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In brief: SCRAPS hosts pet adoption event today, Saturday

Fri., March 30, 2012

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is taking the lead in hosting a “Mega Match-a-thon” free pet adoption event today and Saturday. Shelters and rescue groups from all over the area have been invited to participate in the event, which will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Subaru of Spokane, 423 W. Third Ave.

Organizers are hoping to adopt out more than 200 animals. All dogs and cats will be vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered. Spokane County residents must pay $25 for a dog license or $15 for a cat license. People who do not live in Spokane County will not be required to buy a license.

Man arrested after car hits pedestrian, vehicles, pole

An erratic driver struck a pedestrian, two vehicles and a light pole before fleeing his car on foot Thursday morning near Spokane Community College, police said.

Christopher L. Smith, 52, was arrested at his home in Deer Park about 2 p.m. Thursday on vehicular assault and hit-and-run charges for the crashes, which occurred at the intersection of Mission Avenue and Greene Street at 9:24 a.m., according to the Spokane Police Department.

A witness reported that Smith continued through the intersection after the accident before abandoning the car and running away.

The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries but is in stable condition, police said.

Man in G-string pleads guilty to sex offense

A man arrested after a woman saw him wearing a red G-string and no pants outside a Girl Scouts gathering will be released from jail but must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Martin J. Green, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday before Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese to felony second-degree burglary and a gross misdemeanor sex offense of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

A woman called police after witnessing Green without pants outside the building at 1404 N. Ash St., where the Girl Scouts were hosting a slumber party.

Police say Green was wearing sweat pants when they caught up with him after a brief foot chase, but they were untied and he had a “pocketful of condoms.”

Child-luring attempts believed unrelated

Deputies are investigating two possible child luring calls in the Country Homes area, but they don’t believe the incidents are related.

On Tuesday, a 7-year-old girl said she was approached by a vehicle with three boys and one girl who appeared to be teenagers and “were all wearing black masks over their faces,” according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies contacted the girl’s mother in the area of 9000 N. Country Homes Boulevard, where she said the girl was taking the garbage out about 8 p.m. when she was approached. The girl said the occupants said they had five puppies in the car and asked her if she wanted to go with them. She screamed and the car left.

Then on Wednesday, a man in the area of 12800 N. Dakota Road told deputies his 7-, 9- and 11-year-old children were playing in a dirt area near their house around 3:30 p.m. when a newer green SUV arrived, driven by a man with a woman passenger inside. The man asked the children if they wanted candy, and the 11-year-old said “no, you’re a stranger,” the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies don’t believe the incidents are related to other possible child-luring reports in Spokane Valley recently. Anyone with information on the reports is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Driver hits car, drives on sidewalk in downtown

A man suspected of slamming a pickup truck into a car in downtown Spokane on Thursday fled the scene and drove down a sidewalk before abandoning the vehicle and walking away, security camera footage shows.

The fleeing suspect was caught on cameras operated by Cowles Co., which owns The Spokesman-Review. The man drove down a sidewalk along Sprague Avenue within inches of the Chronicle Building, which is owned by Cowles.

Other cameras show the driver crossing Monroe Street, parking along Sprague just west of Monroe, getting out of the vehicle and walking down the sidewalk headed west across Madison Street.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened around 10:30 a.m., said Spokane police Officer Teresa Fuller. Police also contacted the registered owner of the vehicle, Fuller said.

A woman in the car that was hit at the intersection of Sprague Avenue and Lincoln Street was injured, said Fuller, who did not have further details.

Valley firefighter hurt battling mobile home blaze

A Spokane Valley firefighter was injured while battling a blaze at a mobile home Thursday.

The firefighter was taken to a local hospital with unknown injuries, KHQ-TV reported.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze near East Trent Avenue and North Starr Road late Thursday afternoon. The occupants were not home. The Red Cross has offered assistance, but KHQ reports the family is staying with friends and is insured.

Half the home was damaged by fire; the other half was damaged by smoke.

Special election planned to fill Inslee Congress seat

OLYMPIA – Washington state will have a special election this year to replace former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, even if the person who wins the race only represents the district for a matter of weeks, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday.

Gregoire said the state must have representation in the 1st District because major issues may come up for a vote in December. Inslee resigned his seat earlier this month to run for governor, leaving the district unrepresented for months.

“We cannot be underrepresented,” Gregoire said. She noted that major issues, including whether Washington residents can deduct state sales taxes on their federal income tax filings, could be up for a vote right after the election.

Gregoire said she is still working with officials in both Olympia and Washington to determine the appropriate way to hold the election.

Inslee represented the 1st District, which includes Seattle’s northern suburbs, from 1999 until 10 days ago.


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