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Northwest group reaches out to Africa to help with spread of Ebola

Here in the Northwest a group is working to help those at the highest risk of catching Ebola, people in West Africa.

Kimbery Sonko's husband grew up in Africa, the two started the organization 'Christ's hands on Afrika' to get necessary items to families in the country.

Sonko's husband still has family there who the couple sends supplies to, the family members then distribute the items to those in need.

The organization has been renting a storage unit, collecting what they know to be necessities for people living in Africa.

Backpacks, water bottles for the several mile walk to school and even bicycles for the luckier few.

But now they are looking for something new.

Their family in Africa say what they need most right now is sanitary supplies

With the threat of Ebola right at their doorsteps, children are being sent to school with bleach soaked rags to keep an germs from spreading.

Which is why the organization is now asking for hygiene items.

Sonko says if you are worries about Ebola spreading, donating is a way for you to make a difference.

Teen arson suspect makes first court appearance Tuesday

A teen charged with setting a half dozen fires in Spokane Valley last month is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday, but a judge has already determined the boy is a threat to the community's safety.

The 16-year-old, faces six counts of arson in connection with a series of brush and structure fires that had Valley residents worried in September after someone deliberately set 18 fires during some of this year's driest conditions of our fire season.

The suspect was arrested at the end of September; as soon as he was taken into custody at the juvenile detention center the suspicious fires, which were averaging two per day, suddenly stopped. He's been in custody since his arrest two weeks ago and fire investigators say they hope he won't get out until he get the help he needs.

Judge Sam Cozza determined the teen was a threat to the community based solely on the charges he's facing and the great hazard any deliberately set fire poses this time of year. However, juvenile court services has been working hard to evaluate his situation, including his mental health status.

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Heads up voters, the Spokane County Elections Office is mailing more than 275,000 ballots this week.

If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, October 24, please contact the Spokane County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320 for a replacement ballot. If you are not a registered voter in the State of Washington, you have until Monday, October 27 to register in person at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner.

If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 4. It is important that you check the pickup time on the mail box to ensure you are not too late. If the last pickup of the day has already been made, please take your ballot to the county's ballot drop boxes located at all city and county libraries, the STA Plaza and the Elections Office. Drop boxes are opened on October 16 and closed promptly at 8 pm on Election Day.

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

The Spokane Human Society is placing itself under a voluntary, 14-day quarantine after receiving two animals infected with deadly and highly contagious diseases at the shelter.

The quarantine began immediately after a 1-year-old dog tested positive for Parvovirus and a 5-month-old kitten tested positive for Feline Distemper. Both are highly contagious viral diseases and are potentially life-threatening to their hosts.

“The closure will allow our cats and dogs to be properly observed,” said Executive Director Dave Richardson. “Our first priority is the health and well-being of the animals in our care at the shelter. Taking this measure will help reduce the chance of spreading the disease. We ask for the public's patience and understanding.”

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Police detectives are searching for endangered runaway 17-year-old Nicole Rene Agnew. She was reported missing by her mother on October 6th. She stated her daughter had run away from home on October 1, but been spotted as recently as October 7 in the Coeur d'alene City Park with a 22-year-old man named Derek Harrington.

Nicole's mother believes Nicole may have left the area for Spokane, but could return and is using the City Link bus for transportation.

Nicole is 5'8”, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

Attempted lurings reported in Spokane Valley

Attempted lurings reported in Spokane Valley

The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to be on alert for suspicious activity. There have been multiple attempted lurings over the past five weeks in the same area of the Spokane Valley.

Officers say there are three reports where a male as offered a ride to females, a younger looking adult and two juveniles. All incidents occurred between 7:15 and 6:30 am in the 13300 block of East Mission and the 13300 block of East Broadway.

The man is described in his 40's or 50's, between 5'8” and 6' tall and 150 to 200 pounds. He is balding with white or gray hair on the sides and may wear glasses. His car is described as a red SUV-type, possibly a Ford, and he speaks with a heavy accent.

Both Spokane Valley and Spokane County deputies have increase patrols in the area and have notified Central Valley School District officials.

Anyone who may have information about the incidents or who observe suspicious activity is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Repeat burglar behind bars after three month investigation

The Spokane Valley Investigative Unit has put a repeat burglary offender behind bars after a three month long investigation. Now they're working on finding others involved in what is believed to be a burglary ring.

"These people that commit these crimes are preying on our citizens," Deputy Mark Gregory with Spokane Valley Police said.

Kenneth Runkel, 51, was arrested at his apartment in the 1300 block of North Magnolia on Wednesday on five felony charges.

The investigation started back on July 11 when the Painted Hills Golf Course was burglarized. A Spokane Valley resident saw two men that had backed up their four-runner to a storage shed, looking like they were ready to load their trailer with equipment inside. Luckily, the alert citizen snapped a photo of the vehicle, but it didn't show their faces. Officers began looking for the vehicle and two weeks later found it, with Runkel behind the wheel.

?At that time, we could not put him at that scene, just the vehicle,? Gregory said. ?So he was issued a citation, a criminal citation for driving while suspended."