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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A woman is accused of lighting her north Spokane apartment on fire early Tuesday. Ruth Edmonson, 53, was arrested at the scene on a charge of first-degree arson, Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said.
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.
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.
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.