Fire causes $2,000 in damages to Moscow apartment building

A fire caused about $2,000 in damages to an apartment building on the 1400 block of West A Street Thursday evening, Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brian Nickerson said in an email.

By the time firefighters arrived, Nickerson said a sprinkler system activated and extinguished the fire, which was reported at 5:46 p.m.

The fire was on a first-floor outdoor porch and extended up an exterior wall. Damage was limited to vinyl siding, a door and the sprinkler head.

Nickerson said the fire is believed to have been caused by discarded smoking material near a box and trash can. No injuries were reported.

Spike strips stop driver allegedly fleeing from police

Moscow police deployed spike strips Thursday morning on West Pullman Road in Moscow near the state line to disable a vehicle in which the driver was allegedly fleeing from Pullman police, said Moscow Police Department Capt. Will Krasselt.

The driver, a 36-year-old man, was a fugitive from justice and was arrested for that and suspicion of eluding police.

Man cited for allegedly breaking into Moscow elementary school

An 18-year-old man was cited for suspicion of malicious injury to property and unlawful entry Thursday after allegedly breaking into Lena Whitmore Elementary School in Moscow late Wednesday night, said Moscow Police Department Capt. Will Krasselt.

The man reportedly entered through a window, damaging a window screen, and was identified on the school’s camera.

Ziply Fiber rolls out upgrades

Ziply Fiber, the company that acquired the Northwest operations for Frontier Communications, announced this week that Pullman and Moscow will receive a fiber-optic upgrade this year.

Pullman and Moscow are two of 13 locations across the Northwest where Ziply is deploying its fiber-optic cables that are intended to provide gig-speed internet to customers.

Ziply Fiber is investing $500 million in upgrades to its network and services throughout the region.

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