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Sheriff addresses concerns about dog shot after attacking K9

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is addressing concerns as to why one of its deputies shot and killed a dog Monday during a foot pursuit.

Sheriff K9 Laslo was attacked by a dog and had to get stitches as a result of that attack.

Deputies were responding to a domestic dispute at a Spokane Valley home. Authorities say an individual would not cooperate and led Deputy Jeff Thurman and his K9 partner Laslo on a foot pursuit.

During the pursuit a pit bull tied up to a fence nearby got loose and attacked Laslo.

"I heard 'Control your dog, control your dog' and then pop, pop pop," witness Carl Berens said.

Berens lives across the street and said he saw the entire incident.

"Just the cops show up and the guy going over the fence and the guy is running and the guy came back and got a K9 and went around the corner and he yelled stop or I'm going to release the K9," Berens said.

"Right about that same time frame a large pit bull that was in the back that had been tied to the fence broke loose somehow from it's chain and attacked Laslo's rear leg," Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Inslee names April National Poetry Month in honor of Oso

Governor Jay Inslee has declared April National Poetry Month in Washington and is hoping the state will use poetry as a way to send solace and well wishes to the communities affected by the mudslide in Oso.

Residential street sweeping begins in Spokane Valley

Residential street sweeping begins in Spokane Valley

The City of Spokane Valley is working on the annual spring street sweeping. Crews have finished the arterial sweep and are moving on to curbed residential streets between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm.


In an effort to help crews efficiently complete street sweeping, residents are asked to keep vehicles, trailers, and portable basketball hoops out of the right of way while sweeping is underway. They are also asked to trim vegetation back from the curb and right of way and to trim overhanging branches to at least 14 feet above the public street.

Sheriff K9 Laslo attacked by pit bull during pursuit

A Spokane County Sheriff K9 is recovering tonight after being attacked by a pit bull during a foot pursuit Monday night.

According to Deputy Craig Chamberlin, K9 Laslo and his handler Deputy Jeff Thurman were responding to a report of a burglary in progress in the 19100 block of Cane Court. The suspect fled the scene on foot, with Laslo and Deputy Thurman in pursuit.

As the pair turned a corner, a pit bull that had been tied to a nearby fence broke free and bit down on Laslo's leg.

Deputy Thurman attempted to pull the pit bull off of Laslo, but was unable to and instead fired his weapon twice and killed the attacking dog.

Laslo received six staples in his leg as a result of the attack but was allowed to return home with Deputy Thurman Monday evening and will make a full recovery.

The burglary suspect remains at large.

Driver arrested for DUI passed out in Jack in the Box drive thru

Driver arrested for DUI passed out in Jack in the Box drive thru

Spokane Valley Police arrested a man Friday who was passed out in the Jack in the Box drive thru at 1505 North Pines.

Deputies were called to the restaurant just after midnight Friday and found a vehicle with its engine running blocking the drive thru. They spoke with the driver, who was sitting behind the wheel next to the preview board, and determined he was Johnathan Meyers, 34.

Meyers exhibited signs of intoxication including, but not limited to, slurred speech, glassy eyes, poor balance, slow movements and the odor of alcohol on his breath. He confirmed he was intoxicated after taking -- and failing -- a field sobriety test.

A records check confirmed Meyers' driving privileges were suspended, he had four previous DUIs on his record and was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his car, which he did not.

Meyers was booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony DUI and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license and a violation for not having an ignition interlock.

World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

World War II vet receives Purple Heart 70 years later

A Spokane World War II veteran shot in combat received his Purple Heart almost 70 years after the battle in which he earned it.

It's been a long time coming for 90 year old Lloyd Phillips.

And by all accounts it's an incredible story that starts with Phillips almost missing the boat to battle.

"When we got to Camp to ship over, in New York, I came down with appendicitis, scarlet fever, and measles. So I missed the boat. But I caught the next boat with the 574", says Phillips.

Fast forward to April 1945. Phillips' Army unit was on a convoy in Germany when they were ambushed.

"And they shot Rose, my partner, and they shot our gunner, and I couldn't get him out of the turret of the gun."

Taking fire, Phillips ran toward a building where he saw American GIs. That's when he was shot. Twice.

"I was holding my rifle at port arms. The bullet hit the rifle and ricocheted up through my helmet. The other bullet went on the side of my cheek and the bottom of my ear... it went all through my arms."

Cut and bleeding, Phillips made it inside only to find the GIs were P.O.W.s under German guard.

Police investigating possible child luring case near Opportunity Elementary

Police are investigating a possible case of child luring after a 12-year-old girl says a man in a truck approached her Thursday as she walked home from Opportunity Elementary.

Last Saturday night, the girl and a 10-year-old friend were having a sleepover in a camp trailer on her family's property when, according to a Spokane Valley Police Department press release, the girl said a man was standing outside looking into the trailer.

The man allegedly knocked on the door and tried to open it. The girl called her parents on her cellphone and when her dad came outside the man was gone. The girls went inside the house and a minute later they all heard a loud knock at the front door. When the dad went to the door, no one was there, police said.

On Thursday the 12-year-old girl told police she saw a man driving a newer, full size, dark blue truck, pulled up next to her by the sidewalk as she was walking home from school. She claimed the man spoke to her, and she yelled at him to leave her alone and ran to a neighbor's yard.