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In brief: Masked, armed man holds up pizza shop

A masked man claiming to be Robin Hood robbed a north Spokane pizza shop at gunpoint Friday.

The robbery at Pizza Pipeline, 1724 W. Wellesley Ave., prompted school officials to lock down Shadle Park High School across the street while police searched for the gunman.

Witnesses saw the robber fleeing the scene without his mask, but he was not located.

Employees say he entered the store about 1:40 p.m. with a gun and demanded money.

“He made statements about wanting to be called ‘Robin Hood’ and not wanting to hurt the employees, even though he pointed his gun directly at employees,” police Sgt. Jason Hartman said in a news release.

The robber ran northbound on Oak Street. He’s described as white, possibly in his 20s, 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall, with short dark hair. He wore black pants, a black coat and a red backpack.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen something related to the robbery is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Man ordered to pay for killing wife’s cat

OLYMPIA – An arbitrator has ordered a former Lacey, Wash., man to pay his ex-wife $25,000 in the death of her cat.

Justin Chlarson was accused of kicking the cat in May 2010, when the couple were still married. He later pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of second-degree animal cruelty and received a suspended 90-day jail sentence and $1,000 fine.

Two suspected of poaching moose

At least two suspects are being investigated for illegally killing a cow moose on the north side of Beacon Hill in Spokane Valley around April 10.

Washington Fish and Wildlife police report that they have confiscated 95 packages of moose meat and the archery equipment used in the moose poaching.

Under a search warrant, officers also seized the vehicle they suspect was used for transporting the moose off the popular recreation area east of Esmeralda Golf Course.

Formal charges are pending results of DNA testing on the meat, said Madonna Luers, the agency’s spokeswoman in Spokane.

An anonymous tip led officers to the evidence, she said.

If the suspects are convicted, the informant is eligible for a $2,500 reward offered by a national animal welfare group.

Open house planned on soil repositories

New soil repositories planned for the Upper Coeur d’Alene River basin will be discussed at a 4-8 p.m. open house Wednesday at the Wallace Inn, 100 Front St., in Wallace.

The repositories will store contaminated material from mining Superfund cleanup projects in Idaho’s Silver Valley. Two sites have been identified for further consideration:

• The Osburn tailings impoundment north of Osburn on Nuchols Gulch Road.

• The old Star Mine tailings impoundment in lower Burke Canyon northeast of Gray’s Bridge Road.

The open house is hosted by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Basin Environmental Improvement Planning Commission.

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