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In brief: Closed school may house new program

Spokane Public Schools’ administration is seriously considering reopening Pratt Elementary School to house one of its new programs.

Ideas include a dual-language elementary school, a K-8 school or a high-tech focused school, said Superintendent Shelley Redinger.

If the district is approved to create a charter school, it may be housed in that location, she said.

Spokane Public Schools shut down Pratt in 2007 to trim $450,000 from the district’s annual budget. The district retained ownership of the building, however.

The building became a senior center, which closed in 2012. The district is using it for storage now.

The school would need about $1.6 million in renovations to get up and running again, said Associate Superintendent Mark Anderson.

$1 million bond set for murder suspect

A District Court judge has set a $1 million bond for Issiah L. Schauman, the 19-year-old suspected of first-degree murder.

It’s been almost a month since prosecutors say Schauman shot 27-year-old Fabian McBride to death outside the victim’s home on 7005 N. Atlantic St. McBride’s family and friends crowded Judge Randy Brandt’s courtroom Thursday, crying and comforting each other.

Family members declined to comment on Schauman’s arrest.

Two witnesses to the shooting, Thomas Wilson and Danniane Feist, were walking with McBride from his home when they saw Schauman drive up in a Chrysler New Yorker, according to an affidavit.

McBride approached the vehicle to confront Schauman, who he thought had stolen property from a neighbor several days before, according to the affidavit. Schauman pulled out a gun and pointed it at McBride, shooting several times, the affidavit says. Schauman fled, and McBride was later pronounced dead at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Police: 23 accused in mail theft scheme

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford police say 23 people have been accused in a scheme to steal mail and use the information inside for identity theft.

Medford police said five face federal charges, and 18 face state charges.

The police statement said more than 2,000 pieces of mail were stolen between September and March.

The five facing federal charges are accused of stealing the mail for the financial and identity documents inside.

A Jackson County grand jury indicted 13 people on charges of opening accounts at local banks and depositing forged or fraudulent checks. Police said 11 have been arrested, and two remain at large.