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News >  Spokane

Abortion protest prompts Bloomsday complaints

Bloomsday organizers are struggling to come up with what they could have done differently after dozens of runners on Sunday complained about an anti-abortion protest along the route. Race director Don Kardong said Bloomsday officials had no idea the protest was planned. He got wind of it when, while running the course himself, he passed the group near Riverside Avenue and Government Way two miles into the race.
News >  Spokane

Spokane police searching for suspect in homicide

Spokane police are hunting for Joshua J. Tillery, a man with a collar of tattoos suspected of killing 33-year-old Devon Mack by shooting him in the head Friday inside a north Spokane home. Det. Lydia Prichard said police questioned Tara Rader and released her. They also found a vehicle involved in the incident.

News >  Spokane

More than 47,000 soak up Bloomsday experience

With added security across the 7.5-mile Spokane Bloomsday course, runners and walkers cruised through a warm and uneventful race marked mostly by dozens of runners being treated for dehydration. Concern generated by last month’s bombings at the Boston Marathon led to heightened security, but race organizers said the city’s 37th-annual Bloomsday occurred without a hitch.
News >  Spokane

Race filled with big, small moments

Seventy-eight-year-old Dora Saw, of Spokane, ran her second Bloomsday race Sunday with the help of two wooden canes. She moved faster than just walking, so “ran” is apt. Her husband, Spokane physician Eng Chuan Saw, was ahead of her and Dora was keeping up not far behind. “I use them to protect my knees,” Dora Saw said of the canes.
News >  Spokane

Months after rescuing family from fire, man loses his fight

For five months, Dave Apperson left his landscaping job early every Friday and drove to Harborview Medical Center to see his son. For five months, Jessica Hammond was terrified to go back to work, afraid if she wasn’t with her kids in Spokane or visiting her fiance at the hospital in Seattle, something tragic would happen.
News >  Spokane

Veteran chases down, detains burglary suspect

As concealed weapons permit holders, Jared and Heather Martin regularly talk to their 12-year-old daughter about gun safety and responsibility. They have already started using Tuesday morning as their prime example.
News >  Spokane

Man accused of hoax involving fake bomb

UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2013

A Spokane County man was ordered held today on a $50,000 bond after he admitted placing a realistic-looking imitation bomb in a Newman Lake mailbox Tuesday afternoon.
News >  Spokane

Spokane native Neil Everett steps up

An Internet search of the phrase “she’s a beauty, that number nine,” yields two search results: a lyric from the Neil Young song “Ordinary People,” and an affectionate nod from ESPN anchor and Spokane son Neil Everett. The 1980 Lewis and Clark High School graduate who went on to the University of Oregon, is known for adlibbed catchphrases as a veteran anchor on ESPN’s nightly SportsCenter broadcasts. He and co-anchor Stan Verrett host the show featuring the day’s sports highlights and top plays of the day. The Neil Young lyric comes up during the Top 10 plays, when Everett – whose real name is Neil Everett Morfitt – announces play number nine.
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Spokane native Neil Everett steps up

The 1980 Lewis and Clark High School graduate who went on to the University of Oregon, is known for adlibbed catchphrases as a veteran anchor on ESPN’s nightly SportsCenter broadcasts.
News >  Spokane

Event backers hope to boost roller derby’s profile

Despite Spokane’s five roller derby teams, local coach and skater Naomi Weitz said the sport hasn’t caught on in this area. She’s hoping this weekend will change that. The women of roller derby are taking over the Spokane Convention Center for Spokane’s first major tournament.
News >  Spokane

Rapper guilty in 2011 Quality Inn murder

A rapper faces life in prison after a Spokane jury convicted him of murder Thursday. John A. Castro, who goes by the name Lil Danger, shot and killed Moses Lake rapper Jose A. “Junior” Solis Jr. during an altercation at the Quality Inn in downtown Spokane in November 2011. Solis was shot once in the chest.
News >  Spokane

Guilds’ School penny drive moving full-speed ahead

A local organization that helps young children with disabilities adapt to school life now has to adapt its own fundraising practices to comply with Spokane’s new panhandling laws. The Spokane Guilds’ School Foundation is holding its 17th-annual penny drive on Saturday, its first since the Spokane City Council voted 6-1 in August to outlaw panhandling in the downtown corridor.
News >  Pacific NW

Defense for Colville boy requests mental evaluation

The attorney for an 11-year-old Colville boy accused of plotting to rape and kill a classmate filed a motion today to have the boy’s competency evaluated. Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said the motion was granted and the boy will be evaluated by doctors at Eastern State Hospital. The tests will evaluate the boy’s ability to stand trial and his sanity.
News >  Spokane

Crime lab work went undone

A former manager at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab in Cheney is accused of lying to his boss about completing tests on evidence from at least five cases. The employee, Kevin Fortney, resigned during the investigation, State Patrol spokesman Robert Calkins said.
News >  Spokane

Home damaged after gas line cut

A private contractor doing sewer work ruptured a natural gas line on East Bridgeport Avenue Friday morning, causing a fire that spread to a house. Spokane Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Schaeffer said an excavator hit the line and the fire “grew exponentially” before firefighters arrived. They were able to contain the flames to the back of the house at 1118 E. Bridgeport Ave.