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Sunday, May 31, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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In brief: Man who offered teen a ride sought

A 14-year-old girl told Coeur d’Alene police that a man in a white van tried to get her in his vehicle as she walked to school Friday, and officers are asking the public’s help finding him.

The girl was walking on the south sidewalk of Hanley Avenue just north of Lake City High School about 6 a.m. when a white van approached from the east and pulled into the parking lot, stopping about 5 feet from her. The driver told the girl to get into the van and he’d take her where she needed to go, according to police, but the girl ran away and told police.

The man is described as in his 20s or 30s, white, with short brown or blackish hair, unshaven with an average build and driving an older model, full-size white van.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Coeur d’Alene police at (209) 769-2320.

Cops to accept unwanted drugs

Kootenai County law enforcement agencies are starting a new program on Monday to assist residents in safe disposal of unused or unwanted medications.

Residents can bring medications to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department main lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The medications will be safely incinerated once a year, said sheriff’s Lt. Kim Edmondson.

Other participating law enforcement agencies include the Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum and Post Falls police departments and the Idaho State Police.

The agencies expect to receive outdated or unused prescription medications but will not accept medical waste, hazardous materials or needles. Medications can be dropped off anonymously.

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them away may pollute the Spokane River or the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, Edmondson said. When the drugs degrade, they can become toxic, she said.

People with questions about this program can call Edmondson at (208) 446-1300 or contact their city police department.

Gunman robs loan agency

A masked gunman robbed a Spokane payday loan center Tuesday.

Wearing a black ski mask, the gunman ran from Check into Cash, 555 E. Francis Ave., with stolen money after pointing a black handgun at the cashier about 6 p.m., according to Spokane police.

A search dog scoured the area but didn’t find the gunman, who was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, a green winter coat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call 911 or Crime Check at (509) 458-2505.

From staff reports

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