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Community gathers for McSpadden family fundraiser

Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate and honor the life of Jeremy McSpadden Jr, the teenager who was killed when a bus ran over him while he was working at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser, Idaho earlier this month.

While the Spokane Valley community has been grieving over the unexpected and tragic loss of Jeremy, on Wednesday night, there were only smiles.

"Everybody's laughing and having fun and that's what this was supposed to be, a celebration," said Robin Moritz, Jeremy's aunt. She explained he was the smartest, goofiest kid she knew.

"He never ever left my home -- and he was there every day�-- without saying, 'I love you, Aunt Robin,' and that, to me, was what made Jeremy, Jeremy," she said.

Jeremy was one of more than 50 cousins. The family is a tight-knit group with deep roots in Spokane Valley.

"He means the world to me," said Josh Foster, one of the cousins.�"Jeremy was my best friend. He was my brother. He was like my other half."

Josh said he's grateful so many people showed up to the memorial fundraiser, but hopes Jeremy's legacy won't be forgotten.

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Northwest group reaches out to Africa to help with spread of Ebola

Here in the Northwest a group is working to help those at the highest risk of catching Ebola, people in West Africa.

Kimbery Sonko's husband grew up in Africa, the two started the organization 'Christ's hands on Afrika' to get necessary items to families in the country.

Sonko's husband still has family there who the couple sends supplies to, the family members then distribute the items to those in need.

The organization has been renting a storage unit, collecting what they know to be necessities for people living in Africa.

Backpacks, water bottles for the several mile walk to school and even bicycles for the luckier few.

But now they are looking for something new.

Their family in Africa say what they need most right now is sanitary supplies

With the threat of Ebola right at their doorsteps, children are being sent to school with bleach soaked rags to keep an germs from spreading.

Which is why the organization is now asking for hygiene items.

Sonko says if you are worries about Ebola spreading, donating is a way for you to make a difference.

Free dental and health screenings for seniors

Spokane-area seniors are invited to a free oral health and wellness screening this Friday, October 24th.  "Senior Smile Day" is part of "Teeth Week"  and will include:

Teen arson suspect makes first court appearance Tuesday

A teen charged with setting a half dozen fires in Spokane Valley last month is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday, but a judge has already determined the boy is a threat to the community's safety.

The 16-year-old, faces six counts of arson in connection with a series of brush and structure fires that had Valley residents worried in September after someone deliberately set 18 fires during some of this year's driest conditions of our fire season.

The suspect was arrested at the end of September; as soon as he was taken into custody at the juvenile detention center the suspicious fires, which were averaging two per day, suddenly stopped. He's been in custody since his arrest two weeks ago and fire investigators say they hope he won't get out until he get the help he needs.

Judge Sam Cozza determined the teen was a threat to the community based solely on the charges he's facing and the great hazard any deliberately set fire poses this time of year. However, juvenile court services has been working hard to evaluate his situation, including his mental health status.

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Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.

From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gait screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medication and nutrition consultation
  • Fall prevention workshops

Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the Senior Smile website.