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Northwest news in brief

WA sheriff says ‘no sex on duty’

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state sheriff has sent a memo to deputies telling them that sex on duty will not be tolerated.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich he had to spell out the policy because a deputy he fired for the behavior won his job back last month in arbitration.

The memo says that sex on duty is a breach of the public trust and a breach of the sheriff’s office code of ethics, core values and officer safety.

Man rescued from store awning

SEATTLE (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a man from the awning of a downtown Seattle store.

Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says the man had a leg injury and had to be lifted off the 15-foot high awning in a basket. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center about 6 a.m. Wednesday in stable condition.

Observers told KOMO the man had apparently fallen onto the awning from a ledge higher up on the exterior of the Banana Republic store, but it’s not clear what he was doing up there.

Thieves cut hole in roof for gold

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — Police say it took sophisticated burglars to steal about $1 million worth of jewelry and gold from a business in Puyallup, Washington.KOMO-TV reports that police called to a business called Gold Definitions on Monday found that burglars had cut several holes in the roof of a complex that houses the jewelry store and other businesses. Then they lowered themselves into two of the jewelry store’s neighbors.

Once inside, police say the intruders removed sections of walls that led them in to Gold Definitions.

They also cut away a portion of the wall that gave them access to a large safe containing more than $1 million in jewelry and gold.

Motor home chase ends in crash

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A police pursuit of a man driving a stolen motor home across Snohomish County ended when the fleeing vehicle collided with several cars and a Granite Falls, Washington, house.

KOMO-TV reports that Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies quickly found and arrested the 33-year-old driver Tuesday evening after he ran from the motor home into a nearby house. Witnesses told KOMO the man was shedding clothes as he ran.

The motor home was reported stolen in south Everett. After someone spotted it and alerted authorities, deputies, Washington State Patrol troopers and Everett police tried to pull it over. The driver took off and an hour-long chase began.

KOMO says a person in one of the damaged cars was taken to a hospital.

New wildfire breaks out in WA

BRIDGEPORT, Wash. (AP) — A new wildfire has broken out in Douglas County south of Bridgeport.

Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Janet Pearce says it started about 8 p.m. Tuesday and has burned about 350 acres — about half a square mile — of grass and brush. The state is responding to help local fire districts. One helicopter is already on the scene.

Another wildfire Tuesday burned about 300 acres near Ellensburg. Pearce says drying weather has increased the fire danger in Eastern Washington and a red flag warning could be issued Wednesday afternoon.

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