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One vehicle rollover on Rutter Parkway injures four local teens

One vehicle rollover on Rutter Parkway injures four local teens


Four Spokane County teenagers were transported to a local hospital after the vehicle they were in rolled over and crashed in what investigators believe was due to impaired driving.


The Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover injury crash on Thursday April 9th just prior to 1:30 a.m. on Rutter Parkway between Waikiki Road and Dorsett Road in Spokane County.


Spokane County Sheriff's Office Traffic Reconstruction Technicians and a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) were called to the scene to assist with the investigation.


After the driver lost control, the vehicle rolled with about 5 passengers inside all of high school age. According to the Sheriff's Office, four of the passengers were located to a local hospital for treatment. One passenger had serious but non-life threatening injuries and the others appeared to have minor injuries. 


Elderly women assaulted by naked man in North Spokane County

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help providing information as they investigate the assault of two elderly women in North Spokane County.

The sheriff's office says a naked man broke into a home in the 4200 block of West Davis Road Monday just before 9:30 p.m. and assaulted the women. 

Deputies say one of the women went to the front door to call for their dog and noticed a screen door propped open. She grabbed a stool and screwdriver and went back to close the screen. There she found a man on her front porch. 

Deputies say the man walked into the home and pushed her into a chair. The woman said the man was only wearing a ski mask, a black jacket and shoes. The man pushed the woman again and hit her as she tried to stand up. 

The woman says she pressed her medical alert button, causing an alarm to sound. The company monitoring the alarm then called the home. 

Deupties say the man realized an alarm had been activated and ran from the home. 

Several deputies and a K9 unit searched the area but could not find the suspect. 

Forker Road to close Wednesday for guard rail repair

Forker Road to close Wednesday for guard rail repair


Forker Road will be closed between Progress and Bigelow Gulch on Wednesday April 8th while crews replace damaged guard rails.


According to Spokane County officials, the road will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. While there, the crew from District 4 will also be removing debris and winder sand from under the guardrails in several locations.


A detour map showing alternate routes is posted below.

SCSO searching for missing autistic teen

UPDATE: Jacob Lauffer has been found and is safe with his family.

Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies are currently searching for a missing autistic juvenile.

16-year-old Jacob Lauffer was last seen leaving a residence in the area of East 61st and South Crestline at approximately 6:45 p.m. Monday evening. The Sheriff's Office reports that Lauffer left the residents after an argument, and attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful. Deputies are actively searching the area.

Jacob is described at 5'7”, and 120 pounds with red hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and gray t-shirt, gray shorts, white socks and black shoes. Authorities said he may also have a red sweatshirt with him.

Anyone who has seen Jacob or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Beck's Harvest House opens for the season

Easter egg hunts in the orchards and the smell of pumpkin donuts in the air: two trademarks of Beck's Harvest House opening weekend.

"To kick off our season, it's nice to see all of our loyal friends come back to the farm again," said Todd Beck, owner of Beck's Harvest House.

The biggest star of the weekend has a cotton tail and pointy ears: the Easter Bunny. Some cry, when they see him others cheer.

"Most of the kids either run up and have really good reactions," said James, AKA the Easter Bunny.

Along with the old traditions there are several new ones the Beck's have added this year. Kids will still get to take a ride in the wagon through the orchards for an Easter egg hunt.

"But this year they are going to take their 10 eggs and trade them in for an Easter prize," Beck said.

The prize is another famous bunny: the chocolate bunny.

There is also a new cow train ride and a jumping pillow for kids to enjoy. 7-year-old Aiden Beck said that's where he is when he's not helping his grandpa make donuts.

"It's really fun," Aiden said.

Beck's Harvest House will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday until supplies last.

First half property taxes due April 30 for Spokane County taxpayers

First half property taxes due April 30 for Spokane County taxpayers


The deadline for first half property taxes is April 30th for Spokane County taxpayers per Washington State law. Payments that are mailed to the Treasure's Office through the US Postal Service must be postmarked on or before the due date.


According to Rob Chase, of the Spokane County Treasury, the public should be careful that payments are dropped in a US Postal Service box or station early enough so they are postmarked before the tax deadline. State law dictates that County Treasurers recognize only the cancellation date applied by the US Postal Service to determine timeliness or payments.


Payment options include ACH, debit and credit cards via the Internet, in office, or through their phone system by calling 509-477-4713 and pressing option #2. Those interested in using these methods should note that a vendor fee applies. 


The Spokane County Treasure's Office's normal business hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday.


Payments can also be mailed to the Treasurer's Office at the following address:

WSP Detectives seek information on Sunday crash north of Latah

WSP Detectives seek information on Sunday crash north of Latah


Washington State Patrol (WSP) Detectives are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a collision that occurred March 15th and sent two people to the hospital.


The crash happened in the early morning hours on State Route 27 at Waverly Rd, four miles north of Latah, in Spokane County. At 4:35 a.m., WSP troopers responded to the crash scene after a witness found the red 2002 Ford Explorer. The vehicle was abandoned and severely damaged.  Detectives believe the crash happened sometime before 3:00 a.m.


Troopers later determined that two males had been transported from the scene prior to their arrival. The occupants eventually ended up at the Whitman County Hospital in Colfax. Both occupants were later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center for further treatment.