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Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

Spokane Humane Society under voluntary quarantine

The Spokane Human Society is placing itself under a voluntary, 14-day quarantine after receiving two animals infected with deadly and highly contagious diseases at the shelter.

The quarantine began immediately after a 1-year-old dog tested positive for Parvovirus and a 5-month-old kitten tested positive for Feline Distemper. Both are highly contagious viral diseases and are potentially life-threatening to their hosts.

“The closure will allow our cats and dogs to be properly observed,” said Executive Director Dave Richardson. “Our first priority is the health and well-being of the animals in our care at the shelter. Taking this measure will help reduce the chance of spreading the disease. We ask for the public's patience and understanding.”

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Spokane beauty queen with a heart of gold

Spokane beauty queen with a heart of gold

A Spokane beauty queen hopeful wants to use her platform as Miss Nine Mile Falls to spread an important message about inner beauty and self respect to youth across the state.

Rebecca DeLong says it was her rough high school experience that makes this message so dear to her heart.

“I was really badly bullied growing up,” DeLong said. “I was told that I wasn't worth it, that I was fat and that I didn't have the look to be on the cheer squad. It really got to my heart.”

DeLong says she struggled with both self harm and an eating disorder before entering the pageant track and making an important realization.

“It took me getting involved in pageants to realize that I need to love myself,” she said. That discovery and the pain it helped her to overcome is what is encouraging her to continue competing and hopefully launch her non-profit organization – tentatively named Girls United – in a few months.

Six collared for South Hill residential burglaries

Spokane police have arrested six people in connection with a string of residential and garage burglaries over the last month.

Police say the group was responsible for as many as 18 residential burglaries and 18 garage burglaires in the last four weeks. By targeting hot spots and gathering intelligence from neighbors, police were able to track the thieves down and arrest them.

After officers noticed an uptick in burglaries on Spokane's southwest side, specifically the Manito, Comstock and Cannon Hill neighborhoods, they began working with detectives to determine hotspots and patterns for the criminals, including the types of items stolen, in this case bikes and electronics.

This intelligence led to six arrests over the weekend, the first coming Friday night when police caught two suspects in a stolen car. Four additional suspects were arrested Saturday night in a similar location also in a stolen car.

While they say this is a good start, additional suspects may still be on the loose.

Spokane police: Child luring did not happen

Spokane police investigating a report of an attempted child luring near 21st and Thor confirmed Tuesday afternoon the incident didn't happen.

The investigation was prompted by a report from a man who said he had just dropped off his two kids at Lincoln Heights Elementary School when he heard a child screaming. The witness then says he saw a man trying to pull a five or six-year-old child into a white van. The witness said he pulled the child away and the child then ran into the school.

Police conducted interviews with neighbors in the area, contacted nearby schools and reviewed surveillance video and determined there was no evidence the luring attempt occurred.

However as a rule, if you ever see a suspicious incident such as child luring, police said to try and get a detailed description of the car, including the license plate number, as well as descriptions of the suspect and victim and what direction they were last seen traveling and call 911 immediately.

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Zombie Run fundraiser at Comstock Park Saturday

Zombie Run fundraiser at Comstock Park Saturday

Dozens of local theater students are donating their time and resources to help pull off the second Apocalypse Corps event of 2014.

After the success of this summer's Zombie Run in August, the volunteers are back for another one, this time in Comstock Park.

As actors, writers and makeup artists, the volunteers have have a wide set of skills to help this be a successful fundraising event.

“We were researching local charities that may need some financial help, and we stumbled upon Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery,” said Apocalypse Corps founder Adin Haines. “After taking a tour of the facilities, I immediately fell in love. They are such caring people who give up their time to provide many different services to families in need and we wish to raise as much money for them as we can.”

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Police detectives are searching for endangered runaway 17-year-old Nicole Rene Agnew. She was reported missing by her mother on October 6th. She stated her daughter had run away from home on October 1, but been spotted as recently as October 7 in the Coeur d'alene City Park with a 22-year-old man named Derek Harrington.

Nicole's mother believes Nicole may have left the area for Spokane, but could return and is using the City Link bus for transportation.

Nicole is 5'8”, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following: