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I 0 0 P SPOKANE VALLEY THURSDAY Lone gunman robs Payless Drug Store The PayLess Drug Store at E10722 Sprague was robbed about 6 p.m. Wednesday by a man with a handgun, sheriff's deputies said. , The man initially asked the Counter attendant for a lottery , ticket, and when the attendant opened the register, the robber displayed a gun. He grabbed an undisclosed amount of money. ' The robber was described as white, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, and in his mid-20s. He had blond hair and was wearing dark pants and a red and blue plaid shirt. SPOKANE Suit alleging birth injury dismissed A lawsuit that alleged a former Spokane physician had caused a boy to suffer brain damage during a 1981 birth has been dismissed. The boy's parents, Holly D. Kettlety and David L. Root, filed the Superior Court suit in 1983 against Gary W. Matravers. It claimed Matravers "deviated from the standard of care" and caused brain damage to David Root Jr. during the delivery April 9, 1981, at Deaconess Medical Center. Matravers, who has moved out of state, denied the allegations, saying that "whatever is wrong with this child had nothing to do with my care during the child's delivery." The suit was dismissed Dec. 1, 1986, by Court Commissioner Robert D. Austin. SPOKANE :Jewelry returned to Gypsy family : Nearly 200 pieces of jewelry seized by police more than a year ago from a family of Spokane Gypsy leaders were returned this week. : Two weeks ago another 200 or ,so pieces of jewelry were re' turned to James and Grover 'Marks, according to their attorney, Mark Vovos. The jewelry was seized by Spokane police during a raid of the Markses' homes in June 1986. Police have alleged the Markses were engaged in trafficking stolen property. During last year's search, police seized more than $500,000 worth of jewelry and more than $1 million in cash. Though criminal charges against the Markses still are pending, court decisions have led to the return of most of the money and jewelry to the families because it could not be tied directly to any alleged criminal activity. SPOKANE Teens tell residents they've won TV set Residents of the Shadle Park area are being contacted by youths who tell the homeowners they have won a color television set and can take delivery for $100, police and Spokane School District 81 officials said today. In the latest instance, a 70- year-old woman who lives on North Cedar was told Wednesday by three teen-age boys that she had won a TV in a Shadle Park High School raffle. She let the youths into her home and they told her she would have to pay $50 freight and $50 tax to claim the 19-inch Sony television, said police Lt. Robert Van Leuven. When the woman's husband returned, he ordered the teenagers out of the home, and they left without incident, Van Leuven said. He said the youths were described as white and about 17 or 18. "This does appear to be a scam, a fraudulent situation," Van Leuven said. Dennis Schuerman, vice principal at Shadle Park High, said today the school has received four similar inquiries from homeowners since Monday. "We have no raffle going on, and to our knowledge it's not our kids involved in this scam," Schuerman said. VICTORIA, British Columbia Restoration slated for Empress Hotel The stately 79-year-old Empress Hotel will undergo a $32 million (Canadian) restoration during the next two years, Canadian Pacific Hotels announced. The work, scheduled to be completed in 1989, has already' begun. Fifty new guest rooms will be added, the palm court will be restored complete with glass dome, a new pool will be built and a new guest entrance constructed. The guest entrance was part of architect Francis Rattenbury's original design for the ivy-covered landmark that overlooks Victoria's Inner Harbor. Bob DeMone, chairman of CP Hotels, said Wednesday that he is confident people won't be able to tell the new entrance wasn't part of the original structure when it is finished. From staff and wire reports No Clark today Doug Clark's column will resume Tuesday. METROREGIONAL ounty hunters grab men in Idah By Jim DeFede Staff Writer A small posse of Alabama bounty hunters rode into North Idaho on Wednesday, grabbed two alleged bail-jumpers, and drove away before stunned family members could figure out what was happening. "They are bringing them back to court," said Ralph Matthews, president of Troup Bonding Co., which is based in LaGrange, Ga., and provides bail money