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News >  Crime/Public Safety

Owner of burned building in Hillyard faces insurance fraud charges

Ivan Kriger, owner of the property at 3011 E. Wellesley Ave. in Hillyard, was charged in October with following an investigation by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner's Criminal Investigations Unit. Kriger took out an insurance policy the same day the fire that leveled the building occurred, Nov. 7, 2017, according to court records, and sought $324,000 in damages. The claim was denied because he didn't have coverage at the time of the fire. The property's assessed value that year was $202,000. 

News >  Spokane

Spokane medical provider charged with theft of more than $5 million of Medicaid funds

Paul Means, and his firm Abilia Healthcare, were targeted following an audit of its billing by the Washington State Healthcare Authority revealed irregularities, according to court records. Investigators believe the proceeds of the scheme, which involved billing the state for intensive, in-person examinations when they were conducted over the internet or not at all, were used to buy a $300,000 home on Spokane's South Hill and several vehicles. 
News >  Family

Love story: Mark and Sandi Sannes mark 25 years of marriage

Mark and Sandi Sannes celebrated their 25th anniversary in April, a milestone to be sure, but enduring marriages run in the family. After all, Mark’s aunt and uncle recently marked their 65th anniversary and were featured in this series on Oct. 15.
News >  Idaho

Weathercatch: Grateful for no ‘bomb cyclone’ this holiday

A year ago today, more than a thousand people bundled up to brave cold temperatures and winds at the annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Spokane. As runners and walkers congregated at the starting line, the temperature was 25 degrees. With winds gusting up to 38 mph, the windchill “feels-like” temperature made it seem even colder.

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