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Cellphone-armed resident helps crack stolen property ring

Spokane Valley Police are crediting an alert citizen armed with a with a cellphone camera with helping shut down a sophisticated stolen property ring.

A Spokane Valley resident thought it was odd when he saw two men parked outside the now closed Painted Hills Golf Course and took a picture as the men backed up to a storage shed and looked like they were ready to load their trailer with the equipment inside.

?He did a great job, he saw something suspicious and not only did he report that, but he happened to capture a picture of the suspect vehicle,? Spokane Valley Police Deputy Mark Gregory said.

Arriving officers found padlocks on the storage unit had been cut and things like power washers and air compressors stolen.

Meanwhile the photo was shared with property crimes investigators at the Spokane Valley Police Department and two weeks later Detective Roger Knight spotted the Toyota 4Runner and trailer at Upriver and Argonne and began tailing the SUV.

?He sees that vehicle that matches that picture identically and turns around and gets patrol officers to stop it and it ended up being the right vehicle it seems,? Gregory said.

Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

Spokane Police warn about new jury duty scam

From the Spokane Police Department:

The Spokane Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are receiving reports of a scam involving jury duty. Victims report they have received a call, telling them they failed to respond to a jury duty summons and now have to pay an officer money to keep from going to jail. Law enforcement officers never call people with warrants requesting payments over the phone to take care of their legal issues. If you receive calls similar to this or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

On August 6, 2014, just after 8:00 pm, a man contacted police after receiving a suspicious phone call. The caller identified himself as a Deputy from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect advised the potential victim that he had missed jury duty and had a bench warrant for his arrest. The suspect then went on to tell the victim he needed to get a pre-paid credit card for $1,000 and they could take care of the warrant over the phone.

Eastern Washington election results by county

Eastern Washington election results by county

Adams

US Representative District 4

  • Clint Didier (R) - 1,051
  • Estakio Beltran (D) – 153

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Susan Fagan (R) - 1,722

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Joe Schmick (R) - 1,709

County Assessor

  • Sherri Brewer (R) - 1,800

County Auditor

  • Heidi Hunt (R) - 1,801

County Clerk

  • Susan Kirkendall (R) - 1,792

County Commissioner

Avista recap and thanks for Saturday storm

Avista recap and thanks for Saturday storm

Avista once again is expressing their gratefulness for customer patience and support after recovering from the second major storm in just two weeks.

It took only three days to restore power to all 48,000 customers impacted by the August 2 storm, which rolled across the inland northwest just six days after the July 23 storm. The last storm resulted in the worst damage to the system since an ice storm in 1996.

“It's an amazing achievement to restore power to all of our customers within a matter of days following the one-two punch we received from Mother Nature,” said Avista Utilities President Dennis Vermillion. “Given the magnitude of damage from these back-to-back storms, I have the deepest respect for all of our employees who were involved in restoration efforts, especially our Avista crews and the contract crews who worked tirelessly in the heat to turn on the lights and get the air conditioning and fans blowing for our customers.”

National Night Out Against Crime

National Night Out Against Crime

It's National Night Out and we've put together a list of celebrations in and around your neighborhood.

National Night Out began in 1984 in an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Check out the list below to see what's going on in your neck of the woods:

 

Kootenai County, Idaho – Hayden City Park 8930 N. Government Way

  • 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Entertainment
  • Free Food and Drinks
  • Giveaways
  • Crime Prevention and Safety Information

 

Moscow, Idaho – Eastside Marketplate 1420 S. Blaine St.

New child mental health facility opening in north Spokane

New child mental health facility opening in north Spokane

Children's Home Society of Washington will give children and families in north Spokane greater access to mental health services when their new facility opens on August 25.

The mental health facility, located in the Northeast Community Center at 4001 N. Cook St., is the first of its kind in north Spokane.

“We are excited to be able to collaborate with the other community providers located at the Northeast Community Center,” said regional director Libby Hein. “We are all working on the same goal, to help children and families thrive in Spokane.”

Two full-time counselors will assist children and their families, and collaborate with organizations also located in the center.

CenturyLink announces high-speed fiber network in Spokane

CenturyLink announces high-speed fiber network in Spokane

Good news for Spokane businesses – your internet is about to get a lot faster! CenturyLink announced the availability of fiber-based Internet and data connection speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second for a significant percentage of Spokane businesses.

“Business customers are important to CenturyLink, and we are focused on innovations that can help businesses reach their goals and simplify their lives using gigabit fiber technology” said Tom Novotney, VP/GM for Greater Washington. “We’re committed to delivering the most advanced, convenient and affordable fiber-based solutions to the businesses that drive the economy here in Spokane”

Fiber infrastructure has proved to be beneficial to economic vitality. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast in 2009 that jobs depending on broadband and information communication technologies will grow by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018.