In Brief: Officers catch suspected burglar with his pants down, literally
One burglary suspect was caught because his pants got stuck on security window bars late Friday night, while a police dog tracked and caught his accomplice, police said.
Responding to a report of a burglary in progress at Holz Fuel, 5526 N. Market St., police observed two men ransacking the front office, Spokane police Sgt. Kevin King said in a news release. The men fled out the other side of the business.
Officers found Christopher S. Lincoln, 34, hanging upside down with his pants around his ankles and caught on the window bars, King said. Lincoln had a footlong knife but was arrested without further incident, King said.
Officer Jake Jensen, who was first to arrive at the scene, dispatched his K-9 partner, Duke, to find the second man. That suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Bogdan G. Pustovit, was caught about three blocks southeast of the business, King said.
“That dog was amazing,” King quoted Pustovit as saying.
After being treated for “minor injuries from the K-9 contact,” Pustovit was booked into Spokane County Jail on a charge of first-degree burglary. Lincoln was jailed on the same charge.
Lake CdA lowering begins Tuesday
The annual fall drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene will begin Tuesday.
The lake level will be gradually lowered about a foot by the end of September, giving property owners time to secure boats and docks for the winter season, Avista officials said Friday.
After September, the drawdown rate will increase to about 1.5 feet a month until reaching the winter elevation of 2,122 feet. The summer level of the lake behind Post Falls Dam is about 2,128 feet.
The drawdown will increase flows in the Spokane River, but operators do not plan to open the dam’s spill gates.
Holiday will affect many services
The following offices and services will be affected Monday by the Labor Day holiday:
• City, county, state and federal offices will be closed.
• Garbage pickup will be one day late all week.
• Post offices will be closed.
• Most banks will be closed.
• STA buses operate on the holiday schedule, which is the same as the Sunday schedule.
• Parking meters don’t have to be plugged Monday.