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SFCC will close to public during technology upgrade

SFCC will close to public during technology upgrade

Spokane Falls Community College and several other community college education centers will be closed to the public beginning Friday, August 23rd. Because of a major information technology and telecommunications upgrade on the SFCC campus all facilities will be without desk phone service, email and internet service.


 Facilities affected by the closure include:

Six Hondas stolen in one day in the Spokane Valley

Six Hondas stolen in one day in the Spokane Valley
From the Spokane County Sheriff's Office: 

Yesterday, Tuesday, August 20th, six stolen vehicle reports and one attempted vehicle theft were reported in Spokane Valley. Five Honda Accord's and one Integra were stolen. There was also one attempted theft of a Honda Civic reported.


Three of the vehicles were stolen from the Valley Mall parking lot. One was stolen from the Costco parking lot at 5601 E. Sprague and there was an attempted theft at the Home Depot parking lot at 5617 E. Sprague. Additionally, one of the other thefts occurred near the 8100 block of E. Appleway and the sixth was taken from the area of 1900 S. St. Charles Rd.


Truck stolen from Spokane Humane Society

Truck stolen from Spokane Humane Society

The Spokane Humane Society is dealing without their 1993 F-150 Ford pickup truck after it was stolen from their location sometime on Sunday, August 11, 2013 and they are hoping that they get the 20 year old white F-150 pickup back in one piece.

Employees arrived at work last Monday to find that the truck was missing and had to scramble to find a way to pick-up much needed donations that morning without the organizations only reliable pick-up.

“The ole girl has our logo on the doors and sticks out like a sore thumb; it’s a bit of a beater, but we have kept her limping down the road with the help of Bill’s Auto Parts and donated mechanical help” said Dave Richardson, Executive Director, “We are very dependent on the truck to pick up donations of all kinds” he continued.

The organization’s fleet is old and has been a low funding priority. The Society has always relied on the community to help keep them rolling and the loss of the truck couldn’t have come at a worse time as the organization is collecting books for its annual Booktober Fest book sale and auction items for its 14th Annual FurrBall Dinner, Dance and Auction.

Medical marijuana community worried about potential taxes

If you drive down Trent in Spokane Valley, you might see a building with a sign in front that reads "Joe's 420 RX LLC." Most people can make out what kind of business Joe might be into by the name. If not, another sign on the front window, "Medical Cannabis Collective," gives it away.

"One day they're locking us up, the next day it's the best stuff in the world. Come to Washington! Have some!" Joe Heaton joked.

Owner Joe Heaton says it's a pharmacy, not a business.

Police identify man suspected of two robberies in Spokane Valley

Police identify man suspected of two robberies in Spokane Valley

Spokane County Major Crimes detectives have identified the suspect in two bank robberies this month.

Spokane Valley police say 40-year-old Scott Ruziecki is suspected of performing robberies at the Hillyard Safeway and the US Bank on Trent and Argonne.

Police believe Ruziecki has dyed his hair in the last three days to a possibly black color and has a short hair cut. He may be driving a black Honda, but is more likely riding a bicycle.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to anyone providing information leading to Ruziecki's arrest. If you have information, call 1-800-222-TIPS. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the reward.

Body found near climbing rocks off Upriver Drive

Spokane County Major Crimes detectives are investigating the discovery of a dead body near the climbing rocks off Upriver Drive.

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of hikers found the body of a man around 5 p.m. in a wooded area at John Shields Park.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin with the Sheriff's department said they are treating the death as a homicide, which is standard protocol, until the evidence proves otherwise.

Chamberlin said the heavily wooded area made it more challenging to collect evidence.

"Trying to document any possible crime scene like this in an extremely wooded area, you have to be very methodical and very careful to not disturb any evidence that might be there because you might not be able to see it," said Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

Chamberlin said the medical examiner will conduct an autopsy in the next couple days to determine a cause.

Border Patrol's Spokane sector helped find Amber Alert suspect

Border Patrol's Spokane sector helped find Amber Alert suspect

Border Patrol agents from Spokane played a critical role earlier this week in making sure Hannah Anderson, the subject of an Amber Alert that stretched from California to Washington, was reunited with her father.

Most of the time Customs and Border Protection agents are trying to keep people from illegally entering the United States. However when detectives in San Diego realized James DiMaggio, the man who abducted Hannah Anderson after reportedly killing her mother, brother and setting fire to his San Diego area home, may be trying to reach Canada, the Spokane sector stepped up patrols along the border.

There are still places you can walk and even swim into British Columbia and the Spokane sector patrols those areas from the air, on boats and even on horseback.

"The horses give us the ability to go through thick brush when normally an agent would have to walk," Calvin Davis with the US Border Patrol said.