, on Sept. 17, 1944, during an operation to liberate the Dutch. Schoffelmeer was attending seminary school there at the time. For both, it was an unforgettable day.

Schoffelmeer was ordained a Catholic priest in 1956. He served at Marycliff High School and Fort Wright College as well as several churches throughout Washington, including St. Patrick Catholic Church in Spokane.

Vigil for Schoffelmeer will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Thursday at the same church. Bishop Blase Cupich will officiate.

Montana megaloads face legal action

MISSOULA – An official with the National Wildlife Federation and a Missoula County commissioner say the two entities will join forces with other groups to seek a court injunction to prevent an oil company from moving so-called megaloads of refinery equipment across Montana.

Tony Iollonardo of the National Wildlife Federation told the Missoulian newspaper that the court action planned for this week targets an environmental assessment by the Montana Department of Transportation.

Iollonardo says the department didn’t do an adequate review before deciding to allow Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobil to ship dozens of massive loads of oil equipment across the state.

Missoula County Commissioner Michele Landquist said allowing the megaloads could make giant shipments a fixture on the planned route through scenic and recreation corridors.


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