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Region in brief: Widow sues over death at raceway

A lawsuit has been filed by the wife of an asphalt contractor who was killed May 8 at Spokane County Raceway Park when a driver slammed his race car into the man.

A suit filed by Mary H. Arndt has been filed on behalf of her husband, Bob L. Arndt, of Post Falls. According to the suit, the 68-year-old contractor was at the track at the request of raceway general manager Jay Livingston to discuss a bid for construction work.

At the same time, Vince Grzesiak, a 46-year-old retired military pilot, was taking laps on the 2  1/2 mile road course in his 2003 Infiniti G3 when he lost control and struck Arndt at the south end of the track.

Named in the suit are Spokane County; Austin Motorsports Management; Inland Empire Chapter, BMW Car Club of America; and Grzesiak. Attempts to reach Grzesiak and Chief Deputy Civil Spokane County Prosecutor Jim Emacio were unsuccessful late Monday.

Thomas Clouse

Home invaders steal pain medications

Spokane police say two men burst into a Spokane woman’s apartment Monday morning and stole OxyContin and hydrocodone.

A 54-year-old woman answered her apartment door about 5:45 a.m. in the 3100 block of East 37th Avenue, and two men forced their way in and ran off with the drugs, which the woman had obtained with a prescription, according to Spokane police.

The victim thinks the men may have found her name on empty prescription bottles in her garbage outside, Officer Tim Moses said.

The men are described as 5-foot-7 to 6 feet tall with light builds and in their 30s.

One man wore a dark sweatshirt, black jeans and dark boots. The other man wore a dark hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Meghann M. Cuniff

Installer, maker blamed for light fixture injury

Actor Dennis Franz and a 72-year-old family guest have filed lawsuits in Kootenai County against the manufacturer and installer of a mechanism that apparently failed and caused a light fixture at Franz’s North Idaho house to fall in 2007, injuring the guest and a toddler she was holding.

Franz, known for his role as Detective Andy Sipowicz on the TV drama “NYPD Blue,” owns 82 acres of waterfront property near Kidd Island Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

According to the suit, Marlene Schraut and her husband were guests of Dennis and Joanie Franz on July 18, 2007. On that day, Dennis Franz attempted to operate a mechanism designed to raise and lower a chandelier in his great room. The lift failed, and the chandelier fell.

Named as defendants in both suits are Edwards Construction Inc., ACME Electric and Aladdin Light Lift Inc., and company representatives.

Thomas Clouse

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