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In brief: Information sought in death of man found on street

In a case originally believed to be a hit-and-run homicide, detectives continue to seek information in what has since been ruled the suspicious death of a 25-year-old man.

Deputy Aaron Childress responded about 6:30 a.m. Sunday to the area of Mission Avenue and Raymond Road after a passer-by found someone lying in the middle of the intersection.

Childress found 25-year-old Christopher Yukl unresponsive. Medics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene.

“Initially it was believed Yukl may have been the victim of a hit-and-run collision,” sheriff’s spokesman Craig Chamberlin said in a news release.

But an autopsy on Monday was unable to determine the cause of death.

Detectives obtained surveillance video from a home near the intersection that showed a four-door sedan dropping Yukl off. “He was standing there and then he fell to the ground,” Chamberlin said.

Detectives are now waiting for toxicology results from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office to help determine what happened.

In the meantime, investigators want to speak with anyone who may have seen anything in the area on Sunday morning. Also, they would like to speak with anyone who had contact with Yukl during the weekend prior to his death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Craige Pannell at (509) 477-3786.

School board unanimously OKs starting early on bond projects

Spokane Public Schools’ board voted unanimously Wednesday to approve $21.4 million in proposed bond projects: $16 million at North Central High School and $5.4 million at Mullan Road Elementary School.

The proposal comes after the district determined it had an unexpected savings of $47.9 million because of low construction costs for current bond projects. Administrators wanted to get started early on improvements planned to begin in 2015.

The $5.4 million in improvements to Mullan Road Elementary will replace an annex building and a 1977 addition, which was a portion of another school originally built in 1956. The renovation will consolidate students and staff into one building and add 10 classrooms.

The 30,000-square-foot addition to the high school will add classrooms, eliminating students’ long trek to the annex buildings, school officials said.

A new, three-story building would consolidate all the science classrooms to one area and add six science labs. Additionally, the third floor would be designated to the school’s Institute of Science and Technology. It will include two main labs, a sterile room, a prep room and a climate-controlled room.