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New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

New telephone scam targets Vera Water and Power costumers

Vera Water and Power said their costumers are the target for a new telephone scam regarding the payment of their bills.


The scam involves a telephone caller who claims to be a Vera Water and Power employee, and then uses a billing and collections scam to defraud costumers.


According to Vera Water and Power, a customer received a phone call on his business line, in which the caller identified himself as a Vera Water and Power employee. The scammer stated that the electric service to the customer’s business would be disconnected if he did not pay $2,000 to cover the cost of a GPS meter and his bill. The scammer then stated that the only method of payment is through a pay card which is purchased at a store.


The customer purchased pay cards, totaling $2,000, then called the scammer back, giving him the pay card digits. The scammer then told the customer his power would not be disconnected. The customer lost $2,000 to the scam.


Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

Residents can still visit SNAP website for help with Energy Assistance

SNAP still has many appointments available for Spokane County residents who need energy assistance.


Earlier this year, SNAP said residents across Spokane County were clamoring for help with energy bills as unseasonably cold weather descended upon the region in mid-autumn. The first series of SNAP Energy Assistance appointments opened in late September and were soon filled.


Now, with mild conditions defining the first phase of winter, SNAP has reported that the rush of residents seeking help has fallen off. SNAP opened its second round of Energy Assistance appointments on Tuesday, December 16th, but still has around 1,200 appointments available on the SNAP website as of December 19th.


City of Spokane Valley announces Christmas holiday hours

City of Spokane Valley announces Christmas holiday hours

City of Spokane Valley business offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday as follows:

City business offices will be closed on Thursday, December 25 and Friday, December 26. Offices will reopen with regular hours on Monday, December 29.

The Spokane Valley University Transfer Station will be closed on Thursday, December 25, reopening with regular hours on Friday, December 26.


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.