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Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Today, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announced that Spokane has been named its 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA said that Spokane's amazing credentials, and ability to meet the award's criteria made it the clear choice for this award.

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Layaway Angel surprises Spokane mom of three

A Spokane mom went to pay down her layaway bill, only to find that a stranger had paid it for her.

It's the season of giving, but the stresses of buying can leave us feeling more like Scrooge than Saint Nick.

With how this week has been going, Scrooge is exactly who Jessica McDougald felt like.

"I have had a pretty terrible week between work, weather, cars acting up, bills being due," McDougald said.

McDougald works hard, balancing a full-time job, school, and her three children. Like most parents she envisions Christmas morning with her kids tearing off the wrapping paper, and seeing the joy in their eyes when the present's revealed.

"You want them to be super excited and you want to give them everything that they ask for," McDougald said.

McDougald had put some of the big ticket items for her children on layaway at Kmart.

"I knew that�I had to come pick up the layaway, that it was due, but funding wasn't fully available this week so�I tried to put it off until�I had the money," McDougald said.

Today on her lunch break, she showed up to make the final payment.

The Spokane Symphony celebrates Holiday Pops

The Spokane Symphony celebrates Holiday Pops

Resident Conductor, Morihiko Nakahara, will lead the Spokane Symphony, the Chorale, and the Spokane Area Youth Choirs in some of the season’s most-loved holiday songs and carols. Santa and local cabaret singer Abbey Crawford will also stop by to help spread the holiday cheer at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Saturday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m.


 

“I am particularly excited about this year's program because we are presenting such a wide variety of repertoire,” Nakahara said. “This will be a musical journey with something for everyone in your family.”


 

SPD to host Coffee with a Cop at Forza Coffee Company on Dec. 17

SPD to host Coffee with a Cop at Forza Coffee Company on Dec. 17

The Spokane Police Department will hold their next Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday, December 17, from 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. at Forza Coffee Company at 2829 E. 29th.

Citizens attending this event can expect to engage with both leaders and officers from SPD's South Precinct. free coffee will be provided courtesy of Forza, and an officer will be available to show and demonstrate the use of a body camera to attendees.

The department will also be giving away "Club" vehicle anti-theft devices to individuals with the following vehicle makes and models:

 

  • Honda Civic and Accord, model years 1983 through 2005
  • Toyota Camry, model years 1984 through 2005
  • Subaru Legacy, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Jeep Cherokee, model years 1985 through 2000
  • Ford Explorer, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Dodge Caravan, model years 1985 through 2010
  • Ford Escape, model years 1990 through 2000
  • Subaru Impreza, model years 1990 through 2005
  • Nissan Sentra, model years 1985 through 2000

 

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Misplaced shopping cart leads to assault

A 57-year-old man is recovering from an assault last week at the Fred Meyer parking lot that started because of a shopping cart.

"There's nothing left really to breathe through, hardly," Jerald Williams said while feeling his nose. He also has two black eyes, one which was swollen shut after the incident on Wednesday night.

?Just boom, boom, boom, boom,? Williams recalled. ?I didn't lose consciousness, but I was just covered up like this, just trying to protect myself a little bit."

Williams said he had just made a deposit at the bank inside the Fred Meyer on South Thor Street when he saw the person who parked next to him had left his cart near his car. When Williams confronted the man, the situation became heated.

?I just turned and said, 'It's just common courtesy,' or something of that nature,? Williams said.







200 car titles stolen from used car lot

A car lot on Sprague Avenue was broken into on Sunday night. The owner says he has filed 15 reports with police this year alone, but this time the thieves have gone too far.

When employees came to work Monday at PM Auto Sales they found the front door shattered, however that was just the beginning.

?Then we came in and realized they had paper work all over the place, keys were missing, titles were missing,? said Pete Marks, co-owner of PM Auto Sales.

Marks says he knows of several other businesses that have been hit along Sprague avenue.

The thieves took on of the guns kept in the office, tires, rims, tools and a car.

The black 2006 Saturn Ion was driven off the lot, the license plate on the car is AJR6884 but it may have been replaced with a Washington dealer plate that is also missing, plate number 2899N.

In the past, thieves have taken things like tires and rims right off of the lot, but this is the first time the office has been broken into.

The biggest concern for the owners are the missing car titles, around 200 were taken.

Since you cannot sell a car without a title, business is on hold until the documents are replaced.

Toys for Tots drive honors teens

Two teenage girls are gone, but a donation drive held Saturday shows they are not forgotten.

It's been more than a year since two University High School students, Josie Freier and McKenzie Mott, were killed in a car accident last October.

To honor their memory, Spokane Valley Firefighters and University High Students came together to collect donations for one of the girls' favorite charities for the second year in a row.

By the end of Saturday, a school bus will be stuffed with gifts to donate to Toys for Tots. While donating to this cause is always important, for these Spokane Valley Firefighters and high school students, this event held a special meaning.

"We all came together for a good cause," explained Fire District 8 spokesman James Smock. "Last year, we had a car accident that took the lives of two U-High students, McKenzie and Josie."

Josie was passionate about Toys for Tots, and her father works�with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. So for the firefighters, this fundraiser was the perfect choice to honor the girls.