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Spokane Valley traffic stop turns into chase

A Spokane County sheriff's spokesman says a woman driver accused of first trying to run down a deputy who stopped her for not wearing a seatbelt, then crashing her car, trying to scale a 6-foot fence and taking a swing at the deputy told the officer she really didn't want to go back to jail.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin said Monday the woman eventually told Spokane Valley sheriff's deputy Clay Hilton that she "got scared" Saturday night because she knew she had a suspended license and methamphetamine in her purse.

Chamberlin says 30-year-old Shanell Haddon was booked into jail for investigation of assault, hit and run, possession of a controlled substance, eluding, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest.

Consumers could see higher liquor prices at restaurants, bars

Consumers could see higher liquor prices at restaurants, bars

The price of alcohol could be going up again, this time in restaurants and bars, the latest change as a result of the privatization of liquor sales in Washington.

This is a going to be a new problem for consumers, but it's one that local businesses have been dealing with for some time.

Come April, customers will be paying up to 15-percent more for alcoholic beverages at restaurants if the Washington State Liquor Control Board moves forward with making restaurants and bars pay the same tax that independent liquor stores are required to dish out.

While this may be another headache for consumers, it's been a problem for independent liquor stores much longer.

Greenacres Liquor Store on East Appleway has been in business for nearly 30 years, but business is not the same as it was before privatization went into effect in 2011. Owner Keith Peterson said before privatization his store was the distribution site for 50 restaurants in the area; after privatization he's down to six.

He said the fallout is due to restaurants going straight to the main distributor to avoid higher prices from independent stores required to pay the tax.

Motley Crue announces Spokane tour stop

Motley Crue announces Spokane tour stop

Bust out your leather jacket, acid wash jeans and stock up on AquaNet, because Motley Crue is coming to town. This is the last tour for the iconic band, and tickets for the Spokane Arena stop go on sale March 1st at 10 am.

Motley Crue announced The Final Tour by signing a formal Cessation of Touring Agreement, so unlike other rock stars and pop divas that have announced retirement tours, the bad boys of rock won’t be returning to the stage when the tour ends. Tickets went on sale for other shows at the end of January and nine shows have already sold out.

Snow to linger in parts of Eastern Washington

Snow to linger in parts of Eastern Washington

Another 3-to-5 inches of snow could be added to snow blanketing the Bellingham area Monday before the precipitation turns to the rain falling in the rest of Western Washington.

The National Weather Service says the snow also will linger Monday over the mountains and parts of Eastern Washington.

Forecasters say Washington's weather should turn a little drier and milder by midweek.

After up to a foot of snow fell over the weekend in Whatcom County, schools are closed Monday in Bellingham, Ferndale and Lynden.

Drivers also can expect winter conditions Monday on Snoqualmie and Stevens passes and possible closures for avalanche control.

Washington brewers invite you to a special open house

Washington brewers invite you to a special open house

Local beer makers are inviting you inside their operation for a look at how they craft their specialty brews. The Washington Beer Commission is hosting a statewide open house on Saturday, and four local breweries are participating.

Iron Horse Brewery, River City Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse and Orlison Brewing are all participating in the the one day event.


Deputies investigate fatal rollover near state line

Accident response teams went to work Thursday afternoon, recreating a fatal rollover accident that went unnoticed for nearly 24 hours.

Investigators say the accident likely happened sometime Wednesday night. A young woman rolled her vehicle down an embankment near the 25800 block of E. River Road. She was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected when the car flipped several times.

The crash wasn't reported until someone came across it Thursday afternoon and called it in.

The road was closed for several hours until crews could retrieve the vehicle. The driver was identified and her family notified, but a name has not been released.

Investigators aren't sure whether drugs or alcohol played a factor, or if she may have been distracted. Weather could also have played a part, but it's too early in the investigation to know for sure.