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In brief: Pines Road sections to close for repairs

Pines Road from Mission to Indiana avenues will be closed to traffic starting today at 7 p.m. and extending to 7 a.m. Friday for repaving of the Interstate 90 overpass bridge.

In addition, the eastbound off ramp and on ramp from Interstate 90 to Pines will be closed during the same hours. Drivers will need to use alternate routes, including the Evergreen Road interchange and overpass, state transportation officials said.

The work is part of a project to rehabilitate the pavement on Pines Road from 32nd to Trent avenues at a cost of $2.8 million. Grinding and repaving is being done from 32nd to Mansfield Avenue with crack sealing and pavement repair from Mansfield to Trent.

Inmate’s therapist admits misconduct

An Airway Heights Corrections Center therapist charged with sleeping with a sex offender pleaded guilty to a lesser crime Tuesday.

Sarah Brooks, who specialized in sexual deviancy treatment, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree custodial misconduct, a gross misdemeanor, prosecutor Patrick Johnson said. Brooks developed a sexual relationship with a male sex offender at the prison and was originally facing three charges of first-degree custodial misconduct, a felony.

Brooks was facing up to four and a half years in prison. However, the man with whom she developed a relationship did not want to press charges, leading to the offer of the plea deal, Johnson said.

Brooks was sentenced to 24 months probation, Johnson said. She must also complete alcohol treatment and mental health counseling.

She resigned from her position at the prison in April.

“Her life pretty much completely derailed,” Johnson said.

Coaches vs. Cancer, others to fund camp

Area organizations including Mark and Marcy Few’s Coaches vs. Cancer, YMCA of the Inland Northwest and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane are joining to help keep Camp Goodtimes open for kids affected by cancer.

The American Cancer Society announced in March it no longer will fund kids’ camps in order to direct more money to cancer research, according to a news release.

In response, local organizations vowed to keep Camp Goodtimes East open. The Inland Northwest chapter of the free camp was founded in 1985 and most recently has been held at Ross Point Camp in Post Falls. It accepts children who are cancer survivors as well as their siblings and friends.

An event Saturday, “An Evening with Coaches vs. Cancer Featuring Dana Carvey,” will include fundraising for the camp; tickets are available at TicketsWest outlets.

FAFB reminder: Pot off limits to airmen

Fairchild Air Force Base is reminding its airmen that marijuana remains off limits for them despite now being legal in Washington state.

“Airmen are always subject to duty, and we agree to live by a set of military rules and standards,” Col. Brian Newberry, base commander, said in a recent posting on Fairchild’s Facebook page. “One of those standards is remaining drug-free.”

Given the conflict between state and federal law, as well as marijuana’s continuing classification as an illegal drug under military code, base officials decided to begin periodically reminding airmen and women of the legal risks, which can include discharge and criminal prosecution.



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