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Marijuana industry under close watch by Liquor Control Board

The Liquor Control Board is on pot patrol making sure recreational marijuana license holders in Washington are following the rules.

Since becoming legal, 67 penalties have been issued by the LCB from May to mid-October

That's roughly 10 percent of license holders. The LCB saying with this new industry it's main focus is on education and making sure everyone knows what's required of them.

At Yield Farms in the Spokane Valley buds are being trimmed and tracked and strains like NYC Diesel will end up in retail stores soon. The LCB has been busy as well.

"Our first day when we got our inspection they came in and said, 'Just follow the rules and everything will be fine.' So we are trying to do that," said Johanna Tuttle with Yield Farms in the Spokane Valley.

Tuttle says the I-502 rollout has been fairly smooth with not an exorbitant number of regulations.

"All in all I think it's very reasonable," said Tuttle.

But that doesn't mean there won't be mistakes. Yield Farms did receive a verbal warning from the LCB in September for failure to report monthly tax reports or payments.

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Free dental and health screenings for seniors

Spokane-area seniors are invited to a free oral health and wellness screening this Friday, October 24th.  "Senior Smile Day" is part of "Teeth Week"  and will include:

WSP makes arrest in fatal hit and run

The Washington State Patrol has arrested a man in connection with a fatal hit and run Wednesday morning.

WSP says a civilian tip lead them 35-year-old Orlan Knuth. He now faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

Commuters spotted 31-year-old James Lee laying in a ditch Wednesday morning near Highway 2 and Nevada in north Spokane. He was pronounced dead at Sacred Heart Medical Center at 8:36 a.m.

WSP reports the Knuth allegedly struck Lee while he was walking along the shoulder of the road.

WSP says the two were associates.



Juvenile collared for arson spree

Spokane County fire officials confirmed Wednesday morning a juvenile has been arrested in their investigation into a string of grass fires across the area.

The juvenile, who is 16, was taken into custody Tuesday evening and has been charged with multiple counts of arson.

The teen, a Central Valley High School student, admitted to starting the fires, including one he claimed he set about 100 yards away from his home. He told detectives when confessed that he was depressed as he recently moved to Washington from Missouri, was unhappy living in Spokane Valley, has no friends, and was acting out his frustrations with school.

Officials declined to say if the teen has a criminal history.

The outpouring of tips and information from the public helped crack the case so quickly, officials said. Multiple people reported seeing the juvenile in a white four-door sedan; fire officials said the boy was seen using multiple cars that were all registered to his family.

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Teen showed no sign of giving up arson spree before arrest

The teenager suspected of starting more than a dozen fires around Spokane Valley devoted a lot of his time and money to being a prolific arsonist with no signs of stopping.

Before the teen suspect's arrest Tuesday members of the arson task force were hunting high and low to find the individual responsible for touching off nearly two dozen fires during the driest part of our fire season. Investigators didn't know it at the time, but their suspect had armed himself with a variety of ignition sources.

According to a search warrant, the 16-year-old suspect's car turned up various items including a lighter, packaging for a propane torch and a Wal Mart receipt for a road flares; flares were used to start several fires.

To make things worse the arsonist moved around a lot striking south of I-90 from Pines all the way to Liberty Lake. However it was that mobility that was the suspect's undoing, as a vehicle registered to his family was seen leaveing several fire scenes.

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.