The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington on August 2, 1992 · 23
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The Spokesman-Review from Spokane, Washington · 23

Spokane, Washington
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Sunday, August 2, 1992
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A Sunday, Aug. 2, 1 992, Spokane, Wash. THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW B5 Intelligent, polite robbers hit grocery stores Duo has gotten away with $1.5 million Associated Press PORTLAND Two robbers responsible for the longest and most expensive string of robberies in Northwest history are cool professionals who probably lead outwardly normal lives, a police psychologist says. Theyre probably not appreciably different from the guy next door, said Richard Newman, a clinical psychologist for the past 20 years. Police say the two men have robbed 35 grocery stores in Oregon and Washington since 1987. The robbers have gotten away with $1.5 million, averaging $43,000 per robbery. Newman developed a psychological profile of the two men after joining the investigation 18 months ago. I think, first of all, that theyre very bright, Newman said Friday. The men hide in the stores and, disguised with ski masks, confront store employees shortly after closing. One man holds employees at gunpoint while the other orders the manager to open the store's safe and empty currency, rolled coins and postage stamps into a bag or cardboard box taken from inside the store. The robbers drive away in an employees car, abandoning it a short distance away. Robberies have occurred in towns stretching from Spokane to Medford, Ore. The men never hit the same store twice. They dont appear to be drug addicts and generally treat their victims well, Newman said. The robberies are well-thought out and well-executed, he said. Theyre not into the power aspects of the robbery, he said. Newman said the men seemed familiar with the grocery business, with security sys tems and with police investigative techniques. They seem to have more than a casual knowledge of all this, he said. He speculated the men could work in security or have a background in military policing. They also may work as deliverymen or have experience in the grocery business, he said. The refinements in their techniques have been minimal because they seem to have been doing things pretty well from the outset, Newman said. Theyre professionals. They control themselves and they control their victims. The FBI publicized the investigation this week hoping to generate new leads. FBI spokesman Bart Gori said the agency has gotten several dozen phone calls and agents were following up. Nobody has been hurt in any of the robberies, but one robber fired his gun when a store employee tried to run during a July 1991 robbery in Roseburg, Ore. The latest robbery occurred July 19 in Astoria, Ore. Why the men continue has police baffled. They dont seem to be stopping, in spite of having successfully taken well over a million dollars, Newman said. Recycling soul of Oregon shoe firm Deja Inc. aims at new environmental market Associated Press PORTLAND Take some old tires, pop bottles and wetsuits, add some leftover coffee filters, hospital gowns and disposable diapers, and what do you have? The makings of a pair of DejaShoes. The shoes, which are recyclable as well as made of recycled materials, will be introduced next month at an industry trade show in Las Vegas. Executives at Deja Inc. in suburban Portland figure environmentally conscious Americans will jump at the chance to buy a well-designed product thats also good for the planet. Tbe pace and speed with which this environmental sensitivity is coming to the general population is an explosion. What a tremendous marketing opportunity, Deja president Dean Croft said. A few years back, Deja founder Julie Lewis was a homemaker with two lads, a concern for the environment and an idea about creating markets for recycled materials: How about using old tires to make the soles of shoes? Initially, I was thinking just the recycled rubber soles, she said. Then she saw a woman weaving bread bags into rugs. It looked like fabric. That could be the upper, she thought. She called recyclers and fabric companies to get them interested in the idea. They said, No. Who are you? Lewis recalled. A man who made speed bumps of recycled tires suggested she call Bill Bowerman, the former Ore- AP photo Julie Lewis displays a shoe made from recycled materials at her Portland office recently. gon track coach who helped found Nike Inc. In the early days, Bowerman would cook up prototypes at home, such as the Waffle Trainer, made with raw rubber and a waffle iron. Oregons shoe guru, as Lewis calls Bowerman, helped her get a prototype made at a laboratory in Eugene. His contacts at Nike helped Lewis gain credibility with the fabric mills and obtain a grant from a local recycling program to produce 5,000 pairs of shoes. Nike probably doesnt know that they helped, she said. Nike has been working on its own process