In brief: Police re-arrest suspect in naked burglar case
Police arrested registered sex offender Trevor L. Franklin, 22, Wednesday on a warrant stemming from a Jan. 8 incident in which they say he broke into an apartment and took his clothes off.
Franklin was released from jail Monday after the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office didn’t file charges against him within the mandatory 72-hour window because Spokane police hadn’t given prosecutors the required reports.
Police said Franklin broke into a Browne’s Addition apartment, took off his clothes and ransacked it.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday for residential burglary stemming from that incident, according to a news release.
Members of the Patrol Anti-Crime Team arrested Franklin without incident at a residence near 1900 E. Joseph Ave., the release said.
Police say Franklin was not the man captured on security cameras trying to enter homes on the South Hill with his pants pulled down. Police believe the two incidents are unrelated and the South Hill incident was a prank.
Southeast Spokane house fire injures three
Three people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a fire in southeast Spokane.
The Spokane Fire Department responded to the fire at 1:46 a.m., Battalion Chief Dave Haworth said. First crews on the scene reported smoke coming from a single-story residence located near Fourth Avenue and Magnolia Street with three injured occupants outside.
An ambulance arrived and medics began to treat the injured victims while fire crews searched for other victims. No other occupants were found.
The three unidentified victims were transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Thirty firefighters responded to the fire, which caused an estimated $25,000 in damage.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
MAC to be open Sundays starting next month
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture will be open on Sundays starting in early February, the museum said Wednesday.
The MAC cut Sunday hours about four years ago due to budget cuts and the down economy, spokeswoman Rebecca Bishop said.
Forrest Rodgers, the museum’s executive director, said the MAC is working on new programs for the weekends, some to be offered in collaboration with other community organizations.
The museum’s new hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours will begin Feb. 3.
East Side sees first flu-related fatality
A Spokane County woman in her 80s died this week from the flu, marking Eastern Washington’s first flu-related fatality this season.
Flu activity continues to rise in Spokane County. Some 35 residents have been hospitalized with the flu, compared to four admissions during the same period last year, a news release from the Spokane Regional Health District said. Spokane’s first lab-confirmed flu case occurred in October, but most of the time flu activity peaks in February or later.
The health district recommends everyone age 6 months or older get a flu shot each year. The shots are especially important for people at high risk for complications, including people 65 and older, young children, pregnant and postpartum women, and people with certain medical conditions, the release said.
The Washington state Department of Health reports six other laboratory-confirmed flu-related deaths this season, all on the west side of the state.
It takes about two weeks after being vaccinated to be fully protected.