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Murder charges re-filed against man for pregnant girlfriend's killing

Prosecutors have re-filed charges against a Spokane Valley man accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Robbie Bishop stabbed Robin Anderson to death in 2009. She was pregnant with their child.

Bishop admitted to the murders in a jailhouse interview with KXLY but, last year, a judge determined he was not mentally competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors say doctors now believe he is competent, though his attorney objects.

Bishop faces one murder charge and one count of manslaughter for the death of the unborn baby.

Fire destroys Spokane Valley home

Fire destroyed a home in Spokane Valley Sunday around noon. The smoke from the fire could be seen all the way from Spokane. The destroyed home is located at 5523 North Best Road.



Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames engulfing the house. Inside, new furniture and windows the family just purchased was burning. Fire crews say the fire may have started on the back deck. Power lines overhead were knocked down, and roads were blocked until Avista could cut the power.



Jayme Brien lives across the street.



"I just have never seen anything happen so fast," Brien said.



Brien was working in her backyard when she heard sirens, and walked around front to see her neighbor's house on fire.



"I was hoping the whole family was out of there. We know that most of them had gone onto church, they usually do. But we didn't know about all of them," she said.



Brien was right, everyone was safe. They weren't even home when it happened, but now the family of five is displaced.



Woman facing prison for pot grow found in home daycare

Woman facing prison for pot grow found in home daycare

A Spokane Valley woman, who thought the legalization of marijuana would make her rich, is heading to prison for growing marijuana in her home, which she was also using as an unlicensed day care.

This case puts a fine point on the fact that growing and selling marijuana is still illegal. Tina Jones was selling marijuana to West Valley High School students, and it's those young customers who ratted her out.

It took almost a year for detectives to get inside Jones' drug-dealing operation. School Resource Deputy Ed Cashman wanted to figure out where all the marijuana in his school was coming from.

"He was making a lot of arrests with young people at the school for possession of marijuana. Through his investigation they were all basically telling him this residence was the go-to house for anybody who wanted to purchase marijuana," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

SRHD releases revised walking map

SRHD releases revised walking map

After asking for public opinion in July, the Spokane Regional Health District has released their revised Spokane Area Walking and Hiking map. The map features several walking loops throughout Spokane County of varying difficulty, and even though the weather is cooling down there’s still time to hit the trail.  

Application process open for Teachers & Technology grants

Application process open for Teachers & Technology grants

CenturyLink has opened the application process for their Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teachers and Technology grant program. The foundation will award $90,000 in grants across Washington to support technology in the classroom.

“With technology such a normal part of our everyday lives, teachers are constantly finding new and creative ways to use technology in their classrooms,” CenturyLink Eastern Washington Vice President and General Manager Tom Novtoney said. “This is a great opportunity for CenturyLink to help by identifying some of those teachers, recognizing them for their innovation, and supporting them with financial assistance to expand their use of technology even further.”

Spokane Valley business fined for mishandling dangerous waste

From the Washington State Department of Ecology:

 

N.A. Degerstrom Inc. will pay the state $40,000 to settle recent violations for mishandling dangerous waste at its Spokane Valley property.

 

In response to a complaint in May, Washington Department of Ecology inspectors found two illegal disposal pools of chemicals on the company’s property. The pools were filled with a variety of chemicals, some which require special disposal under state law.

 

NAD hired contractor Able Cleanup Technologies to remove the waste from the pools, excavate the contaminated soil, and properly dispose the materials.

 

Man robs store with mom out in car

A man allegedly robbed a Spokane Valley Dollar Store with his mom in the car, and Spokane County Sheriff's deputies used their own credit cards to get the woman a room at a nearby Comfort Inn.

At about 8:30 p.m. Monday night, Harley Smerz and his mother pulled off the interstate and stopped at the Dollar Tree on Argonne to get some bottled water.

"The employee told deputies Mr. Smerz came in, purchased bottled water and while she was giving him his change he reached over, pushed her hand out of the way and grabbed a fairly large amount of money out of the cash register," said Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin.

Employees followed Smerz outside and got a good description of a blue Ford with North Carolina plates speeding away.

Deputy Nathan Bohanek stopped Smerz after he was back on the interstate and that's when Smerz's mom got the bad news.

"Mr. Smerz's mother was extremely apologetic. She was very upset with what her son had done and very apologetic to the deputies that her son had put them in that situation," Chamberlin said.