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From: "misty" <>
Subject: AJ Queener
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 21:53:39 -0600
3 Bandits Rob Athena Gas Station, Shoot Attendant
Search for three bandits, ranging in age from 14 to 18. who robbed an
Athena, Ore. service station and shot Attendant A. J. Queener Wednesday
night, continued throughout Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon
At the same time officers were investigating the thefts of three automobiles
Wednesday night. One was reported to be stolen from the Milton business
section, another from Athena and a third from Helix, Ore.
Walla Walla city police, the sheriff's office and the Washington state
patrol joined the search for the three individuals who emptied the cash
register of $90 and then shot Queener in the head as they were leaving the
Queener's condition was described as unchanged in a Pendleton hospital
Thursday morning. While not believed to be critical, he lost considerable
blood and was extremely weak, hospital attendants said. The bullet struck a
glancing blow in the head.
The trio approached the Associated gas station at 8:45 p.m. when the place
was empty of customers.
They threatened the attendant, A.J. Queener, with two guns. Then after this
60-year-old man had handed over the contents of the cash register without
resistance they. shot him and sped away in a car.
Both the Oregon and Washington state patrols and the Umatilla and Walla
Walla sheriffs offices quickly threw up road blocks. The bandits were
described as ranging from about 14 to 18 in age.
Three suspects were picked up at Wallula junction at 10:30 p.m. and returned
to the sheriff's office here for questioning. The trio was released late
Wednesday night the sheriffs office reported.
Mrs. Blanche Towner. who operates a dog kennel near Ferndale between Walla
Walla and Milton, was held up and robbed by three armed youths late
Wednesday night, according to Milton city police. Officers said the
description of the individuals given by Mrs. Towner. tallied with the
description of those believed to have robbed and shot the owner of an Athena
service station the same night.
Mrs. Towner told officers was alone at the time and the three entered the
house through the back door. She gave them all the cash she had at the time
which was $2.
Mrs. Towner was not harmed.
Walla Walla Union-Bullet
79th Year, No. 281
Walla Walla, Wash
Thursday, January 22, 1948
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