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Woman, dog injured in Shadle area pit bull attack

A Spokane woman and her sister's dog are both sporting deep cuts and stitches after they were attacked by a loose pit bull in the Shadle Park area.

The incident happened Thanksgiving morning near the intersection of Cedar St. and Gordon Ave.

It's not clear how the pit bull that lives a few houses away managed to get loose although it appears sometimes he is tied up in the front yard. On Thursday he was across the street when the two women and their pets walked by.

"The dog was loose and as soon as he saw my two small dogs it seemed to adopt a stalking predatory behavior," Charmaine Wellington, the victim dog's owner said.

The dog then struck without warning, locking its jaws on the poodle mix named Zen.

"Both my sister and I were wrestling with the animal, pounding on it, trying to get it to release my pet and it didn't seem to have any effect," Wellington said.

Fortunately a neighbor across the street who plays tug of war with his pet knew the trick that makes dogs let go of whatever their chewing on and blew a blast of air into the pit bull's nose.

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North Spokane family displaced in early morning house fire

A local family was displaced from their home by a fire early Friday morning.

Fire crews responded to reports of a house fire shortly after 1 a.m. on the 200 block of East Empire Avenue.

The fire was discovered to be coming from the basement and fire crews attacked the flames. The fire was declared to be out in 35 minutes.

The flames did extend into the first floor and attic area around the brick chimney.

The family made it out of the home safely and there were no reported injuries. They are now under the care of the local chapter of the Red Cross.

Check out TONS of things to do this winter

Check out TONS of things to do this winter

Don't hibernate! Just because it's getting colder and the snow is on the way doesn't mean you and the kids have to stay indoors and suffer from cabin fever.

From Dr. Suess adventure camps for the little kids, tweens learning to play the ukulele, teenagers learning to speak Russian and adults stepping in the ring to box, there are tons of things to do in the Spokane area. In fact, Spokane Parks and Rec just released its Winter Guide of activities for all ages and abilities.

Check it out right HERE!

 

Black Friday comes a day early for the Johnson boys

It's Thanksgiving Day, but for some people holiday shopping is already underway, with stores across the country open early and people looking for great deals.

Holiday shopping is becoming an all-day event, even on Thanksgiving and before the store's doors open. The doors at Best Buy open at 6 p.m. Thursday, and people were lining up first thing Thursday morning to be the first in the doors for the deals.

"Black Friday sales, you've got to have them, man," Jesse Johnson said.

If you want to look at devotion just walk to the front of the line. It's Johnson's third year spending the day waiting.

"It's worth it," he said. "You get 50-percent off, 20-percent off."

For the first time he brought his younger brother who's also waiting in the shade on a cold day.

"It's worth it for a laptop," Steven said.

If you think the two brothers want to stand here, to be away from their family, you'd be right.

"My parents are cooking dinner at home and it's a little stressful," Jesse said.

So the Johnson boys are out of the house together and hoping to be the first to grab a $1000 laptop on sale for $800.

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Adaptive sports teach people with disabilities to be para-athletes

Adaptive sports teach people with disabilities to be para-athletes

Being part of the team is part of every day life for most kids, but for those with disabilities, joining the team and being known as an athlete means more than winning the race.

While most kids can just join the school track team, athletes with disabilities rely on meets like the Paralympic-sanctioned Shoe City Open in Los Angeles.

"Kids with disabilities or adults with disabilities really don't have very many of those opportunities," Teresa Skinner said.

Skinner is the executive director of Parasport Spokane, a non-profit that works to get the physically disabled involved with adaptive sports like track and field.

Meets like the Shoe City Open allow young athletes to race alongside Paralympians like 19-year-old Austin Pruitt.

"On a personal level, it was you know four years before I told myself I wanted to be there I didn't want to just get close to being there, I wanted to be there," Pruitt said.

Pruitt, a Central Valley grad, was a member of Team USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Pruitt says adaptive sports gave him the chance to be an athlete.

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Week days after school you can find Spencer Kimbro shooting hoops in the gym at the elementary school where his mom teaches in Moses Lake. This fall, he raced cross country at Chief Moses Middle School for the first time. On weekends, the Kimbros head to Spokane so that Spencer can practice with ParaSport Spokane.


Spencer, who has Spina Bifida, is no stranger to being interviewed. He’s the face of Youth Outdoors Unlimited, a Central Washington based nonprofit that teaches kids with disabilities how to hunt and fish. Spencer learned how to hunt and fish in 2010 and loves it.

Meet the Athletes: Mike

Meet the Athletes: Mike

You can’t help but smile when you’re around 10-year-old Mike Lucas. He’s a double amputee, but his smile and spirit are bright reminder to always get back up and go for it.


Outside of his disability, Mike is just like any other 10-year-old boy. He likes to play basketball and video games on the Wii. His favorite subject in school is science. At the Shoe City Open track meet, Mike ended a long day of races making sure that everyone had a snack and chasing after a football with members of Team U.S.A.. When he took a tumble on the field he popped right back up.