throughout Alabama and Georgia. Matthews said the two men Norman Ernest Swan, 57; and Terence Lee Swan, 23 were being returned to Alabama to face Staff photo by Steve Thompson , A passerby looks at a car involved in a Wednesday morning assault on a sheriff's deputy. The window was shot out when the assailant fled. Suspect arrested in assault on deput By Mike Prager Staff writer A man linked to an assault early Wednesday on a Spokane County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday afternoon when detectives surrounded an apartment in the Spokane Valley and told the man to surrender. Sheriff Larry Erickson said Jody V. Rasmussen, 24, E544 North, was arrested without incident after detectives traced a telephone call placed by Rasmussen from an apartment on East Main to the sheriff's office about 1:30 p.m. Rasmussen is accused of attacking and disarming Deputy John Pardee and then pointing the gun at Pardee after the deputy pulled a Police investigating possible tie between slayings of couples Associated Press Authorities are investigating possible links between last month's deaths of a Canadian couple and unsolved cases involving at least three other couples who vanished or were found dead while on rural Washington excursions. Investigators in several counties say the similarities are scant but they are being probed nevertheless. The body of Jay Roland Cook, 20, of Saanich, British Columbia, was found Thanksgiving Day about 25 miles northwest of Seattle near Monroe. Police said he had been strangled to death. The body of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Tanya Van Cuylenborg, also of British Columbia, was found two days earlier in a Skagit County ditch near Burlington. The couple had left British Columbia in a van on Nov. 18 on a trip to Seattle to buy equipment. Deputy Pete Piccini said a possible link is being explored to the disappearance of Robert D. and Dag-mar Linton who were on their way to Vancouver and vanished in the area. Piccini said he has a "gut feeling my suspect is involved" in both cases. In each the victims were traveling in a van or truck camper and the vehicle was stolen after the crime and abandoned in a parking lot. Other unsolved murders in the area police are reviewing: The March 1985 slayings in Grant County of Edward Smith, 25, and Kimberly Dioane La Vine, 26, of Kent. The August 1985 disappearance and slaying in Pierce County of Ruth Cooper, 43, and Stephen Harkins, 28, of Tacoma. robbery and theft charges. "They vamoosed out of here (Alabama) without telling us," Matthews said. He said leaving the state without permission of the bail bondsman is sufficient grounds to revoke the bond. "When you post a person's bond, he's on a string," Matthews said, "and you can pull him in any time you want." The two men, father and son, were visiting relatives in Newport, Wash. Matthews claimed they made statements to friends in Georgia and Alabama before they left that they were not planning to return for their trials. "In Alabama, if the person is not II Third attack Guns come out for third time during traffic stops. A4 man over for a traffic violation about 3 a.m. near Sprague and Park. Pardee was kicked into a puddle and choked, and the man then tried to back the car over Pardee before fleeing, investigators said. Pardee, who got his shotgun from his patrol car, fired four shotgun blasts into the rear of the assailant's car. Pardee then chased the assailant several blocks in his patrol car before the man's vehicle crashed into a fence and the man fled on foot. After his arrest, Rasmussen was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Cen Staff photo by Dan Pelle Sherri Selby works on wooden reindeer at a Bryant School workshop. in court on time, they don't give you any time to find him," Matthews said. "That would have cost me more than $10,000." Not taking any chances, Matthews flew a team of "agents" to Washington three days ago to track down the men. Their search ended shortly after noon Wednesday when the Swan family drove across the border into Oldtown, Idaho. As the family stopped at a grocery store, Bonner County sheriff's officials said, a large white sedan pulled up alongside and four men climbed out. They handcuffed the two Swan men, threw them into the back of the car and drove off. ter for treatment of scrapes and bruises. Erickson said it was not known how Rasmussen suffered the injuries. Rasmussen is being charged with assault, Erickson said. The car was reported stolen Wednesday