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In brief: Pit bull euthanized; dogfight suspected

Animal protection officers are investigating a possible dogfighting case involving a pit bull that had to be euthanized.

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service was called Tuesday morning to Trentwood Elementary School, 14701 E. Wellesley Ave., where a brown pit bull was found injured and tied to a garbage bin.

Photos of the scene showed enough blood on the ground to indicate a second dog was involved and may have died from blood loss, officers said in a news release.

A $2,500 reward is being offered through the Humane Society of the United States. Anyone with information should call SCRAPS at (509) 477-2532.

Help sought ID’ing home invaders

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies are seeking help identifying two men who reportedly entered an 82-year-old woman’s home Tuesday and ordered her to the floor.

The victim told deputies that two males between ages 17 and 22 entered the home in the 12500 block of East Apache Pass Lane through a sliding glass door. The two men found the resident in her bedroom.

The men stood about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and were wearing shorts, with bandannas covering their faces.

“They ordered the victim to lie face down on the ground while they rummaged through the residence,” sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in a news release.

The resident later discovered several electronic devices, jewelry and credit cards were missing.

Deputies called a Spokane police K-9 unit to the scene, but the dog was unable to locate the suspects.

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

Man dies in crash in Bonner County

A crash in Bonner County involving a semitruck left a man dead early Tuesday morning.

John R. Sullivan, 38, of Oldtown, Idaho, was westbound on Old Priest River Road when he crossed the centerline and struck a semi head-on, according to the Idaho State Police. The semi was driven by 45-year-old Nolan S. Bearden, of Palouse, Wash., who was uninjured in the crash.

The crash occurred about 12:05 a.m.

Sullivan was not wearing a seat belt. Authorities did not say what caused him to cross the centerline.

Man accused of threat to Obama

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Secret Service on Tuesday arrested a Washington state man accused of making an email threat against President Barack Obama and brandishing a shotgun at officers who came to his door.

Anton Caluori, 31, was arrested at an apartment in Federal Way, south of Seattle, after the threat was sent to a general purpose FBI email address.

A Secret Service agent and a Federal Way police officer went to an apartment, knocked and announced themselves, then found themselves facing a man armed with a shotgun when the door opened, police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.

Officers were able to take control of the weapon before anyone was harmed, she said.