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Dog electrocuted in downtown Spokane in apparent ‘stray voltage’ incident outside bank

Washington Trust Bank at the corner of Wall Street and First Avenue has shut off all outdoor power after a man reported his dog was electrocuted Tuesday. The incident bears a resemblance to other pet injuries and deaths nationwide due to “stray voltage,” which can be caused by underground sidewalk heaters and the resulting pools of melting snow and ice.

Black Rock golf club members lose suit over membership fees

Former members of a luxury golf club on Lake Coeur d’Alene have lost a class-action lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in membership refunds after the club was surrendered to a Spokane-based bank in 2010. The plaintiffs sued Washington Trust Bank and subsidiary West Sprague Avenue Holdings LLC, arguing that they were entitled to almost $29 million in club initiation fees paid to The Club at Black Rock LLC. They also sought $15 million in interest and other damages.

Suspected bank robber expresses concern for dogs

David C. Burns reportedly led police on a chase after committing a bank robbery Wednesday afternoon, riding his bike through alleys and across yards until he slammed into the side of a police cruiser.

Credit cards get tech upgrade

Banks and credit unions across the region are making the switch from magnetic swipe cards to the cards of the future – the safer kind with a microchip built in. The past year’s string of high-profile data breaches and cyberfraud incidents has pushed financial institutions in the United States to start adopting chip-based cards that already are widely used across much of the world.

Washington Trust purchases Ridpath Annex to accommodate workforce growth

Washington Trust Bank has purchased the empty Ridpath Annex with plans to convert the building into office space to absorb the bank’s downtown growth. The bank’s purchase brings an end to the once-ambitious plans of four development partners who bought the building eight years ago for conversion to condominiums.