that recycles ground-up shoes as outsole material for new shoes. Lewis had sold 300 pairs from her house when a lawyer at a party told her about Croft, former chief executive with Portland-based Avia Group International Inc. I walked over to his house and knocked on his door, she said. Croft recognized opportunity. I was generally aware that there was a big green movement that was on the verge of becoming a mass movement, Croft said. Secondly, she did have a prototype. If she could do it, people with broader resources could do it." During the three years Croft was with Avia, sales grew from $8 million to $220 million as the athletic shoe industry capitalized on another trend: the growing number of women buying fitness products. When the wave is coming through, thats the place to be, he said. The number of families willing to adjust their buying habits (for environmental reasons) has grown from 10 percent to 25 percent in just 18 months, Croft said. We believe 50 percent will adjust their buying habits in the next 15 months. Lewis and Croft obtained $2.5 million in venture capital from various investors. ATTENTION: PET OWNERS! PET LICENSES ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL COUNTY DOCS & CATS Tags Are Available At The Following: (Some agents charge $1 .00 Handling Fee) VALLEY NORTH WEST Spokane County Animal Shelter Aslln Finch Feed (2 stores) Evergreen Pet Shop Heart Arrow Veterinary Millwood Animal Clinic Thunder Mountain Dog Supply Valley Feed & Seed King's Vet Spokanimal Care Spok Cnty Courthouse Aslin Finch Feed Chattaroy Feed Store Companion Veterinary Clinic Spokane Humane Society FEES Cat 9 SpayedNeutered 13 Not SpayedNeutered 5 Discount for New Cats Dog 18M SpayedNeutered RY MAIL 26 Not SpayedNeutered d i ivif-tih $1000 Discount for New Dogs Send In Breed, Sex, Color, Owner's Info & Phone: SPOKANE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER N. 2521 FLORA RD., SPOKANE, WA 99216 HIRED! 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But objections were raised by critics, including the Liability Reform Coalition, a lobbying organization made up of businesses, professional associations and local governments. The Boeing Co. and Safeco Insurance Co. are coalition members. The board, meeting at the Captain Whidbey Inn near Oak Harbor, unanimously decided Friday to allow more comment and take another vote on the rule at its Sept. 16 meeting. Under the rule, any person could file a motion in state court to obtain materials of broad public import in lawsuits that are settled before or during trial. The materials are often kept secret because of nondisclosure or confidentiality agreements included in settlements. The rule defines broad public import as a matter that would have a probable adverse effect on the general public health or safety, the administration of public office or the operation of government. Judges would be required to grant access to materials unless they determined that disclosure would cause embarrassment or oppression, violate a recognized privilege, or result in a private harm outweighing the publics interest. Defendants in lawsuits often argue such materials should be kept confidential because they contain business secrets. Some critics said they had philosophical problems with the rule but also expressed concerns that the proposal hadnt been adequately discussed. Others, such as the Seattle-King County Bar Association, objected to a lack of complete review by the board. Goodwill's Spokane and Coeur d'Alene BACK-TO-SCHOOL KICKOFF FRI., AUG. 7 & SAT., AUG. 8 Shop Goodwill's best school-shopping days of the year! Classroom-quality clothing Low As 72 Outfit a whole family of kids at a one -kid price! goodwill Spokane 202 E. Third U-City North 1320 W. Francis Coeur d'Alene 1124 Sherman (Other Stores' Kickoffs August 14 -15) Pier 1 Our annual Basics Sale is back, beginning with some of the most popular Pier 1 items at very affordable prices. Functional, great looks that are anything but basic. Now at fantastic sale prices at Pier 1 . Matchstick Screen. Each panel is 72h x 16w. Reg. $79.99. Sale $59.98. Paper Lanterns in four sizes. 12 to 24. Reg. $4.99 to $9.99. Sale $3.98 to $7.98. Cord Kit. Reg. $12.99. Sale $9.98. Endangered Species Portfolio graphics. 6 assorted prints. 9 x 12. Reg. $14.99. Sale $10.98. European Clip Frame. 9 x 12. Reg. $6.99. Sale $4.98. H w m s, v : ' ' vx-, WvV . ' s V V - W v h it ' ! 'i Papasan Chair with natural pad. Other pad colors also available. Reg. $129.99. Sale $99.98. Solid Pine Twin Frame Reg. $169.99 Extra-thick 6-inch Twin Pad. Reg. $99.99. Sale $79.98. Full Frame. Reg. $199.99. Sale $1S9.98. Full Pad. . Reg. $139.99. Sale $99.98. Hand-woven 100 cotton Striped Rugs. 2 x 3. Reg. $14.99. Sale $9.98. 3 x 5. Reg. $39.99. Sale $29.98. Hand-woven 100 cotton Pillows. 20toss. Reg. $16.99. Sale $12.98. 27 floor. Reg. $29.99. Sale $23.98. nrlhprts For customer service cell (800) 245-4595: Spokane: 701 North Division, 327-4773. Shop Monday-Saturday 10-9, Sunday 10-6 f

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