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In brief: Thief in costume takes cash at Coeur d’Alene Resort

Sat., July 12, 2014, midnight

Police say a man wearing a costume took money from the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s cash room between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The man was wearing sunglasses, a mask, a fake beard and dark clothing, Coeur d’Alene police said in a news release. The man entered an employee hallway and accessed the accounting office and cash room, the release said.

Police are not releasing the amount of money stolen. A $5,000 cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call (208) 769-2320.

Hillyard attic fire routs four residents

An attic fire at a home in Hillyard on Thursday afternoon displaced four residents, but no injuries were reported, the Spokane Fire Department said.

The blaze was reported shortly after noon Thursday at 2304 E. Bruce Ave., according to a news release. Flames could be seen in the attic and in the rear of the single-story home. Crews extinguished the fire within a half hour.

The occupants, two adults and two children, are being assisted by the American Red Cross. The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $75,000 in damage, is under investigation, the fire department said.

Property records indicate the home, built in 1975, is owned by Jason and Kimberly Kazmark.

Campground closes for firefighters’ use

State officials have closed Lake Spokane Campground, including its day-use area and boat launch, to the public while crews continue dousing a fire in southern Stevens County.

Firefighters are using the land for logistical operations to support the firefighting effort. But they’re encountering people who still want access to the site, said Jessica Payne, a Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman.

Other options for camping, swimming and boat access include Riverside State Park, Nine Mile Recreation Area Campground, two public boat launches at the south end of Long Lake and Dragoon Creek Campground.

Information about reservations at Lake Spokane Campground is available at (509) 465-5064.


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