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In brief: Woman arrested in theft of $117,000 in items from storage unit

Police said a gang of thieves cut a hole in the wall of a storage unit to steal $117,000 in tools, auto parts, antiques and collectibles.

Summer D. Allen, 33, has been arrested, and three more people – another woman and two men – are suspected in the case.

The thefts unfolded last month as the suspects returned multiple times to load items into a trailer and a rented U-Haul. Allen and another woman leased the adjoining storage unit and pierced the interior wall separating the units, according to police.

The victim told police that he has been renting a unit at the Diamond Self Storage facility on Sunset Highway and discovered his items gone on March 18.

Surveillance video shows Allen and her accomplices returning to the facility several times to haul items away, court documents state.

Nina Culver

Slide-affected students offered free WSU tuition

Washington State University has offered to waive a year’s tuition for students affected by the devastating mudslide in Western Washington.

WSU president Elson Floyd sent a letter to the mayor of Darrington outlining the 2014-15 offer for students of the small town along with students from Oso. He later extended the offer to students with an Arlington address.

The mudslide ranks among the deadliest natural disasters in state history.

Staff reports

Man has medical event during police chase

A man was in critical condition after a hit-and-run collision and a brief police chase.

A Spokane police officer witnessed the hit-and-run on Magnesium Road just east of Division Street in north Spokane at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

The suspect drove away and then crashed the car near the entrance of an apartment complex at 10 E. Pineridge Court. He then ran away, police said.

After a brief foot chase, the officer noticed the man having a medical emergency.

The officer did not have contact with the driver before the crash, police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said.

Medics took the man to a local hospital, where his medical condition deteriorated.

Nearby residents said they saw a family with children get out of the green SUV struck by the man before he fled. The people in the car were not seriously injured, Cotton said.

Nina Culver

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