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In brief: Store clerk decks shoplifting suspect

SATURDAY, DEC. 22, 2012

A Spokane drugstore clerk punched a suspected shoplifter around 12:50 a.m. Friday after he pulled out a knife and threatened her, according to police.

Police said the clerk at the Walgreens at Empire Avenue and Division Street punched the man in the face and knocked him down. He dropped the knife. She picked it up, and he ran off.

Police found a man nearby, in the 200 block of East Glass Avenue, wearing an item that allegedly had been stolen: a black stocking cap with tassels, a news release from the Spokane Police Department said.

Richard D. Edmonds, 25, of Spokane, was identified by the clerk and jailed on suspicion of robbery. Evidence from the robbery was recovered, the release said.

The Spokane Police Department generally recommends that citizens not confront someone armed with a weapon. In this case, the clerk reacted out of self-defense, the release said.

Sex offender, 28, gets 10-year term

A registered sex offender living in Liberty Lake was sentenced in federal court recently for attempted possession of child pornography.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward Shea sentenced Dale Allen Rockliffe, 28, to 10 years in prison followed by a life term of court supervision, U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby announced Friday.

Rockliffe admitted to chatting with male minors on the Internet via webcam and attempting to obtain pornographic images from them, according to Ormsby.

Rockliffe pleaded guilty to the charge in May.

At the time of the offense, Rockliffe was a registered sex offender being supervised by the state Department of Corrections. He had previously been convicted in Washington state for offenses relating to the sexual abuse of a minor.

Two men sought in store robbery

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies were searching for two men who robbed a store at gunpoint Friday night.

Around 7 p.m., the two masked men walked into Smokin’ Legal Anywhere at 9301 N. Division St. and robbed the employee on duty, said sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

The two men then fled southbound on Division on foot. A search for the men that included dogs was unsuccessful.

Authorities did not disclose whether the robbers got away with cash or merchandise from the store, which sells electronic cigarettes. No one was injured during the robbery.

One of the men was described as Hispanic and the other one white. Both were about 5-foot-8, in their early 20s, with thin builds. They were wearing dark clothing and ski masks.


 

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