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In brief: Spokane Public Schools bans e-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes have been banned at public schools in Spokane.

Spokane Public Schools officials said they needed to clarify the policy as school employees began asking about rules governing the relatively new devices. The board voted 4-1 Wednesday night for the ban.

“I had this one kid last year who drove me crazy,” said North Central High School Principal Steve Fisk. “He’d pull it out and argue that he’s really not smoking.”

Students aren’t the only ones using e-cigarettes. Employees have also been using the devices inside the school buildings, district officials said.

E-cigarettes use liquid nicotine inside a small tube. When a person inhales, a battery heats the nicotine, creating a water-based nicotine vapor that is inhaled into the lungs. When the person exhales, the vapor looks like cigarette smoke.

Police searching for shooting suspect

Spokane police are searching for a man suspected of shooting another man in northeast Spokane on Thursday morning.

A man with a gunshot wound to the chest was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following the shooting on North Martin Street. Police say the incident appears to be a drug-related robbery.

The shooter, who fled on foot, is described as a white man, 30 to 40 years old, 5-foot-6-inches tall with a solid build, calloused hands, dark hair and wearing a dark shirt and sunglasses. He was armed with a handgun.

Police: No evidence child lurings occurred

After an investigation of four reported child lurings in recent weeks, Spokane police have concluded that there’s no evidence that the incidents took place.

Police announced on Sept. 25 that they had received four reports of children being approached by suspicious people or vehicles in the past week, two at elementary schools, one at Coeur d’Alene Park and the fourth in north Spokane.

Although subsequent investigations didn’t find evidence to support the allegations, the Spokane Police Department wants children and caregivers to continue to report suspected luring incidents, a spokeswoman said. The department will continue to investigate all reports.


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