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Transgender Woman Faces Trial

The transgender woman banned from the Lewiston Rosauers for using the women's bathroom will stand trial today for allegedly battering a woman after a confrontation in a downtown bar. The case is unrelated to the Rosauers incident, but it still involves Alberto (Ally) Robledo's gender identity, said her defense attorney, Joanna McFarland. The woman Robledo is accused of punching in the face is alleged to have started the fight and earlier used gay slurs against Robledo, McFarland said. In addition to the charge of battery, Robledo is charged with reckless driving and resisting or obstructing officers in connection with the March 23 incident. All the charges are misdemeanors, and Robledo faces up to two years in jail and $3,000 in fines if convicted/Joel Mills, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Should this case be prosecuted?

Three events for your business brain: GSI, LaunchPad, Connect NW set speakers

The lineup of coming business-related events: 

Thursday, May 10: Greater Spokane Inc. sponsors a  conversation with Jeff Philipps, CEO of Rosauers and chair-elect of GSI's board of trustees.

It runs 8 - 9:30 a.m. at the GSI offices, 801 W Riverside, Suite 100. Register here.

Friday, May 11: LaunchPad Live hosts a live networking luncheon (and taping) on the aerospace sector. Topics include the Air Washington Project, made up of 11 community and technical colleges that train workers for the aviation industry.

It starts at 11:30 a.m., at Nectar Tasting Room in downtown Spokane. For more information or for seats, go here.

May 24:  Executive Connect Northwest Breakfast  hosts Steve Duvoisin and Jon Copeland at the Georgian Ballroom, Spokane Club. It runs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. 

Duvoisin is CEO of Spokane-based Inland Imaging, one of the area's prime radiology groups. Copeland is the CEO of a newly formed information technology company, which is the combination of the Spokane-based Inland Imaging IT and TROI IT Solutions teams and QuickStudy Radiology, based in St. Louis, Mo.
 
Register here.

Tips sought on credit card thieves

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest thieves who used stolen credit cards to buy $18,000 in computer equipment and other items.

The credit cards were stolen from a 64-year-old woman who was shopping at Rosauers, 9414 N. Division St., then used to buy merchandise that same day. More than $7,000 was spent at the Target store at 13724 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley.

The theft occurred July 29, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office announced today. Detectives have not been able to identify the man and woman pictured on surveillance cameras using the stolen cards.

Anyone with tips on their identities is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Rosauers to close Deer Park store

Rosauers Supermarkets Inc. will close its Deer Park store next month, President Jeff Philipps said Tuesday.

More shopper travel to Spokane and competition from a nearby Yoke’s Fresh Market, coupled with the economy’s slowdown, have changed the Deer Park marketplace since Rosauers bought a former Excel Foods locaion on South Fir in 2001, he said.

“We have long considered an update to the facility to better compete,” Philipps said, “but the current site is landlocked by other businesses, and would require an investment that is not economically feasible.”

Employees may receive counseling, severance or help with placement at Yoke’s, he said.

Employees were informed of the company’s decision Monday.

Clark: Rosauers Shows Heart

Philipps is the 53-year-old CEO of Rosauers Supermarkets, a Spokane-based chain with 21 outlets spread across the four states of the Inland Northwest. Two Saturdays ago, Philipps and his management team gathered at a North Side pizza joint, along with employees whose lives had been in turmoil since Dec. 29. That’s when a massive buildup of snow collapsed the roof of the Rosauers at Five Mile.None of the 40 customers or 40 workers who was inside when the sky fell that early evening was hurt seriously. One employee suffered a few minor injuries when the avalanche force of descending snow and ceiling literally blew her out the front door. That was the good news. The bad news was that this was no clean up on Aisle 12. The roof was burnt toast. Building a new one will take four to six months. And so the 120 employees affected had steeled themselves for unemployment checks and less-than-certain futures. Then Philipps dropped the bombshell.No lost jobs. No unemployment checks. The decision had been made to keep every worker/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Have you heard of another company doing something as magnanimous as this?