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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.


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Transient dies after being run over by truck

A woman died Tuesday morning from injuries she received after she was run over by a city truck at a construction site just off South Geiger Boulevard at South Lewis Street in west Spokane.

Spokane Major Crimes detectives responded to the scene to help traffic investigators piece together what happened and speak with the driver of the truck who was very shaken up when he realized what happened.

"That is a roadway that they park and come into regularly and unfortunately she was sleeping under some clothing and debris, so real hard to see," Spokane Police Lieutenant Steve Wohl said.

Wohl said the truck that ran the woman over was heading to a wastewater access site by way of a dirt road just off Lewis Street. When first responders arrived, they found the woman fighting to stay alive.

“Very serious life threatening injuries, she has been transported to the hospital. We responded immediately and got her the assistance she needed," Wohl said.

Police also had to question the driver who had no idea what was under the wheels of his truck.

Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week

Chief's goalie nominated for CHL Goalie of the Week


The Western Hockey League announced today that Spokane Chiefs goaltender Garret Hughson has been nominated for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award as the league’s most outstanding goalie for the week ending March 1, 2015.


Hughson, a 19-year-old from Foremost, Alberta, registered a 0.67 goals against average and .973 save percentage, including a shutout, in three wins last week.


Hughson made 22 saves on 23 shots faced on Wednesday, February 23rd, in a 3-1 win over U.S. Division-leading Everett.


He then turned aside all 28 shots faced in a 4-0 shutout win on the road over the rival Tri-City Americans on Friday, February 27th. The shutout, Hughson’s first of the season and third of his career, earned him First Star honors.


Wash. human trafficking offenders to face harsher punishments

Two people accused of human trafficking could be the first in Spokane to see harsher punishment due to two bills authored by State Representative Kevin Parker.

“Our trafficking laws are considered some of the toughest in the entire country,” Representative Kevin Parker said. “Washington State has become a model for other states because we started dealing with trafficking so early."

According to court documents, Dante Dupree Oliver and Rosie Lee Williams are believed to have forced a 16-year-old girl into prostitution out of a north Spokane home. Oliver, who is serving time in Benton County Jail for failing to register as a sex offender, sent a letter to the victim stating that she needed to make a certain amount of money each day or face consequences. The victim's father received the letter and turned it over to authorities.

"It seemed that letter was directing a juvenile victim to engage in sexual explicit conduct," Detective Damon Simmons with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office said.

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Route takes small detour of 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14

Route takes small detour of 37th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14


Spokane's St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place for the 37th consecutive year on Saturday, March 14th. However, this year's parade route will take a slight detour due to construction.


Because of the construction on the Davenport Grand Hotel along Spokane Falls Blvd, the parade will travel directly south on Washington to Main. In year's past, the route continued along Main and would then turn north on Howard.


To make up for the route it will miss due to the detour, the 2015 course will wind its way back to Spokane Falls, then west to Howard, South to main to Wall, and then back to Spokane Falls and finish on Post.


The good new is the change will not shorten the parade route. The parade will kick off on Saturday, March 14 promptly at noon.


Parade organizers said the event that started with a collection of cement mixers, beer trucks, and other entries now features nearly 150 entries from across the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area and the surrounding region.


Spokane Police Officer awarded for going beyond the call of duty

Spokane Police Officer Traci Ponto would tell you that Community Service Medal she received Thursday night was not her goal. She didn't want to be recognized during the Spokane Police Department's Employee Award Ceremony or by her peers. The only person she wanted to make happy was Pam Silva.

“I would come home from work and I would go into a panic attack,” Silva recalls.

For the five years that Silva has lived in the rental house in the 1500 block of W. Shannon, she's been burglarized more than a half dozen times. She blames the exposure of the garage door to the alley for being out $10,000 dollars in belongings.

“TVs, X-Box, movies, games, everything,” Silva said.

She's put up motion detecting lights, cameras and signs that indicate she'll shoot whoever trespasses. But still, vandals have been persistent. Silva grew in frustration with every break in. Officer Ponto felt it too.

“She had legit problems,” Officer Ponto said. “She would call Crime Check and ask for help, but she didn't always have an officer come out depending on priorities."

American Cancer Society offers monthly beauty workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment

American Cancer Society offers monthly beauty workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment


Women currently undergoing cancer treatment will have the opportunity to attend the American Cancer Society's next Look Good... Feel Better workshop at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital on Monday, March 9th.


Look Good…Feel Better is a free two-hour workshop that is conducted by trained and licensed volunteer beauty professionals who offer practical tips about skin care, makeup techniques, and guidance for coping with hair loss. Participants receive a free bag of makeup matched to their skin tone from leading cosmetic companies valued at about $250. Throughout the workshop, patients are able to talk with other cancer patients going through similar experiences.