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In brief: Suspect arrested after Spokane Valley home burglary

A 23-year-old man was arrested as a suspect in a burglary during which a gun was pointed at one of the victims.

Two homeowners arrived to find their house in a rural area north of Spokane Valley near North Forker and East Moffat roads had been broken into after 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to court records.

One of the victims told police that while his wife was calling 911, he noticed a man, who later was identified as Ethan Burrow, standing next to his car. Burrow allegedly pointed a gun at the resident when the resident called out to him, Spokane County sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory said in a news release. The victim heard a gunshot when he started running back to his home.

A .22-caliber rifle was taken in the theft, Gregory said.

Burrow was quickly apprehended and told deputies there was a second suspect. They began combing the area using multiple police dogs and a helicopter, Gregory said. As the investigation continued, it became clear Burrow was the only suspect and the search was called off.

Burrow, who was booked into Spokane County Jail, faces charges of assault, armed burglary, firearm theft and vehicle theft, according to jail records.

Three West Coast governors oppose offshore drilling

OLYMPIA – The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday to stress that they don’t want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast.

The Interior Department is developing an updated plan for its Outer Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, and the governors formally stated their opposition to the inclusion of any oil or gas lease sales off the coast as part of any new plan.

Govs. Jay Inslee, of Washington, Jerry Brown, of California, and John Kitzhaber, of Oregon, wrote that their three states “represent the fifth-largest economy in the world” and their ocean-dependent industries contribute billions of dollars to the region each year.

“While new technology reduces the risk of a catastrophic event such as the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, a sizeable spill anywhere along our shared coast would have a devastating impact on our population, recreation, natural resources, and our ocean and coastal dependent economies,” they wrote.

Inslee spokesman David Postman said that while there aren’t any current plans for West Coast leases, the governors want to ensure there aren’t any in the new plan.



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