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Security: Spokane Falls College Newspapers Weren’t Stolen

SPOKANE, Wash. –

Spokane Falls Community College security has determined hundreds of copies of the student newspaper were not stolen in April, as student journalists suspected.

The Spokesman-Review reported recently that about 400 copies of the March 8 issue of the Communicator disappeared from the racks at a rapid pace on April 2 and April 3, as students and staff returned to campus after spring break.

The issue featured an unflattering front-page about Darren Pitcher, who resigned as the college’s president in February amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Student journalists believed someone stole the papers to hide the coverage.

Kenneth DeMello, campus safety director, said whoever took those papers wasn’t technically stealing them because they appeared “free for the taking.” DeMello said there are no surveillance cameras in that area.


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