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Failed medical marijuana bill could mean D.O.J. intervention

Failed medical marijuana bill could mean D.O.J. intervention

It may have been quiet inside Cured Collective medical marijuana shop Friday, but the owner Joseph Corcoran was celebrating a win. Corcoran says the bill to regulate medical marijuana (SB 5887) was "a disaster for patients."

The bill would have limited the amount of weed patients can possess, raise taxes, and finally provided oversight on this unregulated industry.

Corcoran even put a computer up in the shop for patients to email lawmakers and show opposition to the bill.

"We actually became part of the political system and it's kind of cool," Corcoran said.

Representative Kevin Parker says differences between legislators on how to split the future tax revenue killed the bill.

"There's a lot of ways in which people are proposing that money get spent, but Olympia also has a habit of spending money it doesn't yet have," Parker said.

The U.S. Department of Justice was likely watching a key part of the bill that deals with regulation. The DOJ sent a memo in August to Washington lawmakers that stated they would not intervene if the state followed eight guidelines. Regulating medical pot was also included in the memo.

New bill regulates THC production

New bill regulates THC production

A new bill passed by lawmakers will help make your neighborhood safer.

The bill focuses on hash oil, a highly concentrated liquid form of THC, the part of pot that makes you feel high. While some oil may sound harmless, the process to make it is anything but.

Last December, a Spokane man allegedly tried to make the oil in his car. Police say when he lit a cigarette, the car burst into flames, burning the man and his daughter.

Then, on January 31st, an apartment exploded because a person was allegedly using butane to make hash oil

"We were extremely fortunate in this case that nobody was killed," said Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.

KXLY spoke to a medical marijuana dispensary owner who says he only buys from Seattle-area manufacturers dedicated to safely making hash oil.

"We don't take any donations from vendors who come in and have randomly made the stuff in their kitchen," said Joseph Corcoran, owner of Cured Collective. Corcoran said patients use the oil for extended pain relief.

"It lasts anywhere from four to 12 hours versus a shorter effect when you're smoking it," Corcoran explained.

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

Suspected serial killer back in Spokane

A woman deputies say operated as a serial killer in Spokane in the early 1990's is back in town to face the murder charges. Donna Perry was booked into the Spokane County Jail late Friday afternoon.

Perry, who was a man named Douglas Perry at the time of the murders, was released from federal prison in Texas earlier this month. She was serving time on a federal weapons charge.

Deputies say they have DNA evidence linking Perry to the murders of three women. Yolanda Sapp was found dead in the 4100 block of East Upriver Drive in 1990. Nickie Lowe's remains were found on South Riverton March 25, 1990. And, Kathleen Brisbois was found along the Spokane River near Trent and Pines on May 15, 1990. All three women were shot to death.

The cases went cold for years and the murders were once thought to be connected to Spokane serial killer Robert Yates. Detectives started working on the case again in 2005 and linked them to Perry in 2012.

Perry will face a judge in Spokane next week.

Spokane River running high, fast and dangerous

Spokane River running high, fast and dangerous

The weather is warming up so the urge to cool off is becoming more present. But before you head down to the Spokane River, the City of Spokane is urging people to take caution and stay out of the water.

The waters are still very cold and the river is running high and fast, three factors which could lead to potentially deadly consequences.

The river is starting to cover parts of the Centennial Trail and the National Weather Service says flows are currently at 25 and half feet, just a foot and a half short of flood stage.

Officials don't think it will reach the flood stage, but are urging residents to use caution around the river.

Dozens arrested in multi-state drug raids

Dozens arrested in multi-state drug raids

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies fanned across the region Thursday and executed search warrants on locations in Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California and arrested 29 people on federal drug charges for manufacturing and selling opiates.

A task force of FBI agents, Spokane Police and Spokane County Sheriff's deputies have been investigating the alleged drug ring for more than a year.

Law enforcement agents served search warrants throughout Spokane early Thursday, searching for evidence that people with ties to Spokane, California, Idaho and Nevada were selling ecstasy, oxycodone, methamphetamine and PCP.

The execution of the warrants and subsequent arrests were part of a year-long investigation that culminated with the raids in an attempt to disrupt a large-scale criminal enterprise.

More than 100 federal, state and local law enforcement agents searched 20 locations Thursday morning, with the lion's share of the arrests in the multi-state operation made in Spokane and Spokane Valley. Authorities said the criminal enterprise, while rooted in Spokane, extended as far south as San Diego, Long Beach and Las Vegas.

Malfunctioning equipment, crew experience and training contributed to Shell 77 crash

Malfunctioning equipment, crew experience and training contributed to Shell 77 crash

A cascade of problems, from malfunctioning equipment to crew training and experience led to the catastrophic loss of a KC-135 over Kyrgyzstan last May and the deaths of three Fairchild Air Force Base airmen.

Air Mobility Command released its Accident Investigation Board report into the crash of Shell 77 Thursday morning in an online briefing presented by Brig. Gen. Steven Arquiette, the Inspector General for Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

That report detailed a series of events that led up to the crash of the KC-135 and the deaths of Capt. Mark T. "Tyler" Voss, Capt. Victoria A. "Tori" Pinckney, and Tech. Sgt. Herman "Tre" Mackey III.

The three airmen died on May 3, 2013, when their tanker crashed 11 minutes after their departure from the Transit Center at Manas on a refueling mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Flight

The tanker took off from Manas at 2:37 p.m. local time, 18 minutes before scheduled takeoff time, which was not unusual, Arquiette said. The forecast for takeoff included isolated thunderstorms and the cloud deck was at 12,000 feet.

Humane Society offers lucky adoption special

Humane Society offers lucky adoption special

The Spokane Humane Society is hoping you’ll change the luck of special animals this St. Patrick’s Day. The shelter is offering a special promotion to help out and it’s worth its weight in gold.

March 15th through 17th the Humane Society will have a special pot of gold filled with adoption discounts at both the shelter on Havana and the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center. Each day during the promotion adopters can draw a surprise discount on the adoption fee. The pot of gold has discounts that range from 10 to 100 percent off the adoption.