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KXLY Anchor Describes Burglary

We all think our homes are secure or that we'll never become the victims of burglary. That's exactly what KXLY4's Colleen O'Brien thought until a man tried to get into her home while she was home alone. In September, there were 565 total burglaries in Spokane County – that's 18 a day. Now that it's getting darker earlier the cover of night offers the perfect landscape for criminals to sneak around your home at night. A majority of residential burglaries happen in the daylight when you're at work, but Colleen O'Brien was home alone and asleep when the burglar came knocking at 8 p.m. The following is Colleen's account of what happened and parts of her 911 call/Colleen O'Brien, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you ever been burglarized?

Gadzooks! It’s Snowing! In Idaho!

Kerri Thoreson (via Facebook): When did normal winter weather in north Idaho ie: an inch or two of snowfall on any given day in January, become a major media event with breathless newscasters “crying wolf!” every time a winter storm arrives?

Colleen O'Brien/KXLY in response: I think snow becomes news when we can get information out to residents about plow progress, response from the city, traffic accidents to avoid on your way to work, updates to the forecast (@Greg) that in the last 12 hours has changed from a foot of snow to 6-8 inches (yes, mother nature changes her plans on us often). News is, after all, what's happening right now. I agree, media should not treat snow like war is upon us. But I invite anyone who thinks we make too big of a deal out of snow to answer our newsroom phones during a snow event.

Question: Do the local television stations make too much of “snow events”?

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