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Spokane native to get first marijuana grower license

Spokane native to get first marijuana grower license

Washington State's first marijuana grower is a Spokane native who has been running medical marijuana dispensaries for the last three years, KXLY confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Sean Green was born and raised in Spokane, and was a real estate appraiser for ten years. For the past three years he's been running two medical marijuana dispensaries in Shoreline and Spokane

Green confirmed to KXLY his company, called Kouchlock Productions, will get the first license to grow marijuana in the state. He'll be allowed to grow cannabis in a 21,000 square foot facility.

He believes his always playing by the state's rules and paying taxes when others don't helped him in the process. He's spoken to KXLY about the legalization of marijuana several times, including a January 8 report about the lack of marijuana in Colorado and what he planned to do if he received a license to grow here in Washington.

One of first marijuana licenses to be awarded to Spokane

One of first marijuana licenses to be awarded to Spokane

A person in Spokane will be one of the first to be awarded a marijuana grower license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

Board Member Chris Marr confirmed 10 people are in the final inspection stage. If they pass, those people could be awarded a license this week. However, Marr said one Spokanite will be one of the first to receive a license, though he wouldn't say who it is.

Marr said in the final inspection stage, potential growers have an investigator from the LCB walk through the facility and make sure it is up to I-502 guidelines. They must show the surveillance on the cannabis plants is operational. The grower must also show they're sticking to the plans they submitted when applying for a license last year.

Once the license is awarded, Marr says the grower can start moving plants into the facility to start providing product for the state's marijuana market.

The LCB says the licenses will be staggered to help with supply, and because there are so many inspections going on right now.

A lottery will be held in mid-April to determine who will get a marijuana retail license.

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

Sheriff's Deputies searching for additional domestic violence victims of man behind bars

A Spokane man is behind bars, accused of four different charges against three different victims.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael McNearney Jr was out on bail for charges of second-degree assault by strangulation when he was arrested again Friday for counts of indecent liberties, theft, unlawful imprisonment and fourth degree assault.

McNearney was arrested today after a long-term investigation by Spokane County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Detectives. They were looking into possible charges of identity theft, assault, threats and other crimes that may involve over a dozen women in Spokane and Kootenai Counties, dating back to 2010.

McNearney reportedly met most of the women involved at local night clubs and bars, as well as social media and online dating sites. He often claimed he was an active duty Marine, but the US Armed Services confirmed has never been in the military.

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

This November, Spokane County voters will elect a new prosecutor and, as of Friday night, the campaign has its first controversy, involving one of the candidates using the death of WWII veteran Shorty Belton as part of his platform.

Spokane attorney Breean Beggs is one of two men running for county prosecutor and, in a letter to his supporters, Beggs brings up the murder of Delbert "Shorty" Belton, saying our criminal justice system failed to protect Belton from a pair of teenagers who had already been in trouble with the law.

The two teenagers suspected of killing Belton -- Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn -- had both been arrested and punished at the juvenile detention center prior to Belton's murder.

Beggs thinks, in hindsight, not enough was done to keep those young offenders on the straight and narrow. In his letter to supporters Beggs writes the attack on Belton "was predictable based on prior violence."

Action Track helping disabled veterans gain mobility outdoors

Paralyzed and disabled veterans often find it hard to return to the activities they love, especially outdoors, but one non-profit is working to put outdoor recreation back on the activity list, one track at a time.

Through the Independence Fund, disabled veterans are eligible for a free Action Trackchair off-road wheelchair.

"Fishing pole holder, rifle scabbards go in there," said Brent King as he looked over his new motorized wheelchair.

When it comes to customizing, King doesn't think small.

"It's a beast, it's going to be fun," said King.

King received his new Action Trackchair this past Saturday and drove it around Colbert.

King was paralyzed when he fell during military training in 1994. Later on in life he would lose both legs. Many veterans in his place often fall into depression.

"Nobody let me sit around and have a pity party and that was the best thing was to get out there and keep going," said King.

Cold air surging into Washington this weekend

Cold air surging into Washington this weekend

Cold air surging in Washington this weekend will remind residents it's still winter.

The National Weather Service says the Arctic air will keep temperatures below freezing in Eastern Washington and winds in some areas will drop wind chill reading below zero.

Forecasters say the cold air will spill out of the Fraser River valley bringing the chance of a second straight weekend snow storm in the Bellingham area. Snow also is possible on Western Washington hilltops as well as the mountains.