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Man sought in dragging of officer

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Police are still looking for the man they say dragged a Spokane Valley police officer 50 yards with his car on Friday night.

Officer Sean Walter was sent to Carnahan Road and Fifth Avenue to check on a car in the road with a man passed out behind the wheel, said police spokesman Cpl. Dave Reagan. Walter reportedly found the car, a 1984 Honda Prelude, blocking a southbound lane with its engine running and the window down. The man behind the wheel and a female passenger both appeared to be asleep.

When Walter woke the man, he became belligerent and refused to identify himself, said Reagan. Walter opened the door to remove the driver from the car and the man began to drive away slowly as Walter walked next to the car. Reagan said the man made a quick left turn that caused the door to swing shut, trapping Walter’s hand in the door.

Walter fell and was dragged about 50 yards before he was able to free himself, Reagan said. The officer followed the car and found it crashed into a fence a short distance away. The woman in the car, whom police identified as Rita R. Rodgers, 48, was standing near the car and said the driver had run away.

Police say they’ve identified the driver as Corey Dejuan Allen, 35, of Spokane. Allen is wanted for escape from community custody and will likely be charged with first-degree assault for dragging the officer, Reagan said. The incident left Walter sore but not seriously injured.

Police also found various drug paraphernalia and a stolen wallet in the car, Reagan said. Rodgers was released.

Anyone with information on the location of Allen is asked to call the new Spokane Police/Spokane County Sheriff tip line at 242-8477.

Man shot when rifle falls from closet

A 21-year-old West Plains man was shot in the leg Monday evening when he was reaching into his parents’ closet and a .22-caliber rifle fell forward, hit the floor and fired, according to a Spokane Sheriff’s Office media release. Two guns were stacked in a back corner of the closet, according to the release.

The accident occurred in the 2200 block of South Jays Road in the Deep Creek area of the West Plains.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release the man’s name.

The bullet struck the man just above the ankle, missed the bone, left his leg and became lodged in a nearby mattress, according to the release. The man was taken to a local hospital for his injuries.

Animals killed in barn fire in Post Falls

Five rabbits, a cow and a newborn calf were killed in a barn fire early Monday in Post Falls.

Firefighters arrived at the fire, at 2641 W. Echo, shortly after midnight Sunday, according to a statement from Jim Lyon, spokesman for Kootenai County Fire and Rescue.

The couple renting the barn, Brenda and Brian Beard, told firefighters the animals belonged to their children, who show the animals as part of a 4-H program. Two cats managed to escape the barn without serious injury.

The fire is being blamed on lamps used to heat the barn. Firefighters say heat sources should be kept at least 36 inches away from combustible materials.

Child injured in hit-and-run crash in Pullman

Pullman Police are investigating a hit-and-run that injured an 11-year-old child on Monday. According to a Pullman Police media release, an SUV ran a red light and struck a Ford Explorer at Main Street and Grand Avenue in Pullman. The child in the Explorer suffered minor injuries. The driver of the SUV, described as either a Chevrolet Blazer or a Jeep Cherokee with a spare tire on the back, did not stay at the scene, police said.

The SUV likely has extensive damage to the front bumper and driver’s side. Police are asking that anyone who either saw the accident or has information call officer Matt Burkett at (509) 334-0802.

CV to host meeting on facilities concept

The Central Valley School District will host the third in a series of community meetings involving the proposed facilities concept tonight at 7 p.m. at Broadway Elementary School, 11016 E. Broadway.

The proposed plan includes building two new schools, remodeling and updating six buildings, and relocating, replacing and transitioning some schools across the 80-square-mile district.

Acting on the recommendation from a committee investigating growth in the district, the school board voted in November to take the facilities plan to the community for input.

Community members at tonight’s meeting will view a presentation by district officials, and then have an opportunity to provide written feedback.

The district has already met with the Liberty Lake and Chester Elementary School communities. Information gathered at additional meetings scheduled over the next two months will be presented to the school board in March.

The following additional meetings have been scheduled:

Greenacres Elementary, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.; Ponderosa Elementary, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m.; North Pines Middle School, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.; University High School, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.; Bowdish Middle School, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.; Opportunity Elementary, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.; Evergreen Middle School, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.; Central Valley High School, Feb 16, 7 p.m.; University Elementary, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the proposed facilities concept, or to make a comment, call 288-5405 or go to www.cvsd.org.

Man charged in 1990 Seattle murder

Seattle A man serving time for murder in Nevada was charged Monday with the killing of a 38-year-old woman in her Seattle home 14 years ago.

Advances in DNA testing led authorities to Trenino Rollins, 44, who was scheduled to be released in 2011, prosecutors said in charging papers filed in King County Superior Court. His semen was found on the body of Betty Elaine Minnis, who was stabbed 25 times with a pair of scissors on Oct. 19, 1990. Her 12-year-old daughter, asleep in an upstairs room, awoke to her mother’s screams.

Rollins’ bail was set at $2 million and his arraignment set for Jan. 24.

Minnis’ daughter initially picked another man out of a photo montage, but he was cleared several months later.

Investigators resubmitted the evidence to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in September 2003, and the profile matched that of Rollins, who lived in Seattle at the time, prosecutors said.

State sues cigarette distributor

Olympia The state Revenue Department is suing the Internet cigarette seller ValueCigs.com.

The state wants the Cape Charles, Va., company to turn over its list of customers so the state can demand cigarette taxes.

The department won a court judgment last year to get the customer list from another Internet cigarette seller – dirtcheapcig.com. And those people have been notified they may be fined if they don’t pay cigarette taxes.

The department collects $409 million a year in cigarette taxes but estimates another $140 million is missed because of Internet and out-of-state purchases.

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