November 30, 2011 in City

In brief: Man gets prison for robbery role


A Spokane man linked to an armed robbery spree last year has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.

Sean T. Smith, 24, was sentenced to 69 months in prison after pleading guilty last week in Spokane County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree robbery for holdups in November and December 2010. Smith told police he spent the stolen money on methamphetamine.

Vanessa E. Orr, 24, also was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and first-degree trafficking in stolen property. She was credited for 313 days served in jail and is to be on probation for a year.

Co-defendant Aaron L. Goldstein was sentenced in August to 74 months in prison after pleading guilty to five counts of second-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery. A fourth suspect, Orr’s brother, Donald Lindquist, is scheduled for trial Dec. 12.

Child is season’s first flu case

Spokane’s first flu case of the season was reported Tuesday.

Staff at Valley Hospital diagnosed a child with influenza B and health officials say the flu is expected to spread across the region.

Flu shots are available and the Spokane Regional Health District encouraged people to get vaccines through their clinic, local pharmacy or many participating grocery stores.

Last year 146 people in Spokane County were hospitalized with the flu.

Heckler removed from symphony

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – Police removed a woman from the Bainbridge Performing Arts theater for yelling “boring” during a symphony performance.

The staff called police Nov. 12 after the woman refused to leave, following numerous audience complaints.

The Kitsap Sun reported the executive director told police the woman has a professional rivalry with the new conductor.

Wolf shot after sheep attacks

MILES CITY, Mont. – State wildlife officials say a collared black male wolf was shot on private property after attacking sheep in southeastern Montana.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 7 spokesman Dwayne Andrews says the 2-year-old wolf was shot Sunday near Hammond. Montana laws allow people to kill a wolf that is threatening, attacking or killing livestock, and the USDA Wildlife Services investigated and confirmed the wolf had killed one lamb and fatally injured another that had to be put down.

Rancher Duane Talcott said he shot the wolf in what he described to the Billings Gazette as an unbelievable, almost dreamlike experience.

“It was the last thing I expected to see that morning,” he said.

The 98-pound wolf was originally collared near Jackson, Wyo., in 2010, about 300 miles from where it died.

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