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In brief: Pit bull killed during attack on police dog

A pit bull attacked a police dog chasing a burglary suspect Monday evening, sending the K-9 to an emergency veterinarian.

The police dog, named Laslo, was having a bite wound closed with six stitches, said Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

The pit bull was shot twice and killed by Laslo’s handler, Deputy Jeff Thurman.

The episode unfolded around 6 p.m. in a mobile home park in the Greenacres community.

Thurman was called to a burglary in progress and when he arrived he found a man on a porch. The man took off running, Chamberlin said.

Thurman and his dog gave chase and a pit bull chained up nearby broke free and attacked. The dog would not let go of Laslo’s leg, Chamberlin reported, so Thurman killed it.

John Stucke

Man stabbed after surprising burglar

A man who surprised a burglar rummaging through his refrigerator was stabbed with a large kitchen knife and taken to the hospital.

The burglar remains at large.

The 52-year-old man told police he was in his basement in the 1500 block of West Jackson Avenue in Spokane when he heard a noise upstairs. He thought it was his sister. When he climbed the stairs to check, he found a man in his kitchen looking in the refrigerator, Spokane police Capt. Keith Cummings said.

The two men got into a fight. The burglar grabbed a kitchen knife, stabbed the homeowner in the stomach and fled.

The homeowner said the man was white, about 6 feet tall, and had a sandy-blond goatee, and was wearing an Atlanta Braves baseball cap and blue pants.

Jody Lawrence-Turner

Fire leaves mother, children homeless

A fire Monday morning in Hayden has left a mother and her four children without a home.

Evelyn Scrabeck was able to get out of the house with two of her children, ages 3 and 1. Her other two children were at school.

She called firefighters after noticing smoke and her clothes dryer on fire. Several pets survived, but the family lost a cat and fish in the blaze.

The fire restarted in the afternoon and had to be put out a second time.

The home is heavily damaged.

A fund to help the family has been established at Wells Fargo Bank.

John Stucke