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Man mourning after thieves steal wife's ashes

When thieves broke into Steve Krowder's home they took many expensive possessions: a flat screen television, his granddaughter's jewelry, some of his knives. Unfortunately they also took his most precious possession: his dead wife's ashes.

Steve Krowder's home was broken into in the 4400 block of North Mayhew Road recently. He had been renovating the home and planning to move in soon and in fact most of his stuff was already in the residence.

"They went through a bunch of boxes over here. They spent quite a bit of time in here," he said.

Like many victims of break-ins, Krowder started to assess the damage, to figure out what had been lost. Thousands of dollars worth of items were missing from around his home, but the one item that was taken caused his heart to break.

Sitting in his closet, along with a picture of his wife Nancy, were her ashes.

"I had my wife's ashes sitting right up here with her picture," he said, pulling the picture off the wooden shelf to blow dust away from the glass. Steve and Nancy were married for 25 years.

Dive team recovers body from Spokane River

The Spokane dive team pulled a man's body from the Spokane River Tuesday afternoon.

It was discovered by a man walking his dog along the Centennial Trail east of Argonne Road.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office used a boat and members of the dive team to free the body, which was trapped under a fallen pine tree in the river.

No word as of yet on how long the man had been in the river but sheriff's deputies say at this time it does not look like foul play was a factor in the person's death. The identity of the man found in the water will be released by the medical examiner's officer once the cause of death has been determined and family notified.

The Centennial Trail remains open and crews have cleared the scene where the body was found.

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky?

The Mega Millions jackpot is at an astonishing $636 million and is what's on the mind of a lot of people Tuesday, many of whom would think twice about coming in to work Wednesday if they had the winning ticket.

"I would buy a whole bunch of new shoes," Robyn Nance said.

"I know exactly what I would get. I would get a monster truck," Mark Peterson said.

"Totally, I want naming privileges for Martin Stadium at WSU. It would be the Derek Deis Stadium ... and my wife has always wanted to buy Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch," Derek Deis.

Back to life, back to reality, at the Holiday Gas Station on North Division, manager Sharon Coggeshell was busy to say the least.

"Insane. We have been selling Mega Millions tickets since I walked in the door," she said.

How insane? In only a few hours time Tuesday morning the jackpot increased by $50 million.

"I don't think that the normal people who have never had a lot of money really understand the fathom of what that money will do for them," Coggeshell said.

So what would she do if she bought a ticket and won?

Spokane Valley soldier surprises wife, 2 kids for Christmas

Spokane Valley soldier surprises wife, 2 kids for Christmas

The Brown children have waited nearly half their life for the perfect present, a presence. For the last nine months Katie Brown has been taking care of two-year-old Tanner, and three-year-old Grace. All while their dad, Sgt. Tyler Brown was fighting in Afghanistan.

So Saturday night, she brought them to see Santa at the Valley Mall to cheer them up and make a wish. From around the Christmas tree, it came true. Sgt. Brown stepped out and greeted his children and wife. They cheered 'daddy,' and smiled.

"Hey big boy what are you doing? You got so big buddy," Brown said to his son.

"Yeah," Tanner said with a smile.

Sgt. Tyler brown flew in just hours before on a long flight. He couldn't wait to hold his two children, and kiss his wife.

"I feel good, it's a great feeling," Sgt. Brown said.

"We're so excited to have daddy home, huh?" Katie Brown said to Grace.

"He gets to be home for Christmas, yeah!" Grace said.

CV bus drivers rally around co-worker

CV bus drivers rally around co-worker

From the Central Valley School District:

Bus driver Teri Perry and her husband Don were overwhelmed by the support of fellow CV bus drivers this morning.

Increasing demand straining Second Harvest's resources

Increasing demand straining Second Harvest's resources

Over the last four years Second Harvest food bank has had to nearly double the amount of food they provide to people throughout their service area, but with recent food stamp cuts it will take more help from the community to help those in need.

"If we didn't have it there are things my kids would go without," Rachel Lentes said.

Lentes is a mother of four.

"It's not really affordable anymore. It's more of a need," she said.

A little while ago she was in a pretty tough spot but she was able to turn to Second Harvest for help.

"It just keeps us on budget and then on top of that having to do the health care now on top of it being required that is huge for us that is taking a huge chunk out of the budget," she explained.

Her situation is all too common and Second Harvest does a lot of good for a lot of people just like her, but in the near future they will be struggling to keep up with the increasing demand.

"We believe we will continue to see this level of need or more," Melissa Cloninger with Second Harvest said.

Spokane Valley best city for women cyclists

Spokane Valley best city for women cyclists

Spokane Valley was named the best city for women bicyclists by The League of American Bicyclists. The city was selected to top the list of eight communities because the majority of its higher than average bicycle commuter rate is comprised of women.