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In brief: Woman found in river identified

Officials have used fingerprints to identify the woman found dead in the Spokane River near East Empire Avenue on Jan. 10 as Rosalba Robayo Blanco, 60.

Blanco’s fingerprints were obtained in California in 1988. Her name may have changed since then.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office is looking for information on Blanco that will help them identify her next of kin. Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 477-2296.

Four law officers added to memorial

The names of four law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were recently added to the Law Enforcement Memorial outside the Spokane Public Safety Building. An annual memorial service to honor those who have died was held Tuesday.

Wapato Police Department Officer Derek “Chip” Hansen died in March of complications from injuries he received in July 2011 when he was attacked by a suspect.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean Michael O’Connell Jr. died in May 2013 when he was hit by a truck while directing traffic.

Also honored were Bellingham Police Department Patrolman Otto Brown and Whatcom County Deputy Sheriff James F. Chatfield.

Brown died in 1930 in an on-duty motorcycle accident and Chatfield was killed in July 1921 when he exchanged gunfire with suspected bootleggers and/or narcotics smugglers near the Canadian border.

There are now 315 names on the memorial.

Pit bull slips collar, attacks Chihuahua

A pit bull escaped its owner and attacked a leashed Chihuahua near Skipworth Road and 33rd Avenue in Spokane Valley on Tuesday evening.

The pit bull was visiting a nearby home with its owner and was on a leash as it left the home, said Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service Director Nancy Hill. At the same time a woman and child were walking a leashed Chihuahua down the street.

“It sounds like the pit bull saw the Chihuahua, slipped its collar and ran down the street after the Chihuahua,” Hill said.

The Chihuahua was severely injured, Hill said. The pit bull’s owner took the dog and left the scene.

Animal control officers have the owner’s name and will be investigating, Hill said.

“We have limited information at this time,” she said.


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