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In brief: Teen shot while playing with loaded gun, police say

From Staff And Wire Reports

Two teen boys playing with a loaded gun Sunday in north Spokane resulted in one shooting the other in the chest, police said. The victim was hospitalized with a potentially life-threatening wound, police said.

The shooting appeared to be an accident, the Spokane Police Department said in a news release. Initial information indicates one boy thought the chamber was empty when he pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger, police said.

The shooting happened about 2:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of East Vanetta Lane. Officers responded to the scene about three minutes after the initial call and found the wounded boy. A group of teens that had been present during the shooting concocted a false story of what happened before police determined the truth, Lt. Rex Olson said.

Officer Shane Phillips immediately rendered aid to the victim. Responding officers interviewed the teen who allegedly shot the victim.

Swastika painted on wall of Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane said that during Saturday’s concluding service for Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, it was noticed that a swastika had been painted on the concrete wall in the temple’s enclosed courtyard.

Rabbi Tamar Malino said the congregation is working with the Spokane Police Department, which is investigating the vandalism and reviewing security footage, according to SpokaneFAVS.

“The mark is being removed immediately, and both the Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Emanu-El communities continue to show strength and calm in the face of this hateful act,” Malino said.

Spokane Valley collision kills motorcyclist

A man died Saturday night when his motorcycle and a car collided in the area of East Broadway Avenue and North Burns Road in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene just after 10 p.m. The man had died from his injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Spokane Valley traffic collision technicians were called to the scene to conduct the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the motorcyclist will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office at a later date.

The other driver involved, an adult female, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Local man faces mischief, gun charges in Oregon

Police in Bend, Oregon, arrested a Spokane man Saturday, saying he was shining a flashlight at homes, yelling and screaming and damaging fences, while carrying a concealed handgun.

Vitaliy V. Ivanov, 32, was booked into the Deschutes County Jail on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He remained held late Saturday on $20,000 bail.

Ivanov resisted arrest as he was taken into custody on a criminal mischief charge, and he was found to have a concealed semi-automatic handgun and four loaded magazines, Bend police Sgt. Elizabeth Lawrence told KTVZ-TV.

Later, two more loaded magazines and a can of pepper spray were found in the landscaping near where Ivanov was arrested, police said.

In late April 2010, Ivanov was arrested in Spokane when police said he was driving under the influence of intoxicants and failed to negotiate a corner, crashing into the landscaping of a home. A passenger was injured but refused medical treatment.

Ivanov was arrested on charges of vehicular assault, reckless driving, attempting to elude a police officer and resisting arrest.

CdA credit union robbed; FBI opens investigation

The FBI is investigating a bank robbery Saturday afternoon in Coeur d’Alene.

A man brandishing a gun made off with an undisclosed amount of cash from Global Credit Union, 320 E. Neider Ave., about 1:30 p.m.

The suspect, whose image was captured on security cameras, is described as white with a dark complexion, about 6 feet tall, 190 to 210 pounds, 40 to 50 years old, and wearing a Southern Casinos T-shirt with a large “SC” on the chest, jeans and a dark hat.

National parks seeking entry fee increase

TACOMA – Visiting Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks could be more expensive next year, if proposed fee increases are approved.

The News Tribune reported that the cost of a car could go from $15 to $25. The fee proposal impacts 131 parks nationwide.

Mount Rainier superintendent Tracy Swartout said an annual pass could go from $30 to $50 and the charge for one person could jump from $5 to $12.