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Spokane Restaurant Week starts this Friday throughout the Inland Northwest.

“Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many restaurants as your schedule will allow for affordable, fixed prices,” the week-long event's website says.

Most restaurants are offering a few options for each course for a fixed price of either $18 or $28 a person.

Shane Reilly's recovery nothing short of divine intervention

A Spokane man shot and left for dead is now defying all odds, making a recovery some say is nothing short of divine intervention.

KXLY first met Shane Reilly in 2011, six months after he was shot by a man who thought he was a sex offender. Reilly is not, and was the focus of an Extreme Team segment in August of 2011.

Reilly is an incredible man; his determination and sheer will to get better and live a normal life nothing short of remarkable. Next month will mark two years since he was shot and no one -- not even doctors or his parents -- could imagine he'd be where he is today.

"It's, it's just a miracle, it's amazing," Shane's dad, Rick Reilly said.

vo When Shane Reilly needed to write an essay for English 97 he knew right away what he had to say.

"The most difficult choice I think I ever had to make was should I give up on my life or should I fight to become normal," Shane said, reading from his essay.

It was a decision Shane made in the blink of an eye.

Garland business owners plan to curb crime with new COPS shop

An increase in crime over the years in the�Garland District is�prompting business owners to take action.

In an effort to curb crime, they�hope to open up a COP shop just south of Garland Avenue on Monroe Street.

"There are so many unique places here but we have to protect it," Bonnie Quinn, President of the Garland Business District, said.

vo The COP shop would cost $14,000 initially along with an additional $1,000 a month to pay for rent and other expenses.

"I think most people think it's a great thing. It�would be helpful just having their presence here would go a long way," Dave Jones, a Garland�business owner, said.

"In�an area where there is a cop shop, crime does decrease it's that simple," COPS director Christine Hamilton said.

Hamilton has been working with the district for a year.�"We�are passionate about what we do and I think Garland wants a part of that passion and community," Hamilton said.

To make this plan come to fruition, they still need to figure out funding and find at least 20 volunteers.

Investigators comb car for clues in deadly crash

The man suspected of causing a fatal hit and run collision in north Spokane last Sunday had borrowed a friend's car to score some methamphetamine, according to passengers who were left injured in the car when the driver attempted to flee the scene.

Those passengers inside the speeding Honda told police investigators that Bryan Storms was high on meth at the time of crash. Now investigators are using some clever techniques to insure Storms is convicted of vehicular homicide. In order to win a conviction, police have to put him behind the wheel of the Honda as well as prove he was driving recklessly.

One of the items they found inside the Honda was a bag of white powder that later tested positive for methamphetamine.

vo "At this point we'll have to fingerprint the meth and determine who was the owner, but certainly Storms could be facing charges for controlled substance," Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said.

Barrels of fry grease spilled near Spokane River

A park ranger said two barrels of fry grease were spilled near the Spokane River at the Riverside Park Water Reclamation Facility in Northwest Spokane Tuesday morning.

Our public lands are places most of us use to relax, recreate, or just be closer to nature but officials at Riverside State Park say more and more, people are using the area to dump trash, like the two barrels of grease found spilled just after 8 a.m. Tuesday.

"This isn't right, right here," Riverside State Park Ranger John Tillison said.

vo Tillison said every precaution was taken. The fact that the spill was so close to the Spokane River meant the road needed to be closed for hazmat crews. Upon their arrival it was determined the substance was fry grease, likely dumped there on purpose.

"That is a common thing that will happen we've had it in the past where people have barrels and put another chemical inside of it so we have to take every precaution available and possible for all of the public," he said.

Family picking up pieces after fatal hit and run

The family of a Spokane man killed in a hit and run crash Sunday are now making funeral arrangements for 53-year-old Kevin Smith.

The graphic artist died just a few blocks from his home, on his way home from Safeway where he bought a dozen eggs for his wife Renee when he was hit by ex-convict Brian Storms as he was trying to elude a Spokane police officer.

Smith was just out doing the errands we all do on the weekend and then a guy with no regard for anyone's safety, ran a stop sign at Empire and Helena going more than 50 miles an hour. Fatal crashes are horrible scenes; the crunched metal, just a hint of what happens to humans in these collisions. But what's even worse than the wreckage is the damage to entire families.

Renee Smith and her two sons huddled in their front yard Tuesday to remember their husband and father Kevin.

vo "He was the kindest person anybody could ever meet. People keep calling me and telling me how he's going to be missed," Smith said. "He touched people's lives, if they asked him for anything he would do whatever he could to help them."

Storms may have been eluding police before fatal crash

The suspect in a fatal hit and run collision in northeast Spokane Sunday afternoon was trying to elude a police officer who may have been getting ready to pull him over.

Bryan Jacob Storms, 38, had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest when he drove past a marked patrol car as Storms headed north on Helena Street.

The officer saw something suspicious about Storms or his black Honda and had made a u-turn to follow the vehicle when Storms punched the accelerator and then ran the stop sign at Helena and Empire in excess of 50 miles an hour.

"There was no pursuit; we weren't chasing the car. He just observed the car driving at a high rate of speed at Helena and then the accident happened before he even had a chance to get it behind it," Captain Dave Richards with the Spokane Police Department said.

vo Storms' speeding Honda hit a Ford Ranger in the passenger side door, killing the driver instantly, the force of the impact driving the truck into a power pole, trapping the victim inside.