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Two Springfield homes damaged by arson

SPRINGFIELD - An arson fire damaged two occupied houses in Springfield early Friday.

Firefighters responded to a house fire at 357 49th Loop at 2:28 a.m. They found the outside of that house, as well as the fence of a neighboring home, engulfed in flames.

Additional firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze, and a subsequent investigation revealed the cause to be arson, police said. A Springfield fire marshal was called to the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

Pair of robberies

reported within minutes

SPRINGFIELD - Police were investigating a pair of armed robberies that occurred within 15 minutes of each other Friday night.

The first call came in at 9:14 p.m. when police responded to the Exclusively Adult Book Store at 1166 S. A St. A man displayed a pistol and left with $40 from the till, police said. He was described at a white male, 35 to 40 years old, about 5-foot-6, 150 to 160 pounds with short brown hair, long sideburns and some facial hair. He was wearing a short brown leather jacket, black shirt and blue jeans.

While police were checking the area for the suspect, another armed robbery call came in at 9:24 p.m. from the Dari Mart at 1950 Mohawk Blvd. Police described this suspect as a 45-year-old white male, 5-foot-8, medium build with short brown hair, scraggly facial hair and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. Police said he also displayed a pistol and fled with $70 to $80 in cash from the till and some food.

No vehicles were seen in either case. Police were unsure whether the robberies were related and the investigation was continuing.

REGION

Marcola woman dies when car hits pole

BROWNSVILLE - A Marcola woman died early Friday when the car she was riding in went out of control and hit a power pole near here, the Oregon State Police reported.

Suzanne Rachel Shores, 22, was a passenger in a 1994 Honda Civic headed west on Highway 228. The car left the roadway about 4:40 a.m. and hit the pole. Shores died at the scene.

The driver, 24-year-old Kimberly Nan Sisler of Marcola, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries.

Both women were wearing seat belts.

Police said no one witnessed the wreck. The westbound lane was closed for five hours. The state Department of Transportation helped with traffic control at the scene. The Albany office of the state police will conduct the investigation.
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Date:Sep 18, 2004
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