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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. 

 

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

Hoopfest 2015 registration is now open

 

Registration for the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament is now live!

 

Entry forms for Spokane Hoopfest 2015 are available online at register.spokanehoopfest.net. Hard-copy entry forms are also available at any Bruchi's Cheesesteaks and Subs or Yokes Fresh Market northwest locations. 

 

This year Hoopfest will celebrate its 26th year as a Spokane institution. Every year the tournament brings approximately 28,000 players and 225,000 spectators to the streets of downtown Spokane.

 

Registration to the tournament is guaranteed to teams that register prior to May 11th. Forms and entries to those who register late are only granted based on space availability with an additional $20 late fee through May 25th. Nonetheless, Hoopfest organizers recommend playing it safe by registering early.

 

Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

Proposition for new libraries to appear on the August ballot

 

A new resolution will put a proposition on Spokane County resident's ballots to help finance new and expanded libraries in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood areas.

 

The resolution, adopted by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, places a proposition on the August 4, 2015 ballot that would more than double the public library space in the greater Spokane Valley and Millwood by authorizing construction of the following:

  • A new 30,000 sq. ft. Spokane Valley Library on Sprague Avenue adjacent to the property where the City of Spokane Valley is considering expansion of Balfour Park, creating a library/park combination. This library construction is estimated at $14.5 million
  • A 10,000 sq. ft. library in Veradale/Greenacres on Conklin Road one-half block south of Sprague, estimated at $5 million
  • A 6,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Argonne Library, estimated at $1.5 million
  • A repurpose of the existing 60-year-old Spokane Valley Library, estimated at $1 million

 

State Senate votes to extend ban on cell phone use while driving

State Senate votes to extend ban on cell phone use while driving

The Washington Senate has voted to extend the state's ban on cell phone use while driving to cover the range of functions a smartphone can now serve.

In a 35-14 vote Tuesday, Senators sent to the House a bill that would update legislation written in 2008 that bans hand-held phone calls and texting while driving. Since then, mobile platforms for Facebook, Twitter and a plethora of other social networking and video game uses have gained millions of users. Under existing law, they're legal for drivers to use while behind the wheel, despite being distracting.

Target Zero Task Force teams up with Uber for free and discounted rates St. Patrick's Day weekend

Target Zero Task Force teams up with Uber for free and discounted rates St. Patrick's Day weekend

 

Law enforcement will be conducting DUI patrols in Spokane County during this upcoming St. Patrick's Day weekend. As St. Patrick's Day approaches Spokane Country would like to remind residents that finding a designated driver isn't luck, it's smart.

 

To encourage this, the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force is partnering with Uber, an app that connects riders and drivers, to offer free rides to new users and discounted rides to current users.

 

New Uber users who would like to take advantage of this promotion simple need to download the Uber app and input the promo code SPOSAFE1. They can then enjoy an Uber ride free of charge up to $25.

 

Existing users of the app just need to input the promo code SPORIDE1 to get up to two rides at 20% off between 10:00 a.m. March 14 2015 and 3:00 a.m. March 15, 2015- just in time for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

 

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

Washington State Department of Health warns of Salmonella illness tied to baby birds

 

At least 39 Washingtonians have reported getting ill from Salmonella bacteria after coming in contact with live poultry in the past three years, according to reports reviewed by disease investigators at the state’s Department of Health. These 39 cases were associated with three separate national Salmonella outbreaks that caused more than 1,200 people to get sick. Contact with live poultry may also have contributed to more than 100 other cases of salmonellosis in our state in the past three years that weren’t associated with any known outbreak.

 

Spring is the season when many people who have chickens or ducks in backyard flocks buy baby birds. From the time the baby birds arrive at home, children should be supervised carefully to make sure they wash their hands immediately after touching the animals or their environments. Another prevention step is to make sure children don’t snuggle or kiss the young poultry.

 

Washington State Patrol uses latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident

 

The Washington State Patrol released their newest edition of their Good to Know video series (view above), which features detectives using the latest laser technology to quickly clear roadways after an accident, ensuring driver and officer safety.

 

According to the WSP, the Trimble Laser Scanner does the work traditionally done by detectives, but in about half the time and with only one operator. The machine scans items at the scene in order to recreate a 3-D version of the surrounding area which helps investigators determine the cause of the collision.

 

WSP uses the Trimble to reduce road closure time while still conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The device can also be used at other types of crimes such as homicides, to document the location of important evidence.