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In brief: Fleeing driver hits police patrol car

A man in a stolen vehicle crashed into a police car during a chase in Spokane Valley early Thursday, police said.

Joshua G. Garvin, 27, was arrested after the short pursuit in the area of East Sprague Avenue and North Willow Road about 4:30 a.m. Officer Nathan Bohanek tried to stop Garvin after a license plate check on the 1990 Honda Accord he was driving revealed the car was stolen.

Garvin swerved to avoid Bohanek while going the wrong way on Sprague and hit the patrol car, according to a news release.

Garvin was arrested after a short struggle, police said. Police reported that they found methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, shaved car keys and suspected stolen property afterward.

Garvin was treated for a minor injury and booked into jail.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Valley baby died of natural causes

A 2-month-old who died Tuesday morning did so of natural causes, the Spokane Valley Police Department said Thursday.

Spokane Valley police responded to a home in the 11600 block of East Broadway Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after a medic reported an infant was not breathing. The baby was pronounced dead a short time later.

Thursday, the Spokane Valley Police Department said the Spokane County Medical Examiner had completed an autopsy, which revealed the infant died of natural causes.

From staff reports

Spokane police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store with a handgun Thursday around 3 a.m.

One customer and an employee were in the Zip Trip at Northwest Boulevard and Buckeye Avenue at the time. No one was injured, said Officer Teresa Fuller.

The thief was described as 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and had a blue bandanna covering his face. He ran south from the store. Police did not say what he stole.

Police are asking anyone with information to call (509) 456-2233.

From staff reports


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