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Reward offered for suspected gang member

Secret Witness is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Gary Wayne Danielson Jr.

Danielson, 26, is wanted on five felony warrants: delivery of drugs, burglary, theft, attempting to elude an officer and bail jumping, police said in a news release. His Spokane record lists 11 convictions, including for burglary, assault, theft and malicious mischief, police said. Police also said Danielson is a gang member.

Danielson is a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighs 170 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on Danielson’s location can call Secret Witness at 327-5111. Callers are asked to use a code name or number and do not have to give their real name to get the cash reward.

Man who fell into river still listed as critical

A man who fell into the rain-swollen Coeur d’Alene River in Wallace, Idaho, on Friday evening remained in critical condition Sunday at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene.

The condition of Warren Null, 50, had not significantly changed, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The condition of a 2-year-old girl, who fell into the river with Null, was listed as improving at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, said a spokesman for the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office. The child initially was listed in serious condition.

Null, carrying the child, fell into the river behind the sheriff’s office in Wallace, according to sheriff’s deputy Thom Kolb who authorities said witnessed the incident.

Null was identified as a “friend of the family” by authorities, who wouldn’t release the child’s name.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Tom Pipkin and Greg Cummings, an emergency medical technician, jumped into the cold river and rescued the pair, authorities said.

Phony police officer pulls over, robs driver

A 57-year-old Spokane man was robbed Saturday evening after stopping his car for what he thought was a police vehicle, authorities said.

The unidentified victim, driving near Sixth and Freya, pulled over when an unmarked car pulled behind him and began flashing white lights about 11 p.m., police said.

After stopping, the driver was approached by a man dressed in civilian clothing who demanded to see the victim’s driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance, police said.

The man took those items back to his car and, a few minutes later, summoned the victim back to the second car. There, the man pretending to be a police officer, asked “where the money was” and took the victim’s wallet, house keys and some cash.

The robber and a male accomplice, who remained in the second car, then sped from the scene, police said.

The robber was a white male in his late 20s, clean cut, about 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair, police said

Police didn’t provide a description of the robbers’ vehicle, but asked anyone with information about a car with flashing lights “mounted outside the regular headlights” to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Anyone not wearing a police uniform who stops a citizen should immediately show a badge and photo identification, police said. Undercover officers rarely stop citizens without having a uniformed officer along, police said.

Child playing with candles may have started fire

A 7-year-old girl playing with candles was suspected of starting a fire at a 2123 W. Riverside apartment building on Sunday afternoon.

The blaze broke out at 2 p.m. in unit No. 5 of the building, which houses about five separate apartments, said Spokane Battalion Chief Steve Sabo. Ten units responded to the fire call.

Crews quickly extinguished the blaze that sent black smoke billowing from the building and caused extensive smoke and heat damage to the top floor of the three-story apartment. The 7-year-old and four other family members were displaced and are staying with relatives, Sabo said.

None of the other units was damaged, Sabo said.

Gasoline pipeline leaks, catches on fire

Renton, Wash. A small section of the Olympic Pipe Line located in a wetlands area caught fire Sunday, but nobody was hurt and there were no evacuations required.

About 50 firefighters responded and the flames were extinguished by 11 a.m., but the pipeline continued slowly leaking for about 8 1/2 hours, until it was capped around 5:30 p.m.

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