August 17, 2013 in City

In brief: Parents didn’t realize child’s deadly danger


When a 5-year-old north Spokane boy vanished for several hours Wednesday, his nanny and parents didn’t think much of it. He was off with friends, they thought, as he often was on a sunny, summer afternoon.

It wasn’t until about 6 p.m. when they were looking for camping equipment in the trunk of their car that the family realized their son had crawled inside and died.

The father of the boy, who did not want to be identified, said it appeared their son was looking for his T-ball equipment when he laid down in the hot trunk.

When Spokane County Fire District 9 medical crews arrived, they found the parents performing CPR on the child, Assistant Chief Doug Bleeker said. Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization dedicated to preventing child injury, warns against the dangers of allowing children to play in cars. According to its website, parents should keep their vehicles locked at all times and keys should be kept out of children’s sight. Parents should also teach their children that trunks are not safe to play in.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle deaths for children, according to Safe Kids.

Former KAYU employee sentenced for thefts

A former KAYU-TV employee was sentenced to community custody Friday after she was found guilty of embezzling thousands from the company for her own utility bills.

Billie Milliken used KAYU’s Office Depot credit card to purchase prepaid debit cards, according to court records. From December 2007 to November 2010, Milliken made 77 fraudulent Office Depot purchases, creating fake invoices for purchases of office supplies that never happened.

In total, Milliken took $27,660 from KAYU.

KAYU became aware of the thefts when Avista Utilities contacted them regarding a billing issue on a private account, according to the records. That account belonged to Milliken, who later admitted to using company funds to pay for her utilities.

Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins sentenced Milliken to 240 hours of community custody.

Region’s first female federal judge retiring

A federal magistrate judge who broke through the glass ceiling in the region is retiring this month.

Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno was the first woman to become a federal judge in the Eastern District of Washington and the first female magistrate judge in the Northwest, according to a news release from the district. She’s served on that bench for 22 years.

Prior to her appointment in 1991, Imbrogno was a litigator at Perkins Coie and at Preston Gates and Ellis law firms. “She is known and respected for her strong work ethic and dedication to the rule of law,” the release said.

A ceremony at the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in Spokane on Aug. 29 at 3:30 p.m. will honor Imbrogno.

Imbrogno came under criticism by local law enforcement last year after Charles Wallace, a suspected heroin dealer she released to an unsecured inpatient drug treatment facility, escaped and shot two deputies attempting to arrest him on a warrant. The deputies were critically injured, and Wallace shot and killed himself after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase north of Spokane.

Carrington open house will let students sit in

Students attending an open house at Carrington College on Tuesday will have the opportunity to crash a class just to make sure it’s the right program for them.

The for-profit college offers education in medical assisting, dental assisting, medical billing and coding, pharmacy technology, massage therapy and medical radiography.

“We’re hosting the open house as a way to introduce the community to education programs available at Carrington which lead to careers in health care,” said Robert Paul, college president.

The open house will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 10102 E. Knox Ave., Suite 200 in Spokane.

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