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New scam targets recently widowed woman

Spokane Police are warning the community about scammers who are targeting women who have recently lost their husbands.

Donna Wood was married to her husband Larry for almost 38 years. Larry passed away on Sept. 19 and not even a week passed by before scammers were calling her for money.

The scammers claimed they were from a life insurance company and said if Wood wanted a $30,000 claims she needed to fulfill some payments. They asked her to go to Rite Aid and buy cash cards totaling over $1,900.

Donna said after spending hours on the phone with them she nearly fell for the scam. If it wasn't for her brother who questioned it she would have sent the money.

?I was crushed to begin with that somebody would want to do something like that to me when I was already so vulnerable,? she said. ?You know I always thought I was pretty savvy about scams but when you're going through this kind of emotional trauma you don't think about those things."

Police say the cash cards and money order are not traceable, so Wood would have been lost that $1,900.

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Three detained in back-to-back coffee stand robberies

Two coffee stands, two armed robberies and three people in custody was all in an hour's work for Spokane Police Tuesday.

It was around 12:30 when the first call came in that Hot Toddy's Espresso on Francis had just been robbed.

"Suspect male walked up, displayed a handgun and demanded cash," said Spokane police officer Teresa Fuller.

Detectives worked the area looking at surveillance video and searching the area with K-9 officer Talon. The search came back empty but police were able to get a solid description of the suspect. Then, while still on the scene, a second call came in.

?It ups the ante a little bit," said Fuller.

The second robbery was at Brews Bros. just a few miles away at the intersection of Sinto and Ruby. The suspect in that robbery had the same description and used the same method to rob the coffee stand.

?Same thing, gentleman walked up, displayed a handgun, demanded money," Fuller said.

With two robberies possibly committed by the same individual, police now even more intent on finding the robbers.

Booktober Fest for Spokane Humane Society this weekend

Booktober Fest for Spokane Humane Society this weekend

The Spokane Humane Society is hoping you'll attend their annual fundraiser and fill your bookshelves at the same time.

All year, community members, businesses and individuals have been collecting nearly 16,000 new and gently used books, CD's, DVD's and magazines to raise funds for the animals of the Spokane Humane society.

The annual Booktober Fest book sale runs this weekend, October 4 and 5, in the Spokane Human Society big, red barn at 6607 N. Havana.

“We have something for every age,” said Associate Director Kerry Wiltzius. “It's a fun event that will raise nearly $4,000 for the animals in our care.”

Volunteers have been picking up and sorting books for weeks and are encouraging everyone to come buy some books and see the animals.

Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm

Sunday: 9 am – 3 pm

SCRAPS hosting adoption event for seized animals October 1

SCRAPS hosting adoption event for seized animals October 1

Animals rescued from a recent seizure in Deer Park are up for adoption at a special event Wednesday, October 1st at the Spokane County Fairgrounds.

From 2-6 pm, adults interested in adopting any of these animals as a family pet can come to the fairgrounds through the Broadway entrance.

Currently available at tomorrow's event are 60 rabbits, 14 roosters and 2 billy goats. A $25 adoption fee is requested for the rabbits, $10 for the roosters and $50 for the goats. The adoption fee helps recover the cost of care and feeding of the animals during their holding period. Donations to SCRAPS Animal Medical Fund are also greatly appreciated.

SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers executed a search warrant at 503 W. Bridges Road in unincorporated north Spokane County on September 26th and made the following observations:

Animals without water, or with algae and feces in the available water.

Animal with injuries and covered in fleas.

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Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

Leavenworth one of the most affordable for leaf peeping this fall

If you're looking for a fall getaway without breaking the bank, vacation specialists at TripAdvisor have named Leavenworth one of the top spots in the country to take in some colorful sights.

According to TripAdvisor, 83 percent of those surveyed plan to take a leisure trip this fall, with 31 percent planning to travel for the joy of viewing fall foliage. To help travelers plan, TripIndex compared the cost of a weekend getaway for two in 15 of the most popular leaf-peeping destinations in the US, including the combined average cost of a two-night stay in a bed and breakfast, a full tank of gas, apple picking and a meal at a restaurant.

Leavenworth came in at an affordable $476.89, but you'd better make your reservations now before the winter flakes start to fall.

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

New phone scam may be targeting recently widowed

Spokane Police want to warn citizens about a new scam that appears to be targeting the recently widowed, claiming to be from a life insurance company and requiring money to ensure proper compensation.

Crime Check took the first report on Friday, September 26. The potential victim's husband had died the week before and she received a call from someone claiming to be from an insurance agency where her husband had a policy.

The caller told the widow that the policy payments had not been kept up to date but, if she caught up with the payments, they would be able to ensure she received her life insurance payout from her husband's death. The caller then instructed the woman to get pre-paid cards loaded with cash.

Fortunately, the victim realized the call was a scam and reported it to police. If you receive a call similar to this one, or believe you may have been the victim of a scam, please call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

Working 4 you: More hospitals ask for payment upfront

If you're planning any future trips to the hospital, you may want to get your credit card ready before heading into the operating room. That's because hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay for procedures either upfront, or before they're discharged.

Traditionally, neither patients nor providers knew the exact price of procedures until after the insurer processed the charges, but that's all changing.

New technology is now allowing hospitals to determine a patient's responsibility in advance of treatment.

Hospitals say it's important to discuss the cost as early as possible because patients are facing higher deductibles and larger payments for services. Administrators say many people don't even know what their deductible is.

Officials say Americans are shouldering a greater portion of their health care bills, and medical centers don't want to get stuck paying what their patients can't.

But for those who are worried about footing the bill early, hospitals are providing several options.