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In brief: Police seek suspect in bank robberies

Wed., Nov. 27, 2013

Spokane police have identified a suspect in two bank robberies earlier this month.

Police say Alex D. Treadway, 31, robbed Washington Trust Bank at 3810 N. Maple St. on Monday and Banner Bank at 6622 N. Division St. on Nov. 14.

Treadway has numerous felony convictions, including felon in possession of a firearm, armed burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and theft, according to court records.

Treadway is 6 feet tall and 205 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be in the Spokane area. Anyone with information on his location is asked to call 911.

DNA on hat links burglary to inmate

A stocking hat lying in a backyard near a north Spokane apartment burglarized last fall has led police to seek charges against a man imprisoned in Western Washington.

Christopher D. Sheldon, 36, is expected to be transported back to Spokane sometime in the next week, where prosecutors plan to pursue burglary and assault charges against him. Investigators say Sheldon is the man who broke into an apartment near the intersection of East Magnesium Road and North Colton Street on the evening of Oct. 18, 2012.

A teenage boy in an apartment at 8720 N. Colton St. said a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black stocking hat and hockey mask broke into their home around 9 p.m. The boy called for his father, who grabbed a handgun and exchanged fire with the intruder. The father was shot in the abdomen and through the arm, according to court records. The burglar fled.

Police recovered a stocking hat in a nearby backyard near a discarded hockey mask. DNA testing linked the hat to Sheldon.

Drivers injured in head-on collision

A head-on collision that sent two women to the hospital Tuesday morning occurred after one of the drivers fell asleep at the wheel, the Washington State Patrol said.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m., a 2004 Chevy Cavalier driven by 19-year-old Destinee Lake crossed the centerline while traveling south on state Highway 27 south of Freeman, according to a news release. Investigators said Lake fell asleep before her vehicle began drifting. Her car struck a 2003 Suzuki sedan driven by Shannon Crewse, 56, in the northbound lane.

Both women were wearing seat belts, according to the State Patrol. Lake was airlifted by MedStar to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, and Crewse arrived there by ambulance. Both women were listed in satisfactory condition later Tuesday.

Seattle lawyer left millions to charity

SEATTLE – A Seattle lawyer who quietly amassed a fortune by investing his inherited family wealth has left a bequest of nearly $188 million to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington School of Law and the Salvation Army.

Hospital officials said, in announcing Jack MacDonald’s bequest Tuesday, that it was the largest charitable gift in Seattle Children’s 106-year history. The Law School said it was also the largest gift in its 114-year history.

The three organizations will receive income earned by the trust each year, with 40 percent, or nearly $4 million a year, going to support pediatric research at the hospital. Thirty percent of the income goes to support student scholarships and other needs at the law school, where he graduated in 1940.

The remaining 30 percent supports the Salvation Army.

Jack MacDonald died in September at age 98. He worked for three decades as an attorney for the Veterans Administration in Seattle.


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