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Inland Northwest Blood Center seeking donors

Inland Northwest Blood Center seeking donors

The Inland Northwest Blood Center is seeing a decline in negative blood types and is urging people to roll up their sleeves and give blood.

Every day the blood center needs 200 people to donate in order to meet the area's demand. Right now they are seeing less people come in than they usually do during this time of year.

INBC especially needs O- donors as donations for that blood type are down by 50-percent.

"Being able to come in for less than an hour of your day, you have a chance to save three lives and what's better for the spirit of giving then come in and help save a life," Elizabeth Giles with the INBC said.

To promote blood donations this month INBC has launched the "Don't be a turkey -- give blood" campaign. If you give blood between now and November 15 you could win an iPad Air and if you donate between November 18 and 23 you will be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.

For more information about how and where to donate blood, click here

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Deputies break up check forgery ring

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies have broken up a sophisticated check forgery ring that, due to the way they operated, should have you looking for new ways to protect your identity.

In some instances, victims paid utility bills with a check they had put in their mailbox while other victims had their cars prowled but didn't realize their accounts had been compromised until it was too late.

Car break-ins are up in Spokane and reach their peak just before Christmas but Cook family thought their thief had overlooked their checkbook until three weeks later.

"Me and my wife were checking online our bank statement and there's a couple of checks cashed that we didn't remember making," Wes Cook said.

Numerica Credit Union provided the Cooks their canceled checks but nothing about them looked familiar.

"It was a completely different name, address, but the routing and back account number were the same," Cook said.

Only then did they realize a thief had taken a single check during a break-in.

Local troops to spend Saturday "Scouting For Food"

Local troops to spend Saturday "Scouting For Food"

Troops of Scouts will be out in force Saturday working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed hungry families across the area as part of the "Scouting For Food" effort.

This year a number of different programs that serve families in need have seen drastic cuts. SNAP and food stamp programs both lost funding at the beginning of this month, meaning families already struggling will lose approximately 15 to 20 meals a month. That slack is going to have to be picked up by local food banks.

"For people that are vulnerable and that are already struggling to make ends meet, it is going to be a greater challenge for them and consequently we believe more people will turn to their neighborhood food banks for assistance," Melissa Cloninger with Second Harvest Food Bank said.

Most people are surprised to learn that despite a measurable improvement in the economy since the recession food banks are still being hit hard, she added.

"We have increased our distribution of donated food to the neighborhood food banks that we serve by almost 70-percent over the last four years," Cloninger said.

Target Zero increases DUI patrols

Target Zero increases DUI patrols

From Spokane County:


Target Zero Teams are stepping up efforts to stop DUIs right here in Spokane County.  Washington’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan—“Target Zero” calls for the reduction of traffic deaths in our state to zero by the year 2030.  

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Cold Case unit brings fresh hope to murder cases

Cold Case unit brings fresh hope to murder cases

They're the names and cases most people forget. Murder victims and missing people whose cases have gone cold. But, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office is committed to solving their cold cases and, in the case of one little boy, a killer may finally be revealed.

Most people in Spokane probably don't remember his name or his smiling face in his school picture. But, in September 1970, David Willoughby's case was on everyone's mind.

"David was a normal, curious 8-year old boy," describes Spokane County Sheriff's Detective Kirk Keyser. "He was doing what a normal, curious 8-year old boy would be doing on a Saturday afternoon in the 1970."

On September 8, 1970, David walked away from his home on North Elm and into the dark history of Spokane County. He and a friend were making the long walk out to Geiger Field, hoping to get a parachute. David's friend got tired and turned back; David kept walking and never came home.

"This was 1970. This wasn't something that happened on a regular basis," said Keyser. "So as soon as they determined Davis wasn't hiding in his bedroom, hadn't been seen in several hours, it was a community event."

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

Spokane companies donate services to Capitol Christmas Tree

The Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Spokane and Colville Tuesday as part of a 26 city tour that will end on November 25th on the Capitol Building lawn in Washington D.C. For many in the Northwest, the tree is a symbol of pride for the community and two local companies couldn’t agree more and have donated services that are helping the tree get to the nation’s capitol.

WSU and Spokane Tribe win grant to address tribal youth issues

WSU and Spokane Tribe win grant to address tribal youth issues

From WSU News:


The WSU College of Nursing and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are beginning a new project aimed at helping the tribe deal more effectively with substance abuse and mental health problems among its youth.