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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

In brief: Bank building fire quickly extinguished

From Staff Reports

It took 49 firefighters about 20 minutes to extinguish a blaze in sixth-floor offices of the 15-story Chase Bank Building, 601 W. Main Ave., on Sunday afternoon.

Spokane Fire Department spokesman Brian Schaeffer said no one was injured. Damages were estimated at $200,000.

The fire was limited to an information-technology room and an adjacent office, he said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The building was constructed before fire suppression systems were required by code.

The only floor with a sprinkler system is the basement.

Police say man fired gun at friend’s home

A 37-year-old man was in the Spokane County Jail after allegedly shooting a .45-caliber weapon into a home near the 13700 block of East 46th Avenue in Spokane Valley early Sunday morning.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Jason Cunningham fired a bullet into the home’s front window at 3:26 a.m. before going inside and pointing his gun at someone described as a longtime friend. Deputies said he didn’t fire at his friend, but left the home and shot his weapon into the air.

He was arrested near Bowdish and Broadway and booked into jail on charges of drive-by shooting, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Three injured in Highway 54 crash

Three people were sent to Kootenai Medical Center after a two-car collision on state Highway 54 at Clagstone Road near Athol on Saturday.

The Idaho State Police said Dexter Olmstead, 16, of Spirit Lake, was traveling north on Clagstone around 4:44 p.m. when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 54. Olmstead’s 1997 Dodge pickup collided with a 2000 GMC Safari van driven by William Ramsbottom, 41, of Post Falls.

Both vehicles left the roadway and Ramsbottom’s van went through a fence at the side of the road.

Ramsbottom and his passenger, Christine Rice Ramsbottom, 43, who were both wearing seat belts, were taken to KMC for their injuries.

Olmstead, who was not wearing a seat belt, was also taken to KMC for his injuries.

Man dies of stabbing; suspect in custody

A man is dead after being found in downtown Spokane with a stab wound Sunday morning, police said.

Police have arrested David J. Fagundes, 24, and he has been charged with second-degree murder. The victim’s identity was not been released.

The victim was found near the intersection of Howard Street and Third Avenue shortly before 5 a.m., according to the Spokane Police Department.

Police dispatched major crimes detectives to the scene. A portion of Third Avenue was closed to traffic for about four hours as police scoured the scene for clues.

KHQ TV reported that the victim, after being found by police in the roadway, was rushed to a local hospital, where he died from the stab wound.

Rollover crash injures driver

One person was injured Sunday in a one-vehicle rollover crash near State Road 904 and Interstate 90 in Four Lakes.

The Washington State Patrol said Kelly Landis, 20, of Seattle, was driving too fast as she merged from SR 904 to I-90 and lost control of her 2003 Toyota 4Runner. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled.

Her passenger, Shelby Fisher, 21, of Graham, Wash., was injured and taken to Deaconess Medical Center. Both women were wearing seat belts.