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WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

WSU Athletic Hall of Fame to induct Steve Gleason at Apple Cup on Saturday

Washington State University will induct Steve Gleason as the 178th member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame during this year's Apple Cup game. The ceremony is set to take place during an on-field ceremony between the first and second quarters of Saturday's game against Washington.

 

“I'd encourage fans to be there to make sure they don't miss anything,” said Associate Director of Athletics, Bill Stevens.

 

Stevens said each year a selection committee determines who is elected into the hall of fame.

 

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Suspects charged for robbery of pizza delivery driver

Spokane County Major Crimes Detective, Justin Elliott, arrested 24-year-old Justin T. Lancaster for the robbery of a pizza delivery driver in Spokane Valley.  A 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female were booked into Juvenile Detention for assisting during the robbery.

The incident began on November 10th, 2014, at approximately 1:14 a.m., when a driver for Pizza Pipeline attempted to deliver a fictitious order to an apartment in the 15700 block of East 4th Avenue in Spokane Valley.  He contacted the apartment listed, but was told no one ordered pizza.  As he walked back to his vehicle, a male ripped the delivery bag from his hand while a second male grabbed the driver from behind.  The three males involved fled the area.  The driver, who was not injured during the incident, immediately called 911 and several Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area.  A perimeter was quickly established but a search by a K9 Unit was unsuccessful.  

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.

 

Crews put out garage fire in Medical Lake

Crews knocked down a garage fire in Medical Lake Monday morning in the 400 block of South Broad Street.�

The fire started just before 6:30 am. People living in the neighborhood noticed smoke and called 911.

Crews from Airway Heights, Medical Lake, Spokane County and Fairchild were called to the scene. Crews worked to stop the flames from spreading to nearby homes.�

A woman living in the trailer home next to the garage was able to make it out safely.�

Crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.�

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Motorcycle club delivers Thanksgiving meals to those in need

A motorcycle club is helping out less fortunate families this holiday season by delivering complete Thanksgiving meals.

The Buffalo Soldiers spent the weekend packing boxes full of food with everything from the appetizers to the dessert.

?We have two pies,? Club President Robert Watson said. ?Each one of them has a pumpkin pie and an apple pie.?

On Sunday, club members drove around Spokane County passing out the boxes. When they started out the tradition 10 years ago, they only had three families participate. Now they're up to 17, with the hope of helping more families in the years to come.

"Just help out,? Watson said. ?Help out the community."

One of the people who received a meal was Zephan Osiris. He said he didn't think Thanksgiving dinner was going to happen this year due to minimal income and no close family members to help out.

"It really means a lot to us,? Osiris said. ?It helps us out tremendously to have turkey and food in general for Thanksgiving."

Now with a turkey, ham and all the sides, he can feed the family.

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.  

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.