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Fred Meyer Honors Lake City Cashier

Portland, Ore. — Carol Draine, cashier at the Coeur D’Alene Fred Meyer, received the Kroger Community Service Award – a prestigious honor that recognizes her deep spirit of volunteerism and community good will. Each Kroger division names one honoree each year, so Draine was chosen from among 33,000 Fred Meyer employees in four states for this award. Among the reasons Draine was honored:

  • Preparing and donating 75 sack lunches to the homeless each month. In February, she and her husband prepared spaghetti, a rare hot meal for the homeless.
  • Collecting warm coats, blankets, hats and gloves during the winter season and distributing them to those in need.
  • Hunting for cheap fans during the hot months and donating them to seniors who can’t afford air conditioners.
  • Participating in Relay for Life as a cancer survivor.

According to Coeur d’Alene Store Director Bob Hobart, “Carol’s heart has compassion for those in need and when she sees a need, she acts on it. She is a selfless person who works tirelessly to make sure that the less fortunate are being taken care of.”

Question: Am I the only one who wants to signal this cashier out, the next time I'm in Fred Meyer, to thank her?

Fugitive arrested for alleged ring heist

A property crime suspect sought for weeks by Crime Stoppers and Spokane police was arrested Friday after stealing an expensive ring from Fred Meyer, officers say.

Taylor Aleck Contos, 29, was a passenger in a black truck matching the description of the vehicle used in he theft when sheriff's deputies stopped it on Highway 395.

An employee at Fred Meyer at 12100 N. Division St., identified Contos as the man who was looking at rings and left with a Kathy Ireland 1 Karat white gold anniversary ring valued at nearly $4,000.

Deputies recovered the ring from Contos' right shoe after he confessed to stealing it, according to court documents.

Contos had been wanted on six felony property crime cases since he left the Pioneer Center East drug treatment center on Feb. 20.

He was to begin trial this month on charges related to alleged thefts at stores last summer, as well as methamphetamine, heroin and unlawful issuance of bank checks charges.

Now he's in jail on those charges and a new charge of second-degree theft.

Are People Crazier @ Fred Meyer?

On her Facebook wall, Cindy writes of a close encounter with a Fred Meyer employee today:Just got back From Fred Meyer. An employee on his lunch break walked by me singing 'People are crazy at — Fred Meyer … People are crazy — at Fred Meyer.' I don't confine my craziness to Fred Meyer.”

Question: Where are the craziest shoppers in the Inland Northwest?

Fred Meyer Offers Needle-Free Shots

The option of needle-free fall flu shots is being offered at Fred Meyer stores in Idaho and Washington, the company announced. The company press release said “most” Fred Meyer stores will have needle-free and traditional options. You may need to call ahead to confirm, if you're looking for the newer version. This is the first time Fred Meyer stores and pharmacies have provided the needle-free injections, said Marc Cecchini, vice president and director of pharmacy for Fred Meyer Stores. Injections use a Biojector, a CO2 gas-propelled system that  delivers medications or vaccines through a sterile single-use syringe/Tom Sowa, Office Hours. More here.

Question: Are you afraid of needles?

Fingerprints lead to arrests in May theft

Fingerprints led police to identify two suspects in a May 9 purse snatching in Spokane Valley.

Mickey H. Marquette, alias Santos, 26, was arrested last weekend after being identified through a fingerprint database as matching the prints lifted from a 1991 Honda Accord, which police believe he was driving when Tianna Rose Hurd, 28, leaned out and grabbed a woman's purse in the parking lot at Fred Meyer, 15609 E. Sprague Ave., according to court documents.

Marquette accelerated, and the victim was dragged for 15 to 20 feet before she was able to free herself from the purse’s shoulder strap, detectives say.

Police found the Accord abandoned in the area of North Pines Road and Mirabeau Parkway and recovered fingerprints from the inside rear passenger window that belonged to Marquette.

