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Spokane Valley crews launch winter operations

Keeping a close eye on the forecast, crews in Spokane Valley expect to launch winter operations at midnight on Wednesday, applying deicer along primary and secondary arterials, on selected hillsides, and at key intersections. 

Although the forecast may change, the city said drivers may still want to be prepared for icy conditions, and allow extra time for a safe commute.

The city also stated it is a good time for community members in Spokane Valley to be sure they have a ready supply of deicer and/or traction sand as well as shovels to keep sidewalks adjacent to their properties cleared of snow and ice as required by the Spokane Valley Municipal Code.

Keeping sidewalks cleared is especially important in areas regularly used by pedestrians, including children going to and from school, and those who use wheelchairs or mobility assistance devices. 

Early morning fire destroys Liberty Lake home

Spokane Valley Firefighters are investigating a house fire at Buckeye Avenue and Barker Road in Liberty Lake.�

It started just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. There was no one inside the home when the fire started.

Neighbors tell investigators�the owners are away on vacation.

The structure is a total loss with an estimated damage total near $130,000.

Investigators are currently working to determine the cause but have no reason to believe this was a suspicious fire at this time.

Traffic investigators ask for the public’s help regarding hit and run

Spokane Valley Traffic Unit Investigators are asking the public for information regarding a serious hit and run collision that occurred on Friday night in Spokane Valley.

Spokane County Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian hit and run collision at the intersection of 16th Street and Oberlin on November 14 2014, at approximately 5:20 p.m. A citizen found the 51-year-old male victim crawling off of the roadway and immediately called 911.

Spokane Valley Police investigating string of robberies

Spokane Valley Police are trying to figure out who robbed three businesses Saturday night.

The robberies all happened within two hours of each other, but deputies aren't sure if they're connected.

The first call came in at the Walgreens at Sprague and Sullivan at 4:41 p.m., the second at the Luck Nail Salon on East Sprague, then a third at the Albertsons at 32nd.

The owner of the Lucky Nail Salon, Tuan Bui, said a man came in, walked across the shop to an employee and demanded money. Bui says the man then came towards him. That's when Bui gave him the money in the till.

Bui says it happened in a matter of seconds.

"He's got a mask, he was taller than me about one foot," Bui said. "He was wearing a black jacket, a black mask, and I think he was wearing gloves too."

Investigators think the calls at the Walgreens and Albertsons may be connected. They say the man is described as 5'10'-6'0" tall, wearing blue jeans and a dark jacket with a scarf.

A K-9 was brought in but was unable to find a trail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check, 509-456-2233.�

Liberty Lake honors sailor killed in Vietnam

On Veterans Day Liberty Lake residents remembered a Spokane local and Rogers High School graduate, Greg Vercruysse, who died in combat in Vietnam�in 1967.

The whole Vercruysse family attended the ceremony, even Greg's surviving 89-year old mother, Hazel.

The ceremony was part of Liberty Lake's Fallen Heroes Circuit Course, where city leaders erect plaques at parks around town.

"It's awesome," said Dean Vercruysse, Greg's brothe.,�"Especially on a day where it's frigid and for all these people to come out and do this, it's wonderful."

Dean was only eight when Greg was killed in combat. He remembers him as a fun guy, his own personal hero.

"He was pretty popular and was a regular teenager, always going to have fun or he was getting back from having fun," Dean said.

Greg was killed in Vietnam only a month and a half after he got there. He was trying to help an injured Marine when he was struck down.

Fellow Corpsman John Kerr will remember that day forever.

"We were only together a short time before Greg was killed, but he continues to be a brother of mine and always will be," Kerr said.

Double homicide investigation in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley Police continue to investigate a double homicide that occurred late Saturday night at an apartment complex on Broadway Avenue near Bowdish Road.

Neighbors living in the complex called 911 after finding a man bleeding outside following several gunshots around 9:40 p.m.

"It just sounded like he was beating the door, but apparently he was getting shot at on my front door," Ryan Nairine said.

Nairine said that when he opened the door and saw the man, he thought he was drunk.

?I didn't see no beer bottle though and just started noticing a whole bunch of blood coming out of his skull,? Nairine said.

By the time deputies got there, the man was already dead. Spokane Valley Police taped off the complex and began their search for clues. A short time later, deputies found another person dead inside the corner apartment.

?As they started to get the area clear and contact people and make sure there wasn't anybody else that was injured, they went into an apartment and located a second male who was also deceased,? Spokane Sheriff's Deputy Mark Gregory said.

Marijuana co-op hosts family Halloween bash

The Members Lounge, a medical marijuana co-op in Spokane Valley, threw a Halloween bash for all ages Friday night.

Before the event began, all marijuana and paraphernalia was taken off the premises, and any posters or suggestive materials were�also removed.

Activities in included karaoke, pumpkin balloon pool and of course, lots of candy. Most parents at the event were not concerned about the venue.

"It was actually the first place we picked. We're like yeah, kind of seems nice. We drove by, looked like their was a bunch of people here, especially kids," says Adam Burrington, who brought his�daughter along.

The family friendly party ended at 9 p.m., followed by an adult only event afterward.