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In brief: Police probe baby’s injuries

Police are investigating after a 3-month-old Spokane girl was treated for broken bones, skull fractures and bruises Friday.

Medics called police on Friday after treating the girl for injuries they believe were consistent with abuse, the Spokane Police Department said Monday.

The girl’s parents brought her in for an arm injury, but doctors determined the baby also had scratches and bruises on her face and forehead, as well as multiple bone fractures, including skull fractures, police said Monday. Medics also saw signs of previous injuries.

Major crimes detectives obtained a search warrant for the baby’s home in the 100 block of East Baldwin Avenue to look for evidence of the assault. A small amount of marijuana was discovered, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, and police have notified Child Protective Services.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Robbery suspect in court

A man accused of robbing a downtown Spokane bank told police he didn’t have a place to stay and wanted to return to a mental hospital, according to court documents.

Donnie Wayne Snow Jr., 45, was arrested Friday after a robbery at Banner Bank, 508 W. Third Ave., about 5:23 p.m.

Employees said he entered the bank and said “Hey ladies, I’m here to rob your bank. Give me all your money,” Spokane police allege. He left with $1,684 – police noted in court documents the presence of two $2 bills – and was arrested a short while later near Third and Lincoln.

Police say Snow told them “I did it because I need a place to stay and want to go back to the loony bin.”

Snow is in jail on $20,000 bond after appearing in Superior Court on Monday on a first-degree robbery charge.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Police seek help on robbery

Cheney police are asking for help identifying a man responsible for a New Year’s Eve home-invasion robbery.

The man used a knife to steal items from an occupied home in the 200 block of West Second Street in Cheney about 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 31.

He’s described as white, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds. He wore a black Carhartt jacket, a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, black jean-like pants, black boots and a white bandanna with black print over the lower portion of his face. The robber had a light-brown mustache, “spoke with a gravelly voice and smelled like cigarettes,” according to the Cheney Police Department.

Police released a sketch of the robber Monday, which can be viewed online at

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kelly Hembach at (509) 498-9269.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Memorial draws city police

Members of the Spokane Police Department Honor Guard will attend slain Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson’s memorial service.

Cpl. Mike McCasland and Officers Ron Tilley, Mylissa Coleman and Shaney Redmon traveled to Tacoma for Anderson’s memorial, which is at 1 p.m. today at Pacific Lutheran University.

Other SPD employees are attending the service on their own time, including Officer Teresa Fuller, who says the Spokane County Firefighters Pipes and Drums also will be there.

Anderson was shot to death on New Year’s Day while working at the park. The gunman was found dead the next day.

Staff reports