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Getting There: Spokane airport buys land near future runway

Spokane International Airport is expanding its land holdings to the southwest with the acquisition of 844 acres of unimproved land off the end of a future runway. Louisa Mager of Park West Properties Inc., of Kirkland, Wash., contacted the airport and offered to sell the land. The $2.35 million sale price is 2 percent above a market appraisal, said Todd Woodard, airport spokesman.

Car stolen from Otis Orchards Elementary School

Liberty Lake Police responded to a call at Otis Orchards Elementary School the afternoon of Oct. 29 when no Sheriff’s deputy was available to respond. Staff reported that a man had entered the school and said that the voices in his head told him he could find food there, said Police Chief Brian Asmus.

Family sues dealership over rental car mix-up

A North Idaho family detained by police at gunpoint after their loaner car from a Spokane BMW dealership was mistakenly reported stolen is suing Lithia Motors and Camp Automotive. Casey and Sheree Bryntesen describe a harrowing experience they say left them and their two children traumatized, and they are seeking more than $2.2 million plus punitive damages.

Chase ends with snooze

It started with what appeared to be a drug-fueled joy ride in a stolen pickup truck. It ended with a nap. Spokane police arrested Benjamin P. Aleto, 27, Tuesday night after they say he fled from Officer Ron Van Tassel through a north Spokane residential area, according to an affidavit.

Flying farmer spots his stolen truck

A man has been arrested after a Grant County farmer flying his private plane spotted a truck and two trailers that had been stolen from his farm last week. Kevin Weber of Weber Farms was flying over the Grand Coulee area on Saturday when he saw the truck and trailer that had been missing since Thursday, a Grant County sheriff's news release said. Weber had offered $2,500 for information leading to the equipment’s return and conviction of the thief.

CopDots help keep tabs on property

For a city recently ranked fourth in the nation for car thefts, calling property crime a hot-button issue might be an understatement. Brent McLaws’ technology company, with its U.S. headquarters in the Hillyard neighborhood, is looking to curb the numbers.

Accord leads list of Top 10 most-stolen in WA

Washington car thieves can't shake their devotion to Japanese autos. A list of the ten most-stolen cars in the state last year is topped by the 1992 Honda Accord and includes just three domestic makes, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Theft victims will phone it in

Spokane police officers soon will no longer respond in person to take reports of stolen vehicles. It’s a move, officials say, to “work smarter” and more efficiently after several rounds of budget cuts. They also say some cars could be recovered more quickly if victims provide information about their stolen car by phone instead of waiting until an officer can respond.

Internet ads help police recover stolen car, bike

Spokane Valley detectives recovered a stolen classic car and a stolen motorcycle after searching two Spokane Valley homes Wednesday. The 1936 Ford Coupe was stolen Dec. 21, and the victim’s friends and family began scouring the Internet for 1936 Ford parts, police spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said in a news release. They located ads on Craigslist and eBay and easily identified some of the more custom parts for sale.