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In brief: Train hits car near Sagle, killing driver

A woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when her car was struck by a BNSF train in Bonner County, Idaho, a BNSF spokesman said.

Gus Melonas said the woman, who wasn’t identified, pulled in front of the engine at a railroad crossing at Heath Lake Road, near Sagle at 4:22 p.m.

The intersection was marked with railroad crossing signs and stop signs, and the train sounded its whistle, Melonas said. The train was traveling at 59 miles per hour.

None of the train’s crew was injured in the crash. The train, which was traveling from Portland to Chicago, continued on its route about 8 p.m., Melonas said.

New Year’s Day curtails services

Most federal, state and local government offices will be closed today for the New Year’s holiday.

No mail will be delivered and no garbage will be collected. Garbage pickup resumes Thursday and will be a day late the rest of the week. Parking meters don’t have to be plugged in downtown Spokane.

Banks will be closed today as well.

Most shopping malls, however, will be open, though hours vary.

One suspect held in delivery robbery

Spokane police have arrested a man they believe robbed a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman at gunpoint early Dec. 23.

Tredeone Winborne, 19, was arrested at a residence in the 3200 block of East Carlisle Avenue, police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said in a news release.

Police were called just past midnight after the Domino’s driver arrived at a home in the 3400 block of East Marietta Avenue to deliver $84 in pizza, said Joshua Smith, manager of the Domino’s at 3031 E. Mission Ave. The driver was met by two men wearing ski masks outside the home who robbed him at gunpoint.

Smith said the pizza order was called in for the vacant home just before midnight. The men took the pizza and some cash. Smith said Domino’s drivers never carry more than $20 in cash.

“Domino’s takes many good safety precautions,” Smith said.

The robbery was caught on camera by a security system on a nearby residence.

Winborne was booked into Spokane County Jail on a charge of first-degree robbery.

Cotton said detectives are asking that anyone with information on the identity of the second robber to call Crime Check at (509) 459-2233.

Man fatally shot by police identified

MOSES LAKE – Officials have identified the 54-year-old man who was fatally shot by Moses Lake police Monday.

James Eshelman, of Moses Lake, was shot Monday evening after officers responded to a disturbance at a home. Police reports say Eshelman was armed with a large knife when officers contacted him.

Authorities have not identified the officer involved, but the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave. Chief Dave Ruffin said the incident is being investigated.

Third man arrested in Dec. 10 shooting

A third man has been arrested in connection with the Dec. 10 shooting of Dale Olmos near Moses Lake.

Gilbert Williamson, 46, was taken into custody without incident Sunday and booked into Grant County Jail, a news release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office said.

Prosecutors charged Williamson with first-degree rendering criminal assistance for his alleged role in the shooting. Jordan Wiester, 21, and Jose Rivera, 16, also are in custody and face charges of attempted first-degree murder.

“We’ve got all the suspects in custody that we believe were responsible for the shooting,” said Kyle Foreman, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Olmos, 28, was found with a gunshot wound to the head. He remains in critical condition at a hospital, Foreman said. Detectives think Olmos was shot in a dispute over a stolen cellphone.

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