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Woman thought to be suffering drug overdose dies from gunshot wound

Spokane police say a woman they initially thought was suffering from a drug overdose had died from a gunshot wound. 

Tuesday morning around 10:30, police received a report of an unknown trouble at an apartment in the 2900 block of East Diamond. A man calling told police a woman was having a problem and there may have been a gunshot. 

Officers responded and found a woman vomiting. They say there was a large amount of drug paraphernalia in the residence, which led them to believe she was suffering a drug overdose. 

It was at the hospital where medical personnel discovered she had been shot in the abdomen. 

The woman was reported dead Wednesday morning. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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Spokane receives funding for needy families, homeless

Spokane receives funding for needy families, homeless

 

Spokane's Community, Housing and Human Services (CHHS) Department has been awarded two grants totaling more than $3.5 million for programs and services that help Spokane's low-income and homeless individuals and families.

 

According to the City, the larger of the two grants comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD selected CHHS for funding in its Continuum of Care (CoC) program which is designed to promote community-wide initiatives to end homelessness. The funding amounts to approximately $3.5 million.

 

Sweet Sixteen games set at Spokane Arena

Sweet Sixteen games set at Spokane Arena

 

The NCAA announced the game times for Saturday's Sweet Sixteen match-ups at the Spokane Arena on Monday. Those attending the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at the Arena this weekend should note that there are two games on Sunday March 28th. Game number one will be played t 1:30 p.m. when Number 4 ranked Duke will take on Number 1 ranked Maryland.

 

Number 11 ranked Gonzaga will take on Number 2 ranked Tennessee at 4:00 p.m.

 

Additional information will be announced regarding the Elite Eight game that will take place on Monday, March 30 following the conclusion of the two games on Saturday.

 

Staff at the Spokane Arena encourage guests who have already purchased their tickets to collect their tickets at Will call early to avoid lines on Saturday. Will call tickets are available for pick-up at the Spokane Arena Box Office every day this week. The Spokane Arena Box Office is located at 720 West Mallon Avenue and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

Spokane Transit to host regional open house March 26

 

Spokane Transit (STA) will host a regional open house focusing on Proposition No. 1, which, if approved, will generate additional revenue to maintain service and fund more than 25 regional projects. Voters will decide whether to approve a 0.3% sales tax increase in a special election on April 28, 2015.

 

The open house will be held this Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the STA Plaza, Main Floor Rotunda, at 701 W. Riverside Avenue.

 

“The open house will be a great opportunity for community members to speak with STA staff about Proposition 1 and the proposed transit projects, which include several system improvements throughout the region, new night and weekend service, expanded Paratransit service, improved passenger amenities, as well as replacement of vehicles at the end of their useful life,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO.

 

Each of the regional transit projects was identified through an intensive public outreach process over the last three years.

 

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Family safe after fire damages home

A Spokane family is safe after their house went up in flames thanks in part to the family dog. 

The fire broke out Sunday evening near the intersection of 37th and Freya. 

Spokane firefighters say there is damage throughout the entire house, mostly to the garage and attic. Fire crews say the family was able to get out safely because their dog and smoke detectors alerted them of the fire. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

City to give away 2,000 trees to Spokane residents

 

Looking to green up your home's landscaping?

 

In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff through planting trees, the City of Spokane and its partners will be giving away 2,000 trees as a part of the Residential Tree program. 

 

Spokane residents can receive up to two free trees at the two giveaway events in 2015. The first event is set to be held on April 17th and 18th, and a second event will happen near the end of October. Approximately 1,000 trees of a variety of species will be offered at each event.

 

The City's Office of Neighborhood Services is working with three local nurseries that will have the tree stock available on the day of the event.

  • Blue Moon Nursery: 1732 S. Inland Empire Way Spokane, WA 99224
  • Spokane Conservation District: 210 N. Havana St. Spokane, WA 99202
  • Home Fires Nursery: 2919 S. Geiger Blvd. Spokane, WA 99224

 

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

SNAP recruiting ombudsman volunteers

 

The Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman program, operated by SNAP, is recruiting new volunteers specifically needed in the communities surrounding Spokane. Over 150 nursing homes, assisted living or long term care facilities in our region do not have a local ombudsman resource for the residents, families, and staff to assure that residents receive quality care.

 

SNAP is looking for volunteers who can spend four hours a week to offer added protection to vulnerable adults in the community. Certified ombudsman offer a listening ear to residents and a voice for those who may not be able to speak for themselves. SNAP needs volunteers to work with the residents, family and staff of their local long term care facility to help address issues early, preventing bigger problems and possible neglect. The volunteer will visit long-term care facilities on a regular basis, talk to residents and try to resolve their needs.