In brief: Spokane Yoke’s, Subway hit in robberies
Two robberies were reported in the span of two hours Tuesday evening in Spokane, leading police to investigate whether they might be connected.
A man robbed the Yoke’s Fresh Market on Indian Trail Road just after 5:30 p.m. and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash. He said he had a gun but didn’t show one, according to police. He was described as white, 5-foot-9 to 6 feet tall, and in his late 20s or early 30s with a reddish-brown beard and long mustache.
The second robbery was reported just after 7:30 p.m. at the Subway at 6420 N. Nevada St. The robber showed a gun and left with some cash, Spokane police Lt. Dean Sprague said. He was described as white, about 5-foot-11, and wearing a black jacket, jeans, white and black baseball cap, and a black bandanna over his face. A police dog was unsuccessful in tracking the robber.
There are “similarities” between the Subway robbery and other recent robberies, including ones at local coffee stands, Sprague said.
Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
Ski guide dies from avalanche injuries
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A ski guide who was critically injured after being buried by an avalanche in Alaska has died.
Alaska State Troopers said 31-year-old Aaron Karitis of Bend, Ore., was declared dead Monday. He was injured Saturday in Kicking Horse Valley west of Haines.
Interpreters face overbilling charges
SEATTLE – Two Mount Vernon-area interpreters have been charged with overbilling the state of Washington by thousands of dollars for mileage costs.
In Thurston County Superior Court on Tuesday, 46-year-old Gloria Mendoza Garcia and her daughter, 31-year-old Gloria Del Rocio Gonzalez, each pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree theft.
The women work as interpreters for Spanish-speaking injured workers at medical appointments. The state Department of Labor and Industries pays for interpretation and mileage driven by interpreters as part of worker injury claims.
Charging papers allege Mendoza Garcia fraudulently received more than $28,000 in mileage reimbursement from March 2012 through February 2013. Her daughter is accused of fraudulently receiving more than $16,000 during that period.
Fee added to car tabs would pay for ferry
SEATTLE – Most vehicle owners will pay more for their car tabs next year in a bill on the governor’s desk that will save the state money on building a new ferry in Washington.
The state Department of Licensing and its agents will begin collecting a $5 service fee for vehicle registrations and a $12 fee for title transactions on Jan. 1 under the measure. The money will pay for a new 144-vehicle Olympic-class vessel.
Two similar ferries are under construction by Vigor Industrial in Seattle, and ferry officials and lawmakers say extending the contract instead of negotiating a new one will save money in labor and materials.
Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the legislation.
Guilty plea in exchange student case
BOISE – A former Idaho man who was on the run for a decade has pleaded guilty to child exploitation charges related to a German exchange student.
The U.S. attorney’s office said 46-year-old Gerald Lee Farrell pleaded guilty to interstate travel with a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He also pleaded guilty to possession of sexually explicit images of minors.
Court records say Farrell and his wife hosted a 16-year-old German exchange student in August 2003. Prosecutors say Farrell made attempts to see the girl naked and engaged her in sexual conversation.
In December 2003, Farrell took the girl to Nevada. She said one night she woke up with Farrell on top of her trying to remove her underwear.
Farrell and his wife fled to Switzerland in January 2004. He was arrested in Spain last July.