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Spokane man dedicates hundreds of hours and dollars to haunted house

A Spokane man wants you to come check out the haunted house he's spent hundreds of man hours making.

Blodgett is putting the final touches on his haunted house before Halloween night. He started working on this year's theme, "Voodoo Rising," in July.

Joey has been doing these haunted houses on his 6,000 sq. ft. corner lot for eleven years. Each year, they become more elaborate.�

He estimates he's spent about $15,000 on his haunted house obsession over the years. Most of his props are handmade, do-it-yourself recycled projects that help his ideas become reality.�

This year's haunted house will take people through a maze full of zombies, skeletons, creepy swamps, voodoo doctors, and total darkness. Joey explained he does it to satisfy his own love of Halloween, but also to enrich the Halloween experience of the people around him.�

"It's definitely a community inspired thing," he said.�"The big thing for me is�I wanted to create the memory for all the kids and adults that cruise through here."

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Police ask for public's help in search for armed robber

Spokane police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for two robberies.�

At approximately 12:15 Saturday afternoon, Spokane police received a report of a robbery at Bare Beans Espresso at 7 W. Pacific Ave. The suspect was armed with a gun tucked in his waistband.�

On Friday, police responded to a report of a robbery around 12:40 p.m. at Walnut Street Perk in the 1500 block of W. 3rd.�

Police say the suspect description is very similar in both robberies.�

Police say the robber is an African American male, in his 20's or 30's and was wearing a beanie hat at the time.�

Anyone with information on either robbery is asked to call 911 immediately.�

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

Zombie Hike returns to Riverside State Park

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Riverside State Park Foundation invite the public to attend the third annual “Return of the Zombies” hike in Riverside State Park.

The annual pre-Halloween event takes place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Riverside State Park 7-Mile Airstrip, 7903 W. Missoula Road, in Nine Mile Falls.

Touted as the “scariest half-mile hike ever,” the event is open to all ages. Admission to the haunted zombie hike is $10 for adults; $5 for youths age 3-12; and free for children under 3. Adults are issued a flashlight, and kids ages 3 to 12 receive a glow-in-the-dark bracelet that come with the admission fee. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not allowed at the event.

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

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Two people hospitalized after Chattaroy crash

Two people hospitalized after Chattaroy crash

Two people were taken to the hospital this morning following a rollover accident on Highway 2 north of Chattaroy.

The driver of a Toyota Corolla traveling north made a left turn in front of the SUV traveling south.

When the two vehicles collided they both left the road and ended up in the ditch on the northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 2 and Westmoreland Road.

First responders say the SUV almost ended up in the creek bed alongside the road, which could have made the outcome of the collision much different.

"If she would have landed in the creek it would have been very difficult, number one to get her out and number two to keep the water out of her car so it could have been more traumatic for her and more traumatic for us," Captain Megan Hill with Spokane County Fire District 4 said.

Hill was one of the first responders on the scene of the crash and used the jaws of life to get the driver of the SUV out safely.

"Did have to cut the top off the bigger car, the one that was on it's side to get the patient out. Just couldn't get her through the moon roof or the windshield," Hill said.

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.

From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gait screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medication and nutrition consultation
  • Fall prevention workshops

Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the Senior Smile website.

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Spokane County ballots mailed today and tomorrow

Heads up voters, the Spokane County Elections Office is mailing more than 275,000 ballots this week.

If you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot by Friday, October 24, please contact the Spokane County Elections Office at (509) 477-2320 for a replacement ballot. If you are not a registered voter in the State of Washington, you have until Monday, October 27 to register in person at the Elections Office at 1033 W. Gardner.

If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Election Day – Tuesday, November 4. It is important that you check the pickup time on the mail box to ensure you are not too late. If the last pickup of the day has already been made, please take your ballot to the county's ballot drop boxes located at all city and county libraries, the STA Plaza and the Elections Office. Drop boxes are opened on October 16 and closed promptly at 8 pm on Election Day.