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Jitterz Java robbed for fourth time in less than a year

A Northwest Spokane coffee stand robbed for the fourth time in less than a year.

Jitterz Java owner Sara Chapel says just after 8:30 Sunday night a man waited for one of her employees to get supplies from an outside storage room. Chapel says when the employee went back into the stand the man followed her through a back door and demanded money.

"She noticed that he didn't have any weapons, she kind of hesitated and hovered over the register for a second," Chapel said. "At that time he noticed where her hand kind of was and he just went over and started hitting buttons."

When the register opened Chapel says that's when the man grabbed the money.

"He looked at her and said, 'don't worry it's not your money,' and then took off out the back door," Chapel said.

Chapel says this is the fourth time in the last year the stand has been hit and says she's getting frustrated.

"What more can you do, you cut back on the amount of cash you have in the till or even on the premises we have guns, we've had guns we've got security camera's everywhere, we have lockable windows that lock on their own," Chapel said.

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SPD and SCSO to take the ice Sunday for charity hockey game

SPD and SCSO to take the ice Sunday for charity hockey game

The Spokane Police Department hockey team will take the ice against the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office this Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m. All proceeds from the game will go to the Behind the Badge Foundation as well as the Chiefs Care Foundation

Behind The Badge Foundation was created to honor officers who have suffered a line of duty death or catastrophic injury. The Chiefs Care Foundation helps to raise money for the continuing education of Chiefs' players as well as serving the Spokane community through donations and appearances.

Admittance to the law enforcement benefit game is free with a ticket to the Spokane Chiefs game versus the Kamloops Blazers, which starts at 5:00 p.m. that same night.  

Drivers can now pay parking meters by smartphone in Spokane

Spokane drivers can now pay certain city parking meters using their smartphones. A test period for the pay by phone technology launched Friday, November 21 in Spokane.

The test program includes 41 meters on the block adjacent to Spokane City Hall and Riverfront Park.

To take advantage of pay by phone parking, drivers must download the QuickPay App onto their smartphones. A link to the app can be found at SpokaneCity.org

If the maximum time limit is purchased for a parking meter, smartphone users are allowed a one-time paid extension of 15 minutes on that meter. After the maximum limit including the extension expires, drivers must move their vehicle. Drivers who attempt to use the pay by phone feature after the maximum time limit allowed will receive a message that they have exceeded the stay allowance at that meter.

When setting up QuickPay on a smartphone, users can choose to receive notice of payment and time expiration via text and/or email.

Visit Spokane receives Platinum Choice Award

Visit Spokane receives Platinum Choice Award

Smart Meetings Magazine named Visit Spokane a recipient of the Smart Meetings 2014 Platinum Choice Award.

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City closures planned for Thanksgiving

City closures planned for Thanksgiving

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Spokane City Hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28.  Municipal Court also will be closed both days.

City libraries and the Waste-to-Energy Facility recycling and disposal site will be closed on Thursday, November 27, and open regular operating hours for the rest of the weekend.

Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will be a day late the week of Thanksgiving for residents whose garbage is normally picked up on Thursday and Friday.  Because of the holiday, crews will do Thursday rounds on Friday, November 28, and Friday rounds on Saturday, November 29.

Residents and visitors do not have to plug parking meters on Thanksgiving Day.  For the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend, normal meter use rules apply.

Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Women and Children's Free Restaurant to host 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving is still a week away, dinner preparations are in full swing at Spokane's Women and Children's Free Restaurant (WCFR).

WCFR will host their 17th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Rogers High School Commons on Saturday, November 22 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

On Thursday morning, about a dozen volunteers gathered at WFCR to carve 150 turkeys for Saturday’s event. These volunteers consist of Spokane area caterers and chefs who posses the knowledge needed to properly carve the birds.

WFCR Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Orlando, said people who plan to attend can expect to enjoy a free, traditional, and nutritious Thanksgiving dinner.