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Parking ticket helps nab alleged Spokane bank robber

On top of the years in prison he faces after he was accused this week of robbing four banks in Washington, the man the FBI believes is the “Roscoe Bandit” owes the city of Spokane $15. Police believe that while William Mitchell, 55, allegedly was robbing Numerica Credit Union in downtown Spokane on Nov. 7, he left his parking meter on Post Street in front of Spokane City Hall unplugged.

Huckleberries: Mayor Bloem’s departure a win for hard-liners

Now, we all know what Mayor Sandi Bloem meant at the annual Human Rights Banquet on Monday when she said she’d return to the feast in 2014, but maybe not in the same capacity. She had already decided not to seek re-election to a fourth term, for personal and professional reasons – not because she feared possible stiff competition against rival Councilman Dan Gookin. Bloem told Huckleberries on Wednesday that she wasn’t going to run, when your columnist followed up on her banquet remark.

Expired parking meter would cost $25 under plan

Motorists could soon face heftier fines for parking too long at downtown parking meters. The Spokane City Council is scheduled tonight to consider raising parking ticket fines from $15 to $25.