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Driver could face hit and run charge for fatal collision

Investigators are recommending a woman be charged with felony hit and run for a fatal hit and run on September 2.

Traffic Unit investigators with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are recommending the charge against Tammy Hodge, 43, who contacted detectives hours after the fatal crash.

Rob Royer, 47, was riding his bike across the Park Road overpass over I-90 when he was struck by a car driven by Hodge.

Hodge's vehicle, a 1996 Saturn, was impounded after she came forward and contacted authorities about the fatal collision.

The charging recommendation has been forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office, which will decide whether a charge is warranted in the case.

Missing person alert: William Weipert

Missing person alert: William Weipert

UPDATE: William Weipert has been found.

 

The Coeur d'Alene Police Department are asking the public to be on the lookout for 56-year-old William C. Weipert of Spokane. A manager of the Lighthouse, an adult care facility in Spokane, reported him missing Wednesday.

Weipert was originally reported missing on August 23rd, than found and placed into the Kootnei County Jail on August 27. He was released September 9, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Weipert suffers from mental disabilities. The manager at Lighthouse is concerned for his safety and says he may be utilizing homeless services in the area.

He's described as 6 feet tall, 165 pounds with hazel eyes, long grey hair and a full grey beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a blue button up shirt and a white tanktop.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call CDA Police at (208) 769-2320.

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.