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Washington prepares to Drop, Cover and Hold On

On Thursday morning, residents all across Washington will Drop, Cover and Hold On at 10:17 am. The drill is part of the second Great Washington Shake Out to better prepare our state to respond to an earthquake.

In 2012, over 710,000 people across the state participated in the Great Washington Shake Out, and this year over 850,000 people have registered. At 10:17 those people will practice the current procedure in case of an earthquake the Drop, Cover and Hold On. Participants are asked to stop what they're doing, drop to the floor, take cover under a table or another sturdy structure and hold on to it.

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Spokane police to record race of people they stop

Beginning in January, Spokane police will record the race of anyone an officer questions or pulls over.

The program was recommended by the Use of Force Commission.

Police Chief Frank Straub told other media outlets the program will bring the department into compliance with requirements, and he expects the data to show officers don't question or arrest people based on their race.

Spokane NAACP President James Wilburn says he's been asking police to report race for years. He says he's heard more than a dozen complaints in the last year from people who say they have been targeted solely on race.

Spokane Police search for suspect in Hillyard drive-by

Spokane Police are searching for the suspect in a drive-by shooting in the Hillyard neighborhood Tuesday night.

According to investigators a 41-year-old man was standing in his front lawn in the 2900 block of E. Joseph when he got into a verbal confrontation with the suspect who was in a vehicle.

The suspect fired one shot, striking the man in the arm and drove off in a black car with black rims. The victim's injuries were not life threatening.

Spokane police say this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community at this time.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or suspect is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

County gonorrhea cases up nearly 60%, statewide outbreak declared

Gonorrhea cases are up nearly 33% for the entire state of Washington compared to last year. Numbers for Spokane County show a 58% increase in gonorrhea over the past year. The Spokane County Health District and the Washington State Department of Health have declared a gonorrhea outbreak.

Gonorrhea is a dangerous disease that often goes undetected for far too long

Health officials say the real trouble with gonorrhea is that most of the time symptoms just aren't present. People aren't aware that they have the infection, so they continue to have sex and spread the disease.

It's more likely that men rather than women would show symptoms first. Those symptoms include discharge and pain during urination in both men and women. When untreated, gonorrhea can cause a testicular infection in men. Women can experience pain during sex and lower abdominal pain.

The Health District says if you're sexually active, and not in a mutually monogamous relationship, use protection and get tested.

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Creek at Qualchan celebrates final bond payment

Creek at Qualchan celebrates final bond payment

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Golf Committee is celebrating the final payment on the Creek at Qualchan Bond with a Burn the Mortgage Party. All four city golf courses will be offering special discounts on Wednesday in honor of the miles stone.

 

Located in the Latah Valley, The Creek at Qualchan opened in 1993. The par 72 course features five ponds, four sets of trees, wooded and hilly areas as well as protected greens. Following their monthly meeting at Qualchan, the Spokane Parks and Recreation Golf Committee will hold a special burning ceremony in celebration of paying the final bond payment on the course.

 

Golfing enthusiasts can join the celebration by reserving a tee time for Wednesday, October 16th. All four Spokane Parks and Recreation courses will be offering discounts on green fees, carts, food and beverages. For more information visit spokanegolf.org.  

2 dead in vehicle collision near Mead

2 dead in vehicle collision near Mead

Two people are dead following a two car collision near Mead on Sunday afternoon.

Just after 4:30 p.m. 92-year-old Floyd Nordhagen of Chattaroy attempted to turn his 1969 Plymouth Fury onto Park Lane Rd. from Newport Hwy. He was hit on the passenger side by 2013 Ford F150 that was traveling north on Newport Hwy.

Both Nordhagen and his passenger 88-year-old Kathryn Nordhagen succumbed to their injuries on scene.

The driver and passenger of the F150 were not injured in the crash.

Washington State Patrol says the cause of the collision was a failure to yield. No charges have been filed.

Four teachers receive classroom grants from STCU

Four teachers receive classroom grants from STCU

Four area teachers were surprised this week with a $500 classroom grant from Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Over 2,000 teachers entered a drawing for the grants during 23 back to school events that STCU held for educators in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The money can be used in any way the teachers choose to enhance the classroom experience for their students. The following teachers received surprise announcements at their schools this week: