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SPD and SCSO to take the ice Sunday for charity hockey game

SPD and SCSO to take the ice Sunday for charity hockey game

The Spokane Police Department hockey team will take the ice against the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office this Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m. All proceeds from the game will go to the Behind the Badge Foundation as well as the Chiefs Care Foundation

Behind The Badge Foundation was created to honor officers who have suffered a line of duty death or catastrophic injury. The Chiefs Care Foundation helps to raise money for the continuing education of Chiefs' players as well as serving the Spokane community through donations and appearances.

Admittance to the law enforcement benefit game is free with a ticket to the Spokane Chiefs game versus the Kamloops Blazers, which starts at 5:00 p.m. that same night.  

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Marijuana DUIs spike after legalization

For Trooper Joe Leibrecht, getting impaired drivers off the road is personal. Before he was with the Washington State Patrol, he was a teacher who saw one too many tragedies.

"I actually had five students that were either killed or directly impacted by impaired drivers," Leibrecht said.

Leibrecht changed careers hoping to make a difference. Now, he watches for people driving high, a reality since recreational marijuana was legalized with the passage of I-502 in 2012.

"You're more in tune to be looking for it nowadays,? Leibrecht said.

Much like alcohol impairment, people suspected of driving high are asked to do a field sobriety test. Officers check for eye movements, balance and test the person's concept of time. If officers rule out alcohol and believe drugs are involved, they need blood for evidence. Unlike alcohol, where there's fast results from a Breathalyser, there's no on-site test for marijuana. Instead, officers have to get a search warrant signed by a judge to draw blood, which can take up to several hours.

"If they're impaired we have no issue with taking that driver off the roadway,? Leibrecht said.

Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving is still a week away, dinner preparations are in full swing at Spokane's Women and Children's Free Restaurant (WCFR).

WCFR will host their 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rogers High School Commons on Saturday, November 22 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

On Thursday morning, about a dozen volunteers gathered at WFCR to carve 150 turkeys for Saturday’s event. These volunteers consist of Spokane area caterers and chefs who posses the knowledge needed to properly carve the birds.

WFCR Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Orlando, said people who plan to attend can expect to enjoy a free, traditional, and nutritious Thanksgiving dinner.

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Search warrant yields drugs/cash

Members of the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force (SRDTF) arrested 46-year-old Herbert Todd III yesterday morning at 511 S. Sullivan for Delivery of a Controlled Substance,  Oxycodone, and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Oxycodone.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team assisted the SRDTF in safely securing Todd’s Spokane Valley residence at the Sullivan Court Apartment, 511 S. Sullivan #332.  The SWAT Team was used, in part, because of Todd’s lengthy criminal history, beginning in 1977, which includes arrests for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver, Burglary, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Members of the SRDTF identified Todd, a resident of the Long Beach, California area, as a large scale oxycodone distributor in Spokane Valley.  A lengthy investigation revealed that Todd had been delivering oxycodone in the Spokane area for the past several years. 

All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane County Library facilities to close for Thanksgiving holiday

All Spokane Country Library District  facilities will be closed Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

Regular hours resume Saturday, November 29, 2014.

SCLD online services remain available 24/7.
 

Final arguments heard in Mt. Spokane battle

The debate over Mt. Spokane's proposed expansion is almost over.

Hundreds of people packed the Center Place Recreation Center in the Spokane Valley to speak out on the project that would include 279 acres, 7 additional trails and a new�chairlift.

For years, the resort has lobbied to expand it's slopes.

"We need to get back there and manage it. Not only for skiers and riders but for forest health as well," says Mt. Spokane�General Manager Brad Mcquarrie.

They claim overcrowding is causing safety issues, and that people already use the backside of the mountain, forcing the ski patrol to make difficult rescues.

"There's going to be people going back there anyway, and if you get hurt back there now, it's not easy to get you out. We had some pretty scary situations last year," says Randy Foiles with the ski patrol.

The project has received considerable opposition from conservation groups, who have raised concerns over the long term environmental impact.