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County flagger comes to aid of abandoned children

A Spokane woman who stands between impatient drivers and her road construction crew is being credited with saving three children who were abandoned by their mother.

It's construction season in the Spokane area and that means delays and detours and sometimes stopping traffic altogether. You have to be a take-charge kind of person to be a flagger and in this case that assertiveness got some young kids out of a very unhealthy situation.

Kelly Stickelmeyer is a flagger for the Spokane County Road Department and, with the help of her sign and a radio, she keeps traffic moving in both directions even when sometimes, only one lane is open.

?It's to keep traffic flowing as easy as possible keep the crews safe, keep the traffic safe,? she explained.

Last month Stickelmeyer was flagging a pavement patching job in the Highland Estates when she spotted two little girls crying on the porch of a nearby home.

AARP helping seniors fight online fraud

AARP helping seniors fight online fraud

Nearly three quarters of Washington adults who use the internet have received online fraud offers in the last year, with seniors being some of the most vulnerable, but AARP is working to help seniors fight back against fraud.

It seems like a new scam pops up every day and unfortunately it's our elderly that often fall victim to these crimes. The AARP hopes to change that.

A capacity crowed of 300 seniors converged on the Centerplace regional event center in Spokane Valley for "Scam Jam," a free consumer information event held by AARP and the Washington state Attorney General's office.

The two and half hour seminar focused on keeping seniors safe from fraud, especially online scams and identity theft. Washington AG Bob Ferguson said if you are a victim of one of these scams, you should report it to his office immediately.

Green Eggs and Scams - fraud awareness workshop this Friday

Green Eggs and Scams - fraud awareness workshop this Friday

The Better Business Bureau is hosting their second annual “Green Eggs and Scams” workshop this Friday in Spokane.

This free, senior-focused event provides resources to help seniors protect themselves against scams, investment fraud and identity theft.

Presenters include representatives from the Washington State Attorney General's Office, AGP Wealth Advisers and the BBB to talk about the latest scams and schemes targeting our community. Vendors will also be on hand with resources and raffle giveaways.

This Friday's event is being held at the North East Community Center, with registration beginning at 8 am. Programming runs from 8:30 to 11:30 am. A complimentary breakfast is being provided.

Person of interest in fatal hit and run located

Spokane Valley police have identified a car and a person of interest in a fatal hit and run collision involving a cyclist.

Rob Royer, 47, was killed after a car hit his bicycle on the Park Road overpass near Interstate 90 early Tuesday morning.

Detectives were already reviewing surveillance video in this case when a woman, who has not been identified, walked into the Valley Precinct and she had hit someone on a bike, her confession coming 15 hours after the crash.

Investigators have since seized her vehicle to process it for evidence.

Royer was heading home from fishing along the Spokane River when he was hit on the overpass. His fiance Tina Murray wasn't far behind him and knew something was wrong when she saw Valley police blocking the bridge.

?Why can't no one go by and he said, 'I can go ahead and let you know because the news already knows' and that's when he told me there was a bike fatality and I knew it was Robert,? she said.

Royer died at the scene.

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

Working 4 you: Be prepared for the cost of fall sports

There's been a lot of inspiration for young Washington kids in sports this year, with Clint Dempsey being the star of Team USA in the World Cup, and not to mention the Seahawks winning the Superbowl. But, if it's a child's first season playing sports, many parents may underestimate just how much it's going to cost.

Events like the Superbowl, the Olympics and the World Cup give aspiring athletes new heroes. Most children want to go out and play just like them, and parents are rarely going to hesitate, realizing the benefits that team sports offer.

"It's teamwork. You get to work together, and I always get to know the other team a lot," said Emma Pelletier, a youth soccer player.

Jahehi Burford, another youth soccer player added, "If you're a kid that doesn't talk in school, you can go to soccer, and you have many friends there you can just talk to."

And Soleil Brown, another youth soccer player, said, "I get to do things that I love, and I get to exercise too."

But what parents of kids playing sports for the first time might not realize is the costs can certainly add up.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers released a statement Thursday announcing retired Air Force service member and longtime veterans advocate John Davis as her new Veterans and Military Outreach Liaison.

“I am both humbled and honored to welcome John Davis to my team. Over the past four decades John has dedicated his life to serving our country, our military and our veterans, and his compassion for the Eastern Washington veteran community has impacted countless lives,” the congresswoman said.

Davis' role with the congresswoman's office will be to assist veterans with their claims and records, and provide support and information on how to navigate the VA system.

Davis enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 and served in many locations, including Fairchild Air Force Base in the 92 Munitions Maintenance Squadron. While assigned at Fairchild AFB, John graudated from Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University where he studied counseling and sciences.

Spokane Shock reach multi-year lease agreement with arena

Spokane Shock reach multi-year lease agreement with arena

The Spokane Shock announced this week they have reached an agreement for a three-year lease with the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.

“I am absolutely delighted to announce that the Spokane Shock have entered into a three-year lease agreement with the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena,” said Nader Naini, the Chairman of Arena Football Partners. “Since acquiring the team in January, we have held steadfast to our commitment to keep this civic asset and its rich tradition in Spokane. This agreement with the Spokane Public Facilities District is consistent with our unwavering responsibility to our loyal fans and our supportive business partners to continue providing a fan friendly, first class sports entertainment experience.”

The 2015 season will mark the Shock's 10th season as a franchise. They kicked off their inaugural season in 2006 as a member of the af2 (arenafootball2) and after ArenaCup wins in 2006 and 2009, the team made the jump to the Arena Football League in 2010 where they won their first ArenaBowl Championship in their first season.