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Hundreds participate in March for the Fallen

It has been 13 years since September 11, 2001. In those 13 years, 150 soldiers from Washington have been killed in action. Today those soldiers were honored by those who served along side them.

"Our mileage is based off of the [people] killed in action since 9/11, there's been 150 so it's a 15.0 kilometer march," Mike Stutzke, Director of March for the Fallen.

Stutzke did one 18 month tour over seas. During his time there he lost six friends, they are the inspiration behind March for the Fallen.

"In particular, I had a friend, Jeremiah Schmunk, rescued me and some of my men in Iraq and he died while they were rescuing us," said Stutzke.

Every 130 feet of the 9.3 mile course is a picture of a fallen soldier.

For the 200 marchers who participated it's an emotional reminder.

"Many emotions and many old memories because we shared everything, from the joy to the laughter to the tears of losing fellow comrades," Ahmed Altabaqchali, former translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq.

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Gas leak prompts WalMart evacuation

A gas leak at the NorthPointe WalMart prompted the evacuation of the store Friday morning.

The leak was reported after 10 a.m. A witness said an employee may have accidentally run into a gas line with a walking stacker, a piece of equipment used for moving large pallets of products around the store.

A manager of the store said the leak was relatively minor and they anticipated having the store reopened for business after noon.

United Way commemorates 9/11 through community service

There are a lot of ways to remember 9/11 and honor the victims and the heroes of that fateful day. The United Way commemorates the anniversary through community service.

The anniversary is about living united through 400 volunteers, 35 community projects, and 15 locations, spanning all the way from Spokane Valley to the West Central Community Center, the hub for Thursday's massive efforts.

"It's about bringing people together to use their muscle, their energy, and their expertise to get things done for our community," said the United Way's Janice Marich.

Most of the volunteers are with companies that partner with the United Way; people coming together to improve the community. It's what families of 9/11 victims specifically asked for.

"They said the best way for you to remember our families and honor them is to get out there and do community service, that is our wish and that is what is happening here today," said Marich.

The United Way wants to take that message further, beyond the extraordinary display of teamwork.

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

SCRAPS offering adoption special on cats

The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) is bursting at the seams with cats! According to Shelter Operations Manager Mary Reynolds-Paullin, SCRAPS has been inundated with cats all summer and now the other local rescue groups are full.

“Our cat room is overflowing with beautiful, adoptable cats that desperately need loving homes,” Reynolds-Paullin said.

SCRAPS is offering a great cat adoption special starting on Friday, September 12th and Saturday, September 13th. Cat adoption fees will be waived and cats and kittens can be adopted for just the price of a license ($15).

SCRAPS also reminds the public that they have spay/neuter vouchers available for both cats and dogs. For the price of a pet license, SCRAPS will provide you with a ‘dollars off’ coupon to have your pet spayed or neutered.

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Spokane Police arrest stabbing suspect

The Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Unit has arrested a suspect in the September 3 stabbing that occurred in the 800 block of North Division.

21-year-old Joshua Burnette, an acquaintance of the victim, was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of 1st Degree Assault.

On September 3, 2014, just before 6 p.m., Spokane Police responded to the report of a fight in the Wendy?s parking lot. Officers located the victim who had been stabbed and had suffered potentially life threatening injuries. Medics treated the victim at the scene and then transported him to an area hospital for where additional life-saving measures were taken.

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives responded to the location of the incident and processed the crime scene. Information was developed from witnesses that Burnette was the suspect in the assault and that he and the victim were acquaintances. Major Crimes Detectives arrested Burnette on Wednesday.

Taco John's offering free breakfast next week

Taco John's offering free breakfast next week

Who says there's no such thing as a free meal? Next Thursday, September 18 you can get just that at any Taco John's location by just walking in and asking. The restaurant chain will be giving away their Meat & Potato Breakfast Burrito to both long-time and first-time customers until 10 am.

“Tasting is believing. We can tell people we have the best breakfast burrito in town, but they'll never know until they try one,” said Taco John's CEO Jeff Linville.

Linville says he's convinced it's both the taste and portability of their burritos that make them so popular.

“The majority of our breakfast customers visit us at the drive-thru window,” he said. “Mornings are busy and people have tight schedules. Our breakfast menu items not only taste great, they also travel very well.”

If you're worried you'll forget about the giveaway, you can set yourself up to receive a textual reminder by texting TJFREE to 95577.

Taco John's has two Spokane locations: 4017 S. Cheney Road and E. 1002 Wellesley.

Missing person alert: William Weipert

Missing person alert: William Weipert

UPDATE: William Weipert has been found.


The Coeur d'Alene Police Department are asking the public to be on the lookout for 56-year-old William C. Weipert of Spokane. A manager of the Lighthouse, an adult care facility in Spokane, reported him missing Wednesday.

Weipert was originally reported missing on August 23rd, than found and placed into the Kootnei County Jail on August 27. He was released September 9, but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Weipert suffers from mental disabilities. The manager at Lighthouse is concerned for his safety and says he may be utilizing homeless services in the area.

He's described as 6 feet tall, 165 pounds with hazel eyes, long grey hair and a full grey beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a blue button up shirt and a white tanktop.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call CDA Police at (208) 769-2320.