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Washington 911 calls got stuck in Colorado

Washington 911 calls got stuck in Colorado

A report to regulators on the statewide 911 outage in Washington says emergency calls failed because they were stuck in a processing center in Colorado.

In the report last week to the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, CenturyLink says an estimated 4,500 calls over a six-hour period early on April 10 were stranded at the center in Englewood, Colo., operated by the database manager Intrado. It ran out of capacity to route the calls.

The News Tribune reports the outage affected 127 dispatch centers in Washington until calls were re-routed.

A state 911 project manager, Andy Leneweaver, says the outage also affected six-to eight call centers in North Carolina and about 11 in Minnesota.

Century Link and Intrado say changes have been made to prevent another such 911 outage.

Mom searching for disabled son's stolen tricycle

Mom searching for disabled son's stolen tricycle

One Spokane Valley mother is on a mission to get her disabled son's stolen tricycle back and is looking to the community to help her out.

Leisa Eining was shocked when she went to her garage Tuesday morning and her son's trike was no where in sight.

"It's just so irritating that it is just gone," Eining said.

Eining's 17-year-old son Manny is disabled and uses this trike as a way to exercise.

"It was made for disabled people because it has straps on the pedals and straps that go around his waist," Eining said.

For six years Manny has ridden the bike around the apartment complex where he lives.

"Having the bike, it makes him put his legs together more and strengthens him that way," Eining said.

Eining says sometime between Monday morning and early Tuesday, the bike was stolen from her locked garage.

"I was putting flyers all around the apartment complex right away, going why did you take a disabled boy's bike?" Eining asked.

Years ago, the trike was given to Manny as a gift from the Rotary Club. At $1,500, the bike's too expensive to replace.

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime prices causing consumers to pucker up

Lime, the little fruit that causes some to pucker, is causing that same reaction when consumers look at the price lately.

"The price of limes has been crazy," Casa De Oro owner Enrique Torres said.

Torres owns Casa De Oro in North Spokane. He said he's squeezing out hundreds of dollars each week on limes to keep the restaurant running.

"You can't go to a Mexican restaurant and order a margarita or beer without the lime," he said.

Torres just put in a $150 order Tuesday for a case of 140 limes.

"Like four months ago they were $20 a case," Torres said.

It's going to be an expensive week for the restaurant, with their annual Cinco de Mayo celebration coming up on Saturday. Torres said they'll need up to six cases of limes for Cinco de Mayo alone.

"It's going to be $700 for the limes," he said.

At grocery stores, customers are seeing the same thing. Limes that usually only cost a couple dimes are now pushing a dollar. Some stores haven't even had them because of the shortage.

Bloomsday name inspired by Ulysses

Bloomsday name inspired by Ulysses

The Lilac Bloomsday Run will race through Spokane for the 38th year on Sunday, but have you ever wondered where Bloomsday gets its name? The name takes Spokane’s love of lilacs and pairs it with Greek mythology and a famous literary character.


Here’s more on the history of the name from Bloomsday:

Court docs allege daughter helped hide mom's body after killing

A Spokane Valley woman helped her boyfriend try to dispose of her mom's body after he allegedly killed her and then went on an Internet shopping spree while draining her mom's bank account, according to court documents.

Those documents outline the role Rachael Colby, 29, allegedly had in the death and subsequent cover-up of the death of her mother, LaTanya Chapin, whose body was found in the trunk of a car at the Richard Allen Court Apartments last week.

Colby, who is currently in custody at the Spokane County Jail, was charged Monday with second degree murder for her mom's killing. Previously she was charged with a count of rendering criminal assistance by hiding evidence in her mom's murder and then helping dispose of her mom's body, as well as a charge of trafficking stolen property by selling items purchased using her deceased mother's bank account.

Local bands compete for your Bloomsday vote

Local bands compete for your Bloomsday vote

Every year local bands and radio stations line the Bloomsday course providing entertainment for all the Bloomies. Bloomsday has released the bands that will be providing entertainment and competing for your vote along the course.

Man arrested for murder of girlfriend's mom

Man arrested for murder of girlfriend's mom

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office confirms two people are in custody in connection with the murder of a Spokane woman.

The people arrested in connection were the killing were Juan Sifuentez on a charge of second degree murder, and Rachael Colby on a charge of rendering criminal assistance.

According to the Spokane County medical Examiner's Office, Latanya Chapin was killed by blunt and sharp head and neck injuries and neck compression.

KXLY sources say Chapin was last seen on February 24 as she was heading out of town. Relatives say Chapin loved the outdoors and would often take trips to the mountains. When relatives didn't hear from her on her daughters birthday, they began to worry. Chapin was reported missing on March 7th.

Colby is Chapin's daughter.

Sheriff's deputies were looking for a vehicle they suspected was involved in the disappearance and it was found Friday morning at 12:30 at the Richard Allen Court Apartments in Spokane. The victim's body was found in the vehicle's trunk.

Sifuentez and Colby were arrested Friday; both are in custody and should be making their first court appearances on Monday.