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In brief: Man shot in abdomen in alley on lower South Hill

A 35-year-old man was seriously injured when he was shot by an unidentified assailant Thursday.

Gang and major crimes detectives are investigating the shooting, which occurred just before 7 a.m. in the area of West Sixth Avenue and South Oak Street on Spokane’s lower South Hill.

Two officers were responding to an unrelated call near 13th Avenue and South Cedar Street when a car pulled up and the driver told them her friend had been shot and was lying in the back seat of the car.

Officers say the victim had a gunshot wound to his abdomen but was conscious and speaking.

The car was seized as evidence. Police identified the crime scene as an alley to the south of the 1800 block of Sixth Avenue. After finding bullet holes in the walls of a nearby apartment complex, officers forced their way into one of the units to verify no suspects or victims were inside. Officers with the gang enforcement team later served a search warrant there to collect evidence.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 635-GANG or visit www.stopspokanegangs.org to leave an anonymous tip.

Riverside School District levy approved by 11 votes

Riverside School District’s levy has passed by 11 votes, according to the Spokane County Elections Office.

The vote had been deadlocked since April 18, with just a few more ballots to count. The election was certified Thursday.

This was the second time the district had asked voters to approve a levy since February. If it had failed, the district would have had to wait until next year before proposing another one.

The measure will raise about $2.9 million per year and cost home owners about $3.42 per $1,000 assessed value.

President of SCC chosen to lead North Idaho College

Spokane Community College’s president will take over the helm at North Idaho College, officials announced Thursday.

Joe Dunlap was one of five finalists. He will replace NIC President Priscilla Bell, who retires in June.

Dunlap has led SCC for four years, and was instrumental in helping the college land federal grant money for aerospace education and training.

He served as vice president at SCC for four years – 2004 to 2008. Other administrative positions he held were at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash.; and Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon. He was also a founding director of the School of Aviation Sciences and professor of military science at Western Michigan University.

“I truly appreciate the trustees’ confidence in selecting me as president of North Idaho College,” Dunlap said. “Though I will miss all the good people at SCC and Community Colleges of Spokane, I look forward to working with NIC’s faculty, staff and trustees to support the college’s already high level of instructional excellence while exploring ways to bring new, dynamic and responsive educational opportunities to North Idaho.”

Spokane Valley native voted off ‘Survivor’

Swimsuit photographer and Spokane Valley native Troy Robertson lost his bid to become the next reality TV millionaire but said he was pleased he lasted as long as he did.

Robertson, a 1979 graduate of Central Valley High School now living in Miami, survived 30 days on the competitive reality TV show “Survivor.” He was the 11th player from this season voted off the island in an episode that aired Wednesday night.

“Words cannot express how much I appreciate all of your support throughout this whole season of Survivor,” Robertson wrote on the social media website Facebook, where a fan page in his honor had been created. “You guys are the best.”

Robertson lost 15 pounds during his month of competition in the remote tropical setting.

Benefit to help singer get a shot at X Factor

Jennifer Kemple, lead singer of local R&B band Big Mumbo Blues Band, topped nearly 150 other singers to win the local X Factor audition last weekend at Northern Quest Casino.

Kemple flies next week to a second round of auditions in North Carolina, according to friend Craig Heimbigner.

Bluz at the Bend, 2721 N. Market St., will hold a benefit to raise money to help Kemple make the trip, Heimbigner said. The Kenny James Miller Band will play, and Replay Music has donated a guitar to be raffled. Admission is free with the purchase of a Big Mumbo CD. The benefit starts at 9 p.m.

Agency identifies brothers suspected of killing moose

Two brothers suspected of illegally killing a cow moose with archery gear on the north side of Beacon Hill in Spokane Valley around April 10 have been identified in search warrants served by Washington Fish and Wildlife police.

 Donald Gilbrech and San Gilbrech will be charged with several counts pending the results of DNA testing on the 95 pounds of moose meat seized from the men, Spokane officers said without referring the suspects’ names.

 Also confiscated was deer meat and Donald Gilbrech’s SUV, which contained moose hair and blood, the case report said.

A limited number of coveted special permits are required for hunting moose in Washington, and the seasons are held in late summer and fall.

 Fish and Wildlife Department officials say tips from the public helped officers make the case against the Gilbrechs.

Officers said a worker near Beacon Hill had seen a cow moose in the area. Circling birds later prompted the informant to check out the area, where a moose head, guts and hide were found. A bow and arrow matching the arrowhead found on scene were seized at San Gilbrech’s house, officers said.

Each man faces fines of about $5,000 if convicted on the various possible charges, officers said.

Saturday’s Penny Drive helps Guilds’ School

The 16th annual “Kids for Kids” Penny Drive will be held Saturday to raise money for children who need early intervention therapies at Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center.

Donors have raised $2.5 million in the past 15 years for babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities through the annual event, organized by the Guilds’ School Foundation.The sites will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are located at: Washington Trust Bank, 438 E. Hastings Road; Spokane Guilds’ School, 2118 W. Garland Ave.; the intersection of Country Homes Boulevard and Wall Street; the intersections of Francis Avenue, Ash and Maple streets; the intersection of Francis and Nevada Street; the intersection of Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street; the intersection of Monroe Street, Indiana Avenue and Northwest Boulevard; Safeway, 1233 N. Liberty Lake Road; Argonne Road and Mission in the Safeway parking lot; the intersection of 57th Avenue and Regal Street; 29th Street and Grand Boulevard; the Cheney Masonic Lodge at 106 College Ave. in Cheney; and in Deer Park in the Double Eagle Pawn parking lot.


 

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