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Four arrested in connection with lower South Hill murder

Spokane Major Crimes detectives have arrested four people in connection with a murder at Fifth and Hatch on Spokane's lower South Hill.�

Damian Stewart, 33, was found dead inside the home Sunday. There were no signs of forced entry, but police say the inside of the house was trashed.�

Wednesday night police arrested 24-year-old Isaiah Freeman, 34-year-old Christopher Hall, 29-year-old Ricky Cox and 49-year-old Richard Richardson. Police say all four were transients. They were all booked on first degree murder charges.�

Police do not believe there are any other outstanding suspects.�

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South Hill murder victim identified

The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim of a homicide on Spokane's lower South Hill.�

Damien L. Stewart, 33, was found dead in his home at 5th and Hatch on January 25.�

According to the Medical Examiner's Office, Stewart was strangled to death but was also beaten and cut with a knife.

When detectives showed up at Stewart's apartment Sunday neighbors told investigators this murder might be drug related, however the people closest to him say he wasn't a drug dealer.

?I definitely know it wasn't a drug rip he was a drug user, but he did not sell drugs,? neighbor Lorena Perot said.

Fellow tenants Lorena and Michael Perot know the inside of Stewart's apartment is trashed. Every nook and cranny has been turned out in what appears to be a search for the few valuables Stewart had.

?He did not have much so whoever did it I think it was more like you said a burglary of his kindness of letting people in and they took advantage of that,? Perot said.

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health changes name to Group Hawks

Group Health announced Wednesday that it is changing its corporate name to Group Hawks to show support for the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to battle the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The name change was announced Wednesday, and will continue through Sunday’s big game.

 

“Patients still can find the quality and affordable healthcare they’ve always experienced at Group Health, but at Group Hawks they’ll also find plenty of Seahawks fever,” said Scott Armstrong, Group Hawks CEO. “And Seahawks fever is a condition we have tested, and know from our evidence-based medicine approach, can have very positive patient outcomes.”

 

Medical experts at Group Hawks say these are the Seahawks fever symptoms to watch for:

  • Green and blue face paint
  • Irresistible urge to have the #12 prominently tattooed on limbs, face or other obvious body parts
  • A need to wear feathers
  • Sudden urges to yell “Go Hawks!”

 

City to begin count of homeless persons, families on Jan. 29

City to begin count of homeless persons, families on Jan. 29

The 2014 Point-in-Time count of persons and families experiencing homelessness will take place in Spokane (and across the state) on Thursday, January 29th.

 

According to the City, this annual census of homelessness provides data used to complete grant applications and reports required by state and federal homeless service funders. The information also supports strategic planning for the allocation of resources that most effectively meet community needs. 

 

The Point-In-Time Count includes individuals and persons in families, including youth, who on the night of the count are:

 

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Spokane Eye Clinic accepting used eye wear donations for a cause

Spokane Eye Clinic accepting used eye wear donations for a cause

Do you have old eye glasses laying around collecting dust? The Spokane Eye Clinic is accepting used eye wear donations now through February 6th at any of their three area locations.

 

Allyssa Kuprienko, a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant to Dr. Randall Jacobson, is leaving for Jamaica at the end of February for a brief volunteer trip with Volunteer Optometrists Service to Humanity (VOSH). Prior to her trip, she hopes to collect as many used glasses as she can for Jamaicans in need.

 

VOSH is an organizations that travels throughout the developing world and U.S. with qualified volunteers. These volunteers provide free quality vision care services through short-term clinics. They also work to develop sustainable programs and local optometric care in the developing world in order to help local communities provide quality vision care.

 

Spokane HOPE School to host 2nd Annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K

Spokane HOPE School to host 2nd Annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K

On April 18th, 2015, the Spokane HOPE School will host the second annual Hear Me Run Spokane 5K at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane beginning at 9:30 a.m.

All net proceeds will go directly to Spokane HOPE (Hearing-Oral Program of Excellence) School, a non-profit organization that works toward building brighter futures for children who are deaf or hard of hearing on their journey to listen and talk.

The event welcomes all ages and includes a chip-timed 5K run, kid's activities, awards, raffles, food, and more. The top overall male and female will both receive a 1st place trophy.

The cost to participate in the run is $30.00 for participants 13 or older, $17.50 for children aged 6-12, and free to all children ages 5 and under. All paid participants will receive a T-shirt with their registration.

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

61st Annual Boat Show arrives in Spokane Feb. 4

The Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center will host the 61st Annual Spokane Boat Show for five days from Wednesday, February 4th, through Sunday, February 8th.

This year's show these is "Only in a Boat", and will consist of nearly 180,000 square feet of exhibit space. Over 50 major vendors will be in attendance, representing new model boats and accessories from around the nation.

"Visitors to the 61st annual Spokane National Boat Show will see all the new makes. There are mega sized cruisers, speedy sport runabouts, pontoon party boats, fishing boats, and personal watercraft," Scott Thompson, the event's general manager said. "They will find major dealers representing docks, boat accessories, ski and fishing gear."

The Spokane Yacht Club is sponsoring the event, and said the boat show is a great time to by because deals offer significant "Boat Show Only" discounts during the event. 

This year, tickets will cost $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12-17, and kids under 12 are free.