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In brief: Lieuallen files tort claim

Thu., May 16, 2013

SPOKANE VALLEY – Former Spokane Valley Fire Department firefighter Ryan Lieuallen has filed a tort claim against the department’s fire commissioners and former Fire Chief Mike Thompson alleging that he was improperly fired from his job after being ticketed for driving under the influence.

The charge was later amended to reckless driving, and Lieuallen was sentenced to a $941 fine, one day in jail and 24 months of probation.

Lieuallen declined to comment on the tort claim but said during a previous interview that his license had been suspended for a year, and department regulations stipulate that firefighters must have a current driver’s license.

“Then I got my license back with an interlock device,” he said. “I could have gone back to work.”

The tort claim alleges wrongful termination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, damage to his reputation and infliction of emotional distress. Lieuallen is seeking $750,000 in damages. The department has 60 days to respond to the claim.

Second Harvest offers fresh food

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Second Harvest Mobile Food truck will be at Millwood Presbyterian Church, 3223 N. Marguerite Road, Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The truck offers fresh vegetables, fruit and other nutritious foods to anyone in need. No appointment or documentation is necessary, although recipients must pick up their food in person.

This monthly event will return to its regular schedule in June. The truck will be at the church every second Friday.

For more information, call the church office at (509) 924-2350.

City to host open house

LIBERTY LAKE – The city of Liberty Lake will host an open house today from 5 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 22710 E. Country Vista Drive.

The mayor and City Council members will be on hand to answer questions. There also will be information available on various city departments and community groups.

The police department will have a new car on display and there will be a fire engine from the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

Fogging planned in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD – The town of Fairfield will be fogging for mosquitoes beginning Tuesday, weather permitting.

Anyone who does not want their property sprayed is asked to call City Hall at (509) 283-2414 as soon as possible.

Kraft will speak at annual event

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Business Connections breakfast Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Mirabeau Park Hotel at Sullivan Road and Interstate 90.

This year’s featured speaker is Steve Kraft, owner of Froyo Earth.

The cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

Call (509) 924-4994 or visit www.spokane to register.

MOMS Club plans park meet-up

SPOKANE VALLEY – The MOMS Club of Spokane South Hill/Valley chapter is having an open house at 10 a.m. Monday at a local park.

Email momsclubspokaneshv@ for details. Moms Offering Moms Support is an international nonprofit organization specifically for stay-at-home moms.

The chapter plans field trips, play dates and activities.

Past Lilac royalty honored

Spokane – This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Spokane Lilac Festival.

To commemorate the occasion, the organization would like to honor past Lilac queens and princesses with a reception Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.

The organization is expecting Lilac royalty from around the world, and former queens and princesses are invited to wear their sash and tiaras. Many have shared “I remember when” stories already with the organization.

If you are a former Lilac queen or princess, you are invited to register at, or call the office at (509) 535-4554.


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