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Substitute teacher arrested after losing control at school

Substitute teacher arrested after losing control at school

A substitute teacher at Trent Elementary has been arrested after allegedly assaulting three students.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office arrested 46-year-old Matthew C. Deryan. At least three sixth grade students say the teacher verbally and physically assaulted them.

Sixth grade students at Trent Elementary came home Thursday with a note from the principal detailing what happened. The note said a substitute teacher "lost control" and "put his hands on one or more of our students."

Many of the students are upset about what happened, according to the note. A sixth grader who witnessed the incident said the teacher assigned the group an assignment and at some point afterward he locked the door and then hit a kid and punched another one.

The Spokane County sheriff's office charged Deryan with three counts of fourth-degree assault and three counts of unlawful imprisonment. The sheriff's office says more charges are expected as the investigation continues. There are allegations the teacher smelled of alcohol, used profanities and made physical contract with students.

Deputies searching for Albertson's pharmacy robbery suspects

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for two suspects who robbed the Albertson's pharmacy at Trent and Argonne on Thursday night.

Two men entered the store and demanded narcotics around 8 p.m. Their faces were covered, and there is no other information on them other than they were of average height, and possibly white men. No weapon was displayed.

Teen faces vehicular homicide charges in deaths of U High students

Teen faces vehicular homicide charges in deaths of U High students

Spokane County prosecutors charged a 16-year-old driver with two counts of vehicular homicide Wednesday for the deaths of University High students Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott.

Preston Maher is being charged as a juvenile for the October 5, 2013 crash that killed Freier and Mott.

The investigation into the crash revealed Maher had gotten his license the day before, wasn't allowed to have passengers in his car because he had just gotten his license, and was driving at freeway speeds along Bates Road, where the speed limit was 25 miles an hour.

Friends of the victims said they had left a nearby party with the intent to do the "Ponderosa Jump," a crest of a hill where you can get your car airborne if you pick up enough speed. They added, according to court documents, it wasn't the first time Maher had attempted the jump in his car.

Sheriff's deputies are hoping other teen drivers are paying attention to what happened here.

Tips to keep your co-workers healthy when you're sick on the job

Tips to keep your co-workers healthy when you're sick on the job

Most of us know to stay home when we're sick, not only so we can get better but to keep from spreading your illness to co-workers. But not everyone we work with practices that general rule.

So what do you do when you absolutely have to go to work?

Kim Papich with the Spokane Regional Health District has some tips on what to do if you're sick on the job.

"Ideally we need people to be fever free for 24 hours before they go back to work," she said.

Papich also said to avoid close contact with co-workers, confine yourself to a cubicle or other space away from people in your office and to wash your hands frequently, especially after using the restroom.

"Covering your coughs with your sleeves, another great time to wash your hands is if you have to blow your nose or if you cough or sneeze," she added.

If soap and water isn't available, make sure to keep alcohol-based hand sanitizer around. Another way to be considerate is to sanitize the things you use that other people share.

Papich says contagiousness is really a five to seven day window after you're first ill

Help needed identifying fraud suspect

Help needed identifying fraud suspect

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office needs help identifying a man suspected of fraudulently cashing a stolen check for over $1,300 last September at the Best Buy in Spokane Valley. 

Anyone who can help identify the suspect, or has information about the incident is asked to call Detective John Oliphant at (509) 477-3324 or Crime Check at (509) 456-2233. Reference report #349744.

Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

Avista warns of new scam targeting customers

From Avista Utilities:

We want to make sure you know about the latest national scam involving electric utility customers. Phishers, those who try to acquire your confidential information by posing as a trustworthy entity, are currently impersonating two different companies by sending electronic bills to customers of other utilities.


Spokane Valley leader passes away

Spokane Valley leader passes away

From the City of Spokane Valley:


It was with deep sadness that the City of Spokane Valley learned that former Councilmember Gary Schimmels passed away unexpectedly in his sleep last night.  Until he left office at the end of 2013, Schimmels had been the last remaining Councilmember to have served since the city's incorporation, and had served as the City's Deputy Mayor over his last four years in office.