More than 1,600 people attended the 18th annual Women Helping Women luncheon Monday at the Spokane Convention Center. The luncheon featuring Liz Murray – a formerly homeless woman who graduated from Harvard University – raised $242,000. It will be distributed in grants to two dozen Inland Northwest agencies and organizations that serve women and children.
The amount raised was a slight increase from last year’s event, but both 2009 and 2010 totals lagged behind the 2008 luncheon high of $300,000, the last luncheon before the economic recession began.
Blaze destroys home east of Elk
Fire destroyed a home about six miles of east of Elk in north Spokane County on Wednesday.
Neighbors reported large flames shooting from the roof of a home in the 7200 block of East Walters Road, off North Jackson Road near Mount Spokane, at 9:01 p.m.
Five minutes later, the homeowner called to report the fire. He and his wife and their dog escaped without injury.
The home is a total loss, but the family has insurance, said Pat Humphries, spokesman for Spokane County Fire District 4.
“It’s just good they got out,” Humphries said.
Firefighters believe the blaze began in the garage. Ammunition in the garage exploded “for quite a while” through the fire, Humphries said.
The cause is under investigation.
Deputies looking for missing man
Investigators are looking for a 49-year-old man last seen at a tavern in Rathdrum on April 30.
Grant C. Hoyt’s family hasn’t heard from him since he was at One Eyes, 7985 W. Main St.
“According to family members, it is very unlike Mr. Hoyt to be away from home this long,” according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department.
Hoyt is described as 6-foot-1, 165 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (208) 446-1300.
Deputy hurt in crash with suspects
A Spokane County sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries early Tuesday when two teens rammed his patrol car with a stolen Jeep, authorities say.
Deputy Rob Satake was responding to a report of suspected vehicle prowling near 7000 North Stevens Street about 1:20 a.m. when he spotted a Jeep Cherokee dragging something.
The driver of the Jeep refused to pull over and it spun out of control on Francis Avenue, taking out about 75 feet of fence before sideswiping a house, then clipping Satake’s patrol car, the Sheriff’s Office said. The driver and a passenger jumped out and ran.
The driver, 19-year-old River E. Hewson, was found in possession of two prescription pill bottles, police said. The passenger, a 14-year-old boy, was located a few blocks away by Spokane police.
Hewson was booked into Spokane County Jail on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, second-degree assault, misdemeanor hit and run and two counts of unlawful possession of a legend drug.
The boy was booked into juvenile detention on one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
High-speed chase ends in arrest
A man driving a car without its lights on Monday led police on a high-speed chase that ended when residents shoved him off their front porch, according to Spokane Valley Police.
Jason M. Tittman, 30, was in a Subaru without its headlights on when police tried to stop him near Sixth Avenue and University Road about 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Tittman ran a red light then continued west on Sprague Avenue before turning northbound onto Gillis Road, striking the sidewalk and coming to a stop. Tittman ran from the car but was arrested after police found him “being shoved off the front porch of a home by its residents,” according to a news release.
Tittman was booked into jail on charges of attempting to elude police and third-degree driving with a suspended license. He also was served with two Spokane Municipal Court warrants for theft and possession of marijuana.
Police found a ring of shaved keys in the Subaru but haven’t located the car’s owner.