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Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

The Spokane Human Society is placing itself under a voluntary, 14-day quarantine after receiving two animals infected with deadly and highly contagious diseases at the shelter.

The quarantine began immediately after a 1-year-old dog tested positive for Parvovirus and a 5-month-old kitten tested positive for Feline Distemper. Both are highly contagious viral diseases and are potentially life-threatening to their hosts.

“The closure will allow our cats and dogs to be properly observed,” said Executive Director Dave Richardson. “Our first priority is the health and well-being of the animals in our care at the shelter. Taking this measure will help reduce the chance of spreading the disease. We ask for the public's patience and understanding.”

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Police detectives are searching for endangered runaway 17-year-old Nicole Rene Agnew. She was reported missing by her mother on October 6th. She stated her daughter had run away from home on October 1, but been spotted as recently as October 7 in the Coeur d'alene City Park with a 22-year-old man named Derek Harrington.

Nicole's mother believes Nicole may have left the area for Spokane, but could return and is using the City Link bus for transportation.

Nicole is 5'8”, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Attempted lurings reported in Spokane Valley

Attempted lurings reported in Spokane Valley

The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on alert for suspicious activity. There have been multiple attempted lurings over the past five weeks in the same area of the Spokane Valley.

Officers say there are three reports where a male as offered a ride to females, a younger looking adult and two juveniles. All incidents occurred between 7:15 and 6:30 am in the 13300 block of East Mission and the 13300 block of East Broadway.

The man is described in his 40's or 50's, between 5'8” and 6' tall and 150 to 200 pounds. He is balding with white or gray hair on the sides and may wear glasses. His car is described as a red SUV-type, possibly a Ford, and he speaks with a heavy accent.

Both Spokane Valley and Spokane County deputies have increase patrols in the area and have notified Central Valley School District officials.

Anyone who may have information about the incidents or who observe suspicious activity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Repeat burglar behind bars after three month investigation

The Spokane Valley Investigative Unit has put a repeat burglary offender behind bars after a three month long investigation. Now they're working on finding others involved in what is believed to be a burglary ring.

"These people that commit these crimes are preying on our citizens," Deputy Mark Gregory with Spokane Valley Police said.

Kenneth Runkel, 51, was arrested at his apartment in the 1300 block of North Magnolia on Wednesday on five felony charges.

The investigation started back on July 11 when the Painted Hills Golf Course was burglarized. A Spokane Valley resident saw two men that had backed up their four-runner to a storage shed, looking like they were ready to load their trailer with equipment inside. Luckily, the alert citizen snapped a photo of the vehicle, but it didn't show their faces. Officers began looking for the vehicle and two weeks later found it, with Runkel behind the wheel.

?At that time, we could not put him at that scene, just the vehicle,? Gregory said. ?So he was issued a citation, a criminal citation for driving while suspended."

Glass company helps preserve teen's memory for family

Glass company helps preserve teen's memory for family

A Spokane Valley glass repair shop is going out of its way to protect the loving memory of a teenager killed in a high-speed car crash last year.

Last Sunday friends and family marked the one year anniversary of a deadly crash during a candlelight vigil service at University High School. Sophmores Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott died last fall when the car they were passengers in went off the road and hit a tree near the Ponderosa Jump.

Mott loved to play soccer, was a starting forward for U-High, and that meant her mom spent a lot of time driving #9 to and from practice. That's where the footprints on the windshield of Connie Mott's Volkswagen came from.

"From after she went to soccer I heard she would take her shoes off and would put her feet on the windshield," Jeremy Greene with Glass Doctor said.

After the crash, Connie Mott couldn't bring herself to clean or replace the windshield, even after it was cracked by a flying rock. That's when Greene volunteered for the delicate job of trying to cut out the footprints without shattering them.

Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Working 4 you: American spending shows positive signs for the economy

Some good news for the economy. Americans are spending more!

Purchases of durable goods, such as furniture and cell phones are increasing. For the month of August, purchasing of such items increased 2% in America. That may not seem like a lot, but compare that to an increase of only 0.1% in July.

This is according to data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

But what drove the August rush in spending?

The biggest factor was auto sales, everything from cars to parts, which accounted for half the gains.

People typically don't make big purchases like cars unless they feel confident in the economy and their personal finances.

Overall, consumer spending increase a total of 0.5% in August.

Economists say the increase in spending is a good sign for the economy. Some say buyers are a critical indicator of the economy's health since they make up a majority of how much product gets produced in the United States.

After the financial crisis in 2008 and the recession, people cut back heavily on purchases. But, as more people are finding jobs, that should translate into more spending.

Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

Working 4 you: Reducing your risk of breast cancer

As most people know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but do you know how to reduce your risk of the disease?

Doctors say there are steps you can take now to reduce your chances of getting the disease in the future.

Taking steps to be healthy may not prevent all breast cancers, but for most women these steps can reduce the risks.

First, doctors say to watch your weight. Being overweight or gaining weight as an adult increases the chances of developing the disease, especially after menopause. So, eat well to keep you weight in check throughout your life.

Also, get some exercise. Experts recommend about 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise. If possible, include at least two strength training sessions a week, as well.

Also, don't smoke. Just another reason to quit if you do smoke. And if you drink, limit yourself to no more than one drink per day. Experts say the more alcohol you consume, the greater your chance of developing breast cancer.

If you are able to breast feed when you have children, doctors say this can offer some protection against the disease as well.