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Crews contain brush fire to 12 acres near Hangman Creek

Fire crews in south Spokane County have knocked down a brush fire near S. George and E. Pinegate along the eastern side of Hangman Creek.

Initially reported to be three acres, GPS mapping found that the fire burned approximately 12 acres before crews were able to knock it down. Two homes near the fire were threatened but here are no reports of any property damage done to structures in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Flett gets 45 years for Childress killing

Flett gets 45 years for Childress killing

Jason Flett, convicted in August for the 2012 killing of his ex-girlfriend Ramona Childress, will spend most of the rest of his life behind bars.

Flett, a six-time convicted felon was sentenced to 540 months - about 45 years - in prison for the killing of Childress, who was strangled, stabbed and beaten with a shovel. Her body was found a year after her death buried in a shallow grave in a remote location near Elk after a witness came forward with information about the killing.

Prosecutors sought the life sentence against Flett because of his deliberate cruelty against Childress as well as the use of deadly weapons including the shovel.

"The jury also found two deadly weapons enhancements, non firearm, and also found beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Flett committed deliberate cruelty in the murder of Ramona Childress," Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said.

Childress, a 27-year-old mother of two, was killed according to prosecutors because she had information about Flett that could have sent him back to prison.

SCRAPS seizing dozens of animals from Deer Park property

Animal protection officers are executing a search warrant at a property near Deer Park and seizing dozen of animals living in squalor.

In all, 72 chickens, 64 rabbits, four goats, three pigs, three dogs and two turkeys are being seized at the residence located at 503 W. Bridges Road #10. The seizure is part of an investigation into charges of first and second degree animal cruelty and confinement in an unsafe manner.

Authorities report that animals at the property did not have access to water, or the water they did have access to had green algae or feces in it, the property was littered with garbage, hazardous debris and animal waste, some animals had injuries left untreated, and animals were being kept in small cages with no shelter and standing in their own feces.

None of the animals are available for adoption.

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

Dept. of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been removed. Fire danger has been reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR's actions. Additionally, while conditions no longer warrant a statewide burn ban, some local areas may still remain dry. Anyone who plans on burning should check with local authorities beforehand.

You can also always find the latest on your local fire restrictions here.

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Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all kids, Mr. Yuk needs you!

Calling all Washington kids, Mr. Yuk needs your help! The lovable mascot of the Washington Poison Center wants children to send in their best artwork for the 8th annual statewide Poison Prevention Poster Contest.

The Washington Poison Center uses the contest to reminder parents and children to be vigilant about poisons and drugs. The winning poster will be part of the 2015 Poison Prevention Week campaign celebrated across the state during the third week in March.

The Poison Center is looking for young artists to create poison safety awareness through eye-catching posters displaying suggestions on how Mr. Yuk helps them avoid being poisoned. The contest is open to children ages 6 to 12 in Washington State. The top prize earns $500, a visit from Mr. Yuk to their school or program, a trip to the Capitol to meet their legislators and having their winning design featured as the poster for Poison Prevention Week. Four runners-up will receive $100 in the mail, and all contest participants will receive a gift from Mr. Yuk in the mail.

Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

Vote for 2nd Harvest to receive $60,000 grant

As Hunger Action Month come to a close, Second Harvest is asking for the public's help in a contest that could net them a $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Fifty food banks across the nation will be selected for one of the grants based on the number of online votes they receive by October 5. Currently Second Harvest has barely more than 100, while the leaders are all in the thousands, but with nine days left to vote there's still time for a comeback.

Second Harvest is the only food bank in Washington state competing in the contest which began September 15.

Walmart is teaming up with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and TV host G. Garvin, and calling on the public to support their local food banks by voting online at www.Walmart.com/fighthunger.

Woman extricated from car in creek

Emergency crews responded to N. Dartford Rd. in north Spokane County Thursday evening, and found a car flipped upside down in Spring Creek with the driver still trapped inside.

Crews quickly extricated the woman who was taken to Sacred Heart medical center with unknown injuries. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the cause of the accident.

"At this point we have no indications of speed, drugs or alcohol," said detective Jeff Welton "All we know at this point is the car was headed northbound and left the road for an unknown reason."

He added that it was lightly raining at the time, but doesn't believe road conditions were a factor either.