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10 Ic.E.E*F. ""Ess Thursday, August 20, 2015 NEWS an By JOHN McCALLUM Editor or John Mat- icchio, own- er of Lenny's American and Italian Fine Cuisine restaurant in Cheney, how his restaurant looks on the outside is just as important as what's on the inside. "People stop by just to look at the outside," Maticchio said last Thursday while sitting in the restaurant's pa- tio. "They say, 'if he does this outside, inside must look good too. It shows he cares.'" Maticchio's careful and intricate landscap- ing has earned him the Cheney Garden Club and Kiwanis Club Yard of the Month selection for August. It's a dis- tinction that's long in coming, more than the 15-plus years the res- ed Cheney's Aug Photo by John McCallum Picture above from left to right: Lenny's owner John Maticchio, Cheney Garden Club member Betty Ray and Cheney Kiwanis Club representative Pat Isbell. taurant has been a fix- corner of First and Elm ture on the northwest streets. Maticchio said he learned the landscaping art while growing up in his native Trieste, Italy. He had an ncle who was a landscaper, and he would help him out on jobs, watching as he care- fully transformed bushes on the grounds of well-to- do Italians into a variety of shapes, such as animals. "He was a profes- sional in that field," Maticchio said. "That's how I got into it." Other than an occa- sional attempt to steal any of several Roman- esque statutes on the premise, or cut down one of the trees decorated for Christmas, Matic- chio said he doesn't have many problems with vandals, given the high- profile location of the restaurant. He has had many people compliment him on his work outside, and even has one regular customer who appreci-"The best payment is ates the detail so much when a customer comes that shehas been known up and thanks you for to stop at the restaurant it," he added .... and pull weeds, should For his work, Ma- any appear.., ticchio receives a $.25 While it's a little Jarms gift certificate f0r work to do, Maticchiobeing selected as Yard said he is always con- of the Month. scious of making sure J o h n M c C a I- the grounds are nice, lum can be reached at clean and trimmed, Photo by John McCallum One of John Maticchio's sculpted trees adorns Lenny's restaurants patio seating area, along with several sculptures. ries continued from page 1 after a threat analysis determined the suspect could pose a danger. After entering the unit Aug. 12, police detained and arrested Matthew J. Horpel, 28, on one charge of residential burglary for the Clover Street break in. A search of the apart- ment turned up a number of items listed as stolen in other burglaries in Cheney and in Spokane. "Some of it was tied right away to him," Begh- tol said. Beghtol said Horpel, described as a career crim- inal who told Beghtol and Hobbs that he knew they were coming and had rehearsed an escape plan a couple times, linked the burglaries to four other individuals - two males and two females - in 30x 60 Shop Electricity 1,800 sq. ft. High ceiling Gas Heat with 12 ft. doors off Lights both sides Concrete Affordable floors Inave continued from page 1 information, the pro- posed site is zoned R-3H (multi-family high den- sity), with Salnave Park bordering the parcel to the north and a vacant, grassy lot to the west. City sewer, water, solid waste and electricity ser- vices will be available for connections along State Route 904/First Street, and the city expects in- creases in fire and po- lice protection services, along with health care and schools to occur once occupied. Johns6n and another partner in Salnave Glen, Spokane, three of whom were taken into custody last Friday. According to book- ing information from the Spokane County Jail, as of Aug. 12, Horpel has since been charged in Spokane with one count of second-degree burglary and five counts of residential burglary. Besides the residential burglary charge for the Clover Street incident, Horpel is facing a charge of trafficking in stolen property, and is likely to face burglary charges for a break in on Du- bois Street, and possibly several others, Beghtol said. None of the break ins were random. Beghtol said the group would scout their targets to de- termine if the occupants were home during the day, when all of the break ins occurred. Horpel would ap- proach the house and ring the doorbell, then hide to see if anyone an- swered the door. In some cases, the suspects in- flicted damage to the resi- dence, such as backing into a garage door and knocking it off its track, then quickly fleeing the premise to a point where they could monitor the residence to see if a police patrol unit showed up to investigate. In one case, Beghtol said Horpel attempt- ed to enter a residence by removing window screens, only to find all of the windows locked. He then used" a land- scaping stone to smash the glass of a sliding door. When there was no response, he entered the home through the broken door. Beghtol said not Only was the entry to the resi- dence unique, but so was the conduct of the sus- pects once inside. Large items were often taken, and no attempt was made torhide traces of their entry. "In some cases they not only stole stuff, but caused significant dam- age to the house," Begh- tol said. Police have a number of items taken from the residences of Horpel and his accomplices to docu- ment, photograph and return to victims for iden- tification. Beghtol expects this process will likely lead to further charges. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. len Jeff McCloskey, complet- ed a similar but smaller development last year, the 48-unit Wandermere Glen Apartments in north Spokane. That develop- ment is full, and Johnson According to the ap- plication, once built out the complex will house approximately 100-150 people. Johnson said their studies showed Cheney said it was their goal with Salnave Glen to build somewhat larger units , to provide. ment next to the (Salnave) park," Johnson said. The application re- quires no public hearing be held. The public has a 14-day commerit period lacked good, quality stu- that ends at 5 p.m., Fri- dig apartments, some-day, Aug. 28. Comments thing Salnave Glen seeks can be made to Lucas at, or at 498-9240. John McCal- lum can be reached at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com. I=na=mml than typical, along with larger garages, carports and stairwells, which will have natural light. The partners are not necessarily looking at at- tracting student renters. "We're targeting the main Cheney population, ,so to speak," Johnson said. "I'm sure we'll get some students too." The complex will fea- ture 18 studios and 18 one-bedroom units, with the rest being two-bed- room units of differing sizes. Prices should range from $625 per month for studios to about $1,100 per month for some two- bedrooms. "We just want to cre- ate a nice living environ- Looking for your own space? Call us to schedule a tour and consider the possibilities for this large space. Cheney (509) 235-8485. kMq ktPIms Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale Drain cleaning Drain field installation License #602872994 7 ~'I'ALIAN~T?~U~ANT. FREE Parking 7 Nights A Week 245 W. 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