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Saturday’s highlights

Opportunity Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Laurie Spence and students dance the Dabke, a traditional Lebanese dance, during International Day on Wednesday in Spokane Valley. The five-step dance is often performed at weddings. SR photo/Dan Pelle

Good Monday morning, everyone. It sounds like we need to get our dose of sunshine in today before the clouds come back for the rest of the week. Meanwhile, we have some highlights from Saturday's Valley Voice. Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Opportunity Elementary School last week when they were celebrating International Day. Students learned about the culture of various countries and tried samples of traditional foods.

If your usual driving route includes Pines Road, you have probably already noticed that it is under construction. The Washington Department of Transportation is grinding and repaving the road, which is known as Highway 27 south of 16th Avenue. The repaving will be done between 32nd Avene and Montgomery Drive. There will be patching and crack sealing between Montgomery and Trent. Construction and lane restrictions will be during the overnight hours beginning at 7 p.m.

Lisa also has a story on University High School principal Alan Robbins, who just finished his first year on the job. He has spent a lot of his time getting to know the district and his students.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich reassured Rockford residents last week that he won't abandon them even though the town hasn't paid the bill for its law enforcement services contract. The town is still trying to come up with the money to pay the $32,000 bill.

Correspondent Valerie Putnam has a report from Millwood, where the town council talked about a water line running underneath property recently vacated for a Millwood Presbyterian Church construction project. There are also parking improvements coming to Buckeye Ave. between Argonne and Vista roads.

Newman Lake man arrested in scam

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office recently arrested a Newman Lake resident for allegedly running a scam on Craigslist. Deputies believe Eric Pittsley, 35, was taking money from people after offering to sell them cars or rent homes to them, but he never delivered. Seventeen victims have been identified. Reporter Meghann Cuniff has more details here.

Man busted in Valley with stolen car

An Elk man was arrested this morning in Spokane Valley after authorities discovered the vehicle he was in was stolen.

Officers responded to the River Rock Apartments at 12700 E. Shannon Ave. about 10:30 a.m. for a report of a “suspicious male ducking down inside the parked Honda and smoking something,” said Spokane Valley Police spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan. Officers contacted the car’s occupant and identified him as Christopher L. Dahlman, 20.

Dispatch notified officers the license plate on the back of the Honda was stolen off another vehicle, and when police ran the car’s identification number, they learned the car was stolen, as well. The car’s Montana plates were not located, Reagan said.

Reagan said Dahlman was nervous and claimed to have borrowed the car, but could not identify its actual owner and was arrested for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and booked into Spokane County Jail.
  

Sheriff Ozzie to run for re-election…

Good morning, Netizens…

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is running for re-election as Spokane County Sheriff. Speaking at the annual Freedom in the Arboretum celebration held in the Finch Arboretum, Sheriff Knezovich affirmed he will be running for re-election, which comes as no surprise to most folks.

In my opinion, we could do a lot worse than putting Sheriff Ozzie into office for a second term. He has established a record relatively clear of the various problems and contention that the Spokane Police Department has been plagued with and has frank and open policies that are comparatively refreshing.

Your opinions, of course, may differ.

Dave