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Sleepy driver crashes into Dishman Dodge

A driver in Spokane Valley crashed through the brick sign of Dishman Dodge, doing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to the sign and more than 20 vehicles parked in the lot.

The driver, who is 20, reportedly hit the sign at a high rate of speed, completely flattening it and causing approximately $50,000 to $60,000 in damage to the sign alone.

"It will be a mess. Take a while to clean up," Tom Maine with Dishman Dodge said.

The car lot was filled with shiny, beautiful, brand new cars Monday evening with the dealership closed. When it opened this morning the situation had changed dramatically.

?We did a count this morning and we have over 20 vehicles that have damage to them so it will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage by the time it all gets totaled up," Maine said.

Maine's morning started off with an unsettling text message telling there was an accident at the dealership.

?Thankfully the person that was driving wasn't injured severely so that's the most important thing. I mean we can work through the damage and stuff,? he said.

Spokane Valley neighborhood lights up the holidays

A home featured on Kris' Holiday Lights was so spectacular, KXLY had to find out the story behind it.

This Spokane Valley neighborhood has been transforming their street into "Christmas Tree Lane" for more than a decade.

During the rest of the year, Christmas Tree Lane turns back into the 1600 block of South Keller Road in Spokane Valley.

During the holidays, the entire street is decked out with coordinating Christmas decorations.

Christmas Tree Lane started at Scott Honodel's house. Scott's son is the mastermind of the operation.

"Even from his younger days as a child he's always been fascinated by lights," Scott said.

Scott and his son are most proud of a 90-foot tree that features 80,000 Christmas lights, and has become the focal point of Christmas Tree Lane.

Everyday during the holiday season, a constant stream of people come by to check out the displays.

"My dad used to bring us down this road every year and�I thought it would be cool to�come with my kids," said Spokane Valley resident Rachel Madsen, who said she's come to see the lights for more than ten years.

Spokane County deputies take kids holiday shopping

When you see law enforcement outside of stores, it's usually not a good thing. However, if you stepped inside area Wal-Marts on Sunday, you might have been pleasantly surprised. Officers and children were doing some holiday shopping together for the annual Holidays and Heroes event.

"It gives us a chance to make contact with these kids and show them that law enforcement really does care about them and the community," Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.

Every year, agencies from Spokane and Kootenai Counties team up with Walmart to brighten the holidays for less fortunate families. Officers pick up the kids from their house in a patrol car and bring them to the store to buy gifts for the family.

?These kids are really thoughtful about what they purchase, it's not all about the toys and that," Knezovich said.

Jesse Malin was one of the roughly 100 kids that went shopping today.

Spokane Postal Service customers get expanded Sunday service for the holidays

Spokane Postal Service customers get expanded Sunday service for the holidays

The U.S. Postal Service said they will help with the hustle and bustle of the holidays by opening three Spokane area locations for five hours on Sunday, December 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The post offices will offer full retail services including stamp sales and package acceptance.

The Spokane Valley, Shadle Garland, and Manito postal stations will be open to provide an added opportunity for customers to accomplish their mailing needs.

In addition, the Postal Service will deliver parcels from larger offices in the Greater Spokane area on each of the Sundays leading up to Christmas.

During the 2013 holiday mailing season, the Postal Service delivered 434 million packages and 6.4 billion pieces of First-Class mail across the nation.  Due to continued e-commerce growth and improvements to the Priority Mail product line, the Postal Service expects double-digit growth in its package business this holiday season, likely in the range of 450 to 470 million packages.  That equates to roughly 12 percent over the same period last year.

Hit & run victim asks driver to come forward

A Spokane Valley man is struggling to get the help he needs after a hit and run left him with a debilitating injury. Now he is asking the driver to come forward.

Kurt Vasica, 51, was hit at the intersection of Oberlin and 16th in Spokane Valley on November 14.

Vasica is a carpenter and now he is unable to work because of his injuries and unable to get support from the state unless the driver is apprehended.

That's why he is asking whoever hit him that night to turn themselves in.

?I was just crossing the road and the next thing I remember was a loud thump and I was hit and the next thing I remember was I was on my face and I just started crawling for the edge of the road,? said Vasica.

Spokane Valley traffic unit investigators released this video of what could be the driver that hit Vasica, a dark colored SUV with a light colored lower rocker panel.

A citizen noticed the vehicle driving recklessly a few blocks ahead, the same citizen who stopped to help Vasica out of the road.

Ongoing investigation into a vehicle/pedestrian collision in Spokane Valley

Ongoing investigation into a vehicle/pedestrian collision in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision that occurred at the intersection of North Argonne Road and East Sprague Avenue on Sunday, November 30, 2014, in Spokane Valley.  The 41-year-old pedestrian was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and is listed in critical condition.

The intersection was closed for several hours as Traffic Technicians began their investigation of the incident.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said preliminary information indicates the pedestrian was walking southbound in the crosswalk on the west side of the intersection when the vehicle, traveling westbound on Sprague, struck the pedestrian. 

Initial reports state the 19-year-old driver had a green light, indicating the pedestrian, who was wearing dark clothing, was crossing against the red pedestrian light.  At this time, there are no indications the driver was impaired, but speed does appear to be a contributing factor. This investigation of this incident is ongoing.

Spokane Valley structure fire extinguished Sunday night

Spokane Valley structure fire extinguished Sunday night

Resources from the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) were dispatched at 10:35 p.m. Sunday evening  to a reported structure fire in the 1200 block of N Dick Rd. in the Spokane Valley. First arriving units noted smoke from the attic area of a single-story, single-family residence. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to confirm the presence of fire in a wall around the main floor fireplace. The incident was upgraded to a “working fire” and additional resources were assigned.


The SVFD accessed the fire by the removing a significant portion of the wall around the chimney. The fire was extinguished as it was accessed, and the wall was fully opened to ensure that no smoldering fuels remained.


Two residents were at home when the fire started and escaped unharmed with their three dogs. They were able to reoccupy the residence after SVFD operations were completed. The origin and cause of this fire is currently under investigation.