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Nighttime overflights of south Spokane part of Ranger training exercise

For people living in south Spokane you may have been hearing helicopters and jets flying over your neighborhood Tuesday night. Not to worry, though, it's just the Rangers participating in a training exercise.

Fairchild Air Force Base confirmed members of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at JBLM, is participating in a training exercise this week between JBLM and Fairchild Air Force Base.

As for the aircraft involved, the units supporting the Rangers include the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment ? whose 4th Battalion is also based at JBLM and flies Chinook and MH-6 Little Bird helicopters ? and the Air Force's 1st Special Operations Wing, based out of Hurlburt Field, Florida and flies CV-22 Ospreys and AC-130 gunships. JBLM-based C-17 transports are also participating in the training.

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Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Heads up voters, the Spokane County Elections Office is mailing more than 275,000 ballots this week.

If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, October 24, please contact the Spokane County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320 for a replacement ballot. If you are not a registered voter in the State of Washington, you have until Monday, October 27 to register in person at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner.

If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 4. It is important that you check the pickup time on the mail box to ensure you are not too late. If the last pickup of the day has already been made, please take your ballot to the county's ballot drop boxes located at all city and county libraries, the STA Plaza and the Elections Office. Drop boxes are opened on October 16 and closed promptly at 8 pm on Election Day.

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

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.