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In brief: Police: Luring case made up by child

Spokane police say the girl who reported an attempted luring near Hamblen Elementary School on Tuesday made up the story.

The child told school officials a man approached her near the wooded area of the school grounds on Crestline Street before school. She said he told her that her parents didn’t want her in school that day and she needed to come with him. He reached out to touch her shoulder and she ran away.

Police originally thought the case was connected to a similar attempted luring at the school in December, which police said matched the description the 9-year-old girl gave police Tuesday.

After investigating Tuesday’s report, however, police now believe the second supposed victim made up the story.

The incident in December is still an active case.

Police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said even though this report turned out to be false, parents, teachers and students should always report suspicious behavior.

“We’re always going to respond and we’re always going to investigate,” she said.

Lawmaker revives school tax credit

BOISE – Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, is proposing a new version of his unsuccessful bill from last year to grant a tax credit for donations to scholarships for Idaho students to attend private schools.

The move will save money by having fewer students enroll in Idaho public schools, Nonini said.

“This particular piece of legislation has a projected state savings of $3.3 million, and a projected local savings of $2.49 million, for a total overall savings of $5.8 million,” Nonini told the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday.

After lots of questions, the committee voted to introduce the bill, with Democratic Reps. Grant Burgoyne and Mat Erpelding of Boise dissenting. Nonini’s bill would grant tax credits of up to $10 million a year.

Woman says bullet went through room

A woman was sitting in her living room Saturday night when she heard glass breaking in her bedroom.

Sandy Smith said she saw a bullet hole and a broken picture on her bedroom wall on the 1500 block of East Vanetta Lane.

“It left a pretty good hole in the wall,” Smith said.

Police came to investigate and searched for a bullet and bullet casing but found nothing.

The incident was strange, Smith said, since the bullet must have come from her backyard and she didn’t hear anything before or after the shot. None of the neighbors officers spoke with heard anything either, said Spokane Police Department spokeswoman Monique Cotton.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Man accused of knife threat

A man walking with his young daughter in north Spokane said another man jumped from the bushes and threatened him with a knife Tuesday afternoon.

Herbert F. Watlamett, 28, has been charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and remains in Spokane County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Court documents say Watlamett jumped out of the bushes near Addison Drive and Standard Street in front of a man and his 5-year-old daughter. He waved a knife at the victims and asked if the man was a member of a gang and jabbed the knife in the victim’s direction.

Watlamett walked away, returned a short time later without the knife and was arrested, the documents say.

Watlamett has also been charged with third-degree assault on a health care provider. Court documents say he kicked a jail nurse in the chest when the nurse attempted to treat an eye injury.

Helicopter tracks fleeing suspect

A suspected drunken driver fled from deputies after he fell asleep at an intersection with his vehicle running and in gear early Thursday, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said.

Yevgeniy Rudnitskiy, 24, was asleep at the wheel at a green light on North Country Homes Boulevard facing North Division Street around 2 a.m., a news release said.

A deputy called for backup to block in the vehicle before waking the driver, but Rudnitskiy “jumped up in his seat” before units arrived and took off. He stopped a short distance away, and the deputy approached the vehicle and knocked on the window, but “the driver screamed and accelerated rapidly,” the release said.

The deputy lost sight of the vehicle when it turned off Division but caught up with it traveling eastbound on Price Avenue. Rudnitskiy continued east on Magnesium Road, hitting 80 mph in a 30 mph speed zone as he approached Nevada Street, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers in an Air 1 helicopter spotted the vehicle. Rudnitskiy had parked the vehicle in a driveway and fled on foot, the release said.

Air 1 continued to update deputies of his location.

Deputies arrested Rudnitskiy in the backyard of a home in the 600 block of West Cascade Way. He was charged with attempting to elude officers, a felony, along with misdemeanor DUI and trespassing, the Sheriff’s Office said.