Holiday closes offices, banks
The following offices and services will be affected by the Thanksgiving holiday today:
•Garbage pickup will be one day late for regular Thursday and Friday service.
•City, county, state and federal offices will be closed. Federal offices will reopen Friday; many other offices will remain closed.
•Post offices will be closed.
•State liquor stores will be closed.
•Most banks will be closed.
•Riverfront Park attractions are open today and through the holiday weekend.
•Spokane parking meters don’t have to be filled.
Charges could yield long term for Hall
Serial criminal Eddie Ray Hall could face close to 20 years in prison, officials said Wednesday.
Hall, who escaped from a Yakima County corrections center and eluded police for several days, was arrested Tuesday at a Spokane mini-mart.
He appeared in court Wednesday on multiple charges, officials said.
Before Hall’s arrest, authorities had warrants accusing him of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, operating a vehicle without a license, reckless driving (he allegedly rammed a police car) and failure to stop, said Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dave Reagan. Because Hall had meth in his backpack when he was arrested, according to police, he’ll face a fresh charge of drug possession.
Hall is being held in the Spokane County Jail. “We’re thankful he was taken into custody safely and quickly,” Reagan said. “Eddie was aware he was facing additional charges that could send him away for a long time. Desperation can cause some people to act violently.”
WWII mortar shell found, removed
An explosives team from Fairchild Air Force Base removed a World War II military mortar shell found Wednesday in Spokane Valley.
X-rays helped the team determine that the device was a military practice round, said Spokane County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Reagan.
A Modern Electric employee called 911 about 8 a.m. to report finding the shell, Reagan said.
Pines Road from Mirabeau Parkway to Mansfield was shut down for about an hour while the explosives team investigated.
Woman, 72, reported missing
Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a 72-year-old woman who was reported missing in the Kellogg area.
Elizabeth Huggins was driving a gold, four-door Buick sedan with Texas license plates, said Spokane police Officer Mike McCasland. She is described as 5 feet tall and 98 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
Huggins and her husband had planned to move to Spokane from San Antonio, Texas, McCasland said. But they decided they didn’t like the area and headed back to San Antonio on Tuesday.
The two were driving separate vehicles, and Huggins’ husband lost sight of her, McCasland said.
Huggins has mental health issues and heart problems, and without medication she gets lost, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call (509) 242-8477.
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