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Local residents sound off on state's pot plan

Local residents sound off on state's pot plan

The initial high of a pot law may have worn off for some people, but for Spokane County, Thursday night was round two as people were able to voice their opinions of the Liquor Control Board's initial marijuana draft rules at the Spokane Convention Center.

While some people asked questions, some cities are trying to find answers.

"We're going to have to deal with this issue, I think, for the next couple years," Cheney Mayor Tom Trulove said.

Cities like Cheney have made a map using the parameters of Initiative 502 to find where these pot stores might go. They can't be within 1000 feet of schools, churches, or playgrounds. Using that formula, there is not one place zoned right now for a shop to go.

"Relieves a lot of citizens, a lot of residents who just don't want that next door," Trulove said.

Other cities are finding few locations that will work. Medical Lake has one potential site for a store. Liberty Lake has a few. Pullman could have several stores in the north and south ends of town. In Spokane, there are a number of places that would work, including areas on North Division and near Airway Heights.

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Crash victim remembered as caring spirit

A woman killed in a head-on collision Wednesday night is now being remembered by those who know her as a caring spirit who loved children.

The Washington State Patrol said an erratic driver, later identified as 43-year-old Brett Birge, hit several cars in a Fred Meyer parking lot and drove away. A few minutes later Birge hit Brittany Babinski head-on at Trent and Sargent Road shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Babinski died at the hospital.

"I got the phone call that Brittany is no longer with us so I'm like did she quit? What happened? They had to say it again and I'm like I just don't understand what you are saying," Kate Green at the Northeast Youth Center said.

Babinski was just 21 years old.

"She is definitely amazing, vibrant and sweet and caring and loving," Green said.

Green worked with Babinski at the youth center where she mentored young kids who ranged in age from 5 to 12.

"For anyone to come in and want to work with at-risk youth, I mean she gave herself here and she was just so dedicated to these kids and treated them as her own," Green said.

Her compassion was one of a kind.

Amber Alert lights up local cellphones

As the search for an abducted California teen widened to include the Pacific Northwest, cellphones all over Spokane lit up with the alert. Like it or not the Department of Justice is now sending emergency alerts to your phone.

Beginning in January the wireless emergency alert program went operational and now cellphones send out a variety of warnings.

This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency started allowing local law enforcement agencies push the button on the wireless emergency alert program and because abductor Jim DiMaggio may be on his way to Canada, the California Highway Patrol asked that our area be included in the amber alert.

If your phone was within the vicinity of a cell tower when the alert went out then you got the Amber Alert message.

Once Spokane residents learned Dimaggio may be heading this way they had no problem with the unexpected Amber Alert call.

"It's nice to hear it on the phone too because you might not be on the interstate to see that Amber Alert. So I liked it," Amy Trosine said.

Little Black Dress event will overlook Spokane

Little Black Dress event will overlook Spokane

Sport your favorite little black dress and get your girlfriends together for a night of fun and support.

Little Black Dress of YWCA Spokane showcases its next event on the YWCA Rooftop, Thursday, August 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., located at 930 N Monroe Street.  It's to socialize and celebrate area women, creating strong and engaged networking ties while bringing awareness to critical YWCA programs. Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar will be on-site serving specialty cocktails and providing free appetizers.

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Beware of scam phone calls from "Sheriff's Office"

From the Spokane County Sheriff's Office:

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office administrative office has received several calls over the past 2-3 months regarding phone calls citizens have received.  Citizens have been receiving calls where the caller says they are from the Sheriff's Office, that there is a warrant out for their arrest, that their relative, spouse, etc. may be charged for harboring a wanted person and that if they pay a fee their record will be cleared.


The Sheriff's Office has never and will never make these types of calls.  Individuals with warrants can only take care of their warrants by contacting the court in person.  The main issue is that caller ID provides the Sheriff's Office administration number.  This is commonly referred to as "Spoofing".  Attached is a link that explains this scam, what citizens need to do to protect themselves and how to report these types of incidents.  The Sheriff's Office will never contact wanted individuals requesting money to clear a warrant.


Spokane County primary election results

The primary election results are in for Spokane County. There are nine races on the ballot.

The top two candidates who get the most votes will move on to the general election in November.

7th Legislative District State Senator:

John Smith 46.07%

Mike Brunson 25.4%

Brian Dansel 25.4%

Write-In 3.74%

Town of Latah Council Position No. 2

Larry La Bolle 43.86%

Teresa Galvin 40.35%

Dan Keller 14.04%

Write-In 1.75%

Town of Rockford Council Position No. 5

Robert Tollefson 70%

Chuck Collison 17.5%

Larry Van Every 11.25%

Write-In 1.25%

City of Spokane Council District 2 Position No. 2

Jon Snyder 55.79%

John Ahern 24.39%

LaVerne Biel 19.55%

Write-In 0.27%

City of Spokane Council District 3 Position No. 2

Candace Mumm 56.4%

Nucgaek Cabbib 26.93%

Curtis Fackler 9.94%

Kelly P. Cruz 6.13%

City of Spokane Valley Council Position No. 4

Ed Pace 36.14%

Gary Schimmels 34.32%

DeeDee Loberg 28.82%

Write-In 0.71%

East Valley School District Director District No. 3