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The Spokane Police Guild will donate $500 to the Wishing Star Foundation after burglaries left sick children without Christmas presents.
The donation is one of many the nonprofit organization has accepted since news of $1,000 in items stolen in two burglaries was reported last week at its office at 139 S. Sherman St. Stolen gifts included those meant for a four-year-old cancer patient whose home was burglarized in the Tri-Cities.
Certified Security Systems of Spokane Valley is donating a security system, and cash donations have enabled the organization to replace all lost items and then some, said Paula Nordgaarden, Wishing Star's executive director.
“Our community is so wonderful,” Nordgaarden said. “This outpouring, it was overwhelming.”
Nordgaarden said all families on the organization's waiting list will be taken care of this Christmas, and she expects to have about $15,000 leftover for next year.
“We want to thank everybody. Just a huge thank you from Wishing Star,” Nordgaarden said.
Local law enforcement will take to the ice on Saturday to raise money in honor of fallen and injured officers.
Doors open at 4 p.m. at the Spokane Arena for the 5 p.m. match between the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.
Proceeds benefit the Behind the Badge Foundation, which honors “the sacrifices of officers who have suffered a line of duty death or catastrophic injury,” according to a news release.
Donations will be accepted during the Chiefs game.
The Chiefs will be holding a silent auction to raise money for foundation, also,
Admittance to the game is free with a ticket to the Chiefs game against the Regina, B.C., Pats at 7:05 p.m.
To purchase tickets please call (509) 535-Puck or (509) 328-0450 and mention you are attending both events.
A former treasurer for two Spokane charities who became involved with a cash-strapped woman he met at a spa has been ordered to repay $24,000 after pleading guilty to felony theft.
Curtis G. Wasson, 59, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft last week for embezzling from the North Lions Club and the Hillyard chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Along with restitution, he was credited for one day served in jail.
The North Lions Club is a non-profit group that helps people with vision or hearing impairments. Wasson had been the treasurer for at least 10 years. Group members began investigating Wasson after a donation check to a Spokane high school student who was volunteering with hurricane relief assistance bounced and the student was charged overdraft fees. Police believe Wasson stole about $18,000 from the group beginning in 2004.
Wasson also stole about $6,000 from the Knights of Columbus, a charity for the sick and disabled.
The group was due for an audit in February 2009, but Wasson, a self-employed tax accountant, delayed it, saying he was too busy. Washington Trust Bank advised group members of unusual activity in their account two months later.
Wasson wrote several unauthorized checks at grocery stores and also cashed 20 unauthorized checks between November 2008 and April 2009. He also wrote checks to Brandie Meyers, who police believe was desperate for cash to pay her child custody attorney.
Meyers told police she met Wasson while working at Suzi's Spa. She said she “provided Wasson with girls when he requested it” and that he paid her in exchange, and that he also helped her with money for her attorney.
Wasson later told police he paid Meyers for sex but that she used photographs and recordings to extort him. Records show Wasson and his wife of 27 years are divorcing.