A forensic specialist also found partial palm prints that matched Hurd's prints, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

Hurd, who was arrested on meth charges just 10 days after the incident, has been in jail since June 16 on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and second-degree possession of stolen property. Marquette is in jail on the same charges.

Brothers accused of gunpoint drug rip

Two brothers are accused of robbing a man at gunpoint after arranging a drug deal in a grocery store parking lot.

Jason D. Pegram, 30, and Kyle E. Pegram, 29, are in jail on robbery charges after they were arrested Sunday after a man told police he'd been robbed in the Fred Meyer parking lot at 400 S. Thor St. about 8:25 p.m.

Pegram told police he gave the victim a bag of white flour instead of drugs and received $180, but police believe he also threatened the victim with a gun.

Police searched an apartment at 803 E. Hartson Ave., where Jason Pegram lives with his mother. Police recovered a black BB gun from the home, which they say resembles a semi-automatic handgun.

Kyle Pegram denied involvement, but police say they developed information that connected him to the crime.

The brothers remain in jail on first-degree robbery charges.

Pawn shop video helps nab theft suspects

Surveillance video from a local pawn shop helped identify a young couple who police believe stolen purses from at least four women in grocery store parking lots.

Samantha D. Thomas, 21, and Andrew V. Auerbach, 24, were arrested Saturday but are out of jail on their own recognizance.

Police say Thomas implicated herself in four robberies in April and May during an interview with police at the Public Safety Building on Saturday. She and Auerbach, who applied for a marriage license last year, were seen on camera pawning a victim's camera after police developed information that they were suspects.

They are believed to have stolen purses April and May 7 at Safeway, 2509 E. 29th Ave., and again May 7 at Fred Meyer, 525 E. Francis Ave.

Thomas confessed to another purse snatching outside Winco on North Nevada Street during her interview with police. The victim came forward after media reports, and police plan to recommend an additional theft charge.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a purse theft outside Fred Meyer in Spokane Valley May 9.
  

Police: Thief busted with ‘smart food’

Here's a news release from Spokane Valley police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan titled, “Stolen “Smart Food” No Help to Thief.”

A 24-year-old Spokane man was arrested Tuesday evening after he attempted to steal $329 worth of Blu Ray DVD’s and an egg roll, a burrito and an item labeled “smart food.”

Officer Lamont Peterson was called to the East Sprague Avenue and North Sullivan Road Fred Meyer store about 7 p.m. after a security officer stopped Mordekye A. Layman as he attempted to leave the store with the items hidden in a canvas bag.

Peterson arrested Layman for third-degree theft and returned the property to the store.

Purse thieves drag victim w/ stolen car

A woman was dragged through a Spokane Valley grocery store parking lot by two purse snatchers last week.

The woman told detectives she was getting into her car outside Fred Meyer, 15609 E. Sprague Ave., May 9 about 3:05 p.m. when a white vehicle pulled up and a woman tried to grab her purse.

The male driver accelerated, and the victim was dragged for 15 to 20 feet before she was able to free herself from the purse’s shoulder strap, accordng to a search warrant. The purse contained cash, car keys, a checkbook and business credit cards.

The male driver was described as a wearing a blue baseball cap and white t-shirt. The victim could not describe the female.

Witnesses recorded the license plate of the robbers’ white Honda Accord, which police found abandoned in the area of North Pines Road and Mirabeau Parkway. It had been stolen from 14730 E. Indiana Ave. earlier that day. Police found vehicle theft tools inside.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Fred Meyer cuts plastic bags at Portland stores

Fred Meyer stores aren’t waiting for Portland, Ore., to ban plastic bags.

The retailer will no longer offer customers plastic bags after Aug. 1 at its 10 stores in the Rose City. Paper bags will still be available, though.

Freddy’s could eliminate plastic bags at all of its stores, depending on customer feedback, a company spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams called for a ban on plastic bags in the city by 2012 to encourage shoppers to reuse bags.