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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Smoke detectors that don’t alarm

SAN FRANCISCO – Smoke detectors frequently produce more headaches than useful warnings. The devices have an irritating habit of shrieking when there’s no cause for alarm, and always seem to wait until the middle of the night to chirp when their batteries run low. Tony Fadell, a gadget guru who helped design the iPod and original iPhone while working at Apple, is counting on his latest innovation to prove that a smoke detector can be sleek, smart and appreciated.

Residents escape before fire destroys mobile home

Two older residents smelled smoke this morning in their single-wide mobile home at the Flamingo Trailer Court in Spokane Valley and fled for safety before fire destroyed their home.

Fire marshal says change smoke alarm batteries

The state fire marshal’s office reminds Washington residents that the end of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday is a good time to remember to change smoke alarm batteries.

Valley men plead not guilty in smoke-detector case

A father and son from Spokane Valley, accused of a $1.7 million fraud in worldwide sales of wireless smoke detectors, were arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. James "Jimmy" Jensen, 63, and his son, Ryan Jensen, 34, both entered not guilty pleas to a 32-count indictment returned April 24, accusing them of wire and mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to violate federal laws.