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In brief: Robber of Valley Zip Trip sought

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man they say robbed a Spokane Valley convenience store last month.

Surveillance footage shows the robber, clad in a red hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a kerchief over his face, enter the Zip Trip at 1403 N. Mullan Road shortly before 1 a.m. on Sept. 26.

A clerk said she heard the front-door buzzer go off and emerged from a back office to find the robber brandishing a black handgun, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release. The man, who the clerk described as in his 20s or 30s, fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A search of the area with a police dog was unsuccessful, according to the release.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the robbery to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or online at crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.

A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Club shooting suspects appear in court

Two suspects in a fatal shooting at a Spokane nightclub appeared in court Wednesday, as the girlfriend of one of the men claims police arrested the wrong people.

Kalen Bedford, 23, and Carlos Fuentes, 25, remain the sole suspects in custody in the shooting death of 26-year-old Julian Morrison behind The Hop! music venue Sept. 8. Police said Morrison was shot multiple times after a spat between rival gangs became heated inside the club. Witnesses reported seeing Bedford fire several rounds into Morrison in the parking lot behind the club before driving away at a casual pace, with Fuentes firing into the air.

Fuentes’ girlfriend told police in an interview that Fuentes and Bedford were standing next to her when the shooting occurred, according to court documents filed Wednesday. She could not describe the shooter to investigating officers.

Bedford and Fuentes are scheduled for arraignment later this month.

Both face charges of first-degree murder, with Fuentes facing additional charges of assault stemming from shots he allegedly fired from a vehicle leaving the scene.



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