Spokane Valley police are investigating a rash of business burglaries over the past week.
All told, burglars stole $3,100 worth of scrap metal and business equipment from three companies and caused $700 to $800 damage at another, according to a news release from Spokane Valley Police.
Burglars stole aluminum equipment and scrap copper from Waste Management, 11720 E. First Ave., between June 12 and June 14.
Then, over the weekend, burglars stole office equipment from Solutions Financial Group, 408 N. Mullan Road, and Four Seasons, 15704 E. Sprague Ave.
Also over the weekend, vandals broke into a storage yard at American Recycling, 6203 E. Mission, and smashed the windows of several vehicles.
There is no reason to believe the crimes are connected, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan.
Police are asking anyone with information about the crimes to call (509) 242-TIPS.
– Amy Cannata
Valley to appeal over Appleway extension
The Spokane Valley City Council voted Tuesday to appeal a lawsuit it lost over a strip of land that could extend Appleway Boulevard east to the city limits.
Currently, the Sprague-Appleway couplet ends at a weed-strewn length of railroad bed where the city wants to extend Appleway east from University Road.
The lawsuit, filed six months ago, alleged the land transferred to the city after Valley incorporation.
The county disagreed, saying that it was never used as a road and did not change hands with the rest of the street system.
A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the county three weeks ago.
The city has argued that its plans for Sprague, as well as grant money to extend Appleway east to Evergreen Road, are in jeopardy because Spokane Valley doesn’t own the land.
The county has offered to give the land to the city under a number of conditions. Talks have stalled, though, primarily over disagreements on the purchase and location of right of way that would be set aside for a mass transit system like light rail.
– Peter Barnes
Students needed for newspaper staff
High school students interested in journalism are needed for The Vox, a student-produced newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review. Applications are now being accepted for staff positions for the 2007-08 school year. Any high school-age student in Spokane County or North Idaho may apply.
Prior journalism experience isn’t required. Students should have an interest in writing news, sports, opinion or entertainment.
Photographers, page designers and graphic artists are needed, along with a political cartoonist. Students will work with Spokesman-Review staffers.
Students selected will be required to complete training in July and will need to attend staff meetings during the school year at the downtown Spokesman-Review office. Applications are available online at www.spokesmanreview.com/ blogs/vox. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is Friday.
– Staff reports
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