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Fundraiser for young girl with rare leukemia

Fundraiser for young girl with rare leukemia

The family of an 8-year-old Spokane girl diagnosed with an extremely rare form of leukemia is asking for your help.

Bella Carvalho was diagnosed with blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) in June, a rare and aggressive blood disease that can cause, along with many other things, painful lesions on her skin. BPDCN is also a disease most commonly found in elderly men, not little girls.

From her GoFundMe Page:

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Major Crimes investigating South Hill shooting

Major Crimes investigating South Hill shooting

Major Crimes Detectives are investigating a shooting that took place on the South Hill Friday night.
Randy Watts was brushing his teeth around 11:30 p.m. when he heard arguing.
"And then all of a sudden 'crack, crack' I heard two what I recognized as gun shots and I instantly called 9-11," said Watts.
Watts said a man was prowling outside of a home when a resident confronted him.
"There was a considerable amount of yelling back and forth before I heard the shot fired," said Watts.
Watts saw his elderly neighbors frantically trying to piece together what had happened.
"The guy was hit and he took off on foot and they found him down the street," said Watts.
It is not known how many times he was struck, but the injuries were not life threatening.
"I have heard that there have been some unfavorable people wondering around in the neighborhood, one guy in particular, but we don't know if that's him or not," said Watts.
Watts said he and his neighbors are freaked out by the incident. He will be locking his doors and keeping an extra eye out.
"This is a reminder that it can happen any where anytime. You let your guard down and that's when bad things happen," said Watts.

Storm damages South Hill garage

Wednesday afternoon's powerful storm system caused damage on Spokane's South Hill, including a tree crashing down on a garage near 23rd and Bernard.

Homeowner Beverly Thamm says she was inside her house around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. She said she heard a huge wind gust and a horrific crash. She saw dust fly by and when she looked outside she couldn't believe her eyes.

?All of a sudden everything just went cloudy and then a boom.... And then a boom... A terrific, terrific crash,? said Thamm.

Thamm says she has lived at the residence for 49 years and has never seen anything like it.

As of Wednesday night, the power was still off in Thamm's home. She was concerned about getting it back on.

It is not going to be easy to clean up all of the destruction, but Thamm has a positive attitude; She says she is just thankful to be alive.

Henrickson wins effort to have evidence used against him

A North Dakota man who's been questioned in an alleged murder-for-hire scheme in Spokane, Washington, has won his fight for evidence to be used against him in a separate illegal weapons case.

James Henrikson was arrested for being a felon in possession of firearms after investigators found guns in a safe in his Watford City home. His lawyer argued the warrant didn't authorize police to contact the safe manufacturer for the lock combination, and the evidence should be excluded.

Henrikson wants to go to trial quickly. He requested a new attorney and asked a judge to withdraw the motion to suppress evidence. The judge agreed.

Henrikson did business in North Dakota's oil patch with Doug Carlile, who was shot and killed by an intruder in his Spokane home in December.

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From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

From New York to Coeur d'Alene, Avenue Q opening this Friday

The fur was flying Tuesday night at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse as one of the final dress rehearsals got underway for this Friday's opening of Avenue Q.

The smash hit first debuted on Broadway in 2003, taking home Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, and the cast of Lake City's production does their best to keep up the wild spirit of the show.

With a large cast, but only three human characters, many of the actors take a back seat to their puppet partners – providing a voice, but blending into the background.

“The biggest challenge is just finding the balance between the people and the puppets. If the actor is pushing too hard, you're focusing on them and not the puppet. So it's finding the right balance where you feel like you're watching the puppet but getting emotion from the person. It's a tricky little thing, but when it's right it's lovely,” said Director Troy Nickerson. It's an art form that took weeks to perfect.

Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

Spokane woman accused of defrauding $100k in disability from the state

A Spokane woman is charged first-degree felony theft, accused of defrauding the state of $101,000 in disability benefits while working with her husband to operate his motel and their nightclub and apartment building.

In September 2010, 52-year-old Mistie Crosby submitted a claim to Labor and Industries (L&I) saying she hurt her back, neck and shoulder while working at Sunset Junction, a nightclub in Spokane that has since closed. Physicians confirmed she was injured and L&I opened her claim.

When Crosby submitted the claim, she did not indicate whether she was an owner, partner or corporate officers in the business where she was injured. Business owners must provide employees with workers' compensation insurance, but the coverage is optional for the owners themselves and Crosby never enrolled.

Target opens on Spokane's South Hill

Target opens on Spokane's South Hill

Developer, Dave Black, said it was in 2004 when he started the process to bring Target to the South Hill.

"It's just a great feeling, it's been a gauntlet to get this project done," said Black.

It has been a combined effort to make not only Target possible, but the entire district center. From the city, to the developers, and the Southgate Neighborhood Council.

"Nobody didn't want the Target. I don't think anybody said a bad word about it," said Ted Teske, Southgate Neighborhood Chairman.

On Tuesday, after years of negotiations and planning, Target opened it's doors to hundreds of eager shoppers.

"Everywhere I go and everyone I talk to is so excited they always ask me, when's the Target store opening," said Black.

Teske said he looks to Target as a great starting point for the district center.

"I don't think it's a place we want to stay. I think we want to move towards the pedestrian oriented style of district center," said Teske.

Other businesses opening in the area are PetSmart, Cafe Rio, Salley Beauty Supplies, Anothony's Beach Cafe, Mod Pizza, and a haircut chain.