Top Five: Raids, Arsons and Wildfires | News
Here's last week's top five stories based on your interaction. Speaking of last week, it's hard to believe we survived the heat. At least it's a dry heat.
Up next, thunderstorms with the power to scare even the bravest of cats. National Weather Service says they unleashed a weather balloon on Friday by order of the Storm Prediction Center based in Oklahoma. They're hoping to identify what exactly is going on in those billowing clouds above.
Our number one story involved the sale of the property at 520 N. Lincoln where Anthony's Restaurant is located. Mind you, the restaurant is not for sale, just the land.
We sent a public records request into the city to find out the assessed price of the property prior to whatever the upcoming sale is going to be. The city rejected the request because that information has an exception to public records. The only number we can go by is the assessed value according to the Spokane County Assessor's office. For 2012, its estimated value was $1,948,950. In 1997, the property was sold for $2,775,000.
Also in the top five, a map displaying all the business locations raided during last week's multi-agency raid for criminal activity including the suspicion of prostitution. We made another map later in the week showing the locations for 20 different arson fires that fire investigators suspect were ignited by a group of teens.
This story didn't make the top five, but give it a look anyway. We took a hike with the Department of Natural Resources and Spokane Fire down the High Drive Bluff. It was a nice discussion about the state of our city when it comes to the threat of wildfires.