morning, but Erickson said the owner appeared to be an acquaintance of Rasmussen. He did not identify the owner. Pardee initially reported he fired three shots at the driver, but an investigation showed he actually fired four, Erickson said. Hours later, detectives identified Rasmussen as a possible suspect, Erickson said. Detectives went to Rasmussen's home, trying to find him, but were not successful. They left a note on "It happened so quickly," said Janet Swan, who watched as her father and brother were led away. "My mother and I were in shock. "We couldn't think of what to do." Sheriff's deputies also were stunned. "We're still trying to make certain what happened," Bonner County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Houghton said, "but it would appear that the men in the sedan are employed by a bail bonding company." If they are licensed bail bondsmen, Houghton said, their actions were legal. "The bondsman has the right to bring them in," he said. "They work the door, asking him to call the sheriff's office, Erickson said. Rasmussen called Lt. John Goldman about 1:30 p.m., and the call was traced to an apartment at E10321 Main. Detectives surrounded the apartment a few minutes later, Erickson said. Sheriff's deputies then placed a call to the apartment and got Rasmussen on the phone. They told him the apartment was surrounded and that he was to surrender. Rasmussen did so without incident, the sheriff said. Erickson said it appeared Pardee acted according to department policy when he fired his shotgun. Pardee is expected to return to his normal duties, the sheriff said. School workshop holds promise of future jobs By Anne Windishar Staff writer A four-mile bus trip across Spokane whisks Sherri Selby from the curbside near her high school to Santa's Workshop. Leaving behind her life as a Shad le Park junior, Selby steps into a room where cedar shavings cover the floor and the smell of paint hangs heavy. She and her co-workers are soon deep in concentration. They have more than 500 wooden reindeer, Christmas trees and sleighs to make, and Christmas is fast approaching. "It's not hard work, but it takes a lot of attention," Selby said as she applied a red ball to the tip of a reindeer's nose. "It's good experience." Work experience is something the mentally retarded students who attend Bryant School part-time might not get if it weren't for the specialized workshop run by Spokane School District 81. Please see WORKSHOP: A4 poltatte ctlitonittt DEC. 3, 1987 A,3 under a whole other set of rules. 'It's a throwback to the Old West. "They basically can go anywhere in the country and do this." But until the sheriff's department has proof that the two men were bail-jumpers, Houghton said, he will treat the case as a kidnapping. Matthews said that when his men return with their prisoners, he will send Houghton a copy of the bail documents. Even though Matthews' actions may have been legal, Janet Swan said, she still is angry with the way Please see BOUNTY: A16 Mining future Higher gold price inspires optimism for region's economy By Michael Murphey Staff writer Although the forecast for silver prices offers little hope for an economic surge in the Silver Valley of North Idaho, northeastern Washington's economy may benefit from new health in gold prices. "Right now in northeast Washington you are seeing a tremendous resurgence in (gold) exploration," Barnard J. Guarnera, president of the Northwest Mining Association. said Tuesday. "There are over 20 companies exploring right now in the Republic area alone. There are now several new gold deposits under development in the Republic area. "There is an enormous amount of activity," he continued. "This will lead to new discoveries, new development and higher employment in the mining industry in these areas." The outlook for the Silver Valley, however, is less certain, although both the Lucky Friday and Sunshine mines are starting to come back on a limited basis. "While it's the largest store house of silver in the world," Guarnera said, "it's also one of the highest-cost mining districts. Until prices reach the level where these mines can make an adequate return, those mines will remain shut." Guarnera made his comments Tuesday at a news conference prefacing the Northwest Mining Association's 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show which will be held through Saturday at the Sheraton-Spokane Hotel and the Spokane Riverpark Convention Center. The theme of the conference "A World of Opportunity" reflects the mining industry's optimism and recovery following several years of an industry-wide depression, conference officials said. "I look at this as being a unique opportunity for the city of Spokane to host a group of individuals who are now on the way up," Guarnera said. "The mining industry for many years has been extremely depressed and we are now seeing a resurgence. This resurgence is obvious of course in the price of gold which this morning was $492 an ounce. "That's an increase of almost 25 percent over what it was at the beginning of this year. We can also see it in the price of copper which is $1.19 a pound, very close to its historic high. And the price of nickle is up as well, and the price of lead and zinc. "Because of this, we expect a near-record attendance at this convention. My own estimate would be that we're going to have between 2,100 and 2,300 mining profession:- als in attendance." Convention chairman Marshall A. Koval said the programs will focus on how mining throughout the world, particularly in the Pacific Rim, will affect the Northwest economy. Of particular interest, he said, will be increasing foreign in vestment in United States mining operations. The industry's newfound health is being spurred by the increasing Please see MINING: A4 Task force will push for funding of Hanford cleanup By Les Blumenthal Associated Press WASHINGTON Five Washington congressmen, concerned with the problems of removing highly radioactive nuclear waste from the Hanford nuclear reservation, have begun a push for the billions of dollars in funding that cleanup would require. "We have consensus in the Northwest that we need to clean up the Hanford site, but we need an active force to push for it," Sen. Brock Adams, D-Wash., said Wednesday at a news conference. "It is essential that we embark on an aggressive program to clean up this contamination," said Rep. Don Bonker, D-Wash. "And, to develop and fund an effective cleanup program will require a sound strategy and a broad-based regional coalition." A 50-member task force, which will include representatives from business, agriculture, labor, government and environmental groups in the Pacific Northwest, will be coordinated by a Seattle-based citizens group called Heart of America Northwest. About 63 percent of the nation's high-level nuclear waste, much of it defense waste, is stored at the Hanford reservation in central Washington. More than 440,000 cubic yards of highly radioactive waste from nuclear weapons production, some of it dating back to the World War H gill,"1.0"ZE.,A.re151.7L;k7..7t:4 Manhattan Project, has accumulated at the reservation and an additional 60,000 cubic yards are expected to be generated at Hanford over the next 12 years. The estimated cost of cleaning up the waste range up to $20 billion. Some of the waste is still stored in 149 single-walled tanks, even though they were taken out of service in 1980 after more than 500,000 gallons leaked from some of the tanks. Most of the liquids in those tanks have been siphoned off and what remains is sludge and other solids. New waste and that produced since 1970 are stored in double-walled tanks. "We've got 40 years worth of waste sitting next to the Columbia River and it's time the federal gov ernment takes responsibility for its mess," said Rep. Mike Lowry, DWash. "I see the Hanford task force as a great step toward that goal." Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., said in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 about $192 million was spent on Hanford waste cleanup and that Congress is considering authorizing $212 million in the current fiscal year. "We are not where we want to be or where we need to be," said Dicks, adding that he had pushed for about $255 million in funding for the current fiscal year. Both Rep. John Miller and Bonker said they would support imposition of a surcharge on the cost of producing nuclear weapons to help fund the Hanford cleanup effort. I . , ,'.-. ' . : . 4, , i ;A. "to kto ' - fr, ,, ' , Immlowai,,,,g. . - , ' , ,, ' ' ...4-111., 4".'"IageNes. . . ' '', ilit4. :$ '', ,, t Nr $ , ,c-,,,74-''..tit , ,.! ,.,....r !i' , . ,,. , - , , - 1 i, , A, , 0 ., . f-.0.41Foo.k; , 1 '.,,,, , ,,' - ' -,- ,-1,,f ' 0 -"0., - ----:- , , , , , i ,:ii',"? , -, , .- .' - liNlitio,, , 'I.,' 1 41111... .,..1 to , Azr. .----"octliv....,,,,,, .0.-Ne., ,,,,,,.,..,m.----,-,--ti , lit. iti:',4tit"1- -." 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